Ermita de Alba

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
La Fabrica 1,173m 746m 6.6 km 11.2% 1,345 ****

Ermita de Alba Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Rarely has a climb been as suited to a race as Ermita de Alba is to the Vuelta a España. As the Vuelta - in recent years - has looked for increasingly steeper and more challenging stage finishes, it was only a matter of time before they discovered the road to the Alba Hermitage - sandwiched in between the dominating trio of Angliru, La Cobertoria and Puerto de San Lorenzo.

The climb immediately became the talk of the peloton; not least for the unprecedented 30% ramp in its final 300 metres. The first ever stage hee took place in 2015 and was won on a breakaway by Franck Schleck, with Joaquim Rodriguez leading the way amongst the GC contenders.

Its steep slopes certainly make Ermita de Alba an exciting challenge for cyclists who love to climb, but it also a beautiful mountain to ride. The road is very quiet and peaceful, particularly on the final steep ramps once you have passed the village of Salcedo. Just before the top of the climb you will reach a junction and small parking area which leads to the Ermita itself. This is not the top of the climb; you still must continue straight ahead, up the 30% slope to the summit, upon conquering this you can still see the remannts of the finishing line that was marked for the Vuelta.

Ermita de Alba is open throughout the year, although localized snow can result in short term closures during the winter.

Ermita de Alba  -  Asturias Cycling Climb

The top of the climb is clearly marked

Roads & Traffic

The road is in good condition and there is little traffic on the climb throughout the year.

Steep section onErmita de Alba

The gradients reach an impressive 30% at times

Alternative Routes

This is the only way to climb to Ermita de Alba.

Nearby Climbs

Puerto de San Lorenzo

La Cobertoria


Puerto de Marabio

Puerto de Ventana

Cycling Holidays

Ermita de Alba is an optional route extension on our Great Climbs of the Vuelta cycling holiday.

You can find out more information below about this and similar tours that we run in high mountains.

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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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,070 EUR