Cycling in Gran Canaria

October 14 2011

The paradise island of Gran Canaria is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for cyclists.

The mountainous terrain, spectacular views and one of the best year round climates encourages thousands of cyclists to holiday on the island each year.

Gran Canaria attracts cyclists for both road and offroad excursions.

The roads on the island are aesthetically perfect for road riding, having been praised by the leading cycling magazines in Europe, for providing outstanding riding conditions.

For experienced riders there are 150km/200km loops with an enormous amount of climbing, up to 3000m in some variations. There are also gentler options for cyclists wanting a more sedate ride.

There are countless routes to choose from, especially  60 -100km rides, each with unbelievable views of Gran Canaria.

For road cycling the south of the island is preferred by many, as roads in the north are more heavily populated by traffic, which slows the pace of the ride.

In Playa del Inglis you will be riding on quiet sunny roads, heading to the mountains, but just a few miles away from the beach.

A popular route is the GC60 road from Fataga to Playa del Inglis and onto Mirador and San Bartolome.

One particular feature of the 3 hour ride, is that the road increases to more than 955 metres above sea level. More adventurous cyclists can even ride upto the summit of the island, Pico de las Nievas, at 1951 metres.

The weather above 1500 metres can be extreme so it’s always advisable to carry a wind cape. 

Road cycling conditions in Gran Canaria are so good that several cycling teams are based on the island.

Cyclists looking for off road routes should head to Las Palmas as the city has invested significantly in providing safe cycle paths.

Cycling is a great way to explore the ancient streets of the old city. It’s also kind to the environment and is wonderfully healthy.

After a hard day cycling, tourists can choose from a fantastic range of apartments and hotels, mainly in the north of the island. 

Tourists can choose from a range of self-catering apartments with swimming pools, bars and restaurants.

There are also fantastic facilities for non-cyclists to enjoy.  The island is also popular for diving, cycling, hiking, surfing and fishing.

Gran Canaria boasts fantastic tourist attractions  including Holiday World. One of the most popular rides is a 27 metre high Ferris wheel that can be seen from afar. Holiday World also boasts a roller coaster and a laserdome, bowling alley, shops, restaurants and bars.

A perfect way to cool down in Gran Canaria is a lazy afternoon at the popular water park, with rides and attractions for all the family, and relaxing sun loungers.

A more tranquil attraction in Gran Canaria is the Botanical Park of Maspalomas. The park boasts more than 50 different species of plants, ranging from palms to vegetables, from around the world. 

Cyclists arriving on the island without their own equipment can rent a wide range of bicycles, and safety equipment, from hire shops.

These facilities are particularly popular with day tourists, who visit the island from cruise ships, docking in the popular port of Las Palmas. Visitors can enjoy the sights of Gran Canaria quickly and easily by hiring a bicyle.

There are also cycle tour specialists offering audio tours, activated by GPS technology, highlighting the best sights on the island.

Gran Canaria is the perfect destination for cycling holidays, boasting fantastic road and off-road routes suitable for all abilities, great sightseeing locations, exciting tourist attractions, wonderful food and drink, and a wide range of self catering accommodation to suit all budgets. 

 

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