Conquer the Scenic Challenge of San Glorio Pass: A Paved Mountain Road in Picos de Europa

Puerto de San Glorio is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.604m (5,262ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of Cantabria and Castile and Leon, in Spain.

Puerto de San Glorio

Is San Glorio Pass paved?

Set high in the Picos de Europa mountain range, the road to the summit, formerly known as San Clovis and San Clovio, is totally paved. It’s called N-621. At the summit is a parking lot and a paved dead end road leading to Collado de Llesba viewpoint. There are plans to build a ski resort near the top of the pass.

How long is San Glorio Pass?

Tucked away on the northern part of the country, the pass is 36.8 km (22.86 miles) long running from Portilla de la Reina (Leon) to Potes (Cantabria).

Is San Glorio Pass challenging?

The pass is a regular feature in the Vuelta a España race. The road is steep, and hits an 11.0% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Access to the pass is open all year round. The area around the pass is important for the local bear population.