Los Portillinos pass, a classic road trip

Los Portillinos is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.957m (6,420ft) above the sea level, located in the Province of León in the autonomous region of Castile and León, in northern Spain.

Los Portillinos

Located in the Montes Aquilanos, a mountain range within Montes de León, located to the south-southeast of the region of El Bierzo, the road to the summit, also known as Alto de los Portillinos, is called LE-CV 192/21. It’s paved but very steep, with sections up to 15%. The pass is 38 km long, running south-north from Corporales to Salas de los Barrios.

Open to traffic throughout the year, may be closed for short periods in winter when the weather is bad. The road is a delight to drive, with every kind of twist and turn. This route is not recommended if your passengers are prone to car sickness. There’s little traffic. A minor gravel road east the pass, climbs up to Silla de la Yegua, a mountain peak at an elevation of 2.135m (7,004ft) above the sea level.