Desierto de las Palmas (Benicassim)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Benicassim 420m 396m 7.8 km 5.1% 340 ***






Desierto de las Palmas - Benicassim - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Desierto de las Palmas is one of the most popular cycling climbs in the region, with its proximity to the city of Castellón making it a training ground for many amateur cyclists. The climb has been used several times in the Vuelta a España, most recently in the 2015 edition.

The ascent begins from the town of Benicassim - home to one of the biggest music festivals in Europe. It is relatively short and the gradients are consistent, never getting excessively steep. The scenery is pleasant, particularly on the lower slopes where you can catch glimpses of the sea - the upper part of the climb is in trees. At the top of the climb is a small monastery; from here you can turn right to continue climbing to Monte Bartolo - this is a short but very steep extension to the top of the mountain.

Desierto de las Palmas is open throughout the year, and the mild Mediterranean climate makes it an enjoyable climb even in winter.




Roads & Traffic

The road is in good condition throughout. There is generally little traffic on the climb, although it does get busier at weekends.




Alternative Routes

Desierto de las Palmas can also be climbed from the south on a gentle ascent from La Magadalena.





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Cycling Holidays

We currently don't have any cycling holidays in this part of the Valencia region. However, if you would like to customize an itinerary in the region, please contact us and we would happy to organize a trip for you.

You may also be interested in some of the tours below, which we currently run nearby.




Historic Center - Benicassim
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: from €1,220 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Beniarres Reservoir & Benicaldell
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging to Hard
Price: from €620 EUR
Tramuntana Mountains - Mallorca
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,110 EUR