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


6.5 km


356 m elevation gain


5 % average gradient


8% max gradient


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


6.3 km


378 m elevation gain


6 % average gradient


15 % max gradient


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


40 km


2,582 m elevation gain


6 % average gradient


22 % max gradient


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