Coll de Pal (Catalonia)
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Roads & TrafficThe road surface is in very good condition.
There is little traffic throughout the climb.
Climb DescriptionColl de Pal is one of the highest roads in Catalonia, and one of the most enjoyable cycling climbs in the region. It follows a quiet road which winds through the beautiful scenery of the Catalan Pyrenees and offers stunning views throughout its near 20km. There is a small ski area at the top of the climb, but it is unobtrusive and blends into the scenery well, unlike many of the ghastly resort towns in the Alps.
The gradients are consistently challenging, with one kilometre averaging 10%; but they are also steady, allowing you to get into a nice rhythm. This is one of our favourite climbs in Catalonia and it is somewhat of a surprise that it has not yet been included in the Vuelta a España.
In short; if you are in the area, this should be one of the first mountains that you look to climb.
Coll de Pal is in theory open throughout the year. The area does get a lot of snow in winter which may close the road temporarily, but it is often cleared as far as the ski area. The descent, however, is very cold in winter and we would only recommend doing the climb from late March to November.