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
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
356 m elevation gain
5 % average gradient
8% max gradient
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
378 m elevation gain
6 % average gradient
15 % max gradient
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
2,582 m elevation gain
6 % average gradient
22 % max gradient
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Our trip was beyond fantastic and we give ESC many kudos. Thank you ESC for going above and beyond.Remme, ChigacoBeyond Fantastic
ESC's local knowledge created a cycling trip that we won't soon forget. You just can't get this kind of attention and personalised catering from larger tour companies. I highly recommend booking your next cycling adventure with ESC. We're already looking forward to being with ESC in 2018. Chapeau, ESC!SteveUnforgettable!