Seven routes for mountain bikers in the Canary Islands
The trails and pathways of the Canary Islands are not for hikers and runners alone, but also for numerous intrepid cyclists who set out on their mountain bikes to explore the paradise concealed among the mountains, forests and volcanic rock formation. Today, we’ll take you along seven routes, one on each island in the archipelago, which offer maximum fun for cyclists.
1. South-eastern Gran Canaria: This island is crammed with unique scenery. Starting in the tourist resort of Meloneras, this 50-km route explores the south-eastern part of the island, revealing the enormous difference between the coast and the interior. Heading away from the coast along dirt tracks, you’ll reach the charming village of Fataga, before tackling a challenging path that will take you close to the Rosiana volcanos. After getting your breathe back in Santa Lucía de Tirajana, you’ll continue along a tarmac road to La Sorrueda dam, one of Spain’s leading nature reserves which is close to Gran Canaria’s largest and most beautiful and palm groves. Your journey ends in Agüimes.
2. Forest Route in northern Tenerife: This 85-kilometre route is the longest distance on the island. You’ll set off from Las Raíces in Las Lagunetas to cycle some of the most typical paths in the district of Acentejo. Continuing along through this protected countryside, skirting the Las Palomas Special Nature Reserve, you’ll reach the beautiful valley of La Orotava, riding through part of La Resbala, a protected landscape and home to numerous endemic species of flora and fauna. The route continues through myriad landscapes in the highest part of Los Realejos, San Juan de la Rambla, La Guancha, Icod De Los Vinos, Garachico, El Tanque, Santiago del Teide and Guía de Isora, before ending at the Montaña Cascajo track.
3. Northeast of Fuerteventura: Year after year, arid landscapes attract cyclists to an island that is also a magnet for those who love the sea and sports like surfing. The route begins in the small village of Lajares, passing through a fascinating volcanic area that leads to Corralejo, Fuerteventura’s largest tourist resort. Then head west along the coast, marvelling the wonderful local beaches, before circling the mountain of Tindaya, considered sacred by the ancient aboriginal people. As the dirt tracks give way to paved roads, you’ll discover the picturesque village of Villaverde before returning to Lajares.
4. Route of the volcanoes in La Palma: Fairy-tale forest landscapes await you on la Isla Bonita. This 35-kilometre route will bring you close to the typical beauty of this area, starting in the centre of La Palma, in the Pilar Refuge. Volcanic sand, the testimony and remains of the origins of this island, covers the next destination awaiting athletes, the Cumbre Vieja, from which you can watch seas of clouds forming, a real spectacle. The eastern slope of the mountain is the real challenge since it’s an upward climb for 14 kilometres to the destination.
5. From east to west in El Hierro: Seventy-eight kilometres of trails and paved roads make up this route. Starting in Valverde, the capital of what is known as the Meridian Island, cyclists can cross the island from east to west, following a traditional path travelled every four years during the famous Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes, the most popular festival. Cycle up and down the steep slopes of El Julan Cultural Park, through impressive landscapes among pristine mountains and the sea. The road continues up to La Dehesa de Sabinosa with its surreal sabinas. The symbol of El Hierro par excellence, these trees have a characteristic twisted, deformed appearance caused by the strong winds in the area. During the final stretch of your journey back to Valverde, you may spot the Orchilla lighthouse, the former location of the Prime Meridian.
6. Timanfaya route in Lanzarote: The Timanfaya National Park will be the undisputed high point of this 117-km journey. Starting at the northern end of the island, in the village of Órzola, you’ll traverse the area around the Corona volcano, climbing to the Risco de Famara with views over the island of La Graciosa. The next leg of the route will be Caleta de Famara, also known as "Pedales de Lava", that takes cyclists to the impressive La Santa sports facilities. After the centre, it's time for the most attractive part of the route: the Timanfaya National Park, where paths through volcanic sand lead to the village of Yaiza, before returning to the road that leads to the coast. The ride ends in Playa Blanca in the south of Lanzarote.
7. Visiting el Garajonay in La Gomera: Starting the journey in the capital of the island, San Sebastian de La Gomera, we’ll cycle Barranco Seco and then speed into the heart of the Garajonay National Park. Here, among laurissilva forests, nature vibrates with special magic, which riders can absorb without getting off their mountain bikes. Continuing along the route, you will reach the Barranco de La Laja, another of the great natural treasures of the “Isla Colombina” (Island of Columbus). The journey ends in Agulo.
- La Gomera
- Gran Canaria
- La Palma
- El Hierro
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