Sant Grau

Stretching 256 kilometres from the mouth of the River Tordera, northeast of Barcelona, and running all the way up to the French border, the Costa Brava coast was named after the Mediterranean's wild and rugged coastline. Temperate winter conditions and gentle rolling roads mean it has a lot to offer for cyclists.

There are many similar climbs heading inland, but the 6.3km climb up to Sant Grau is particularly popular. The climbs peak is home to a chapel built for the patron saint of cattle. The intimate church is a place where time stands still. As part of the boutique-style décor it houses old bicycles and tools from an age gone by.

High inland from Tossa, it has rewarding views from the top and a gruelling curvy road down to the coast.


The Climb in Detail

The weather and riding combine to give you the reason why so many pros live and ride on the Costa Brava.

The Ascent

Turning off the main road, the climb tilts up a super narrow road. The gradient constantly oscillates between 4-8%, giving amazing views back to the coastline. Just half a kilometre before the top the road steepens to a punishing 14%. At the top resides a chapel from which the climb derives its name as well as a lively bar where you can refill your bottles.

Coastal Riding

The riding on the Costa Brava is anything but easy. The coastal roads tend to rise and fall by about 100m constantly. Many of the other climbs in the area are a similar length and severity to this one, but by joining multiple climbs up, you can easily rack up a day of 1500m or more of climbing.


"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them” – Ernest Hemingway

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