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Roads & TrafficThe surface is in very good condition.
There is generally little traffic on this climb, although it can become busier at weekends in the summer.
Lizarraga is an enjoyable cycling climb in the Navarra region of Northern Spain. It climbs into the Urbasa Natural Park and the numerous hairpins offer fine views across to the Sierra de Andía Mountains. This is the classic side of the climb, with the southern face being much more rolling with several plateaus. However, it is nice to include both sides in a longer route - particularly if you get the opportunity to stay in the delightful nearby town of Estella-Lizarra.
The climb from this side actually begins in Etxarri-Aranatz, but the first section is gentle and the real ascending begins from the town of Lizarraga. The scenery here is picturesque; although the name of the Natural Park translates from Basque as wet forest; so be sure to check the weather forecast and carry a rain jacket with you!
Lizarraga is open throughout the year. Short term closures due to snow are possible in the winter, but are not especially common.
Other sidesLizarraga can also be climbed from the south, beginning in Abarzazu. This is a very gentle ascent with a picturesque plateau in the middle of the climb.
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