Epic Gran Canaria Road Cycling Tour

Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, 7 x nights fully supported

Summary

This unique tour is ideal for cyclists looking for a challenging, adventurous ride that will deliver epic climbs, breath taking scenery and thrilling descents. If you are looking to build up your endurance in readiness for the summer months, then you will certainly return back home a better rider. This tour offers great diversity and includes sections in the lusher, greener north of the island, as well as in the desert-like south and of course the central mountains.

This epic tour includes 6 carefully designed rides, starting with a warm up ride on the first day to Soria, a beautiful remote village situated 650 metres above sea level. The tour takes us an anti-clockwise circuit around Gran Canaria which covers the south east and far north-western coast as well as the central areas of the island.

Don’t forget your camera on this tour as you will experience some of the most spectacular scenery that the Canary Islands has to offer. As scenery unfolds we ride inland, surrounded by the towering Barranco de Tirajana. Then, from the quiet mountain village of St Bartholome, we make the challenging ascent to the highest point on the island at Pico de las Nieves (1951m).

We'll also admire the majestic panoramas at Cruz de Tejeda (1500m), the geographical centre of the island, with views to distant Mount Teide on Tenerife. A day of thrilling descents, passing through Artenara the highest village of island, leads to the relaxing seaside resort of Agaete. We then set out to tackle the Dragon's Tail, a magnificent stretch of rugged coastal road, with snaking climbs and switchbacks and 1,000 metre drop-offs for most of the way, probably one of the best coastal rides in Europe.

We end the tour with the best climb on the island - 'Serenity', 9 Kilometres of super-smooth tarmac, taking a series of hair-pins that culminate at the mountain village of Soria (900m). An adrenalin packed descent finally brings us back to Earth, sea level, mass tourism and a seafront café where we can bask in the afterglow of an exhilarating blast round Gran Canaria!

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Price from
£1395pp

*Price Includes:

  • Return flights (UK)
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation (full board)
  • Return private transfers

*Above price is per person and is based on a twin share

* Single supplements apply

 

Information

Available Dates: Feb - Nov

  • Level: Challenging
  • Days Riding: 6
  • Duration: 3-4 Hrs per day
  • Total Distance: 416 Km
  • Altitude Gain: 9,984 M
  • Maximum Group: 16

Also Included

  • 6 hand picked carefully designed guided routes
  • Luggage transfers to each hotel
  • Pre tour briefings
  • On the road experienced (English speaking) guides
  • Expert Mechanic on route
  • On the road vehicle support, including drinks, snacks and supplies
  • Free cycling jersey
  • An amazing experience!

What's Not Included

  • Travel Insurance (can be purchased)
  • Cycling pedals and helmets (can be hired)
  • Shoes & cycling Apparel
  • Rental bikes (available to hire)
  • Bike and luggage allowance on your flight (can be added)
  • Meals outside of the hotel arrangements

Itinerary

Saturday: Arrival/Transfer

UK Flight: 4 (Hr) 20 Minutes Transfer: approx 30 minutes

As with all our inclusive tours you will greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel via a private transfer.

 

The journey time to Cordial Green Golf in Maspalomas will take approx. 30 minutes. Depending on your flight arrival time, you can then spend the rest of the day enjoying the many facilities of the Cordial Green Golf has to offer in preparation for your start of the tour the next day.

Your Accommodation - 2 Nights

The Cordial Green Golf Bungalows is a small complex of beautiful bungalows which overlooks the Maspalomas golf course offering a private and relaxing destination. Only 15 minutes from the bike centre and is highly recommended with good feedback. The complex offers 2 large pools and is a great place to relax and unwind after your days cycling.

 

*Accommodation - 2 x nights, half board meal plan

*Based on two sharing a 1 bedroom bungalow

 

All the bungalows include:

  • Open plan kitchen equipped with
  • Toaster
  • Electric coffee maker
  • Living room with sofa bed
  • Bathroom
  • Ceiling fan in bedroom and living room
  • Satellite TV (extra)
  • Music wire
  • Direct telephone line (extra)
  • Safe (extra)
  • Furnished balcony and terrace

Sunday Ride: Warm Up Ride - Maspalomas

On-Bike Statistics: 69 (Km), 1,103 (M) elevation gain, approx. riding time 3 (Hrs)

After picking up the hire bikes, today's local ride gives us the chance to stretch our legs and check out our bikes before the tour ahead. The main climb of the day is a 9 kilometre climb to the remote mountain village of Soria (900 metres), overlooking the deepest reservoir on the island. We have a restaurant stop, where you can buy lunch, before we ride back to the hotel. 

Monday Ride: Maspalomas to San Bartholome

On-Bike Statistics: 68 (Km), 1,823 (M) elevation gain, approx. riding time 4 (Hrs)

Don’t forget to fuel up at breakfast as the ride gets more serious today, we head straight into a 6 Kilometre 7% (avg) climb to the Mirador.

After a short descent back to 980 metres, we tackle a tough 30 Kilometre loop around the sleepy village of Temisas which boasts an impressive backdrop of impenetrable cliffs, and views across a ravine that falls away down to the sea. We stop for lunch and refuel before the final 5 Kilometre climb to our 2nd hotel of our tour at Las Tirajanas at close to 1,000 metres, where we have some spectacular evening views.

Tuesday Ride: San Bartholome to Tejeda

On-Bike Statistics: 66 (Km), 2,070 (M) elevation gain, approx. riding time 3 (Hrs)

Today will be a very rewarding ride and milestone as we start out with a 23 kilometre climb to the highest point of this spectacular island at the mighty Pico de las Nieves which has a commanding central position on Gran Canaria (1,951 metres).

We then drop down to the picturesque farming village of Vega de San Mateo which is situated within deep within the hills. A maze of quiet roads then takes us back up again to our hotel at Las Tirajanas 1,000 metres.

Your Accommodation - 2 Nights

This impressive hotel is situated 1,000 metres above sea level and delivers some stunning panaromic views. The Hotel Rural Las Tirajanas is a bike friendly hotel that caters for nature lovers and is at the centre of rural tourism.The hotel has great feedback and is well equiped providing a wellness centre, safe bike storage and great food. Mollydoo recommends this hotel as a great place to relax and enjoy the mountain atmosphere after a well earned day of riding.

 

*Accommodation - 2 x nights, half board meal plan

*Based on two sharing a double/twin room

 

Offering mountain views, these rooms are air conditioned in summer and have heating in winter. Some feature a terrace/balcony or window. 

  • Fridge
  • Telephone
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Private bathroom with a hairdryer
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk

Why not see for your self and check out this beautiful hotel at http://www.hotelrurallastirajanas.com/

Wednesday Ride: San Bartholmew to Agaeta

On-Bike Statistics: 72 (Km), 1,566 (M) elevation gain, approx. riding time 2.5 (Hrs)

Today we leave the centre of the island and head across to the far north coast. This ride delivers a very different experience, including the scenery, weather and the spectacular views and above all we get away from the busier tourist southern areas.

Look for the shepherds with flocks of sheep and the ferry that seems to sail in the sky, the bright red earth and the glory of swimming the natural pools of the ocean next to our wonderful seaside hotel of Roca Negra in Agaeta.

Your Accommodation - 1 night

The Roca Negra Hotel is a favourite of this tour providing spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean with a distant view of Tenerife and the majestic Teide Volcano. The hotel has spacious rooms and great food and is a perfect place to unwind after a day in the saddle. 

 

*Accommodation - 1 night, half board meal plan

*Based on two sharing a Classic double/twin room

 

The Classic rooms of Roca Negra Hotel & Spa, are located on the first floor, have pools and the main stage, and have in addition to the terrace with a private garden.

 

All 87 rooms offer you fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean, where you can see the highest peak in Spain, El Teide. With nearly 50 m2 each, the space invites you to rest more comfortable.

  • large bathroom with bathtub
  • Hairdryer and mirror
  • Cozy couch
  • Desk
  • Flat screen TV 32”
  • Mini-bar
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Telephone
  • WiFi
  • Safe

You can enjoy the unique sunset views from a furnished terrace, always facing the sea.

Thursday Ride: Agaeta to Mogan

We leave Agaeta and head along the dramatic western coastline and after a very short distance we enter the beautiful Tamadaba National Park which features the islands best preserved natural pine forests.

The area has a network of ravines, slopes and mountain passes which will provide stunning views and some exciting riding. After approx. 15 kilometres we hit our first challenging climb of around 7 kilometres but don’t worry a coffee stop awaits you at the top along with some rewarding views of the surrounding area.

Off we go and enjoy a thrilling 7 kilometres descent back down near sea level where we stop for lunch at the very traditional town of San Nicholas which boasts popular Canarian architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

After lunch at San Nicholas we climb to the popular cyclists stop-off, the Juice Bar. We each the crest after 54 kilometres and from here it's downhill to our hotel in the picturesque Puerto de Mogan.

Your Accommodation - 1 Night

The Cordial Mogan Valle is situated within the beautiful Mogan valley and is just a 15 minute walk down to the pretty fishing village village of Puerto Mogan, known as the little Venice by its visitors. The hotel is a very bike friendly hotel and is a popular place to stay for cyclists, providing a perfect location, stunning views, heated swimming pool in the winter months, a great selection of eateries a gym and spa facilities. Perfect for your short stay to relax and unwind ready for your next cycling challenge.

 

*Accommodation - 1 Night, half board meal plan

*Based on two sharing a one bedroom apartment

 

All the apartments include:

  • Open plan kitchen equipped with 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Toaste
  • Electric coffee maker 
  • Living room with sofa bed 
  • Bathroom with hairdryer 
  • Ceiling fan in bedroom and living room 
  • Satellite TV 
  • Direct telephone line (extra) 
  • Safe (extra) 
  • Terrace or balcony with 
  • Shower 
  • 90cmx90cm table and 4 chairs 
  • Sun beds 

Find out more about this accommodation at http://bit.ly/1ZQ5HPW

Friday - Ride: Mogan Ayacata Maspalomas

On-Bike Statistics: 73 (Km), 1,744 (M) elevation gain, approx. riding time 3.5 (Hrs)

Today, we leave the beautiful west coast of Gran Canaria and ride back up the road to the village of Mogan. From here, we ride the 9 Kilometre 'Serenity' ascent to a great viewpoint at 950 metres. The shorter of 2 options from this point descends via Soria to the coast and an ice-cream stop in Melonares. The longer option goes up to Ayacata and adds 60 kilometres more!

Your Accommodation - 1 night

We return to the he Cordial Green Golf Bungalows for our last remaining night at the hotel.

Saturday – Depart/Transfer/Airport

UK Flight: 4 (Hr) 20 Minutes Transfer: approx 40 minutes

Depending on flight times you will be picked up from your hotel and transported to Las Palmas Gran Canaria airport via a private transfer, this will include your group and bikes if required. We will confirm the time of pick up once flights are booked.

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