Explore a Spanish Island and Year-Round Cycling Oasis
For those who truly long to go off the beaten path, discover with us this brand new itinerary featuring one of the most sought-after places in Europe by cyclists who love to ride all year round. It’s a favorite escape and training ground for the Ciclismo guide team, who have been coming here year after year to ride, relax, reconnect, and savor the lush and dramatic landscapes of Gran Canaria.
Gran Canaria is located in the Canary Island archipelago in the Atlantic, just off the northwest coast of Africa. The capital of the Spanish island chain, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is located here and was founded in 1478. It was visited by Christopher Columbus on his way to the Americas. It is an island of volcanic origin, formed around 14 million years ago and offers an array of microclimates, vast beaches and sand dunes contrasting with ravines and volcanoes.
Part of Gran Canaria is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a perfect place for cyclists due to its excellent road network, temperate climate and environment that make for perfect riding conditions. Since the cycling season runs nearly all year long, Gran Canaria is a superb winter getaway which offers a diverse landscape with soaring views of the sea, lush forests, deserts, canyons and volcanic mountains.
We know Gran Canaria, and we want you to discover it too.
- Enjoy a classic destination for European cyclists on an island famous for its warm climate all year round
- Dramatic change of landscape including views of the sea, lush forests, deserts, and volcanic mountains
- Explore the second largest of the Canary Islands on exhilarating rides that vary from sea level to 6,300 ft of altitude
- Stay at charming hotels and enchanting country inns
- Don’t miss any extra days of work on a week-long tour
- 11/23/14 - 11/29/14
- 12/26/14 - 01/01/15
Day by Day
Day 1 — Santa Brigida warm-up ride to Pico de Bandama
We meet in the lobby of our hotel at 12:30 pm for a light lunch an introduction and orientation talk.
In the afternoon after a bike fitting, we will enjoy a warm-up ride to get acquainted with your bike and savor the beauty of this island. Today we’ll explore the lush, fertile valley of Barranco de Santa Brigida and we’ll climb to Pico de Bandama, the top of a crater of the dormant volcano of Caldera de Bandama. Dinner is in hotel at the local restaurant which features a culinary school.
Day 2 — Teror and Vega San Mateo loop
Today we visit the biggest botanic garden of Spain, that boasts over 2000 type of plants indigenous to the Canary Islands. Our bike ride will take us inland through a lush vegetation, gradually gaining elevation on our way to Teror. This town is one of the jewels of the Island, famous for its white-washed houses and this area is also very important for the production of mineral water. The ride to Vega San Mateo is through green forests and farmland and ends with an exhilarating twisty descent back to the hotel where you can relax by the pool.
Day 3 — Santa Brigida to Cruz de Tejeda
Today’s ride will take us through one of the most scenic parts of Gran Canaria which lies over 1,500 meters and offers the view of mount Tejeda, alpine forests and the island's reservoirs. This journey through the clouds will reward you with a spectacular view of rocky mountains in a Alpine-like climate. Close by is "Roque Nublo", a natural rock formation that stands like a statue worshipped by the ancient Gaunche people. Other highlight of the day includes an optional 2-hour hike on a rolling climb with views of a gorgeous pristine environment. At dinner we’ll sample exquisite local dishes at our hotel.
Day 4 — Pico de Las Nieves
The volcanic peak of Pico de Las Nievesis the highest point on the island, at 1,949 meters above sea level. Nowadays its slopes offer great views of forests of Canary Islands pine that was reintroduced here in the 1950s. The name means 'peak of snows' and refers to the fact that several pools for catching snow were built directly below the mountain in the 18th century. Most of the plateau is a perfect for improving your climbing skills while riding on a remote landscape.
Day 5 — Cruz de Tejeda to Playa de Mogán
Today's ride goes from 1520 m down to sea level nevertheless it will still satisfy your climbing hunger. Leave high peaks & pines for palms & cactus. This route is the most bio-diverse of them all. The extra loop offers a view of one of Gran Canaria's best preserved natural pine forests, the National Park of Tamadaba, which is an enormous massif where it is also possible to observe unusual rock formations due to the erosion. Its vegetation consists, among others, of pine groves, Canary cedar and palm trees. Our resort for the next two days offers all the amenities to enjoy your stay by the sea either relaxing on the beach or having a massage at the local spa.
Day 6 — Soria waterfall and the coast
Our last ride features a long gentle climb to Mogan to get warmed up for the grand finale, with twisting hairpin turns which wind up through rock formations and pine trees before descending to Soria’s waterfall and lake. Enjoy also an ex”hill”arating downhill through Barranco de Arguineguin and a coastal ride back to the hotel.In the evening we celebrate a week of incredible discovery while indulging on a scrumptiousfarewell dinner.
Day 7 — Hasta la vista!
Stay to enjoy the warm climate of Canary Islands or after breakfast, at around 9am take our private shuttle (50 minutes) to Las Palmas airport to catch your flight.
- Shuttles at end of tour
- Carbon-frame bike rental equipped with odometer, map case, seat bags and bike pump.
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
- Other activities can be organized upon request and availability (at additional charge)
On The Tour
- Van support and informative tour leaders
- Cycling clinics
Accommodations & Meals
- All Accommodations and breakfasts
- 4 Dinners and 2 lunches
- 1 wine tasting
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
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Escuela Santa Brigida
The Hotel Escuela Santa Brígida is a completely refurbished building with over a century’s history, set in the residential area near Las Palmas. It is a 4-star hotel that features also a restaurant with a culinary school.
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Parador de Cruz de Tejeda
The parador is near the village at the center of Gran Canaria, at1,560 meters above sea level. This pristine zone overlooks gullies and cliffs leading down into the sea.
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The Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa is a large complex built in the style of a Canarian village. Set on tropical grounds, it features 2 outdoor swimming pool, spa and rooms with balconies. There are a range of treatments offered, including massages and aromatherapy. The resort covers an area of 12 acres and has a sub-tropical garden very close to the center of the town.
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