No, La Palma is not Mallorca or Gran Canaria. There aren’t just palm trees here, but also ancient pine forests, black fields formed by avalanche sand, quintessential Canarian villages and beautiful sunsets over the wide, blue sea. As hardly anyone has heard of this small island, La Palma has luckily been spared from mass tourism thus far.
For mountain bikers, however, La Palma’s secrets have been known for a long time – which comes as no surprise. If you like natural and rather technical trails, you’ve landed in paradise on the island. The flanks of the Volcano Route and the jungle-like forests are perfect terrain for two-wheeled off-road adventures.
Road cyclists have also tried and tested the land here. But, due to the topography, high mountains, and relatively small area, it’s hardly ever flat and the pedalling isn’t easy going on the island. That’s why, on La Palma, I prefer a gravel bike for endurance training. To make good use of the cooler hours in the morning, I sometimes lace up my running shoes and explore the island on foot.
La Palma is the perfect place for winter training. I've done endless great Tours here and made unforgettable memories. I always live in the resort of Puerto Naos and occasionally work as a guide for Atlantic Cycling. So if you ever need a shuttle, guide or rental bike, take a look here: atlantic-cycling.com.
I have tracked some of my favourite mountain bike and road bike Tours, road runs and trail runs for you. I hope you like my little Collection and it makes you want to visit the most beautiful island in the world!
The southern tour is another classic and, in terms of difficulty, perhaps the easiest MTB tour on the island.The shuttle will drop you off at “Mendo”, where you first have to negotiate a steep ramp. After 30 minutes at the latest, you will be really warm and you will have arrived on the high trail south. Then the route takes you relatively flat for around 30 to 45 minutes to the start of the trail.
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I love morning runs! Especially here on La Palma the sun can burn down when it hits the black lava sand. In Puerto Naos the winter sun does not rise until around 9 a.m. - enough time for a short run between the banana plantations. I like to say hello to the banana workers, because they start much earlier.
This trail run is really a nut. Every time I think to myself: "Oh, it won't be that bad" and then I almost die of thirst on the way up the steep wall.First you walk around five kilometers towards El Remo and then you turn left into the banana plantations. You hardly think that there is a path there and in fact it was washed away by the heavy rains last winter.
This is my "cake tour" where I tell myself that I only do this for the cake at Café El Time. The cake there is actually not that fantastic anymore and also really expensive for La Palma. Nevertheless, it does you good, after cycling from Puerto Naos to Los Llanos and then back into the caldera, straight up 500 meters in altitude to El Time.
It has been a dream of mine to drive up the Roque myself for a long time. The highest mountain of La Palma is just magical and the observatories on the summit are very impressive. Of course, also the view of the Caldera de Taburiente and the whole way up.You can rent such a cool rental car with roof rack from Monta lapalmarentacar.com.