The climb of Monte Santa Trega is short, steep, and breathtaking. Situated at the south western most tip of Galicia, the mountain rises to 300m above sea level in just over 3km. A constant gradient of 8-9% that gives very little respite. The views are stunning all the way up.
The climb starts as we leave the road leading from A Guarda to the ferry. It pitches immediately to 8% and never relents. The first km will afford a lovely view of the fishing port of A Guarda on the right. The road is very good asphalt, and every driver very respectful of cyclists. After 1km we pass the toll booth, but two wheeled visitors do not pay! The second km becomes a series of switchback curves, giving us the stunning view of the Miño estuary and across to Portugal.
The final km starts as we pass the Castros , the old relics of Galicia´s Celtic roots. The gradient stays at 10% for the next hairpin past the chapel, and the final right turn that snakes through the communication masts to the summit. Enjoy the open ocean views to the right, before the final hairpin to the top, and a well earned drink. The 360o view from the summit is perhaps the best in Galicia, if not the whole peninsula. ONLY available on cycling trips in Galicia !!