Aia (Altxerri)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Orio 328m 316m 4.5 km 7.0% 385 ***






Aia - Altxerri - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Aia is a short and steep climb to a hilltop village that has become famous thanks to successive appearances in recent editions of the Tour of the Basque Country stage race. This is the second hardest ascent to the picturesque town, as it follows a narrow road which heads directly up from the coast at Orio.

In many ways the climb via Altxerri is typically Basque, with a narrow but well surfaced road, and plenty of vibrant green scenery. You are afforded occasional glimpses of the coast, but most of the ascent is through farmland - punctuated by the occasional Basque etxea. Much of the climb is situated within the protected Pagoeta Natural Park.

There are many differents ways to climb to Aia, so there are several different loops that you can do around this area; and all of the roads are open throughout the year.


Aia from Altxerri - Basque Cycling Climb

The road climbs through very green Basque countryside






Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in good condition throughout and there is almost no traffic on this side of the climb.




Alternative Routes

Aia can be climbed from four other sides. The two main routes coming from Orio (GI-2631) and Andatza are both easy, steady ascents with no difficulties. The climb from the south is even longer and more gentle, with a false flat for 10km before Aia.

By far the most challenging side is a short, but very steep ascent via Andatza.





Nearby Climbs


Garate

Urdaneta

Monte Igueldo

Azurki

Itziar

Iturburu

Bordako Tontorra

Jaizkibel






Cycling Holidays

Aia is climbed (from one of the easier sides) on our Bilbao to San Sebastian and Basque Country Coast cycling holidays.

In the links below you can find out more about these and other similar tours that we run in the region.




Monte Igeldo - San Sebastian
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: from €1,290 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Basque Coast Beach
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: €1,540 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Rioja Vineyards
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: €1,390 EUR
*Bike Hire Included