Looking to rent rent a bike on Gran Canaria ?
Gran Canaria is known as a sun and beach holiday destination. Gran Canaria also has busy resorts for tourists, and busy beaches. But, like Tenerife, Gran Canaria is a popular cycling destination, especially in winter. Outside the resorts and stands, the island offers a whole range of routes for cyclists. The capital Las Palmas has attractive historic districts, and has a fantastic city beach in Las Canteras.
Bike and beach on Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is a good option if you want to combine cycling with a beach holiday. Cycling on Gran Canaria can be pretty intensive. Like Tenerife, it will involve a lot of climbing. The Pico de las Nieves reaches up to 1,949 meters. The climb from Maspalonas (0m) is 44 km long. Gran Canaria offers plenty of opportunities to challenge yourself on the bike. The mountainous center of the island is also a paradise for mountain bikers, with spectacular landscapes. There are endless alternatives for cyclists. From green landscapes in the interior to the spectacular coastal areas. View the bike rental companies in Gran Canaria here.
Rent a bike on Tenerife ? View here the bike rental companies in Tenerife.
Tenerife is an island with two faces. In the south you will find tourist resorts such as Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje. In the other parts of the island you will find the more authentic Tenerife. Tenerife is a diverse island: it has cosmopolitan cities with historic centers, bustling towns, small rural villages, and the vast National Park. Here is the highest mountain in Spain, the impressive volcano El Teide (3.718m). El Teide dominates the landscape of Tenerife. This mountain makes cycling on Tenerife so special.
Cycling to El Teide
Cyclists from all over the world come to Tenerife to climb El Teide. Over the road you reach a maximum altitude of 2,300 m. Perhaps that is not as high as some of the Alpine Cols or other mountain passes elsewhere on the European mainland. However, you are already starting to climb at sea level. Cycling to the Teide is therefore not an easy task. The climb is almost 40 km against 6%. Even experienced cyclists struggle to do this challenge in less than 2.5 hours.
Climate on Tenerife good for cycling
Tenerife offers great weather throughout the year. That is why the island is also called “Island of eternal spring”. The winters are very pleasant and during the summer it is not as hot as for example on the mainland of Spain.
The Teide not only dominates the landscape; it also influences the climate of Tenerife. There is, as on almost every Canary Island, a difference between north and south. This is something to take into account when planning your bike ride. The north is slightly cooler, which can be a plus in the summer, and it rains more. As a result, it is also greener, and the landscape is more pleasant. The south is sunnier and much busier. Here are the much visited beaches and tourist resorts.
In addition to the Teide, the Teno Massif in the Northwest, and the Anaga Massif in the Northeast also offer spectacular cycling opportunities. To really enjoy cycling and the challenging climbs on Tenerife, it is necessary to be reasonably fit. Plan only routes that you are sure will not be too demanding. Also keep in mind the weather and the need to drink. View here the bike rental companies in Tenerife.
Rent a bike on La Palma, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, or Gran Canaria ?
The Canary Islands are not only popular sun and beach holiday destinations; they are also an important cycling destination. Many professional cyclists come to cycle in the Canary Islands in the winter.
The Canary Islands are a part of Spain and are located to the northwest of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. The climate on all islands is mild and temperate with temperatures that are around 20 degrees during most of the year. The rainfall is low, especially on the eastern islands. The temperature changes little during the year, although in the summer it can still get very hot, with a few days of more than 30 degrees. You can cycle virtually every day of the year. In addition, there is usually a refreshing sea breeze. All islands are rather windy.
The Canary Islands are occasionally affected by sandstorms. This phenomenon is known as ‘La Calima’ and is caused by very fine sand blown from the Sahara into the Atlantic Ocean.
The Canary Islands: A challenge on the bike
The Canary Islands consist of 5 larger islands: La Palma, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, and 2 smaller ones: La Gomera and El Hierro. Every island has largely its own character.
Tenerife and La Palma are very mountainous: there are hardly any flat roads to be found here. These islands are rainy on the north side, because the mountains block the clouds and cause precipitation. The southern parts are dry. The mountains are less high on Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
The Canary Islands therefore offer an enormous variety of cycle routes, both for mountain bikers on unpaved paths, and for race cyclists on paved roads. However, the strong wind, combined with high mountains, can make cycling a real challenge. View here the overview of bike rental companies in the Canary Islands.