Tetica de Bacares (Tíjola)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Tíjola 2,074m 1,582m 32.9 km 4.8% 1,070 *****








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Climb Description

This route climbs to Tetica de Bacares from the northern side, and is one of the best high mountains routes in the Almeria Province. It is mostly a steady and picturesque climb, with few steep gradients until you turn off the main road for the final three kilometres.

From there, the gradients begin to dip in and out of double figures, with the most challenging section right at the end of the climb. The road finishes at a television tower, from where there are fantastic views in all directions.

If you don't want to climb the steep last three kilometres, you can ignore the turn to Tetica de Bacares, and simply continue along a short plateau to Puerto de Velefique.

Tetica de Bacares is usually open throughout the year. However, snow is possible in the winter and it can get cold at the top in January and February. The heat can also be a problem in July and August, with temperatures in excess of 35°C and very little shade to be found.


Tetica de Bacares (Tíjola) -  Cycling Climb in Andalucia

There are some nice hairpin bends shortly after passing the village of Bacares






Roads & Traffic

The surface is in very good condition for most of the climb. The final kilometre up to the television tower is concrete and is quite rough in places, but still fully rideable on a road bike.

There is very little traffic on the road throughout the climb.


Tetica de Bacares Road Surface

The road surface is challenging only in the last few hundred metres






Alternative Routes

Tetica de Bacares can also be climbed from the south in a route which first passes Puerto de Velefique.




Nearby Climbs


Calar Alto

Puerto de Velefique

Puerto de Escullar





Cycling Holidays

Our Cabo de Gata cycling holiday can be adapted to include the climb to Tetica de Bacares. We can also arrange customized tours in the region. Please contact us to discuss the options.

You may also be interested in the links below to some of the other tours that we run in Andalucia. All of these can be modified to be made more challenging if you want to tackle some of the excellent climbs nearby.




Playa de Monsul - Cabo de Gata
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 6 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: from €1130 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Alhambra Palace - Granada
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: €1,690 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

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