Navarra Cycling Climbs
|Climb||Town||Altitude (m)||Length (km)||Gradient (%)||Difficulty||Rating|
|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||***|
|La Aldea||El Campillar||1000||4.2||6.6||129||***|
|Collado de Ibardin||Bera||317||5.5||4.9||130||***|
|Puerto de Izpegui||Erratzu||672||11.8||3.6||310||***|
MountainsNavarra 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.
SceneryNavarra 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.
RoadsNearly 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.