La Cubilla

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Campomanes 1,683m 1,293m 28.1 km 4.6% 1293 *****

La Cubilla Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

La Cubilla is one of the most enjoyable climbs to ride in Spain. It is sometimes known locally as the Asturian Galibier, in reference to its length and the scenery. Its upper slopes certainly have an Alpine feel, although the lower part of the climb is typically Asturian, with sharp peaks rising from steep valleys. La Cubilla is one of those climbs that anyone who has tackled it will remember with real fondness. It is long and has a great elevation gain, but it is never a real struggle and the views throughout the climb certainly justify the effort to climb it.

La Cubilla is a fairly recent addition to the Vuelta a España race, but immediately became a favourite with fans and riders alike, both for its challenge as well as its scenery. To see more of the great scenery on La Cubilla, check out our videos of some of the best climbs in Asturias.

The top part of La Cubilla can be closed at times during winter. It is usually fully open from April to Novemeber, and can open in winter during periods of warmer weather.

La Cubilla  -  Asturias Cycling Climb

There is spectacular green scenery along most of the climb

Roads & Traffic

The road is generally in good condition. There are short sections were the surface is starting to break up, but it is just cracks and is slightly bumpy, rather than really jarring.

There is very little traffic throughout the climb.

View from the top of La Cubilla

The road snakes its way to the top in the final kilometres

Alternative Routes

This side is the only paved ascent to La Cubilla. There is a road (which quickly turns into a track) continuing over the pass, but it is not possible to ride far along it on a road bike. It is perfectly passable though on a mountain bike or possibly even a sturdy hybrid / gravel bike. This road links La Cubilla with the village of San Emiliano.

Nearby Climbs

Puerto de Pajares

La Cobertoria

La Colladona

Coto Bello



El Cordal

Puerto de Ventana

Cuitu Negru

Cycling Holidays

The climb to La Cubilla is one of the highlights of 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