Puerto de San Glorio (Portilla)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Portilla de la Reina 1,609m 381m 9.5 km 4.1% 244 ***






Puerto de San Glorio from Portilla - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Puerto de San Glorio is a regular feature in the Vuelta a España, although it is usually climbed from Potes in the Cantabria region. The climb is the highest in the zone around the Picos de Europa Natural Park and is an important pass in the region; not just for humans, but also for the local bear population. Don't worry though, they are very timid and there is almost no chance that you will ever come across one of them.

At the top of the climb, it is possible to turn off and continue climbing towards Mirador de Llesba - an extra 2km with some quite steep gradients. At this mirador there is an impressive statue of a brown bear.

San Glorio itself is an easy climb from the west. The scenery is pleasant along the valley for the most part, before you begin a series of long, looping hairpins close to the summit. The descent down the other side into Cantabria is spectacular and one of the most enjoyable in the region.

Puerto de San Glorio is open throughout the year depending on weather. There is normally snow around from November through to April (indeed, there are controversial plans to build a ski resort near the top of the pass); in these months, whether or not you can cycle depends how recently the road has been cleared.


Puerto de San Glorio from Portilla - Castilla y León Cycling Climb

The scenery is pleasant, but not as dramatic as elsewhere in the Picos de Europa






Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in good condition.

There is generally little traffic, but it can get quite busy on sunny weekends and during the main holiday season in late July and August.




Alternative Routes

The classic ascent of San Glorio is from the east, beginning in Potes.





Nearby Climbs


Panderrueda

Pandetrave

Puerto de Pontón

Puerto de las Señales

Fuente Dé

Piedrasluengas






Cycling Holidays

Our cycling holiday to the Picos de Europa & Asturian Coast can be adapted to include the climb to Puerto de San Glorio.

Find out more in the links below about this 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