Puerto de la Ragua

A paved narrow road with beautiful views to Puerto de la Ragua

Puerto de la Ragua is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.046m (6,712ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of Granada and Almería provinces, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, in Spain.

How long is Puerto de la Ragua?

Set high in Sierra Nevada (the same mountain range where Pico Veleta can be found), the road to the summit is totally paved in poor conditions. It’s called A-337. The pass is 29.1 km (18.08 miles) long running north-south from La Calahorra to Laroles. The road is steep in parts, hitting a 9.1% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. It has been featured in the Spanish Vuelta.

Is Puerto de la Ragua open?

Tucked away on the southern part of the country, within the Sierra Nevada National Park, access to the pass is typically open all year round, but winter weather may cause restrictions and closures due to dangerous weather conditions. The road is narrow (it does not exceed five meters in width in many of its sections) and can be dangerous, especially on the north face in the winter months. The drive has many turns and areas with high falls without protection by means of a safety barrier. It has absolutely no traffic: average daily intensity of the road is not very high, with 200 vehicles a day.

Is Puerto de la Ragua worth it?

The road is very panoramic and offers sweeping views. Don’t forget your camera. In Puerto de la Ragua, in addition to hosting the leisure center of Puerto de la Ragua, where you can practice many sporting activities, you can see spectacular scenery if you walk a bit to the "Morrón del Hornillo" or "Chullo" as well as the peaks, you will see the great plain of Marquesado, Sierra de Baza, the Filabres and even the Sierra de Cazorla to the north, to the south you can see the Sierra de Gador, Contraviesa, the Mediterranean Sea and some days, Africa. The summit also hosts a big parking lot.

 

 

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