Arcalís (Andorra)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Ordino 2,225m 943m 18.0 km 5.2% 879 *****

Arcalís Profile

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Climb Description

Arcalís is probably Andorra's best known cycling climb, having featured numerous timse in the Tour de France, Vuelta a España and Volta a Catalunya. Jan Ullrich holds the record on Arcalís, while Bradley Wiggins also named it as one of his favourite high mountain climbs. This gives an idea of the kind of climb that it is, suiting riders who can grind out a consistently high tempo, rather than those who prefer changes in pace and steep gradients.

Part of Arcalís' fame is also owed to the stunning scenery here. The lower slopes ascend gradually through a pleasant green valley, but it is when the switchbacks begin that the views become really spectacular. Even the modest ski resort does little to take away from the incredible scenery.

Hairpin bends on Arcalís climb

The road to Arcalís rises through dramatic scenery

At the top of Arcalís you reach a large parking area and a restaurant. From here it is possible to continue climbing on a gravel road (which is passable by road bike). This is only a short extension, but is well worth doing if you are comfortable with riding on such surfaces.

Arcalís is open throughout the year as far as the ski area. For cycling we recommend climb it between June and October.

Arcalís - Andorra Cycling Climb

Hairpin bends at the top of Arcalís

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in excellent condition throughout.

There is some traffic on the climb, but it is never a real nuissance. The amount reduces considerably after passing through the village of El Serrat.

Arcalís sign at top of climb

This sign marks the top of the climb

Alternative Routes

This is the only way to climb to Arcalís (by road).

Nearby Climbs

Coll d'Ordino

Els Cortals d'Encamp

Lac d'Engolasters

Collada de Beixalis

Port de Cabús


Port d'Envalira

Coll de la Gallina

La Rabassa


Cycling Holidays

We currently don't have any cycling holidays in Andorra. However, if you would like to customize an itinerary in the region, please contact us and we would happy to organize a trip for you.

You may also be interested in some of the scheduled tours below, which we are currently running in high mountains.

Port de Pailheres Cycling
French FlagFrance

Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 9 Days
Level: Difficulty Hard
Price: €1,980 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

French FlagFrance

Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,630 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Lagos de Covadonga
Spanish FlagSpain

Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,490 EUR