This page provides a summary for cycling and climbing by bike the top climbs in Spain and the Canary Islands. Bicycling up some of the greatest mountain climbs in the world including Pico Veleta, Alto del Angliru, Roque de Los Muchacho, Puerto Teide, Hoya De La Mora, and many more. These climbs can be viewed via the map below (scroll in to view climbs in particular areas), or by a detailed list of the climbs that can be arranged 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. You can also view the Top 10 bicycling climbs in Spain . 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 best bicycling and biking climbs in Spain.
Spain has the fourth most Top 100 World Bike climbs (five) than any other country, behind Italy (23), Austria (12) and Switzerland (12). Spain’s Top road bike climbs are spread out further than in any other country: Pico Veleta (Spain #1, World #7) 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.
THE HARDEST BIKE CLIMB IN SPAIN
THE NUMBER SEVEN 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, etc. PJAMM Cycling rode the hardest route to the top on our first day in Granada and took the longer route our second.
Sign at the start -- first KM is 12% (max 22%).
Virgen de Las Nieves -- peak above altar (21 km).
Marker at Pico Veleta.
THE HARDEST BIKE CLIMB IN NORTHERN SPAIN
Radio tower is the top of the climb.
This is a top 50 World Climb located in northern Spain that PJAMM climbed in June 2018. Though this is one of the most difficult climbs in Spain, but we have confirmed that this climb is paved and can be done on a road bike. 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 and, again, mountain. Short stage of just 118 kilometers between Avilés and Alto del Gamoniteiro, unprecedented summit in the Vuelta a España” (Sexto Anillo).
THE HARDEST BIKE CLIMB IN SPAIN’S CANARY ISLANDS
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.
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.