Urkiola (Otxandio)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Otxandio 713m 125m 3.3 km 3.7% 84 *






Urkiola - Otxandio - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Puerto de Urkiola is one of the legendary Basque climbs; however, the real climb is from the other side, starting from Mañaria. The ascent from this side has little going for it. It offers little challenge, with gentle gradients over a short distance, it has a high volume of fast moving traffic and there is little in the way of scenery.

We would recommend tackling some of the other climbs in the area instead of riding Urkiola from this side.

Puerto de Urkiola is open throughout the year.


Urkiola from Otxandio - Basque Cycling Climb

The impressive Urkiola Natural Park - the better scenery is on the other side of the climb






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 on the road.




Alternative Routes

Urkiola can also be climbed from Mañaria. This is the classic side and, although still busy with traffic, is a much more enjoyable climb than Urkiola from Otxandio.





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 - Otxandio
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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