A great place to stop for a coffee beside the sea, the little village of Castell de Ferro (Castle of Iron) is the perfect start for the 22.4km climb up to Haza del Lino. This is not an easy climb by any means, so ensure you’ve taken on some food and filled up your bidons in Castell de Ferro before you start heading up this glorious mountain.
Similar to the climb to Haza del Lino from La Rábita further down the coast, the first five and a half kilometres of this approach are also of a reasonably relaxed gradient. From then onwards, as you pass the junction for the village of Lujar the gradient starts to steepen to 9%, as you enter the main section of the climb. With the arrival of the first hairpin comes sections of over 20%.