Collada de Toses in Girona is one of the best roads of Europe
Collada de Toses is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.800m (5,905 ft) above sea level, located in the province of Girona, in the autonomous community of Catalonia, in Spain.
How long is Collada de Toses?
Located at the northeastern part of the country, the pass is 49.1 km (30 miles) long, running from Puigcerdà (the capital of the Catalan comarca of Cerdanya) to Ribes de Freser (in the comarca of the Ripollès). Before the Tunnel del Cadí was drilled, the Collada was the main access from the Barcelona area to the upper Cerdanya area.
Is Collada de Toses in Girona paved?
Set high in the Pyrenees, a range of mountains in southwest Europe, the road to the summit is fully paved. It’s called N260 (Eje Pirenaico). The road is an absolutely stunning piece of asphalt across the Pyrenees and undoubtedly one of the best anywhere in Europe. Jeremy Clarkson recently declared it his new favorite road.
Is Collada de Toses in Girona open in winters?
At the summit, you can find a hotel and a restaurant. This road is usually open all year round, 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.
How to drive through Collada de Toses?
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 usually close.
Road suggested by Michael Spannlang