In addition to the great jewels that you can discover below such as the highest peaks in Spain, in this article we collect the highest mountains in the country in each province. Many of them, in addition to reaching great heights, are surrounded by national parks and impressive mountain systems. Don’t miss them.
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1. The 10 highest peaks in Spain.
2. The highest peaks in Spain by provinces.
The 10 highest peaks in Spain
At the top of the ranking of the great peaks in Spain are mountains from all parts of the country, although without a doubt the area of the Pyrenees and, especially, its Aragonese slope, contains the majority of they.
10. Maladeta (3,308)
Maladeta. | Paul Moratinos.
La Maladeta, a mountain peak nestled in the Pyrenees, with its 3,308 meters high, enters the top 10 of the highest peaks in Spain. It is located in the Posets-Maladeta Natural Park, in the province of Huesca (Aragon), in an area that is especially prolific in large peaks . It has always attracted the attention of climbers.
This is one of the great peaks of the Maladeta massif, also known as Montes Malditos, and in fact for a long time it was believed to be the highest , because from the entrance to the Benasque valley its face hid the true king of this system. mountain, the Aneto, which measures a hundred meters more.
9. Retriever (3,321)
Retriever. | Assigned.
This Pyrenean peak is one of the emblematic mountains of the mountain chain that extends between Spain and France through Aragon and the Alto Garonne. It rises to 3,321 meters in height, and as one of the highest peaks in Spain, it allows, from the summit, to see an impressive perspective of the Huesca and French Pyrenees .
The first time that Perdiguero was crowned was in 1817, and today it is one of the most attractive peaks for mountaineers. It has three different routes of ascent , and within three thousand it has a relatively affordable difficulty.
8. Cylinder (3.328)
Cylinder. | Marc Us.
The Marbore Cylinder, raised to a height of 3,328 meters, is located in the Monte Perdido massif, in the province of Huesca (Aragon) and forms, together with Monte Perdido and Soum de Ramond, the triad called Tres Sorores .
The most characteristic feature of this mountain is its north face, whose appearance has earned it the name of Cylinder, as it consists of a huge rounded vertical wall that resembles a geometric cylinder.. On the same slope is the Marbore glacial cirque, and the same calcareous base predominates as in Monte Perdido.
7. Monte Perdido (3,355)
Monte Perdido. | Raphael Munoz.
One of the highest peaks in Spain, Monte Perdido, has the privilege of being the highest calcareous massif in Europe . With its 3,355 meters of elevation, this impressive mountain located on the southern slopes of the central Pyrenees, north of the province of Huesca (Aragon), is surrounded by the majestic Ordesa National Park.
At the foot of the great Monte Perdido extend up to four large valleys of great beauty , and part of the massif to which it belongs extends into French territory to the north.
In addition, Monte Perdido is one of the favorites of mountaineers on the peninsula, because it is one of the three thousand easiest to climb. However, like all tremil it has its difficulties and, in fact, it contains one of the black spots where more climbers have died in the Pyrenees, the spittoon channel.
6. The Alcazaba (3,366)
The Alcazaba. | intersummits.
Located in the province of Granada, the Alcazaba (which takes its name from a classic Arab-style fortification) is one of the highest peaks in Spain thanks to its 3,366 meters. It belongs to Sierra Nevada and the Penibetica mountain range , and is considered one of the most impressive of the so-called Mulhacen Group.
One of the attractions of Pico Alcazaba is that together with the Mulhacen and the Puntal de la Caldera it forms an amphitheater on the north slope from which the Genil river is born. At its source is the Laguna de la Mosca .
5. Posets or Punta de Llardana (3,371)
Punta de Llardana. | Assigned.
Posets is the second highest peak in the Pyrenees and forms the trio of great mountains in its range with Aneto and Perdiguero. Located in the province of Huesca, in Aragon, it has a height of 3,371 meters and requires an ascent reserved only for professionals , as it requires the use of ropes for securing it.
The main ascent route to the top of Posets or Punta de Llardana is the Jean-Arlaud Corridor, which takes its name from the climber who opened the route in 1927. It also has a large glacier located on the east face of the mountain.
4. Weather vane (3,396) Weather
vane. | David Adamson.
La Veleta is the fourth highest peak in Spain and the second highest mountain in Sierra Nevada, in the Penibetica mountain range, behind Mulhacen. La Veleta is 3,396 meters high and, as a characteristic feature, it has in the shadow of the Corral de la Veleta an area of permafrost with fossil ice dating from the last glaciation 13,000 years ago.
La Veleta also constitutes a confluence of seas, since the snows from the north slope flow into the Atlantic, while those from the south face discharge into the Mediterranean. It is an area used for downhill skiing .
3. Aneto (3,404)
Aneto. | Wikimedia Commons.
Undoubtedly one of the favorite peaks of climbers and hikers is Aneto, belonging to the province of Huesca, in Aragon, and the Pyrenees mountain system. One of its charms is that this mountain, nestled in the Maladeta massif and the Benasque valley, contains on its north face the largest glacier in the Pyrenees: the Aneto Glacier .
The peak of Aneto, with 3,304 meters, is the highest of the more than one hundred and three thousandwhich are found in the Maladeta massif (the largest concentration of three thousand in the entire Pyrenees). For its part, the Aneto Glacier has a dimension of 90 hectares and 50 meters thick.
2. Mulhacen (3,479)
Mulhacen. | Carlos Sierra.
At 3,479 metres, Mulhacen is the second highest peak in Spain and the highest mountain in the Iberian Peninsula. It is located in the Sierra Nevada Park, in Granada, and is the object of desire of many mountaineers who usually make the peak among its rich vegetation and a prolific fauna in which the mountain goats stand out.
Until 1994 it was possible to access the top with motor vehicles, but since then the only way is on foot. The most recommended is to climb the south face, becausethe north face presents an excessive inclination .
1. Teide (3,718)
Teide. | Serge LeStrat.
In the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands), in the Teide National Park, stands the highest peak in Spain with 3,718 meters above sea level. It is, in fact, a volcano, Teide, the highest emerged mountain in the Atlantic and the third largest volcano on Earth .
One of the curiosities of Teide is that it is a stratovolcano, that is, a volcano that in each eruption the successive layers of lava raised it higher and higher . This is perceptible even today by observing the changes in appearance and color in its different phases.
All its set forms a spectacular landscape of colors and geological and plant wealth that make it a tourist destination of many interests . UNESCO listed it in 2007 as a World Heritage Site.
The highest peaks in Spain by provinces
You have already seen the ten highest mountains in Spain, but there are other high peaks scattered throughout the Spanish geography that will not leave you indifferent. Discover the highest peaks in Spain by province in the following list.
Gorbea (Alava and Vizcaya), 1,483
Straddling the provinces of Alava and Vizcaya, in the Gorbea massif, this peak rises to almost 1,500 meters and is a reference point for Basque mountaineeringand that is surrounded by an impressive natural park.
La Atalaya (Albacete), 2,083
This mountain located in the Sierra Betica is the highest in the province of Albacete at 2,083 meters high, ahead of a very close peak, the Pico de las Cabras, only three meters lower.
Aitana (Alicante), 1857
This mountain with the same name rises in the Sierra de Aitana. It is 1,857 meters high and is famous for being the highest of a series of peaks on one of the favorite routes for hiking in the province of Alicante.
Chullo (Almeria), 2,611
This mountain is located in the Chullo National Park and is part of the great peaks of Sierra Nevada, in the Penibetica mountain range. In fact, at 2,611 meters high, it is considered one of the eight peaks of Andalusia .
Torre de Cerredo (Asturias and Leon), 2,652
The Torre de Cerredo is, with its 2,652 meters, the highest peak in Asturias and Leon , the Picos de Europa and the Cantabrian mountain range. It is the object of desire of the Picos de Europa by mountaineers, both for its height and for its views.
Almanzor (Avila), 2,591
In the majestic Sierra de Gredos rises the highest peak in the province of Avila. At 2,591 meters, Almanzor is a granite mountain that takes its name from themilitary and religious leader of the Caliphate of Cordoba , who is credited with the first promotion.
Cerro de Tentudia (Badajoz), 1,112
Located in the south of the province of Badajoz, in Extremadura, the Sierra de Tentudia has as its highest point the Cerro de Tentudia, 1,112 meters high. Its name has a legend: there a battle was fought against the Saracens and, seeing that night was approaching, the chief of the Spanish Tercios shouted: “Santa Maria, stop your day!” .
Puig Major (Balearic Islands), 1,436
Puig Major is the highest point in both Mallorca and the Balearic Islands. Located in the Sierra de TramuntanaIt reaches 1,436 meters and on its top there is a military installation, a radar of the Air Force. It is framed in a rich natural setting.
Costa Cabirolera (Barcelona), 2,604
It is the highest point in the province of Barcelona, with 2,604 meters, and is located in the Sierra del Cadi. Its ascent by the easiest route begins in the town of Montella , a beautiful stone village at the foot of the mountain.
San Millan (Burgos), 2,131
In the Sierra de la Demanda, in the province of Burgos, San Millan is the highest point with 2,131 meters of altitude. It stands on a glacial cirque that extends along the north face of the mountain, and has a small lake of water at 1,925 meters.
The Tower (Cadiz), 1654
It is one of the eight peaks of Andalusia. At 1,654 metres, this peak is part of the Sierra de Grazalema set of peaks and is the highest in the province of Cadiz. To ascend you must request permission from the Natural Park authorities.
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Calvitero (Caceres), 2,399
In the middle of the central system, in the Sierra de Bejar, Calvitero stands as the highest peak in the province of Caceres (and in Extremadura in general) with an altitude of 2,399 metres. It is also known as “El Torreon” for its tower-like appearance.
Torre Blanca (Cantabria), 2,619
Although this is officially the highest peak in Cantabria, with 2,619 meters of altitude, Pena Vieja (2,617) has always been considered the highest because it is entirely within the limits of the community . Both are in the Picos de Europa.
Penagolosa (Castellon), 1,815
The highest peak in the province of Castellon, Penagolosa, at 1,815 metres, is alsothe second in height of the Valencian Community . It is found in the Iberian System and takes such a curious name from the concept “Colossal Penalty”.
Pilar (La Coruna), 802
Among the highest peaks in the Spanish provinces, this peak is the lowest, with just 800 meters, and is rather a destination for excursions, without much attraction from the mountaineers. Coto Pilar is part of the Montes de Bocelo mountain system .
Pico Amor (Ciudad Real), 1,379
The highest point in Ciudad Real is Pico Amor, a mountain with a geodesic vertex of 1,379 meters that is paired with Riscos del Amor, another peak of just over 1,300 meters. From its summit it is possible to see how the mountain range enters Toledo .
Pico de la Tinosa (Cordoba), 1,567
In the subbetica mountain range that extends through the province of Cordoba is the Pico de la Tinosa, a 1,567-meter mountain included in a set of mountain ranges that all form a Natural Park of great beauty .
Mogorrita (Cuenca), 1,867
This mountain belonging to the municipality of Cuenca rises to 1,867 meters, being the highest in the entire province . It is part of a group called Serrania de Cuenca in which, among other things, there is a ski resort.
Puig Pedros (Girona), 2,194
The highest mountain in the province of Girona is located between the municipality of Meranges and the French town of Porta. It measures 2,194 and from its top you can contemplatea privileged view of the Sierra del Cadi and the mountains of Andorra.
Pico del Lobo (Guadalajara), 2,274
At 2,274 metres, Pico del Lobo is the highest point in the Sierra de Ayllon, the highest in the province of Guadalajara and one of the highest in Segovia. Besides being accompanied by other great peaks, it is the origin of several rivers .
Aitxuri (Guipuzcoa), 1,551
One of the jewels of the Basque mountains is Aitxuri, the highest peak in Guipuzcoa, which at 1,551 meters rivals a nearby peak, Aketegi, only 3 meters lower. It is made of limestone and, in fact, its name in Basque means “white rock” .
Monte Bonales (Huelva), 1,055
On the border with the Extremaduran province of Badajoz, in the municipality of Arroyomolinos de Leon, rises to 1,055 meters Monte Bonales, the highest peak in the province of Huelva. From its summit you can see the whole province, and part of Badajoz.
Magina (Jaen), 2,165
In the Sierra de Magina Natural Park, the highest mountain in the province of Jaen, Pico Magina, rises to 2,165 meters. It is a long mountain range that stretches for more than two thousand meters for five kilometers.
Pica d’Estats (Lleida), 3,143
One of the favorite destinations of mountaineers in the Pyrenees, the Pica d’Estats rises to 3,143 meters on the border between France and Spain. It is formed by three peaks , and is also the highest mountain in all of Catalonia.
O Mustallar (Lugo), 1930
One of the highest peaks of the Sierra de Ancares is O Mustallar, with 1,930 meters of altitude and located in an area of large glaciers that are located in basins along several peaks of the mountain range. That is why that peak, although eroded, offers great views.
Penalara (Madrid and Segovia), 2,428
In Madrid and Segovia, the Penalara is constituted, with 2,428 meters, as the highest peak of the Sierra de Guadarrama and the National Park that offers an incomparable setting . At the top there is a geodesic vertex and a small chapel dedicated to the Virgin.
Maroma (Malaga), 2,066
La Maroma is the highest mountain in the province of Malaga. Its 2,066 meters give it a place among the eight peaks of Andalusiaand it is also the highest peak of the Sierra de Tejada, which extends from Malaga to Granada.
Pico del Obispo (Murcia), 2014
Traditionally, the peak of Revolcadores (2027) had been considered the highest point in Murcia, but the National Geographic Service has lowered its altitude to 1999, so the highest becomes the Pico of the Bishop.
Mesa de los Tres Reyes (Navarra), 2,444
This mountain of 2,444 is located on the border between France and Spain, and marks the division between Navarra and Huesca. This explains the origin of its name , since it used to divide the three kingdoms of Navarre, Aragon and Bearne (France). It is part of the Pyrenees and the Larra Massif.
Pena Trevinca (Orense and Zamora), 2,129
On the provincial border of Zamora and Orense rises the majestic Pena Trevinca, a peak of 2,129 meters that becomes the highest point in all of Galicia. It is part of a unique environment with the presence of two natural parks .
Pena Prieta del Sur (Palencia), 2,543
The culminating point of the Fuentes Carrionas massif, Pena Prieta is the roof of the Cantabrian mountain range and the highest peak in Palencia thanks to its 2,543 metres. At its feet rests the Fuentes Carrionas lagoon in an area known for its glacial cirque.
Morro de la Agujereada (Las Palmas), 1949
Historically the Pico de las Nieves had been considered the highest point in Gran Canaria, but technology revealed that such merit corresponds to the Morro de la Agujereada, a rocky peak from 1949 very attractive due to its shape with two steep mounds.
Faro (Pontevedra), 1,181
El Pico del Faro, in Pontevedra, takes its name from the Sierra del Faro in which it is located, and at 1,181 meters it is the highest peak in the province of Pontevedra and the second in Galicia. It is a recurring destination for hiking enthusiasts.
San Lorenzo (La Rioja), 2,217
After Moncayo, the peak of San Lorenzo is the second highest mountain in the Iberian system. It is 2,217 meters high and is consolidated as the highest peak in La Rioja. In it is one of the most frequented ski resorts , Valdezcaray.
Canchal de la Ceja (Salamanca), 2,427
This mountain is located between the provinces of Avila and Salamanca, it is part of the Sierra de Gredos mountain chain, and with its 2,427 meters it was originally covered by an ice cap of which only some glaciers at their feet.
Pico del Terril (Seville), 1,129
At the top of Pico del Terril, a mountain of 1,129 meterswhich is considered the highest in the province of Seville, is the geodesic vertex of the National Geographic Institute. It is flanked by the towns of Pruna and Algamitas.
Moncayo (Soria and Zaragoza), 2,315
One of the emblematic mountains of Spain is Moncayo, the highest peak in the Iberian system and also in the provinces of Zaragoza and Soria. It measures 2,315 meters, and in its domains is the Moncayo Natural Park , with an interpretation center of the environment.
Caro (Tarragona), 1,441
In the Catalan pre-coastal mountains, in the domains of the Ports Natural Park, Mont Caro (Monte Caro) rises to 1,441 meters, a peak below which extends an area of crops and with a populated peak telecommunications antennas.
Penarroya (Teruel), 2,028
The Pico de Penarroya belongs to the municipality of Alcala de la Selva and at 2,208 meters is the highest in the province of Teruel. It is part of the Iberian system in its Teruel sector, and is a residual hill of Cretaceous limestone and sandstone.
Corocho de Rocigalgo (Toledo), 1449
This is one of the highest peaks in the Montes de Toledo . It measures 1,449 meters and is surrounded by an environment of oaks, brambles, poplars and oaks, with lynxes, deer, wild boars and birds of prey in the Cabaneros National Park.
Cerro Calderon (Valencia), 1838
Cerro Calderon belongs to the Sierra de Javalambre, a mountainous massif located in the south of the province of Teruel. It is the highest mountain in the province of Valencia, and with its 1,838 meters it is one of the outstanding peaks of the Iberian system.
Cuchillejo (Valladolid), 932
It is a relatively low mountain, but even so, with its 932 metres, it is the highest peak in Valladolid (although some give this privileged place to Roblenada ). The Cerro de Cuchillejo belongs to the municipality of Castrillo de Duero.
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