Costa Blanca & Alicante Cycling Climbs

Climb Town Altitude (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Xorret de Catí Castalla 1097 4 10.9 790 ***
La Carrasqueta Xixona 1022 12.8 4.6 303 ***
Port de Tudons Finestrat 1020 22.4 5.7 795 ****
Coll de Rates Parcent 672 6.7 5.1 260 ****
Aitana Port de Tudons 1558 6.6 8.1 594 ***
Cumbre del Sol Alcasar 422 3.2 11.9 754 ****
Cumbre del Sol Benitachell 422 6.3 6 420 ****
La Carrasqueta Alcoy 1022 13.4 3.3 190 ***
Port de Tudons Alcoleja 1020 5 5.9 268 ***
Port de Tudons Penàguila 1020 8.3 4.3 255 ****
Radar de Cullera Cullera 230 3.1 7.4 340 ****
Tarbena Bolulla 587 7.1 5.5 230 ****
Xorret de Catí Petrer 1097 13.4 4.7 497 ***
La Llacuna Orxa 685 8.1 5.1 405 ***
La Llacuna Villalonga 686 9.7 6.2 595 ***
Puerto de Ebo Pego 575 8.6 5.4 292 ****
Puerto de Ebo Vall de Ebo 575 3.4 4.7 118 ***
Alto de Tollos Beniaia 825 4.2 5.7 444 ***
La Garga Sagra 766 10.8 6.1 520 ****
Benimantell Polop 677 8.3 5.4 501 **
Font de l'Arbre Beniarda 1198 15.4 5.2 1142 ***
Puerto de Confrides Benilloba 973 10.7 4.4 248 ****
Alto de Teix Relleu 890 8.4 5.8 644 ***
Alto de Teix Torremanzanas 890 2.7 4.9 194 ***
Font Roja Alcoy 1061 8.8 4.9 319 ***
Guixop Tibi 1195 5.5 10.3 749 ***
Alto de Beneixama Beneixama 987 9.2 4.3 299 ***
Alto de Beneixama Fontanars dels Alforins 987 6.0 5.8 331 ***
Mirador del Xap Benialí 629 3.4 9.7 511 ***
Miserat Adsubia 780 6.1 10.8 1109 ***
Miserat Pego 780 8.1 8.5 960 ***
Miserat Vall de Ebo 780 6.2 6.0 388 ***
Murito de Alpatró Alpatró 598 2.3 8.6 365 ***
Port de Benifallim Benilloba 1009 11.4 4.3 264 ****
Port de Benifallim Xixona 1009 15.2 3.6 244 ***
Puerto de Onil Banyares de Mariola 1018 8.0 3.5 185 ***
Puerto de Onil Onil 1018 6.8 4.9 207 ***
Reconco Biar 1210 7.9 6.6 423 ***
Vall de la Gallinera Pego 636 24.6 2.3 154 ***
Alto de Benillup Cocentaina 640 4.5 4.7 170 ***
Alto del Tigre Finestrat 997 26 2.9 215 ****
Alto de la Sombra Cocentaina 626 5.3 4.2 175 ***
Alto de Margarida Beniarrés Reservoir 636 9.8 3.1 185 ***
Alto del Tibi Sant Joan d'Alacant 723 22.5 3.0 324 ****
Bernia (bis) Altea la Vieja 687 5.2 12.1 1207 ****
Bernia Pinos 620 5 5.2 275 ***
Bernia Xaló 624 12.6 3.5 153 ****
Coll del Cid Agost 695 11 3.4 224 ***
Coll del Cid Petrer 695 5.9 4.0 157 ***
Puerto de Confrides Guadalest River 966 20.4 3.6 334 ****
Coves de Canelobre El Campello 555 17.4 3.1 480 ***
Ermita de Sant Antoni Alcoy 912 4.4 8.3 389 ***
Mas de Llopis Cocentaina 1110 8 9.4 1340 **
Palomarets Agost 934 11.6 6.1 690 ***
Peñon Divino Villajoyosa 972 25 3.7 490 ***
Pla de Petracos Vall d'Ebo 595 3.8 5.7 170 ****
Port de Beniarrés Beniarrés 576 4.8 3.9 74 ****
Port de Beniarrés Rugat 576 6.5 4.1 140 ***
El Portell Bocairent 859 3 6.3 120 ***
El Portitxol Aielo 775 11.5 4.1 260 ****
El Portitxol Moixent 775 12.4 3.6 180 ****
El Portitxol Ontinyent 775 7.8 4.9 220 ****
El Portitxol Vallada 775 7.8 6.8 495 ****
Preventori - Mariola Alcoy 892 6.6 5.2 255 ****
El Revolcat Alcoy 776 4 5.7 140 ***
El Revolcat Els Algars 765 4 7.6 395 ***
El Revolcat Benilloba 765 5.1 4.7 145 ***
Sa Creueta Tárbena 780 7.6 3.4 145 ***
Castell de Cocentaina Cocentaina 715 2.7 10.4 380 ***





Mountains

The Costa Blanca region is mostly home to medium mountains, with the climbs generally between 500m and 1200m altitude. However, because you start many of these from near sea-level, they can still involve quite considerable climbing.

There are several mountain ranges which all join together, including the Sierra Aitana and Sierra de Mariola. And these ranges hold all kinds of climbs; ranging from long and gentle, to short and brutally steep. There is something for everyone here!


Port d'Ebo

Views over the coast are common in the region






Scenery

The Costa Blanca region is home to some excellent mountainout scenery. It doesn't take long to leave the more resort orientated towns of the coast behind and enter quiet and beautiful mountains, with rocky peaks and pine forests dominating the landscape.

The climbs closer to the coast offer views looking out over the Mediterranean, although the better scenery is to be found inland in our opinion. You can find out more information about our favourite routes by checking out our guide to Cycling in the Costa Blanca.



Roads

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

Nealy all of the climbs are very quiet, particularly once you get away from the coast. On many routes you can ride for long periods of time without seeing a single car.



Getting There

The Costa Blanca is a pretty easy region to reach. Alicante has a large international airport with low cost flights to destinations throughout Europe. Valencia airport is also just an hour away to the north.



Weather

The weather is excellent for cycling throughout the year. The region has made a name for itself as a winter cycling destination, and with good reason. Daytime temperatures in December and January are often up around 20°C, making for very pleasant riding. Even when it gets 'cold', the passes nearly always remain open and are fine to ride if you put on a windproof jacket.

Spring and Autumn are also excellent for riding, with pleasant temperatures. It's possible to ride in July and August as well, but you should play on making early starts to avoid the hotter times of the day.


Coll de Rates

Coll de Rates is a favourite climb of professional cyclists who train in the region







Cycling Holidays

Our Mountains of the Costa Blanca cycling holiday crosses much of the Alicante region. It tackles the best climbs and follows the most scenic routes through the Aitana and Mariola Natural Parks.

You can find out more details about this and similar tours that we run in the links below.




Beniarres Reservoir & Benicaldell
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging to Hard
Price: from €620 EUR
Mount Teide
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,090 EUR
Tramuntana Mountains - Mallorca
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,110 EUR