Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
One of the most popular cycling destinations in the Canary Islands is Lanzarote which attracts cyclists from leisure to serious and hard core triathletes with specific goals in mind. The island offers some interesting challenges, including the famous 180 Km Ironman road course, great for pros and novices to have a try!
Lanzarote is the 4th largest of the seven Canary Islands and is situated in most eastern position of the islands. This giving it an advantage with the all year round dry climate which is perfect for road cycling, however winds can be strong at times on the island.
The volcanic landscape, however, is not everyone’s cup of tea. Some describe it as dramatic, but others are not afraid to call it… ugly. Love it or hate it, the landscape is unique and offers views quite different than those on mainland Europe or other Mediterranean islands.
The weather, the landscape, the wind and the roads all play their part in making Lanzarote a favourite cycling destination for many riders, who return to the island year after year.
The island’s terrain plays an important part in its popularity amongst cyclists. There are plenty of flat and undulating roads in Lanzarote, but there is no shortage of climbs too. The tarmac is generally in a very good condition, many cycling routes have very little traffic and the drivers are used to cyclists, which makes them patient and courteous.
There are several tried and trusted cycling routes that range from 40 - 100Km that will take you all around the Island. Unlike Tenerife, the climbs are not too long and can be tackled by all cycling abilities. Most routes can be completed within less than 5 hours. For the MTB rider, there is a great range of trails, including the Rollercoaster and Volcanic Bomb which deliver exciting and thrilling descents.
From traditional cuisine to the most innovative gastronomic creations, in Lanzarote you can enjoy excellent cuisine. Outstanding fish and shellfish, vegetables, goat meat, black canary pork and excellent wines with "Denomination of Origin Lanzarote", produced in the magical vineyard landscapes of La Geria.
Lanzarote has something for everyone and certainly will not disappoint the cyclist, food for energy, cycling endurance and recovery, so whether you are a serious traithlete or cyclist, then you will enjoy this paradise food haven!
- Lanzarote is among the top 20 cycling destinations in the world
- Voted one of the top 5 cycling destination in Europe by Cycling Weekly
- Average flight time from the UK to Lanzarote (ACE) airport is 4hr 15 min
- Lanzarote airport is just 10-15km from our cycling camps at Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise resorts
- Lanzarote attracts many cyclists and triathletes and offers an Iron Man course
The climate is probably Lanzarote’s biggest plus. Being so close to the African coast, the island is drier than Tenerife or Gran Canaria, the other well known cycling destinations on the Canary Islands archipelago. The weather is a lot more predictable and unlike Mallorca, you will never be surprised by snow. The monthly average temperatures during the winter are high enough for cycling and in summer you can still enjoy your bike in the morning, although July & August are pretty hot and temperatures can reach above 40C. Lanzarote is an ideal destination for cycling holidays and cycling camps in Winter and Spring.