Coll de Jau (Prades)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Prades 1,506m 1,153m 23.1 km 5.0% 641 ****

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Climb Description

Coll de Jau is one of the best 'lesser-known' cycling climbs of the Pyrenees range. Its relatively low altitude masks some of its difficulty, with the last 12km averaging over 6.5%.

The climb from Prades is probably the most scenic road climb in the Catalan Pyrenees. In particular, the first half of the climb offers stunning views as the narrow road winds along a balcony overlooking a dramatic gorge. The upper part is more forested, but there are still some clearings and nice hairpin bends to give you something to aim for!

Coll de Jau can be open throughout the year, but closures (usually short term) are fairly common during winter.

Coll de Jau (Prades)

The top of the climb is clearly marked

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is paved throughout, but it is a bit rough and bumpy in places. The upper slopes can also have some loose gravel.

There is some traffic in the first 5km. However, after passing through Molitg-les-Bains, and particularly after Mosset, the climb is very quiet.

Coll de Jau from Prades

The views are more open and scenic on this side of the climb

Alternative Routes

Coll de Jau can also be climbed from the south, beginning in the town of Prades.

Nearby Climbs

Coll de Creu

Coll de Mantet

Port de Pailheres

Cycling Holidays

Coll de Jau is climbed on our Pyrenees Coast to Coast cycling holiday.

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

Picos de Europa National Park
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,490 EUR