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Europe - other areas

Spain - except Pyrenees
(highest first)
Carretera de la Chaba(sh) -1360m: high pass through limestone mountains between Granada and the Mediterranean sea.
Mirador Cabra Montes(sh) -1080m: a point on the Carretera de la Chabe with an additional unpaved approach from the most interesting side of this rugged limestone range
Puerto de Leon -920m: the most popular climb from Malaga
Puerto de El Torcal -950m: pass just below the one way summit El Torcal, the most prominent mountain road summit between Malaga and Antequerra
Venta La Nades s(u) -950m: a traverse above old white villages, between coast and the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama
Puerto de Santopilar -850m: the highest puerto between a whole series of possible summit points between the hilltowns Comares and Colmenar.
A347 Alcolea(sh) -840m: a shoulder summit route through Alpujarra villages without tourists, heading for the only paved mountain pass road in the Sierra Nevada.
GR3204 Pinos de Valle(sh) -830m: across from the Sierra Nevada and with great views onto them.
Alto de Zambra -730m: a narrow, curving climb, virtually without cars on the outskirts of Malaga
Comares s(u) -720m: popular tourist hilltown near Malaga
Colmenar(sh) - 700m: a large, popular hilltown (call it a hill city) near Malaga
Alto de Moclinejo -600m: this pass crosses the first ridge, immediately adjacent to the Mediterranean coast, and looks down onto many small old villages
Carretera de Gualchos s(u) -550m: lowest paved summit in the Sierra de Lujar, directly above the Mediterranean Sea.
Alto de Itr_abo s(u): -500m: connects two popular coastal towns: Salobrena and Almunecar; good mountain biking above here
Alto de Cutar(sh): -440m: low mountain pass on the Mediterranean coast; passes my favorite hilltown in this area: Cutar
Alto de Iznate s(u): a low pass located just above the old village Iznate, above the coast

  Spanish Pyrenees
(highest first)

Pic de l'Orri s(u) -2439m: a high ski mountain with a far panoramic view of the Pyrenean main ridge. With a mountain bike you can ride a loop over the peak
Port de Bonaiqua -2072m: the pass crosses the main ridge of the Pyrenees, which is located completely in Spain here.
Port de Canto -1725m: within 300 meters of the magic 2000 meter mark. But this pass goes over a large, gentle green foothill ridge.
Collado de Fadas -1470m: also goes over shoulder point Collado de Espina; a busy rugged limestone canyon on the west side.
Puerto de Cotefablo -1423m: fairly busy pass on the Spanish Transpyrenean Axis route
Alto de Fanlo s(u) -1399m: The hilltown Fanlo watches from high above over the entrance to Parque Nacional Odesa y Monte Perdido
Creu de Perves s(u) -1334m: a fairly long. rolling plateau above tree line over several named divides and two hilltowns along the way.
Col du Portillon -1320m: border between Spanish and French pyrenees; but it never reaches treeline, and weather it crosses the main ridge of the Pyrenees is arguable.
Alto de Zuriza -1290m: idyllic summit pasture give way to an isolated road through a narrow limestone canyon
Alto de Aisa s(u) -1227m: an isolated road between two removed medieval villages
Buerba s(u) -1175m: 36km of so much scenery, that I spent more time taking pictures than cycling
Alto de Hecho -1100m: link in a foothill traverse along the Pyrenees
Estany de Montcortes s(u) -1070m: a small summit with a fascinating hilltown.
Collado de Foradada -1020m: the closest thing to a highway pass I have cycled sofar in Spain
Los Molinos -940m: a small sideroad summit in Paruqe Nacional Odesa y Monte Perdido area, with a sidetrip to a very "out of the way" Hermitage church.
Puerto de Santa Barbara -875m: gentle foothills pass, that gives a panoramic view of the Pyreneen main ridge; with a limestone canyon along the southern approach.

French Pyrenees
(highest first)
Col de Peyresroude -1569m: a Tour de France favorite, because it just happens to be between Col du Tourmalet and eastern Pyrennes.
Col de Beyrede -1430m: a small rough road pass, wich is a alternate to nearby busy passes made famous through the Tour de France.
Col du Portillon -1320m: low border pass between France and Spain. The main ridge of the Pyrenees is located on the Spanish side here.

France - Corsica
(highest first)

Col de Vergio -1467m: The highest paved pass in Corsica
Col de Sevi - 1103m : I bet there is a lot of great scenery up here, but it rained when I was here.
Col de Birgorno -870m: It looked good on the map, and it was better in reality
Col d'Arbitro -650 : a small road through remote villages without traffic
Belvedere de Saliccio -600m: a sidetrip near "Les Salanches" that provides a better overview of the area.
Col de Lava -480m: another name for "Les Salanches", a few km of stronly eroded rock formations with many visitors
Col de Palamarella/Croix -408m: This low pass follows one of the most scenic parts of the coast

Italy - Apennin
(favorites first)
Passo Vestito -1056m: For three different reasons, the most unusual mountain pass that I know.
Passo Giovo -1674m: a long unpaved ramble over a high ridge for which I had great weather
SP370 Cinque Terre: La Spezia - Manarola -550m: the highest point on the Cinque Terre Road
SP51 Cinque Terre: Manarola - Monterosso(sh) -300m: the lower part of the Cinque Terre Road has equally amazing sights
Passo del Lucese -580m: a small road in the Alpi Apuani, that stands in contrast to the traffic along the coast
San Pelegrino in Alpe s(u) -1639: an extraordinarily steep road on one side to a popular tourist hilltown
Pascoso - Gragliana s(u) -845m: a small summit in the maze of paved tracks, connecting remote villages in the Alpi Apuani
Pescaglia - San Rocco in Turrite s(u) -740m, same as above
Passo Lagastrello -1200m: a great way to get away from heavy valley traffic and see some nice scenery in the process
SP7 Barga (sh) -840m: a small climb to a popular tourist village
SP10 Castelnuovo - Cerraveccha -840m: This tunnel leads around Passo Vestito, helpful in the rain or to make a loop over Passo Vestito