Sierra de Lijar (La Muela)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
La Muela 1,049m 664m 10.3 km 6.5% 828 **








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Climb Description

Sierra de Líjar is situated near the town of Algodonales, just to the north of the Sierra de Grazalema mountains. The climb begins 500m to the east of La Muela on the CA-0448. Here you turn south, following the signs to 'Area Recreativo La Muela' and continue on the track to the top of the Sierra de Líjar.

Sierra de Líjar has many ingredients for a great climb. It is reasonably long, with sweeping hairpin bends and great views from the top. However, the road surface is a big problem that affects the enjoyment of the climb on a road bike.

If you are in the area on a hybrid or mountain bike (or for some unknown reason a cyclocross bike), it is a great ascent and one of the most highly recommended in the region.

The climb is normally open throughout the year. In July and August it can be very hot.




Roads & Traffic

The road surface is poor throughout the climb. It is compacted dirt with quite a lot of loose gravel on the surface. It can just about be climbed on a road bike, but is more enjoyable with a hybrid or mountain bike.

There is virtually no traffic throughout the climb.




Alternative Routes

This is the only way to climb to Sierra de Lijar




Nearby Climbs


Puerto de las Palomas

Puerto del Zamorano

Pedro Ruiz

Puerto del Viento

Puerto del Espino





Cycling Holidays

We can arrange customized cycling holidays to the mountains of Malaga and the Sierra Grazalema; including the climb to Sierra de Lijar. If you would be interested in this, please contact us to discuss the options and to put together an itinerary.

You may also be interested in the links below to some of the other tours that we currently run in Spain.






Andalucia Sunflower Fields
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,470 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,130 EUR
Tramuntana Mountains - Mallorca
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,110 EUR