Portugal Hardest Bike Climbs

#1
Pico Arieiro
PORTUGAL
#2
Pico Arieiro - Easier Route
PORTUGAL
#3
Paul da Serra (Miradouo do Rabacal)
PORTUGAL
#4
Paul da Serra
PORTUGAL
#5
Torre
PORTUGAL
#6
Serra de Estrela (Unhais de Serra)
PORTUGAL
#7
Serra de Estrela (Covilha)
PORTUGAL
#8
Serra de Estrela (Manteigas)
PORTUGAL
#9
Marao East
PORTUGAL
#10
Serra de Estrela (Seia)
PORTUGAL

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FULL SUMMARY

The 5 top bike climbs in Portugal are located on the Island of Madeira.

HARDEST CYCLING CLIMB IN PORTUGAL

PICO ARIEIRO, PORTUGAL

Top bike climbs in Europe  - Pico Ariero, Portugal - bike leaning against altitude sign

Pico Arieiro is the most difficult bike climb in Portugal and #19 in the world.

This climb is on the Island of Madeira which is official the Autonomous Region of Madeira.  Madeira is an archipelago situated in the Atlantic Ocean south of Portugal and west of Morocco. This climb is rated 19th in the world and is the most distant from mainland Europe than any other Europe Top 10 Bike Climb.

 

Ride 18 kilometers gaining 1,776 meters at 9.8% average grade.

#1 Portugal / #19 World

PORTUGAL #2

PICO ARIEIRO - EASIER ROUTE

Easier is relative . . .

#2 Portugal / #34 World

Ride 231.4 kilometers gaining 1,785 meters at 8.4% average grade.

PORTUGAL #3

PAUL da SERRA

Ride 20.3 kilometers gaining 1,854 meters at 7.8%

#3 Portugal / #93 World.

The top 3 bike climbs in Portugal are on the Island of Madeira.

PORTUGAL #4

SERRA DE ESTRELA (UNHAIS DE SERRA

Ride 20.8 kilometers gaining 1,342 meters at 6.4%

Serra da Estrela (“Start Mountain Range”) is the highest point in mainland Portugal.  Few places can you ride your bike to the highest point in a country, but this is one of those few.  The top is not a peak but rather the highest point in a plateau and the Torre (“Tower”) built in 1817.  

PORTUGAL #5

SERRA DE ESTRELA (COVILHA)

Ride 20.4 kilometers gaining 1,463 meters at 6.4%

There are 4 routes to the top of this climb:  Seia (northwest), Manteigas (northeast), Covilha (southeast) and Unhais da Serra (southwest).  The most difficult route to the top is from Unhais de Serra (20.8 kilometers gaining 1,342 meters at 6.4% average grade).  

We have researched and documented for this page the 30 hardest and most difficult bike climbs ever included in the Tour de France. 

The all-time hardest bike climbs of the Tour de France can be viewed on this page via the map (zoom in to view climbs in particular areas), by Climb Cards (photo and stats) or by a detailed list of the climbs that can be arranged in metric or imperial units by difficulty, distance (longest climbs in the area), altitude gained, highest elevation (highest summit), average grade (sort the grades by varying distances), lowest start point, etc. Click on "Climb Page" to jump to the detail page for that particular bike climb. We feel this page provides a good summary of the top, hardest and best bicycling climbs of the Tour de France.

The 10 hardest bike climbs ever to appear in the Tour de France are %TOP10 

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