Driving the Wild Road to Collada de Bracons in the Catalan Pre-Pyrenees
Collada de Bracons is a mountain pass situated at an elevation of 1,136m (3,727ft) above sea level, located in the comarca of Osona in Catalonia, Spain.
Where is Collada de Bracons?
The pass is situated on the boundary between the provinces of Girona and Barcelona, in the central region of Catalonia, in the northeastern part of Spain.
How long is Collada de Bracons?
The road to the summit is entirely paved and known as GIV-5273. Coll de Bracons, also known as the Collada de Bracons, spans 14.4 km (8.94 miles), running from west to east, connecting Sant Andreu de la Vola to Sant Esteve d'en Bas.
How challenging is Collada de Bracons?
The road surface is not in good condition. The climb is exceptionally steep, with a maximum gradient of 14% on some ramps. The drive involves navigating through numerous turns and is set high in the Serra dels Llancers mountain range of the Catalan Pre-Pyrenees. The pass is typically open year-round, but short-term closures are common in winter due to hazardous weather conditions. Due to its challenging nature, the pass was bypassed by the Tunel de Bracons. This tunnel is the fourth-longest in Spain, measuring 4.95 kilometers (3.07 miles) in length. Inaugurated in 2009 after four years of construction, it is the second toll tunnel built in Spain.