Catalonia Cycling Climbs
|Climb||Town||Altitude (m)||Length (km)||Gradient (%)||Difficulty||Rating|
|Coll de Pal||Baga||2080||19||6.5||884||****|
|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||****|
|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||****|
|Els Angels||Girona (La Creueta)||485||11||3.8||221||***|
|La Creueta||La Pobla de Lillet||1925||21.4||5.1||644||*****|
|La Vansa||Sant Llorenc de Morunys||1930||22.4||5||694||***|
|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||****|
|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||****|
|Alt de la Musara||Vilaplana||963||10.5||5.7||391||***|
MountainsThe Pyrenees dominate any discussion about mountains in Catalonia. While they are not as high or quite as dramatic as the French Pyrenees, they still provide some excellent climb. The Pyrenees in Catalonia are mostly quite long, gentle climbs, but there are 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!). Aside from the Pyrenees, the southern part of Catalonia, in Tarragona province offers some long, challenging climbs.
SceneryThe 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.
RoadsThe 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 ThereCatalonia 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.
WeatherThe weather is more unpredictable in the north, where rain is not uncommon in the high mountains. The south and towards the coast are much drier and have much milder year round climates. The climbs in these areas are open throughout most of the year and are pleasant for riding even in winter (a time when many professional cyclists are based in the region).
ToursOur cycling holiday to Catalonia is centered on the flat plains, visiting the Medieval villages around Girona. However, it is possible to extend this tour into the mountains; something that we would be happy to arrange for you.
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