Llano de las Animas, one of the steepest roads in Europe
Llano de las Animas is a high mountain plateau at an elevation of 2.036m (6,679ft) above the sea level, located in the western part of the island of La Palma in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife of the Canary Islands. The climb is simply brutal, with sections up to 20%.
The road to the summit is paved, but the last 3 km are on a concrete surface running through a firewall. The road is pretty narrow and extremely steep. The summit hosts a water raft. Open to traffic throughout the year, may be closed for short periods in winter when the weather is bad.
It’s said to be one of the steepest roads in Europe. Starting from Puntagorda, the road to the summit is 15.94km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.943m and the average gradient is 12,19%. The last 3km are a really steep hillclimb, with an average gradient up to 19-20%.