Alto del Angliru (Asturias)

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
La Vega (Riosa) 1570 1265 12.6 10.1 2245 *****

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Angliru is one of the toughest climbs in professional cycling. The first half is relatively easy, which gives it a deceptively low average gradient, but the remainder of the climb is brutal - with the La Cuena les Cabres section - 400m at an average of 22% - guaranteed to blow apart any race.

Roads & Traffic

The road is generally in good condition and is fine for climbing; although it is quite narrow in places, so don't count on being able to zig-zag up the whole way!

There is very little traffic on the climb throughout the year. It is not unusual to climb Angliru without coming across a single car. Watch out for cows and horses though, which will often stand their ground, occasionally even forcing you to take the inside of an already very steep hairpin!

Climb Description


A full description of Angliru can be found in this link, but suffice to say that it is one of the worlds most infamous climbs with good reason.

Everyone knows about the super tough gradients on Angliru, but not so many are aware of how beautiful the climb is. From near the top you can see the northern coast, alongside the cities of Oviedo and Gijón, and the whole climb is covered in vibrant shades of green, with just the road cutting vertically through it all.

Angliru is simply a challenge that every cyclist who loves to climb should try.

Nearby Climbs

La Cobertoria
El Cordal
Puerto de Pajares
La Cubilla


Angliru is one of the highlights of our Picos de Europa self-guided cycling holiday. It is also included on our Great Climbs of the Vuelta a España guided cycle tour.