Col de Spandelles (Ferrières)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Ferrières 1,378m 858m 10.3 km 8.3% 894 ***

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Climb Description

Col de Spandelles is a relatively unknown climb in the High Pyrenees region. It runs parallel to - and is overshadowed by the Col du Soulor (which itself is overshadowed by the Aubisque!) In truth, the Col de Spandelles is not as enjoyable to ride as any of the three main sides of Soulor/Aubisque.

The climb from Ferrieres is the more challenging side of the Spandelles by some distance; the gradients rarely drop below 8% and there are several significant pitches in double figures. This is a tough test, particularly if you choose to tackle it after riding the Aubisque.

Col de Spandelles can be open throughout the year, although closures are possible due to snow in the winter. The pass is not routinely cleared.

Col de Spandelles (Pyrenees) Cycling Climb

Don't underestimate the challenge from this side

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in fairly good condition apart from some loose gravel in places which is easy enough to avoid. It is narrow though, so take care if you plan to descend this way.

There is virtually no traffic throughout the entireclimb.

Alternative Routes

Col de Spandelles can also be climbed from Argèles Gazost.

Nearby Climbs

Col d'Aubisque (Soulor)

Col des Borderes

Col de Couraduque



Pont d'Espagne

Luz Ardiden

Cycling Holidays

Col de Spandelles can be climbed on our Pyrenees Coast to Coast and Best Of The Pyrenees cycling holidays, as a more challenging alternative to descending the Col d'Aubisque.

Check out the information below for details of these 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