Collada de Toses is one of the best roads anywhere in Europe
Collada de Toses is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.800m (5,905 ft) above the sea level, located in the province of Girona, Catalonia, in northern Spain.
Located within the Pyrenees, a range of mountains in southwest Europe, the road to the summit is paved. It’s called N260 (Eje Pirenaico). The road is an absolutely stunning piece of road across the Pyrenees and undoubtedly one of the best anywhere in Europe. Jeremy Clarkson recently declared it his new favourite road! Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging.
At the summit you can find a hotel and a restaurant. This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. The road is a delight to drive, with every kind of twist and turn. The views along the Serra de Cadi valley are awesome at this point. To reach the summit, starting from Urtx, the ascent is 21.8 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 710 meters and the average percentage is 3.3 %. Before the Tunnel del Cadí was drilled, the Collada was the main access from the Barcelona area to the upper Cerdanya area. The road has excellent visibility, important when you have a cliff face on one side and a sheer drop on the other! Watch out though, as you may come across sheep cattle or even horses on this road, so it’s important to keep concentration levels high. The road has light traffic, but a few bikers, and classic mountain twists and turns that make it a delight to drive.Beware of bad weather (fog, clouds, rain or snow). This is a winter sport region, so in summers, all shops, hotels and restaurants use to be closed.
Road suggested by Michael Spannlang
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