Catalonia Cycling Climbs

Climb Town Altitude (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Coll de Pal Baga 2080 19 6.5 884 ****
Bonaigua Vielha 2072 23 4.8 577 ****
Coll de Pradell Guardiola de Bergueda 1728 15.3 6.7 898 ****
Port del Compte Solsona 1699 28.5 3.5 455 ***
Turo de l'Home Sant Celoni 1652 25.6 5.9 964 ****
Coll d'Ares Alsamora 1534 16.9 6.4 736 ***
Coll d'Ares Áger 1534 14.1 6.6 682 ***
Mont Caro Tortosa 1434 23.2 6.1 981 ****
Portilhon Bossost 1293 8.5 6.9 467 ***
Montserrat Monistrol 735 8.5 6.9 477 ***
Bonaigua Esterri d'Aneu 2072 20.5 5.4 698 ***
Collada de Toses Ribes de Freser 1800 20.4 4.4 742 ***
Collada de Toses Urtx 1800 21.7 3.3 281 ***
Coll de Canes Olot 1120 12.7 5.4 452 ***
Coll de Canes Ripoll 1120 15.4 2.8 192 ***
Coll de Pradell Sant Corneli (C-16) 1728 17.1 6.3 1726 ****
Coll de Pradell Coll de Trapa 1728 6.7 6.1 361 ***
Els Angels Girona (La Creueta) 485 11 3.8 221 ***
Els Angels Madremanya 485 6 5.2 244 ***
La Creueta Alp 1925 20.5 3.8 620 ****
La Creueta La Pobla de Lillet 1925 21.4 5.1 644 *****
La Vansa Sant Llorenc de Morunys 1930 22.4 5 694 ***
La Vansa Tuixent 1930 13.2 6.1 680 ****
Mare de Deu del Mont Besalú 1120 21 4.8 754 ****
Mare de Deu del Mont Cabanelles (N-260) 1120 18.8 5 624 ****
Pla de Beret Vielha 1904 21.7 4.1 444 ****
Port Aine Rialp (C-13) 1947 18.9 6.3 894 ***
Rasos de Peguera Berga 1892 16.5 7.4 1124 ****
Rocacorba Banyoles 980 14 5.6 787 ***
Santa Fe de Montseny Masvidal 1302 17.9 3.6 315 ***
Santa Fe de Montseny Sant Celoni 1300 23.8 4.8 605 ***
Sant Pere de Rodes El Port de la Selva 517 8.4 6.1 424 ****
Sant Pere de Rodes Vilajuiga 517 8.8 5.5 378 ****
Vallter 2000 Setcases 2144 12.2 7.2 844 ****
Coll Formic Montseny 1145 15.4 5.3 483 ***
Coll Formic Seva 1145 9.5 5.1 283 ***
Alt de la Musara Vilaplana 963 10.5 5.7 391 ***
Baños de Benasque Benasque 1750 13.3 6.3 397 ****
Aixas Aixovall 1532 7.5 8 595 ***
Arcalis Ordino 2225 18 5.2 879 *****
Arinsal La Massana 1906 9.8 6.6 575 ****
Coll Ordino Ordino 1980 17.6 5.4 589 ***
Coll Ordino Canillo 423 8.9 4.1 228 ****
Cortals d'Encamp Encamp 2087 13.2 7.3 1054 *****
Llac d'Engolasters Les Escaldes 1639 6.1 8.4 533 ***
Coll de La Gallina St Julià de Lòria 1910 11.8 8.3 1370 ****
Coll de La Gallina St Julià de Lòria 1910 12 8.5 1497 ****
Coll de la Rabassa Saint Julià de Loria 2020 17.8 6.2 1098 ***
Coll de la Rabassa Saint Julià de Loria 2020 17.3 6.4 1156 ***
Port de Cabus La Massana 2305 18 6 810 *****
Port d'Envalira Andorra la Vella 2407 27.5 5 812 *
Port d'Envalira Ax-les-Thermes 2407 35 4.8 945 *
Collada de Beixalis Ordino 1795 8 5.5 440 ***
Collada de Beixalis Encamp 1795 7 6.8 685 ****





Mountains

The Pyrenees dominate any discussion about mountains in Catalonia. While they are not as high or quite as dramatic as the French Pyrenees, they still are a lot of fun to climb. The Pyrenees in Catalonia are mostly quite long, gentle climbs, but there are still several opportunities to go above 2,000m altitude.

Elsewhere in the region, the whole inland part of Catalonia is a series of mountains and plateaus, and you can find climbing in almost any part (even within the city of Barcelona there are some climbs!). And we have also listed the climbs in Andorra, pretty much all of which are accessible from Catalonia.

The city of Girona has a strong reputation amongst road cyclists, but the bigger climbs actually lie further west. Girona is popular mostly for it's relatively warm weather winter training, but it is a poor base if you want to ride in high mountains.


Arcalis

Arcalis - The highest climbs in the region are actually in Andorra






Scenery

The scenery is varied throughout Catalonia. In the north it is spectacular high mountains in the form of The Pyrenees. As you head further south it becomes dried and increasingly rocky; as vibrant greens are increasingly replaced with sandy brown colors.



Roads

The road surfaces are of a consistently excellent quality throughout Catalonia and are a pleasure to ride on a road bike.

The traffic varies depending on the climb. Some are completely empty, while others can carry a lot of heavy goods traffic. Local knowledge of the area is essential.



Getting There

Catalonia is probably the best connected region in Spain. Barcelona and Girona both have busy international airports, and both cities are also very well connected by train throughout Spain and Europe.



Weather

The weather is generally very good for cycling, with even the highest passes open throughout most of the year. The south and coastal areas are very much a Mediterranean climate and is pleasant for cycling all year round.


La Bonaigua

Port de la Bonaigua is open most of the year, despite being above 2,000m altitude






Cycling Holidays

We have several cycling holidays that run in Catalonia. The only one, however, that is really mountain based is our Pyrenees Coast to Coast holiday, which tackles some of the climbs in French Catalonia.

On the Spanish side we offer two tours both guided and self guided around Barcelona and Girona & the Costa Brava. Both have the opportunities to do some medium length climbs, although they are more aimed towards leisure cyclists, with a focus on exploring the culture and history of Catalonia.

You can find out more details about our tours in the links below.

If you would be interested in arranging a cycling holiday in the mountains of Catalonia or Andorra, please get in touch and we would be happy to work with you to customize a tour.




Montserrat Monastery
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: €1,640 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Port de Pailheres Cycling
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 10 Days
Level: Difficulty Hard
Price: €1,610 EUR
Medieval Villages of Catalonia
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,470 EUR
- *Bike Hire Included

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

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

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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,070 EUR