Spain -except Pyrenees



Where is the highest paved road in Europe ? I would have guessed the Alps, and I still think it could be a reasonable answer. But it is not so. The Pyrenees ? No - but closer. Not so far south of there is the original Sierra Nevada. The road to Pico Veleta reaches over 3000 meters. On a road bike it is an out and back ride, but with a mountain bike you can go down the other side. The majority of summits above 2000 meters in Spain are in these southern ranges. But I think my favorites are many of the smaller roads that climb to remote villages in Andalucia, Murcia and surrounding provinces.


Alphabetical Order


A
A347 Alcolea(sh) -840m: a shoulder summit route through Alpujarra villages without tourists, heading for the only paved mountain pass road through the Sierra Nevada.

Algueda (Coll. de) -480m: a small dessert summit with view onto the picturesque Sierra Orihuela
C
Cabezo de la Plata (Puerto de) -380m: locally popular bike racing summit, across a badlands dessert ridge summit in Murcia

Cabo Cope s(u) -380m: small summit in a nature park along the Mediterranean - abundant picturesquely decaying old stone structures along the way

Calar Alto s(u) -2168m: a long, high and famous climb to an observatory on the plateau like Sierra de Filabres

Carretera de la Chaba(sh) -1360m: high pass through limestone mountains between Granada and the Mediterranean sea.

Carretera de Gualchos s(u) -550m: lowest paved summit in the Sierra de Lujar, directly above the Mediterranean Sea

Castro de Filabres (Alto de) -1250m: the small pass on a big pass loop, and possibly the most pleasant on the loop

Colmenar(sh) -700m: a large, popular hilltown (call it a hill city) near Malaga

Comares s(u) -720m: popular tourist hilltown near Malaga

Cutar (Alto de) (sh) -440m: low mountain pass on the Mediterranean coast; passes my favorite hilltown in this area: Cutar
E
El Torcal (Puerto de) -950m: pass just below the one way summit El Torcal, the most prominent mountain road summit between Malaga and Antequerra
G
GR3204 Pinos de Valle -830m: across from the Sierra Nevada and with great views onto them.
H
Haza del Lino (Puerto de) -1300m: popular cycling destination summit between the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean Sea

Haza del Lino - Albondon s(u) -1350m: a summit on a traverse along the top of the Sierra Contraviesa
I
Itr_abo (Alto de) s(u) -500m: connects two popular coastal towns: Salobrena and Almunecar; good mountain biking above here

Iznate (Alto de) s(u) -380m: a low pass located just above the old village Iznate, above the coast
L
Leon (Puerte de) -920m: the most popular climb from Malaga
M
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

Moclinejo (Alto de) s(u) -600m: this pass crosses the first ridge, immediately adjacent to the Mediterranean coast, and looks down onto many small old villages
P
Portell de Cati -1100m: a locally famous racing pass through block shaped mountains - with an extremely steep top section
R
Ragudo (Cuesta de ) (sh) -1007m: a paved alternative to part of the Via Verde Ojos Negros(sh)
S
Santillana (Puerto de) s(u) -1350m: the most interesting road along the Sierra Nevada skirts an the old Alpujarra Village, Ojanes

Santopilar (Puerto de) -850m: the highest puerto between a whole series of possible summit points between the hilltowns Comares and Colmenar.
V
Vall de Ebo s(u) -540m: a scenic, popular climb above the sea on the Costa Blanca

Velefique (Puerto de) -1822m: local cyclists call this the Iberian Stelvio Pass

Venta de Chaleco - Turon s(u) -1310m: a summit on the traverse of the Sierra Contraviesa, conveniently located betwee the Mediterranean Sea and the Sierra Nevada

Venta La Nades s(u) -950m: a traverse above old white villages, between coast and the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama

Venta Luisa (Collado) -1970m: a summit on the classic loop over Puerto de Velefique

Via Verde Ojos Negros(sh) -1230m: my favorite railtrail in the world
Z
Zambra (Alto de) s(u) -730m: a narrow, curving climb, virtually without cars on the outskirts of Malaga

 
Elevation Table

Name
elevation (m) surface
region nearby towns
  2000-2249      
Calar Alto s(u)
2168m

Sierra Filabres
Gergal
  1750-1999      
Venta Luisa (Collado)
1970m
paved
Sierra Filabres
Gergal, Seron
Puerto de Velefique 1822m
paved
Sierra Filabres
Velefique, Bacares
  1500-1749m      
  1250-1499m      
Carretera de la Chaba
1360m
paved
Sierra de la Chaba
Otivar
Haza del Lino - Albondon s(u)
1350m
paved
Sierra Contraviesa
Alfornon
Puerto de Santillana s(u) 1350m
paved
Sierra Nevada
Ohanes, Abia
Venta de Chaleco - Turon s(u) 1310m
paved
Sierra Contraviesa
Turon, Albondon
Haza del Lino s(u)
1300m
paved
Sierra Contraviesa
Polopos
Castro Filabres (Alto de)
1250m
paved
Sierra Filabres
Castro Filabres
Via Verde Ojos Negros(sh) 1230m
unpaved
Sierra Javalambra
Sagunto, Teruel
  1000-1249m      
Portell de Cati
1100m
paved
Serra de Maigmo
Castalla
Mirador Cabra Montes(sh)
1080m
unpaved
Sierra de la Chaba
Otivar
Cuesta de Ragudo(sh) 1007m
paved
Sierra Javalambre
Viver, Barranca
  500-999m      
El Torcal (Puerto de)
950m
paved
El Torcal
Antequerra
Venta La Nades s(u)
950m
paved

Malaga
Leon (Puerto de)
920m
paved

Malaga
Santopilar (Puerto de)
850m
paved

Malaga
A347 Alcolea(sh)
847m
paved
Sierra Contraviesa
Alcolea, Berja
GR3204 Pinos de Valle
830m
paved
Sierra Contraviesa
Pinos de Valle
Zambra (Alto de) s(u)
730m
paved

Malaga
Comares(sh)
720m
pav/unp

Comares
Colmenar(sh)
700m
paved

Colmanar
Moclinejo (Alto de) s(u)
600m
paved

Moclinejo
Carretera de Gualchos(sh)
550m
paved
Sierra de Lujar
Gualchos
Vall de Ebo s(u) 540m
paved
Costa Blanca
la Vall'Ebo, Pego
Itr_abo (Alto de) s(u)
500m
paved

Jete
Algueda (Coll. de)
480m
paved
Sierra de Crevillent
Crevillent
Cutar (Alto de) (sh)
440m
paved

Cutar
  110-499m      
Iznate (Alto de) s(u)
380m
paved
SIerra de Lujar
Iznate
Cabezo de la Plata (Puerto de)
380m
paved
Sierra Cabezo de Plata
Murcia
Cabo Cope s(u)
380m
paved

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