Puerto de Velefique (Andalucia)
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With an average gradient of 8%, this is a challenging climb. The first few kilometres are particularly tough, with the gradient hovering around 10%, before it eases off in the middle section.
In the summer the mountain can be very hot with almost no shade, adding significantly to the difficulty.
Roads & TrafficThe road is in excellent condition throughout the climb. There is very little traffic on the road throughout the climb.
The climb to Puerto de Velefique begins on the southern edge of Velefique on the ALP-405 and follows the same road to the top of the climb, which is marked by a brown sign.
Puerto de Velefique is the most iconic climb in the Almería region. It is recognisable by the high number of hairpin bends throughout the climb, which make for a great view as you look back down the mountain.
The scenery here is typical of a region which gets little rain (indeed, the town of Velefique is situated just a few kilometres north of the Tabernas Desert). The largely rocky landscape is something of an acquired taste, but Velefique is sufficiently dramatic and challenging to real appeal to cyclists.
The climb was used as a finish in the 2009 Vuelta a España in a stage won by Ryder Hesjedal.
Puerto de Velefique is usually open throughout the year.
Alternative RoutesIt is possible to climb to Puerto de Velefique from the north - a route which is largely similar to climbing Calar Alto - Tijola from Tijola. However, this side is less enjoyable and not so dramatic as starting from Velefique.
Nearby ClimbsTetica de Bacares
Calar Alto - Tijola
Calar Alto - Gergal
Calar Alto - Aulago