TOP 10 MOUNTAIN PASSES ON THE COSTA BLANCA
1 - TUDONS + AITANA
Two climbs that are quite a challenge on their own but that together make up the hardest mountain pass on the Costa Blanca. A “special category” of 20 kilometers. A wear climb, very regular and almost without breaks especially in its last 10 kilometers. From Sella, we will first face the well-known Port of Tudons, to continue through the Sierra de Aitana to the top of Alicante, where the military base was located.
Altimetría Tudons: https://www.cycling-friendly.com/es/altimetrias/99/tudons-sella
Altimetría Alto de Aitana: https://www.cycling-friendly.com/es/altimetrias/108/alto-de-aitana-tudons
Foto: Jelignite Photography
2 - XORRET DE CATÍ
If we talk about characteristic cycling climbs of the La Vuelta of Spain, Xorret de Catí has undoubtedly made a name for itself among the international squad and all cycling fans. We will cross the Sierra de Maigmó for its scarce 3.74 kilometers, but with an average of almost 13% and slopes of more than 20% that make it a fearsome climb.
3 - COLL DE RATES
It is impossible to talk about Costa Blanca and cycling without talking about the Coll de Rates. One of the most famous, between the Ferrer mountains and the Sierra del Carrascar, does not have large slopes but its curves and landscapes will not leave you indifferent. For this reason, it is a must-see for any cyclist who visits the area.
Foto: Malena Nowotarska
4 - CUMBRE DEL SOL
Another impossible cycling climb that has already become one of the classics of La Vuelta, where Chris Froome or Tom Dumoulin won. The Alto del Puig de la Llorença, which ends in the urbanization that gives its name to this climb, is another of the destinations marked in red on the agenda of any cyclist who visits the Costa Blanca for its harshness and its views.
5 - VALL D’EBO - 7,9kms / 5,80% promedio
Its winding layout but without large slopes make this cycling climb one of the essentials in the area. This height that takes us to Vall d’Ebo in the Marina Alta of Alicante, goes from more to less in its hardness, which will allow us to enjoy its spectacular views at the final mountain pass.
6 - SIERRA DE BERNIA - 5,15kms / 12% average
Another of the cycling climbs that stands out for the hardness of its slopes and that gained a lot of prominence since its new asphalt paving and being the end of the stage in the Tour of the Valencian Community in 2020, with an exhibition by Tadej Pogacar. Located in the Cycling Friendly municipality of Altea, its 12% on average makes it compete or surpass Xorret de Catí himself. A discovery to test yourself.
7 - CONFRIDES - 7,5kms / 4,7% average
Another of the classic cycling climbs of the Valencian Community, common in La Vuelta and also on many cycling routes back to Benidorm, Altea or Calpe after having also passed through Tudons. With an affordable average, good views, but as a finishing touch to many tours.
Foto: Jack Anstey
8 - TORREMANZANAS + BENIFÀLLIM - 17,7kms / 4,10% average
A combination of two very beautiful cycling climbs with many curves. With a descending section to connect both ascents, the ascent to Torremanzanas offers us a loose slope above 14%, but it is still a third category mountain pass, just like Benifàllim.
9 - LA CARRASQUETA - 12,2kms / 4,50% promedio
One of the cycling climbs recommended by the associations and institutions of Costa Blanca, and is also a crossing point from Xixona in almost all editions of the Tour of the Valencian Community. It does not have very steep slopes but it is a long climb.
10 - SERRA GELADA
MTB to the Benidorm area with a climb that could not be missed despite its short length, as it has the hardest paved kilometer in Europe for cyclists. Its average of more than 20% with slopes approaching 35-40% will force you to get all the energy you have ... or even to ground yourself.