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COSTA BRAVA - CATALONIA, SPAIN

Can Grau

By Gerard Monells

Distance
6.3 km

Gain
362 m

Time
25 mins

Start

Cala Salionç

Finish

Can Grau church

Distance

6.3 km

This is a fenomenal climb right off the seaside from them the main road along the Costa Brava coast. With zero traffic, this road is offers nice ride with gradual gentle climb to the hill top where you'll find picturesque old church and small café if you ride in the summer. Just be wary of the little stretch with 14% gradient right before you arrive to the top. Gorgeous views are guaranteed!

HIDDEN GEM OF COSTA BRAVA

So many riders pass along the glamorous route along the coast and not so many know this little treasure. What seems like a sharp turn with hard climb from the start is the road to Can Grau – little old church on the hill top. There are option to continues on the other side of the mountain but even if you go there and descend back to the sea, it’s still worth every penny.

CAN GRAU IS A HIDDEN BEAUTY

The climb ends on with a very cozy place – Can Grau church that offers you a good place to rest up and cool down. In a patio during the summer there is a small cafe which can save you with some energy or water if your riding in hot summer weather.

ZERO TRAFFIC AND SUPERB VIEWS

This road barely goes anywhere nowadays, so you will enjoy almost carless road. But still be careful of course. As you climb you will be tempted to stop for a photo, which is recommended, sea views are amazing! The top of the hill is forest, so take your time taking those pictures.

CLIMB DESCRIPTION

Short enough and gentle but beware of the steep stretch close to the top!

Gradient
16
26.8
35.8
46.9
53.9
64.8
76.5

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.

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