Starting just above Albuñuelas, this gravel climb is one of the nicest around. Albuñuelas has some nice panaderias, bars and cafes, should you want to relax in the sun before you make your way on to the Carretera de Itrabo. Albuñuelas has an interesting history, one notable point being; at Christmas in 1884, 500 homes were partially destroyed by an earthquake there.
The 10 km section of gravel is a joy to ride, with a surface that is easily managed on a road bike, and views that make it worth the occasional skid on some of the steeper sections. The gradient averages 5% and the road itself is sprinkled with short sections of downhill which aid recovery.