Spain - Top Bike Climbs

#1
Llano de las Animas
Spain
#2
Pico de Veleta
Spain
#3
Roque de los Muchachos (north)
Spain
#4
Pico Veleta - Granada
Spain
#5
Alto de l'Angliru
Spain
#6
Teide, Puerto de la Cruz
Spain
#7
Mount Teide - Los Cristianos
Spain
#8
Alto de Gamoniteiro East
Spain
#9
Roque de Los Muchacho (east)
Spain
#10
Pico de Las Nieves, Telde
Spain

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Cycling Spain

Spain has the fifth most Top 100 World Bike climbs (9) of any other country, behind Italy (16), Austria (12) ,Saudi Arabia (12),  and Switzerland (10).  Spain’s Top road bike climbs are spread out further than in any other country: Llano de las Animas (Spain #1, World #5) is on La Palma, Canary Islands,  Pico Veleta (Spain #2, World #14) is in southern Spain; Alto de Gamoniteiro is in the north; and Roque de Los Muchacho,  Teide, Puerto de la Cruz, and Pico de Las Nieves are all situated in the Canary Islands.

LLANO DE LAS ANIMAS

THE HARDEST BIKE CLIMB IN SPAIN

Cycling Llano de las Animas, Spain - bike parked against guardrail overlooking ocean next to rusty sign that reads "Feel the moment...it's a present!!" with a smiley face

Ride 15.6 kilometers (9.7 miles) gaining 2,000 meters (6,560’) at 12.6% average grade.

Dani Avila, Spain, tard0d lifestyle:

The gradient profile for this climb says it all - there are several segments of extraordinary steepness.  Add the length and altitude of this climb and you have the legitimate Top 5 world bike climb.  

aerial photo shows switchbacks snaking up roadway surrounded by tall trees

Start of the concrete.

Remaining: 2.9 km at 18%.

 

PICO VELETA

SPAIN #2 - HARDEST BIKE CLIMB ON THE MAINLAND OF SPAIN

photo collage shows PJAMM Cyclist standing with bike, stone structure, aerial views of roadway snaking up mountainside

The number fourteen most difficult climb in the world. It is not often that we are blessed to climb “The” of anything, whether it be the “hardest,” the “longest,” the “steepest,” or, in this case the “highest.”  Yet we can honestly claim that Pico is a “The” climb:  The highest paved road in all of Europe -- now that’s saying something!  And it’s not just high, it’s H A R D!   The greatest bike climb in Spain is Pico de Veleta. This climb has it all -- it’s incredibly steep (almost impossibly so in places), it’s scenic, has hairpins, a unique summit, a ski resort, is situated partially along a private road, has a spiritual overlay, and more.  PJAMM Cycling rode the hardest route to the top on our first day in Granada and took the longer route our second.

PJAMM Cyclist gives thumbs up on bike

Sign at the start -- first KM is 12% (max 22%).

  Bike climb of Pico de Veleta - statue of Virgen de Las Nieves, Pico Veleta seen through statue

Virgen de Las Nieves -- peak above altar (21 km).

aerial view shows stone marker at the top of the climb

View from the top

Marker at Pico Veleta.

ROQUE DE LOS MUCHACHOS NORTH

SPAIN’S THIRD HARDEST BIKE CLIMB

panoramic view of climb

Cycling Roque de los Muchachos from the north.

Ride 17.7 miles gaining 7,465’ at 7.4% average grade (9.7% climb only)

This is the hardest route up to the highest point on the La Palma of the Canary Islands. The climb begins on the northern part of the island near the tiny hamlet of El Tablado.

PICO VELETA FROM GRANADA

SPAIN’S FOURTH HARDEST BIKE CLIMB

panoramic view of Pico Veleta from Granada, altitude sign reads 2250 m

This is an easier route to Pico Veleta, but still an exceptional climb ranked in the Top World 50 at 27 miles, gaining 8,300’ at 5.7% average grade.

ALTO DE L'ANGLIRU

SPAIN’S FIFTH HARDEST BIKE CLIMB

Cycling Alto de l'Angliru, Spain - view from Mirador about 1 kilometer from ride finish, bike parked next to informational signs on hillside

Cycling the mighty Angliru -- ride 13.1 kilometers (8.2 miles), gaining 1,220 meters (4,005’), at 9.2% average grade.

This may be the most popular Big Climb in Spain, even more so than Pico Veleta.  The climb is very scenic and VERY HARD!  On the face of it, 9.2% seems tough, but manageable.  However, what separates Angliru from most Spanish bike climbs is its extremely steep segments that go well beyond 9%.  There is an entire half-kilometer that averages nearly 20% (beginning about three kilometers from the top) and there are several briefer segments at 15%+.

Cycling Alto de l'Angliru, Spain - photo collage, bike parked in front of large white stone map for Anglirue mountain, cyclist rides on two-lane roadway on mountainside, sign for KM1, panoramic view looking down mountainside, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

This challenging bike climb has been made famous by the Vuelta a España.

MOUNT TEIDE - PUERTO DE LA CRUZ

SPAIN #6 HARDEST BIKE CLIMB

PHOTO COLLAGE SHOWS BIKE PARKED AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS ALONG THE CLIMB, signs for altitude, rocky landscape

Ride 46 kilometers gaining 2,339 meters at 5% average grade.

This is the hardest climb to the high point of TF-21 (roadway to Mount Teide).  

MOUNT TEIDE - LOS CRISTIANOS

SPAIN #7

Photo collage shows PJAMM cyclist standing next to various signs along climb, rocky landscape with scrub brush

Ride 33 kilometers gaining 2106 meters at 6.4% average grade.

ALTO DE GAMONITEIRO

SPAIN #8 OVERALL

Cycling Spain - Alto de Gamoniteiro -  mountainside, road, and radio tower 

Ride 14.5 kilometers gaining 1,408 meters at 9.8% average grade.

This is a Top 100 World Climb located in northern Spain and just south of Angliru.  It appears that this climb has been included in the Vuelta a Espana at least once, in 2016: “Today is the turn of the sixteenth stage, the second in Asturias. Short stage of just 118 kilometers between Avilés and Alto del Gamoniteiro’s unprecedented summit in the Vuelta a España” (Sexto Anillo). 

ROQUE DE LOS MUCHACHOS EAST

#9 HARDEST BIKE CLIMB IN SPAIN

panoramic view of climb

This climb begins in Santa Cruza de la Palma on the Canary Island of La Palma. This is the third most difficult bike climb in Spain and the hardest on the Canary Islands.

photo collage shows PJAMM Cyclist next to sign for Roque de los Muchachos, aerial view of climb finish, signs at top of climb

Roque de Los Muchacho means “Rock of the Boys,” and this is a rocky mound at the highest point on the Island of La Palma.  Also at the top of this climb are several observatories, with some of the largest telescopes in the world, constructed there because the altitude and dry climate provide for excellent observing conditions.

Cycling Top Spanish Bike Climbs - Roque de Los Muchachos - observatories, sky and mountain

PICO DE LAS NIEVES

#10 HARDEST BIKE CLIMB IN SPAIN

panoramic photo shows sweeping views of mountain landscape and lots of trees, blue sky

Cycling Pico de las Nieves from Telde, Las Palmas, Canary Islands.

Ride 26.6 kilometers from 175m to 1933m gaining 1785m at 6.6% average grade.

MOUNT TEIDE - SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE

THE LONGEST BIKE CLIMB IN SPAIN

photo collage shows views of steep mountain surrounded by craggy rock formations, PJAMM Cyclist with bike parked next to informational sign

Cycling the longest bike climb in Europe - Mount Teide from Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Ride 63.1 kilometers gaining 2,871 meters at 3.8% average grade.

At 63 kilometers (39.2 miles), cycling from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to the high point at the Sendero de Montaña Blanca trail (beginning of the hike to Teide Peak at 3,718 meters/12,198’) is the longest bike climb in the Canary Islands, Spain, and Europe, and #10 in the entire world!  One of the great Bike-Hikes in Europe is Santa Cruz to Montaña Blanca and then from Montaña Blanca hike 8.3 kilometers gaining an incredible 1,188 meters to Mount Teide Peak.  

Note:  To hike to Mount Teide summit you must have a permit (apply here).  The Teide Cable Car parking lot is just past the finish of our climb - Google Map of Teide Cable Car.