Port de Larrau

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Ochagavia 1,585m 695m 10.8 km 6.4% 501 ****

Port de Larrau Profile

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Climb Description

Port de Larrau is a pleasant climb in the Spanish Pyrenees; although from a cycling point of view, the more famous and challenging ascent is on the French side.

It was here that effectively ended the career of one of cycling's all time greats - Miguel Induraín. The Spaniard was bidding to win his sixth consecutive Tour de France in 1996 when he cracked on the relentlessly steep gradients of Port de Larrau, losing minutes and any hope of winning the general classification.

This was a cruel twist of fate for Induraín who was looking forward to the Tour de France passing into his home region of Navarra on that very stage. Indeed, Port de Larrau is one of many border crossings between France and Spain that are dotted along the Pyrenees range.

The scenery here is not the most spectacular in the Pyrenees, but nor is it humdrum. The upper slopes are particularly impressive, as you climb above the tree-line. The beauty of Port de Larrau - and the Basque Pyrenees in general - is their isolation. There are very few tourists here - indeed, very few people in general - which adds to a great sense of tranquility and peacefulness.

Port de Larrau is open from May to November. It is also sometimes clear to ride in April and early December, but don't count on it in these months.

Port de Larrau - Navarra Cycling Climb

The Basque Pyrenees are often in cloud, but, on a sunny day, the views are fantastic

Roads & Traffic

The road is in very good condition throughout and there is very little traffic on this climb.

Alternative Routes

Port de Larrau can also be climbed from the French side, beginning a few kilometres to the north of the village of Larrau.

Nearby Climbs

Pierre St Martin

Col de Marie Blanque

Col de Bagargi


Cycling Holidays

Port de Larrau can be climbed from the French side as an optional extension on our Pyrenees Coast to Coast cycling holiday. But given the length and gradients, this is only realistic for very strong riders.

Check out the information below for details of this and some of the other tours that we run in high mountains.

Port de Pailheres Cycling
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 9 Days
Level: Difficulty Hard
Price: €1,980 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,630 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,490 EUR