El Cordal (La Vega) - Asturias

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
La Vega (Riosa) 798 490 7.9 6.2 365 ****

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This is the easier side of El Cordal and is a comfortable climb. The gradient is very steady and the climb is not really long enough to pose any serious difficulties. This is a great climb to include on one of the many great circular routes around the Asturias region.

Roads & Traffic

The road is fully paved and is largely in good condition. The only problem can come in Autumn when the chestnut and beech trees shed their fruit onto the road - at times covering the surface and making it quite slippery. This is more of a problem though when descending than climbing.

There is little traffic on the climb throughout the year.

Climb Description

El Cordal - La Vega

This side of El Cordal is often overlooked by cyclists in the region. The climb starts from literally the same junction as Angliru, and so it is often rather overshadowed.

It is a pleasant climb and the more scenic of the two sides of the Cordal, with a few hairpins on the lower slopes before a series of gentle corners towards the top. There are no great views from the summit, but it is a good ride to join two valleys or to warm up on before tackling one of the giants in the area.

Take care on the descent if you continue on towards Pola de Lena. There are some sharp off-camber turns in the first 2km here at gradients well above 10%, which it is easy to go into carrying too much speed.

El Cordal is nominally open throughout the year, although may be closed for short periods due to snow in the winter.

Other Sides

El Cordal can also be climbed from the south side; starting in Pola de Lena. This is the tougher side and the one more commonly used in the Vuelta a España.

Nearby Climbs

La Cobertoria
Puerto de Pajares
La Cubilla


El Cordal is one of the classic climbs used on our Picos de Europa and Ancares National Reserve & Somiedo Mountains self-guided cycling holidays. It is also included on our Great Climbs of the Vuelta a España guided cycle tour.