Puerto de La Ragua (La Calahorra)

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
La Calahorra 2041 896 14.7 6.1 610 ****

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This is the easier side of La Ragua and is not a particularly challenging climb. The gradients are mostly gentle and it shouldn't trouble an experienced cyclist.

Roads & Traffic

The road is in very good condition throughout the climb, and is good for both climbing and descending on a road bike. There is little traffic on the climb. You will probably meet a few cars, particularly in summer, but you will also climb for long periods without seeing any traffic.


Puerto de La Ragua - La Calahorra

The climb to Puerto de La Ragua from La Calahorra follows the same road all the way. It starts from the junction of the A-337 and GR-5104 on the north-eastern edge of La Calahorra, and then continues south on the A-337 to the top of the climb.

Puerto de La Ragua is situated in the heart of the Sierra Nevada National Park and is one of only a few paved roads that go inside the park's boundaries.

Puerto de La Ragua is one of the most popular climbs for cyclists in Andalucia. It is a picturesque ascent into the heart of the Sierra de Nevada National Park, with fine views for the length of the climb.

The climb is used regularly in the Vuelta a España and is a great climb to include on a longer route around the edge of the Sierra Nevada.

Snow is fairly common in the winter months, and the zone near the top is used for cross-country skiing. However, it is nearly always cleared so the climb is accessible throughout the year - just make sure you carry adequate clothing for a potentially chilly descent.

Alternative Routes

It is also possible to climb to La Ragua fron the south. This is a much longer and more challenging ascent.


You can extend our Seville to Granada cycling holiday to include La Ragua. Or please contact us if you would like to arrange a custom tour in the area.