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Monte San Lorenzo

Monte San Lorenzo is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.137m (7,011ft) above the sea level, located in La Rioja, an autonomous region of northern Spain. It's one of the highest roads of Spain.

The road to the summit, located within the Sierra de la Demanda mountain range, is gravel. The climb starts from Valdezcaray mountain resort.It's a chairlift access road. This road tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. It’s one of the scariest roads of the country. It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging.
The road can be closed anytime due to snow and ice. It’s usually impassable from November to March. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. The road is difficult and it’s a nightmare in the wet or dark (or both). There is little room for error on this road.
Pic: Luis Gutierrez

 

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