Port de Cabús

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
La Massana 2,305m 1,073m 18.0 km 6.0% 810 *****

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Climb Description

Port de Cabús is one of the highest road climbs in the Pyrenees and also one of the most enjoyable to ride. It is actually a pass, but the Spanish side is unpaved for a long section which is too rough for road bikes. The pass was historically significant as it was an important smuggling route into and out of Spain; nowdays it is used more by adventure sports enthusiasts who take to it in 4x4 vehicles and quad bikes.

From a cycling perspective it is a great climb. The ascent actually begins 5km earlier from the capital Andorra la Vella; however, the road between here and La Massana is busy and contains several tunnels, so we highly recommend start in La Massana instead. The excellent road surface, lack of traffic and stunning views all come together on the Port de Cabús - particularly if you get a clear day and can see into Catalonia.

Local cows on the climb

Cows crowd around the top of the climb

Before getting to Port de Cabús, which is situated right on the border with Spain, you will first cross the Col de la Botella and the rather peculiar Storm in a Teacup sculpture. It is this last 6km which offer the finest views. The gradient drops and the road loops around the valley in a long semi-circle giving you a variety of perspectives of the picturesque scenery.

Port de Cabús is usually open from May to October, but this is often extended significantly depending on the local weather. It is possible to cycle as far as the Pal ski area (around half way up the climb) throughout the year.

Port de Cabús Andorra Cycling Climb

There are great views in the last few kilometres

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in excellent condition throughout.

The first 3km between La Massana and Erts is on a fairly busy road - but it is wide and the traffic is slow moving, so it is not a problem at all. After Erts there is little traffic, and it almost completely disappears after the Col de la Botella.

Port de Cabús Sign and Road Surface

A smooth surface and little traffic

Alternative Routes

This is the only way to climb to Port de Cabús by road. On a mountain bike you can climb from Alins on the Spanish side, passing through the villages of Noris and Tor. The first part of the climb is on a good road, but the upper part is a rough and steep track and is not passable on a road bike.

Nearby Climbs


Coll d'Ordino

Coll de la Gallina


Collada de Beixalís

La Rabassa


Els Cortals d'Encamp

Port d'Envalira

Llac d'Engolasters

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