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Alto de Velefique

The most iconic climb in southern Spain, Velefique is located in the Sierra de los Filabres mountain range.  The winding road stretches 13 km to the summit, also known as Alto de Velefique, is a real test for any cyclist.  


Including 20 hairpin turns and averaging 7.8%, the climb finishes at 1,820 m.  Cycling in this spectacular scenery includes views to what is Europe’s only desert, the Tabernas desert. If you look closely you may see a set from a Spaghetti Western movie or even Lawrence of Arabia!


We believe Velefique has all the ingredients to be named the “Best climb in Spain”,with a smooth road surface, fantastic open hairpin bends and stunning scenery. On our last ride we saw no other cyclists or cars, just one couple on a motorbike taking photos at the viewpoint, sometimes it really is like riding on your own private road.

More info & tips

A very tough climb indeed especially the first 4 km. After the initial hurt you settle into an average of around 7% more or less to the summit.  It can be cold at the top so your extra gear will be waiting. You may need it for the descent!


Velo Velefique use our "Broom Wagon" for this route and provide drinks and snacks at the summit. All your extra gear will be in the van.

The descent will need your full attention!

Total distance for this route is 90 km with 1,800 m climbing.

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