Galicia Climbs

Climb Town Altitude (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Puerto de Ancares Pan do Zarco 1670 12 9.2 1742 *****
Puerto de Ancares Murias 1670 36.7 3.7 1250 *****
Puerto de Ancares Piornedo 1670 39 3.5 1240 *****
O Poio Villafranca del Bierzo 1335 26.5 2.8 263 ****
Mirador de Ézaro Éozaro 268 1.9 14.4 620 ****
Cabeza de Manzaneda Bibei River (OU-636) 1760 30.5 4.8 975 ****
Fonte da Cova Sobradelo 1837 27.1 5.6 1055 ****
O Cadramón Frexulfe 1051 15.6 6.1 974 ***
O Cadramón Lagoa 1051 14.8 6.6 1028 ***
O Xistral Abeleira 1027 2.2 12.9 421 ****


Galicia is a very hilly region, but it has few high mountains. The one that stands out, however, the Ancares National Reserve, is one of the most beautiful areas in the whole of Spain. It is stunningly remote, untouched and with incredible scenery. If Ancares was Galicia's only decent climb, it would still be worth making a trip here to see it.

Elsewhere in the region, most climbs are short or rolling. There are some really enjoyable ascents, but nothing comes close to Ancares in terms of high mountains.


It is difficult to find the words to describe the beauty of the Ancares National Reserve; it is simply an area that has to be seen with your own eyes.

Elsewhere the scenery is generally very green and picturesque, but it is rare to get really spectacular views into the distance. One exception to this is the climbs close to the stunning, wild coastline.


Road quality is mixed throughout the region. Some roads are in excellent condition, while others are very rough surfaces. Most climbs have little traffic on them. The best climb in the region - Ancares - is usually completely empty.

Getting There

The main airport in the region is in Santiago de Compostela. It is also well connected by train to Madrid and Asturias Airport is just a short transfer away from Los Ancares.


The region gets a lot of rain along the coast. In land it is considerably drier (more so the further east you go). You are still likely to get more sunny than cloudy days here though - particularly in the summer months, which is the best time to visit.


Our Ancares & Somiedo Mountains cycling holiday stays in the incredible Ancares National Reserve and includes many great climbs for other regions.

Our Camino de Santiago Tour also spends several days in Galicia. This route covers more rolling hills than significant climbs; however, we would be happy to include some of the tougher climbs as an optional extension if you would like a more challenging holiday.

If you would be interested in organizing a bespoke cycling holiday in Galicia, please Contact Us