Fuente del Chivo

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Espinilla 1,982m 1,052m 21.3 km 4.9% 724 *****

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Climb Description

Fuente del Chivo is one of our favourite climbs in Cantabria. It has everything that a cyclist could wish for: a near perfect road surface, little traffic, excellent views and high altitude.

The climb is all open; there are no forests obscuring the views here. Indeed, the landscape feels more like the bare slopes of an Alpine or Pyrennean climb; it is far removed from the typical rolling, green hills that make up much of the Cantabria region. We thoroughly recommend climb Fuente del Chivo if you are in the area.

The climb was first used in the Vuelta a España in 2015, in a stage won by breakaway specialist Alessandro de Marchi.

The climb is open year-round as far as the ski resort at Alto Campoo (the first 16km). The latter part of the climb is closed in winter, but is normally open between April and November.

Fuente del Chivo - Cantabria Cycling Climb

The top part of the climb has fantastic views in all directions

Roads & Traffic

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

Alternative Routes

This is the only way to climb to Fuente del Chivo.

Nearby Climbs

Collado de Ozalba

Collado de Carmona


Collado de la Hoz

Cycling Holidays

We don't currently run any tours in this part of Cantabria. If you would be interested in customizing an itinerary to this region, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss the options.

You may also be interested in the links below to some of the holidays that we currently run nearby in Northern Spain.

Picos de Europa National Park
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,490 EUR
Basque Mountains
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: from €1,480 EUR
Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,490 EUR