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Las Cumbres Reinas de España — Spanish mountain trail races

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Las Cumbres Reinas de España — Spanish mountain trail races

Running Collection by Ana Carmen

11

Tours

71:21 h

271 mi

66,275 ft

Do you consider yourself a mountain lover? Are you passionate about running up the highest peaks, listening to the sounds of nature and being surrounded by the breathtaking scenery?

If so, then I present to you the most popular mountain races in Spain in their three modalities. The routes in this Collection are inspired by the most important races in the country, so they are perfect for training on. You can also enjoy the routes on your own, alone or with friends, without any races looming.

The number of participants in mountain races is multiplying year after year. Trail running has become a way to escape city noise and connect with nature, enjoying the landscape through trails and goat tracks. Speed takes a back seat to endurance; you can take your time and enjoy the landscapes.

The routes are very varied and range from the mere 13 kilometres (8 mi) of the Puig Campana route to the 117 kilometres (73 mi) of the Sierra Nevada. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced runner, you’ll be able to adapt the routes to your level. If it’s your first mountain race, you can even walk before running to familiarise yourself with the route. The routes are ordered from the lowest to the highest cumulative elevation gain.

Each route offers you the opportunity to climb the highest peaks in Spain, surrounded by pure mountain scenery. Make sure you prepare your running pack with the basic equipment to enjoy the experience to the full. I recommend taking at least water, food, warm clothes for sudden changes in temperature, a cap, glasses and a mobile phone for the inevitable selfie.

Don't forget to check the weather forecast before setting off. If possible, avoid these routes in winter because of heavy snowfall, very low temperatures and poor visibility, which can easily disorientate you.

Lace up your trainers and get ready to explore the wonders hidden in Spain's highest peaks. Live and respect the mountains: they have a lot to offer.

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Tours & Highlights

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    The Three Thousands in Palma de Mallorca — Spanish mountain trail races

    Difficult
    02:00
    7.41 mi
    3.7 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Three Miles route is one of the most famous in Mallorca. As its name indicates, it crowns three peaks of more than a thousand meters. It is an ideal circuit to start in the world of mountain races.

    

    This Route is inspired by the FAS challenge in Mallorca.

    

    From the car park of the Cúber reservoir, the

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  • Difficult
    04:12
    20.7 mi
    4.9 mph
    2,975 ft
    2,975 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    This race is located north of the volcanic island of Lanzarote. Sand, wind, high temperatures, cliffs and craters... It is the ideal mix to create the toughest races in the world, such as the Lanzarote Ironman, one of the oldest in Europe!

    

    The Route is inspired by the Famara Total mountain race.

    

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  • Difficult
    03:31
    14.8 mi
    4.2 mph
    3,200 ft
    3,200 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Route takes place in the Sierra de Candelario, a site with very demanding climbs and with peaks of more than 2000 meters. It hosts a large number of sports activities such as mountain races. The great landscape diversity (glaciers, rivers, lagoons and leafy forests) makes this place have a special

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  • Difficult
    03:17
    7.88 mi
    2.4 mph
    3,250 ft
    3,250 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The vertical kilometer of Puig Campana puts the most expert mountain runners to the test. It is about ascending 1000 meters in a distance less than 5 kilometers. It is the most famous climb in the Valencian Community and the closest vertical kilometer to the coast of Spain. In addition, it is well known

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  • Difficult
    03:29
    10.4 mi
    3.0 mph
    4,000 ft
    4,025 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This race takes place in the Aizkorri – Aratz Natural Park, very famous for the rocky mountains that make it up. In addition, here are the highest peaks of the Basque Country. The vertical kilometer is one of the most demanding mountain races in the area and it inspired me to prepare this route.

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  • Difficult
    04:02
    16.7 mi
    4.1 mph
    4,200 ft
    4,200 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The circuit runs through a part of the natural park of Cazorla, Segura and las Villas. It is made up of numerous steep slopes scattered along the route. There are also generous plateaus where you can catch your breath and fall in love with the views. Gorges, demanding climbs and descents, castles and

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  • Difficult
    05:05
    12.9 mi
    2.5 mph
    4,475 ft
    4,475 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This Route is located in the Central System of the Iberian Peninsula. The Almanzor peak is the highest peak in the Sierra de Gredos, known for being technically very demanding due to its steep climb. In order to enjoy it to the fullest, this route is especially aimed at those runners with alpine experience

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  • Difficult
    05:52
    24.5 mi
    4.2 mph
    5,800 ft
    6,275 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The lakes of Covadonga are the most famous of the Picos de Europa. They are of glacial origin and together with the peaks that surround them they form a unique landscape worth contemplating.

    This route is ideal for all those who want to take the step to get into mountain races. For the most part, the

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  • Difficult
    09:33
    31.2 mi
    3.3 mph
    7,875 ft
    7,875 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This race runs through the Posets-Maladeta natural park, where the highest peak in the Pyrenees, El Aneto, is located.

    There are more than 2,000 meters of positive elevation gain along the route, with steep slopes followed by false flats that make it an exclusive race for experts.

    

    This tour is inspired

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  • Difficult
    14:23
    52.5 mi
    3.6 mph
    14,100 ft
    14,100 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This route runs through the Cadí-Moixeró natural park in the Pyrenees. It mainly follows the GR 150 and GR 107 routes, known for their high physical demands. In its 85 kilometers of distance you will climb to more than 2000 meters high, crossing important mountain passes and running along the Pyrenean

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  • Difficult
    15:57
    72.5 mi
    4.5 mph
    14,825 ft
    14,825 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The route is located in the north of the Sierra Nevada, the second highest mountain massif in Europe. Without a doubt, a challenge to climb the steep climbs that this route hosts!

    The route is mostly made up of GR or recognized paths. In addition, it crosses different towns, which makes it much more

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    271 mi
  • Duration
    71:21 h
  • Elevation
    66,275 ft

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