Puerto de Velefique

Puerto de Velefique, one of the most iconic climbs in Spain

Puerto de Velefique is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.820m (5,971ft) above the sea level, located in Almería Province, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. It is one of the most iconic climbs in the region, recognisable by the high number of hairpin bends throughout the climb.

Located in Sierra de Los Filabres mountain range, the winding road to the summit, also known as Alto de Velefique, is asphalted in excellent conditions. It’s called AL-3102 road. The climb includes 20 hairpin turns. The ascent is very scenic because of the lot of hairpin-bends. This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. The views are stunning on a desert-like scenery. Bikers who live here like to call it the "Spanish Stelvio Pass" .

The pass has been visited by the Vuelta a España race. It’s a 1st category climb. Starting from Velefique, at an elevation of 955m above the sea level, the ascent is 11 km long. The average percentage is 7.8 %. The pass sits between the towns of Velefique and Bacares. In the summer the mountain can be very hot.

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.