Punta Acuta, a road with gorgeous views
Punta Acuta is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.231m (7,319ft) above the sea level located in the northwest of the Sobrarbe region, in Huesca province, Aragon, Spain, bordering France. It's one of the highest roads of the country.
Nestled in the Pyrenees mountain range, within the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, the road to the summit is mostly unpaved. It’s called Pista de las Cutas. It’s 31.3km (19.44 miles) long, running from the paved HU-631 road towards the town of Torla-Ordesa. It’s only drivable by bikes, motorbikes and 4x4 cars with high clearance. It is closed to private vehicles. The steep track, also known as Pista Ordesa-Sierra de Cutas and Ruta de los miradores de Ordesa, is usually impasable from November to June.
The road to the summit is very scenic running along the ridges of the Pyrenees on the border between Spain and France, in a wild landscape and stunning views of the mountains. On this peak the Valley of the Ordesa lies at your feet and you’ll have a gorgeous view on the majestic cliff faces that surround this valley. You’ll need to move with extreme caution to minimize the risk, and before many steps you will need to go down the car and walking to inspection the road. In fact, the difficulties in terms of off-road are significant and require (in addition to a consolidated experience) a good knowledge of driving skills and, above all, an extreme and constant attention because of the dizzying cliffs that open on either side of the track along the route.
Pic: Javier Piris