CYCLING IN SOUTH SPAIN

When Northern Europe cools over winter and spring head to the south of Spain with the pros. With a stunning variety of riding along the Costa del Sol, the high mountains of the Sierra Nevadas and beautiful cities such as Granada, the south of Spain offers quality riding and a variety of landscapes.

South Spain Cycling Highlights

Col de Rates

Coll de Rates from Parcent

The Coll de Rates is the most famous climb on the Costa Blanca and is something of a rite of passage for professional and amateur riders alike in the region. As the climb unfolds, so do the views and you’ll be rewarded for your climbing efforts.

top 626 m

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6.5 km

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356 m elevation gain

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5 % average gradient

60%

8% max gradient

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Cumbre del Sol

Cumbre del Sol from Benitachell

A short but brutal climb on the Costa Blanca, the Cumbre del Sol shot to fame after a visit from the Vuelta Espana in 2015. Since then its hardcore ramps have been the site of a pilgrimage for cyclists looking to test their legs. The Playa de Portet offers cafes to toast to a successful day when safely back down the rather steep descent.

top 422 m

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6.3 km

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378 m elevation gain

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6 % average gradient

55%

15 % max gradient

90%

Pico de Veleta

Pico de Veleta from Haza Llana

Climbing the Pico de Veleta is a challenge even for the most experienced cyclist. Located in the Sierra Nevadas & with its base close to Grenada the climb lasts over 40 km and to well over 3,000 m of elevation. Beware of the change in temperatures; scorching hot at the base and very cold at the top.

top 3,392 m

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40 km

99%

2,582 m elevation gain

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6 % average gradient

55%

22 % max gradient

95%

Browse our South Spain Cycling Tours

Andalucia Experience

Intermediate - Advanced | Road
Andalucia Cycling Tour Sierra Nevada

Trans Andalucia

Advanced | Road
Col de Rates Calpe Cycling

Calpe Camp

Advanced | Road

Blogs from South Spain

Cycling in Spain Top Destinations CyclingESC ExploreGironaPicos de EuropaPyreneesSouth Spain
April 10, 2018

Top 10 Must Ride Cycling Destinations in Spain

There's much more to cycling in mainland Spain than sunshine and smooth roads. From the highest paved road in Europe (Pico de Veleta in the Sierra Nevadas) to the green…
South Spain
March 25, 2018

“Fading light, fading energy and 58k to go” – One epic day on the bike

The day started out like any other; an informal pre-ride briefing outlining the course, an estimated timeline, advice on what to wear as well as attractions and landmarks to keep…
CyclingESC ExploreSouth Spain
January 12, 2018

“I don’t ever know what I’m looking for in this state, but I know when I find it”

Cycling around Andalucia in southern Spain over the last few days has been a bit of an adventure, to say the least. Was it really Wednesday morning when we left…
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