Santa Eufemia (Markina-Xemein)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Markina-Xemein 353m 262m 3.4 km 7.7% 199 ***






Santa Eufemia - Markina-Xemein - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Santa Eufemia (also known as Lekoitz-Gane) is a short cycling climb in the Basque Country which links the town of Aulesti with Markina-Xemein. It is regularly used on the Tour of the Basque Country race, usually as link in the middle of a stage.

The climb from Markina is deceptively tough. It is often included as part of a longer route, and, depending on how many kilometres you have in your legs, it can be quite a gruelling little ascent. The long straight road, with steepish gradients, feels something like the first part of Peña Carbarga or even Pla d'Adet. The lack of bends really accentuates the gradient and can make the climb more challenging mentally, despite the fact that it only rarely goes above 10% gradient.

The climb from Markina is quite open at the bottom section, with some nice views across the valley towards Gontzegaraigane; however, it quickly turns forested - with some shade which is welcome in summer.

Santa Eufemia is open throughout the year.




Roads & Traffic

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




Alternative Routes

Santa Eufemia can also be climbed from Aulesti.





Nearby Climbs


Urkarregi

Ixua

Arrate

Gontzegaraigane

Karabieta

Asentzio

Elosua

Kalbario

Azurki

Monte Oiz






Cycling Holidays

Santa Eufemia is the longer route option on our Basque Country Coast and Bilbao to San Sebastian cycling holidays.

In the links below you can find out more about these and other 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