Navarra Cycling Climbs

Climb Town Altitude (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Aritxulegi Endara Reservoir 452 3.5 6.3 102 ***
Artesiaga Eugi 999 6.6 4.9 342 ***
Artesiaga Irurita 999 15.6 5 495 ****
Etxauri Etxauri 840 6.8 6.4 326 ***
Ibañeta Arnegui 1057 17.9 4.5 314 **
Ibañeta Burguete 1057 4.5 3.6 85 **
Lizarraga Abarzazu 1050 18.5 2.8 175 ***
Lizarraga Lizarraga 1050 9.3 5.4 374 ****
Lizarrieta Etxalar 441 8.1 4.4 198 ****
Collado de Piedra de San Martín Isaba (NA-137) 1760 14.4 5.4 521 ****
Port de Larrau Ochagavía (NA-140 Junction) 1585 10.8 6.4 501 ****
San Miguel de Aralar Lekunberri 1232 16.7 4 350 ***
San Miguel de Aralar Uharte Arakil 1232 11 8.1 894 ***
Urbasa Altsasu 927 16 2.3 175 ***
La Aldea El Campillar 1000 4.2 6.6 129 ***
Agiña Endara Reservoir 560 5.0 5.8 132 ***
Agiña Lesaka 560 7.2 6.3 197 ***
La Piedad Lesaka 246 2.4 7.6 202 ***
Uitzi Leitza 810 4.8 6.7 135 ***
Uitzi Lekunberri 810 6.2 3.6 85 ***
Collado de Ibardin Bera 317 5.5 4.9 130 ***
Puerto de Izpegui Erratzu 672 11.8 3.6 310 ***


Mountains

Navarra is one of the cycling heartlands of Spain. It is the home of the Movistar professional cycling team and was also the birthplace of Miguel Induraín. Much of the region is mountainous, with good climbs stretching from the Pyrenees to the Urbasa Natural Park.

The climbs in the Pyrenees vary from shorter ascents in the north and longer, much higher routes as you head towards the Central Pyrenees. The border with the Basque Country is home to the best climbs in the west of the region; with particularly enjoyable ascents to the north of Estella-Lizarra. The climbs in Navarra are generally not quite as steep as in the neighbouring Basque Country.

Scenery

Navarra has some great scenery in its mountain ranges. The northern part is very similar to the famous climbs of the Basque Country - largely green with pleasant rolling hills. The east of the region, on the border with France is more spectacular, with some high mountain peaks centered around the classic cycling climbs of Port Larrau.

Roads

Nearly all road surfaces in Navarra are in very good condition for cycling.

It is important to be aware of traffic in Navarra as, although it is generally a quiet region, some of the most popular cycling areas do have main roads running through them. One are in particular to be cautious about is around the start of the Camino de Santiago in Roncesvalles and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Many of the roads around there are surprisingly busy. Further east, towards the border with Aragón is much quieter.

Getting There

Pamplona - the capital of Navarra - has a small airport and also regular traing connections to Madrid. Bilbao is the nearest large airport.

Weather

It is possible to cycle in Navarra throughout the year, although the highest mountains are closed in the winter. It rarely gets too cold or too hot for cycling, but be prepared for rain at any time of the year.

Tours

We don't currently run any tours to Navarra. If you would be interested in customizing an itinerary to include this climb, please contact us.