Tetica de Bacares (Velefique)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Velefique 2,078m 1,211m 17.8 km 6.8% 1,324 *****








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Climb Description

The climb from this side begins on the southern edge of Velefique on the ALP-405. It follows the ALP-405 over the Puerto de Velefique, before turning right after a short descent onto a narrow road which takes you to the TV tower at Tetica de Bacares.

Tetica de Bacares is basically a short, but challenging extension to Puerto de Velefique - a climb which has regularly featured in the Vuelta a España race. The scenery here is dry and largely rocky, but there are fantastic views looking down on the hairpin bends during the early part of the climb.

From the top you get great views across various mountain ranges of Almeria, and on a clear day you can see both the Tabernas Desert and the Sierra Nevada National Park.

Tetica de Bacares is usually open throughout the year. There is a small chance of snow in winter, when it can also be cold at the top, but it rarely closes despite being over 2,000m altitude.


Tetica de Bacares (Velefique) -  Cycling Climb in Andalucia

The 'tetica' can be clearly seen from Puerto de Velefique






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 north, starting in the village of Tíjola.




Nearby Climbs


Puerto de Velefique

Calar Alto

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