Arcalis (Andorra)

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Ordino 2225 943 18 5.2 879 *****

Arcalis Cycling Profile
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Arcalis is a fairly gentle climb for the most part. The first 6km are little more than false flat. From here, there are a few steeper gradients, but it is mostly steady and easy to settle into a comfortable rhythm.

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.

Climb Description


Arcalis 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 Arcalis, while Bradley Wiggins has 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. The climb will be used again in the 2016 Tour de France - with riders having first tackled the similarly long and gentle Bonaigua.

Arcalis Switchbacks

Part of Arcalis' 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.

At the top of Arcalis 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.

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

Other sides

This is the only way to climb to Arcalis.

Nearby Climbs

Port de Cabús
Port d'Envalira
Coll d'Ordino
Coll de la Gallina
Els Cortals d'Encamp
La Rabassa
Lac d'Engolasters


We don't currently run any tours including this climb. If you would be interested in customizing an itinerary to include this climb, please contact us.