A memorable road trip to Sant Bartomeu de Dorve
Sant Bartomeu de Dorve is a high mountain Romanesque parish church at an elevation of 1.393m (4,570ft) above the sea level, located in the comarca of the Pallars Sobirà in Catalonia, northern Spain.
Set high in the valley of the Noguera Pallaresa river, the road to the church is totally paved, but narrow. Access to the church is typically open all year round, with the occasional closure in winters due to dangerous weather conditions. The church was built in 1553.
The road is very steep, hitting a 17% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at La Guingueta d'Àneu, the ascent is 4.9km (3.04 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 452 meters. The average gradient is 9.22%.