Urkiola (Mañaria)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Mañaria 713m 524m 5.7 km 9.2% 718 **






Urkiola - Mañaria - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Puerto de Urkiola was described by Basque professional cyclist Igor Anton as being "Our Ventoux". In reality, the climb has little in common with the Giant of Provence. It is much shorter, has steeper gradients and has completely different scenery.

Where Urkiola does share a similarity with Ventoux, however, is in its status. This is one of the most revered and famous cycling climbs in the Basque Country - ranking alongside Arrate and Jaizkibel. It is a regular feature in the Tour of the Basque Country stage race and has also been used numerous times in the Vuelta a España.

For amateur cyclists it is a a challenging climb due to the gradients, but also unfortunately due to the relatively high volume of traffic which uses this important link road. It is with a heavy heart that we have given this just a ** rating, but the number of cars (and especially trucks) certainly can affect the enjoyment of the climb. In terms of scenery, there are pleasant views to the surrounding Urkiola Natural Park, but the traffic again demands that most of your concentration goes towards staying safe.

The atmosphere here is something incredible; the fans on Urkiola are there for one thing only - the cycling. The passion for cycling is incredible in the Basque Country and this is a climb which brings out the most fervent followers in their thousands.

Puerto de Urkiola is open throughout the year.


Urkiola from Mañaria - Basque Cycling Climb

The impressive Urkiola Natural Park






Roads & Traffic

The road is in very good condition throughout.

There is a lot of traffic on the climb. It is a major road that connects Vitoria Gasteiz (the capital of the Basque Country) with the industrial towns of Durango, Gernika and Markina-Xemein. It is possible to ride, but is better to do at the weekend when there tends to be more cars, but fewer trucks navigating the steep bends.




Alternative Routes

Urkiola can also be climbed from Otxandio. This is barely even a climb though and is the much less celebrated side.





Nearby Climbs


Kurtzeta

Untzella

Monte Oiz

Kanpazar

Arrate

Karabieta

Ixua

Asentzio

Elosua

Urkarregi

Gontzegaraigane

Santa Eufemia






Cycling Holidays

Our Basque Country Coast cycling holiday can easily be adapted to be made more challenging and to include Urkiola, as well as other nearby climbs.

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




Monte Igeldo - Mañaria
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: from €1,390 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Basque Coast Beach
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: €1,580 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

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