Puerto de Ibañeta

Puerto de Ibañeta, a classic road trip in northern Spain

Puerto de Ibañeta is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.057m (3,468ft) above the sea level, located in the Pyrenees near the border between France and Spain.

The road to the summit is paved. It’s called Road N135. The summit is home to the modern church known as Ermita de San Salvador de Ibañeta. The pass is located between the towns of Roncesvalles and Luzaide/Valcarlos. The pass has existed as an important crossing point since Roman times. The pass is located in Navarre, northern Spain, and it has several names: Paso de Roncesvalles, Pass of Roncesvalles, Roncesvalles Pass, Puerto de Ibañeta; Ibañetako Mendatea and Col de Roncevaux. On top of the pass there’s a narrow paved mountain road climbing up to Ortzanzurieta, a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.570 m above the sea level. The road is 6km long.

The road to the summit is pretty steep, with a maximum slope of 8.5%. There are 3 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Burguete, the Puerto de Ibaneta ascent is 6.9 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 227 meters. The average percentage is 3.3 %. Starting from Burguete, the Puerto de Ibaneta ascent is 4.5 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 162 meters. The average percentage is 3.6 %. And starting from Arneguy, the Puerto de Ibaneta ascent is 18 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 812 meters. The average percentage is 4.5 %.

 

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