O Poio (Vega de Valcarce)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Vega de Valcarce 1,335m 735m 26.5 km 2.8% 264 ****






O Poio from Vega de Valcarce - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

O Poio is the longest climb in the classic route of the Camino de Santiago trail. For cyclists looking for a real high mountain challenge it is probably too easy; but, when on a loaded touring bike, the gentle gradients and abundant downhill sections can be very welcome.

The first part of the climb is mostly in trees, running close to the Lamas River. However, after turning left at Piedrafita, the scenery really opens up and there are beautiful views into the rolling Galician countryside. The village of O'Cebreiro itself is very popular with travellers on the Camino de Santiago - the Santa María church here was allegedly the one time home of the Holy Grail. You almost certainly won't need any miracles or divine intervention to help you up this gentle climb, but it is an enjoyable ride and good to include as part of a longer route.

O Poio is open throughout the year, but short term closures are not uncommon in winter during periods of bad weather. Heavy fog is also common on the upper part of the climb, so it is a good idea to bring some lights and reflective clothing with you.


O Poio from Vega de Valcarce - Galicia Cycling Climb

The Santa Maria church in O Cebreiro






Roads & Traffic

The road is in very good condition throughout.

There is little traffic on the climb. The first part of the ascent to Piedrafita do Cebreiro used to be the main road through the region and was very busy. However, a motorway has since been built which has taken nearly all of the traffic, and now it is quiet throughout the climb.


O Poio Green Scenery

The rolling green hills of Galicia open up towards the top of the climb






Alternative Routes

O Poio can also be climbed from Triacastela in the west. This is a much shorter and steeper climb, and is usually descended on the Camino.





Nearby Climbs


Piedrafita

Llano de las Ovejas

Ancares






Cycling Holidays

O Poio is climbed on our Camino de Santiago cycling holiday.

Find out more in the links below about this and other mountainous tours that we run nearby.




Picos de Europa National Park
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,130 EUR
Hospital de Orbigo Bridge
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,090 EUR
Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,130 EUR