Alto del Golobar: enjoy a road among the clouds
Alto del Golobar is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.778m (5,833ft) above the sea level, located in the province of Palencia, autonomous community of Castile and León, Spain.
Tucked away in the Cantabrian Mountains, in the eastern part of the Fuentes Carrionas and Fuente Cobre-Montaña Palentina Natural Park, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called PP-2203. It’s said to be the highest paved road in the province of Palencia.
The summit is crowned with a big parking lot for 250 vehicles and an abandoned mountain refuge. At the end of the 1960s, the installation of a ski resort was planned in its vicinity, and the construction of several ski lifts and a large building on its top destined for a Parador de Turismo was undertaken, but the project was paralyzed and the facilities they were abandoned. Access to the summit is typically open all year round, with the occasional closure in winters due to dangerous weather conditions. A pedestrian path at the summit climbs up to Valdecebollas peak.
Located on the eastern side of the Palentina Mountain, the road to the summit is very steep. Starting from Brañosera (the oldest town in the country), the ascent is 6.5 km (4.03 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 417 meters. The average gradient is 6.41%.