Cycling route 13: Sant Julià de Lòria - La Peguera

Cycling route 13: Sant Julià de Lòria - La Peguera

Level

difícil

Distance

13,9 km

Height difference

+1,03 km / -120 m

Demanding, beautiful and legendary. This is the only way to describe the Sant Julià de Lòria to La Peguera cycle route. The mountain pass is ideal for fans of endurance cycling, especially those looking to push themselves to the limit as the road gets steep. Here you'll find information on the basic route details, interesting curiosities and how to download the complete route fact sheet.

Route summary

The mountain pass of La Peguera, in Andorra, is considered a category 1 climb, as it is highly demanding in terms of both the distance and difference in altitude. The climb covers a distance of 13 km, with practically no rests or descents. From the start of the route in Sant Julià de Lòria, the road heads straight upwards, with initial 10% slopes, becoming gentler in the second half of the climb, at 6%. The average gradient is 8.4% and the total climb from start to finish is 911 m, ending at an altitude of 1,910 m.

Countryside and curiosities along the La Peguera cycle route

As mentioned earlier, one of most attractive features of the route is its beauty. Set in the characteristic green spring and summer landscape of the Sant Julià de Lòria valley, the panoramic views are practically continuous right from the start of the climb. The landscape is dotted with typical "bordas", small mountain buildings originally used for storing grain and animals, and one of the most traditional buildings in Andorra. Many have remained in such good condition that some have been refurbished for a new purpose: as mountain restaurants.

As well as the delightful scenery, the La Peguera route is well-known as the setting for major cycling race stages in recent decades, especially the Vuelta a España. In 2015, it was part of what for many was the hardest stage in the history of the race: the 11th stage, starting in Andorra la Vella and ending in Cortals d'Encamp, with six mountain passes, two of them "hors catégorie". And the whole route ran on Andorran terrain. A coincidence? No. Just Andorra.

Download the route

If you're considering cycling this fascinating route from Sant Julià de Lòria to La Peguera, we recommend you download the information materials beforehand. On this page you can download the route track, in GPX format, which will help you find the start and finish easily and make sure you stick to the route. You can also download the complete guide to cycle tourism routes in Andorra, where you'll find detailed information on this stage (page 34) and heights and indications for each section. You'll also find a further 22 fact sheets with suggestions throughout the Andorran parishes, as well as MTB routes and contact details for accommodation specialising in cycling.