Asturias & Picos de Europa Cycling Climbs

Climb Town Altitude (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Mirador del Fito Arriondas 590 9.3 5.7 372 ****
Lagos de Covadonga Covadonga 1135 14 6.9 1100 *****
Jito de Escarandi Poncebos 1308 14.5 7.5 1245 *****
La Cobertoria Pola de Lena 1172 9.7 8.9 978 ****
El Cordal La Vega (Riosa) 798 7.9 6.2 365 ****
Angliru La Vega (Riosa) 1570 12.6 10.1 2245 *****
Puerto de Pajares Campomanes 1481 23.3 4.7 820 **
Puerto de San Lorenzo San Martin de Teverga 1349 11.2 8.00 945 ****
La Farrapona Riera 1708 18.7 5.8 1105 *****
Alto del Torno Labra 526 14.5 3.1 324 *****
Alto del Torno Nueva 526 8.4 5.7 454 ****
Collada Llomena San Juan de Beleño 1003 9 7 644 ****
Collada Llomena Puente Vidosa (N-625) 1003 7.5 9.4 874 ****
El Cordal Pola de Lena 798 5.5 9 600 ****
Ermita de Alba La Fabrica 1173 6.6 11.2 1345 ****
Gamoniteiro Pola de Lena 1772 16.4 8.9 1945 *****
La Cobertoria Santa Marina 1179 8.1 8.5 686 ***
La Colladona Cabañaquinta 847 5.5 7.6 382 ***
La Colladona Pola de Laviana 847 11.8 4.5 318 ****
La Cubilla Campomanes 1683 28.1 4.6 877 *****
Leitariegos Caboalles 1525 10 5 304 ****
Leitariegos Cangas del Narcea 1524 32.4 3.4 644 ***
Mirador del Fito Loroñe 590 7.3 7.7 534 ****
Puerto Arnicio La Marea 916 9.4 6.2 433 ***
Puerto de Somiedo Pola de Somiedo 1486 12 6.6 705 *****
Puerto de Tarna La Foz de Caso 1479 15.7 5.2 512 ****
Puerto de Ventana San Martín de Teverga 1587 20 5.6 974 ****
Puerto Marabio San Pedro 1050 19.4 4.7 974 ****
Puerto Marabio Entrago 1050 12.7 5.1 542 ***
Puerto San Isidro Cabañaquinta 1520 27.6 4 755 ****
Puerto de San Lorenzo La Riera 1349 10.1 8.5 955 ****
Alto de Naranco Oviedo 632 6.8 5.7 324 ****
Coto Bello Corigos 1198 10 8.3 765 ***
La Colladiella Sotrondio 850 9 6.5 521 ***
Mirador de la Collada Sella River 800 7.8 8.4 824 ***
Alto de la Mozqueta Ciaño 850 9.9 6.2 598 ****
Alto de la Mozqueta Figaredo 850 15.6 3.9 440 ***
Alto de la Tornería Llanes 471 5.3 7.4 512 ****
Alto de la Tornería Puentenueva 471 10.7 3.8 213 ****
Valle de Lago Pola de Somiedo 1024 7 7.1 540 ****
Cuitu Negru Busdongo 1845 11.2 5.7 972 ***
Panderrueda Caín 1450 18.8 5.1 1145 ****
Pandetrave Caín 1562 19 5.7 1284 ****
Puerto de las Señales Cofiñal 1625 10.1 4.5 179 ***
Puerto de Pontón Punete Vidosa 1288 24.8 4.6 340 ****
Puerto de Somiedo Meroy 1486 7.9 3.1 97 ****
Puerto de Ventana Torrebarrio 1587 10.1 3.6 147 ****
Puerto de San Glorio Portilla de la Reina 1609 9.5 4.1 244 ***
Collado de la Hoz La Hermida 663 10.4 5.2 351 ****
Collado de la Hoz Sobrelapeña 663 7.7 5.5 322 ***
Fuente Dé Camaleño 1105 16.3 4.2 340 ****
Piedrasluengas Potes 1354 29 3.7 432 ****
Piedrasluengas Puentenansa 1354 37.6 3.2 465 ***
Salto de la Cabra La Hermida 1112 10.3 9.8 1442 ****
Puerto de San Glorio Potes 1609 26.7 4.8 674 ***





Mountains

The Asturias region is not as well known as The Alps, The Pyrenees or The Dolomites for cyclists, but they should be. The mountains here are stunningly beautiful, offer varying challenges and are extremely quiet in terms of both tourists and traffic.

The Picos de Europa National Park is the most famous range in the region, but the Somiedo Mountains also offer incredible scenery that takes nearly all visitors to the region by surprise with its beauty.

Situated so close to the coast, the mountains are not as high as Europe's other great ranges; however, the climbs are every bit as long and challenging as anywhere else on the continent.


Jito de Escarandi

The Picos de Europa are home to stunning mountain scenery






Scenery

Words can't do justice to the beauty of Asturias. The Picos de Europa are breathtaking in their shape and contours; similar to The Dolomites in Italy, but with more vibrant colors and without any crowds.

Western Asturias is similarly quiet and beautiful, with both rolling hilltops and rugged, rocky mountains. Don't let the lack of 2,000m+ giants put you off - the scenery here is as impressive as any high mountains we have visited in Europe.



Roads

The road surfaces are of a consistently high quality in Asturias and are a pleasure to ride on a road bike.

There is very little traffic on nearly all of the climbs throughout the year.



Getting There

Asturias has one major aiport near the city of Oviedo (Asturias Airport). Otherwise train connections are available to Gijon or Oviedo from Bilbao and Madrid.

To get into the heart of the mountains with a bike, a car is needed.



Weather

These are high mountains and the weather is predictably unpredictable! Summers are usually hot with a lower chance of rain than the rest of the year. Rain is not especially uncommon, but usually comes in the form of short showers, rather than lingering around for an entire day, and you can expect most days to be sunny and dry.

Many of the climbs are open throughout the year, with the roads going over 1,400m most vulnerable to closure in winter.


Lagos de Covadonga

Lagos de Covadonga is one of Spain's greatest climbs






Cycling Holidays

We currently run two cycling holidays in Asturias. Our Picos de Europa & Asturian Coast is the slightly easier option, with the option of doing valley routes or high mountains each day.

While our Great Climbs of the Vuelta is a difficult tour, tackling the most iconic climbs in the region, and with tough rides every day.

You can find more details and links to the full itinerary in the tour information below.




Picos de Europa National Park
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,130 EUR
Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,130 EUR
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,350 EUR
*Bike Hire Included