Active tourism

Active tourism


Discover the province of Jaén on your bike. Routes amid olive groves and Mediterranean woods that are bound to delight the most seasoned cyclotourist.  

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Climbing the Pandera mountain

Subida a la Pandera 3

The route climbing to La Pandera can be accessed from
road A-6050 Jaén-Valdepeñas de Jaén-Castillo de Locubín by branching off
to the left at km. 24,5. It is a narrow tarmacked track
built to reach the military facilities located
on the peak itself. In the past few years, it has become an obligatory leg of the
Tour of Spain and is considered as one of the major
mountain stage of this cycling event. All along the first 3 km. uphill (1.5 mi.)
we will be able to gaze at typical Mediterranean wood- and scrubland
spotted here and there by holm oaks (Quercus ilex).

We will reach the first important steep slopes when we arrive at a quarry.
The slopes have a 1:6 gradient. The vegetation changes as we go up the mountain:
lavender (Lavandula), thyme (Thymus vulgaris), gorse or whin (genus Ulex), hawthorns (Crataegus monogyna), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), thistles (Carduus)...
The winding-up track becomes increasingly demanding for the cyclist. However,
this is made up for by the staggering landscape. The surroundings get more and more arid
and the views become wider, covering the towns of Los Villares, Valdepeñas de Jaén and even
the capital city of the province, Jaén, surrounded by olive tree fields. 



The journey ends at the top of the
Pandera (1.872 m. / 6141 ft.), just where the old military facilities stand.
Because of this strategic position,
these facilities were once used by a special military communications unit.

The area has many snow pits. They were exploited until the 20th century:
the extracted snow would be turned into ice,
for medicinal purposes and as water-supply.

The 'Alto de la Pandera' or 'Pandera Peak' is a great viewpoint of the whole province of Jaén
and other neighbouring lands. On clear days, it is possible to make out in the distance
Sierra Nevada and the Sierra of Alhama, in the province of Granada, the Subbaetic Mountain System of
Córdoba, the mountains of Ronda and Málaga, the Alpujarra range in
Almería and even Gibraltar, in the province of Cádiz.

Tourist signposting: No

Municipal districts: Valdepeñas de Jaén, Los Villares and Jaén

Recommended means of transport:
Road or mountain bikes

Difficulty level: High

Total length of the route: 8,300 km. (5 mi. 276 yd.).

Type of road/track: Narrow road, tarmacked and signposted.
Itinerary: see map

Further observations: The road accessing the Alto ('Top' or 'Peak') of the Pandera is
is closed to vehicle traffic, but the key to open the gate is available at
the Town Hall of Valdepeñas de Jaén (Telephone: +34 953 31 01 11) or
Los Villares (+34 953 32 00 05) .


Perfil Subida a la Pandera


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