ALTO HAZALLANAS/ cycling holidays granada



  • Length of climb - 7.3km

  • Summit elevation - 1,662M

  • Start elevation - 963M

  • Elevation gain - 699M

  • Gradient (avg) - 10%

Leaving the outskirts of the city of Granada we travel through the golden plains of Cenes del la Vega, following the path of least resistance we track the source of the famous river that flows through the city, Rio Genil. Eventually after around 10km of steady climbing we make our way to the village of Güéjar Sierra. The village is situated in the north-western part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, at an altitude of 1,088 metres, it is a main gateway to the three peaks of the Sierra Nevada, most notably the Mulhacén, Alcazaba and Veleta.

The final 6km of the climb are far less forgiving than the earlier slopes.. The road really starts to kick up as soon as you hit the base and has an incline of 20% in places. It really pays to have a compact crank and a 28" on the back sprocket here. One would be forgiven for questioning their love of the sport along this stretch of road, but don't let us put you off. The pain is worth it for the magnificent views from the Alto Hazallanas.  

This climb featured on stage 10 of the 2013 Vuelta Espana, Chris Horner makes it look a little too easy for a man in his forties! Check out the final 7kms below. The climb was the scene of a major battle between Chris Froome and Alberto Contador in the 2015 Ruta del Sol.