Puerto de Ancares (Tejedo)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Tejedo 1,670m 710m 8.0 km 8.8% 1,445 *****

Puerto de Ancares from Tejedo - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

The Ancares National Reserve is one of the remote and isolated parts of Spain. The mountains here are beautiful and as untouched by development as anywhere in Western Europe.

The climb from Tejedo begins on a narrow lane through dense forest, before the scenery opens up towards the top of the climb. Here there are stunning views looking over the peaks of the National Reserve, a view which former Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre famously described as the best in the world.

Ancares is a relative newcomer to the Vuelta a España. First used in 2012 when a stage finish here was won by Joaquím Rodríguez, it also hosted a famous mano-a-mano between Chris Froome and Alberto Contador in the 2014 edition - the stage and race both eventually being won by Contador.

Techincally the top of Ancares is just over the border from Castilla-y-León in Galicia. However, from this side the vast majority of the climb is in the province of León.

Ancares closes at times in winter due to snow, but is usually open from mid-April to early December.

Puerto de Ancares from Tejedo - Castilla y León Cycling Climb

The final steep section before the top

Roads & Traffic

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

Puerto de Ancares View into Galicia

The view looking into Galicia

Alternative Routes

This is the only way to climb Ancares from the east; however, there are several routes from the west - all of which begin in the region of Galicia. The three most common routes are all very challenging:

Via Balouta is probably the classic ascent.

Via Piornedo route is also a popular climb.

The hardest, however, is the side used in the 2014 Vuelta - via Pan do Zarco this side also includes a short unpaved section.

Nearby Climbs

Puerto de Lumeras

Cruz de Hierro

Llano de las Ovejas

Cycling Holidays

We currently do not have any cycling holidays that include Puerto de Ancares. However, our Great climbs of the Vuelta and Camino de Santiago cycling holidays pass nearby and could be adapted to include the climb.

Find out more in the links below about these and other mountainous tours that we run nearby.

Picos de Europa National Park
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,130 EUR
Hospital de Orbigo Bridge
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,090 EUR
Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,130 EUR