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Bikepacking Canary Islands I — from Lanzarote to Gran Canaria

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Bikepacking Canary Islands I — from Lanzarote to Gran Canaria

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It's always summer on the Canary Islands — or in the very worst case, spring. And if you are longing for a unique bikepacking tour in winter, there's no better destination on earth.

Due to an awesome ferry network connecting the islands, bikepacking the Canary Islands means just that: You can cycle from place to place on one island, cover fairly long distances each day, and then take a ferry to the next island. In this Collection, we'll give you everything you need to visit the seven big Canary Islands — and to experience the best of what these awesome islands have to offer.

As there is so much to experience in the Canary Islands, however, we've broken this Collection down into two parts. This is the first part of your Canary Islands bikepacking adventure, on which you'll pedal through Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. On this journey, you'll ride through landscapes dominated by desert-like sand dunes, through canyons and over passes that take you up to alpine heights, and cycle through so many different climate zones you'll feel as though you've cycled to the other side of the world.

This is not a conventional cycling adventure where you roll along a flat river cycle path. This ride is one that'll see you climb up dizzying heights — at least once you're on Gran Canaria. So make sure you arrive in peak physical condition and have all of the supplies you might need on the bike with you.

The second part of the adventure takes you to the four islands of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. You'll find it here: komoot.de/collection/456/bikepacking-canary-islands-from-tenerife-to-la-palma

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    03:06
    28.0 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Canaries are of volcanic origin. Here on Lanzarote, you can experience this most spectacularly, because under the surface there are occasional seething and everywhere on the island you have at least one volcanic crater in view. At the ferry dock of Arrecife your island hopping adventure starts.You leave the city to the north, in the village Nazaret stands the Villa Lagomar, this New Age building once belonged to Omar Sharif and you can imagine how wild parties were celebrated here in the 70s.In addition to the volcanic activities, the landscape was significantly influenced by the architect César Manrique. Everywhere there are buildings and projects from him. A very impressive work of art are the Jameos del Agua. Here he transformed the caves of a cooled lava flow into a leisure complex.The road through La Corona Natural Park takes you to your destination, the fishing village of Orzola. On the way there you will see some sandy beaches with a small volcanic attack in front of it.

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    Difficult
    06:29
    56.4 mi
    8.7 mph
    5,000 ft
    5,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Today you drive Lanzarote lengthwise from north to south. Right after the start in Orzola, the climb to the Mirador del Rio awaits you. At first barely noticeable, then at the same time with crisp gradient percentages. Once at the top you have a great view over to the small neighboring island of La Graciosa. On the fine, small road you drive down from the Mirador, always the volcano landscape in view.After Haria the first serpentines are waiting for you, did you manage the ascent you see the Peñas del Chache in front of you? He is the highest mountain in Lanzarote, but since a radar system is at its summit, rather unspectacular. You roll down the ridge to Teguise and then turn off to the beach in Famara. Here you can look at the steep cliffs of the mountain range, where you are still pedaling. If you've had enough of it, watching the surfers on the beach is fun.From the beach it is constantly uphill in the fire mountains of Timanfaya National Park.
    After Yaiza, a small climb is waiting for you. Did you manage that you roll relaxed to Playa Blanco. From here the ferry transfers to Fuerteventura. You made your first island.

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  • Difficult
    04:34
    38.8 mi
    8.5 mph
    3,100 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Also Fuerteventura you notice the volcanic origin, there are many volcanic cones in the area around. But the island feels much more sandy and you realize that you are only 100 kilometers away from the African mainland.Arrived at the port in Corralejo you start right on the road through the dunes of the nature park of the same name. Here you can stop and jump into the water everywhere to refresh yourself for the day ahead.The first 20 kilometers are on relatively flat terrain right on the coast. At the Playa de las Valdivias turn right towards Tindayas, now it gets more mountainous. Once you have crossed the small pass behind Vallebron, you will enjoy a good view of the holy mountain of the island, the Montaña Tindaya.Before the stage goal Betancuria still a crisp rise waits for you, which has its highest gradient percentage just before the end. Here, just before the former capital, two former kings of the island with two 4.5-meter-high statues was a monument.

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    Difficult
    05:02
    44.3 mi
    8.8 mph
    2,975 ft
    4,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Your day starts in the tranquil mountain village of Betancuria. It remains lonely for now. First mountainous, then desert-like - enjoy the peace and quiet. At Costa Calma you reach the narrowest part of the island, here it is only scarcely 5km wide. Behind the tourist resort opens the Laguna de Sotavento. Many kite- and windsurfers romp around here, sit in the sand for a few moments and watch them.The fine sand stretches along the coast to your destination, Morro Jable. Everywhere the water shines bright turquoise. In Morro Jable you will find the ferry that will take you to Gran Canaria.

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    Difficult
    05:12
    34.2 mi
    6.6 mph
    6,450 ft
    2,950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Gran Canaria is very different from the previously visited islands. Here it is really mountainous and therefore also exhausting. The island compensates you with fine canyons and much more vegetation. The almost circular island has different climates. The south is desert dry, in the north it is greener and overgrown.In Las Palmas you arrive in a big city, there are countless shops and bars, take a little time to explore the streets. Strengthen yourselves at the breakfast, because the tour leads you into the mountainous center of the island, on over 1500hm.That's what you achieved at the Cruz de Tejeda. Although it is even higher on the island, but here is the geographical center of the island and the old royal road led along here.In the fine mountain village of Tejeda, you can end your first real mountain day of your trip to the Canaries, with the promise that there will be more.

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    Difficult
    04:14
    39.1 mi
    9.2 mph
    4,100 ft
    7,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Tejeda you start in a 500hm climb on the roof of today's tour. Once there you can adjust to almost 30km downhill. And that goes through really fine landscape. On numerous bends, you will glide on a little-traveled and well paved road through the mountains of central Gran Canaria. Again and again there is a mirador on the wayside, it is worth stopping here for a moment, so that you can absorb the greatness of the landscape into you.After the Tauropass turn right to the north. Here hides with just under 500hm, the second rise of the day and it is colorful. The rocks at the Los Azulejos have been colored by various inclusions in and look as if someone with a huge highlighter has tried to mark the wall.Once you have reached the Mirador de Tasartico, you have passed all the positive altitude meters for today and roll the last kilometers relaxed to the sea.

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    Difficult
    04:32
    34.1 mi
    7.5 mph
    5,275 ft
    5,275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    It goes back into the mountains and you visit the highest mountain village of the island. When you reach the highest point of the day, you roll casually down to the sea.The first kilometers of the day are dominated by a canyon where several reservoirs ensure that the area is supplied with water all year round. The road is partly spectacular in the rock and the dams build up imposing in front of you. Divide your strength well, as beautiful as the ascent is, so long and tough is it too.Once at the top, the landscape changes a bit and there are actually scattered meadows. In Artenara the deserved break waits for you. Now it's a good 20km almost only downhill to the harbor town of Las Nieves. Here the ferry to Tenerife is waiting for you.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    275 mi
  • Duration
    33:08 h
  • Elevation
    28,650 ft

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Bikepacking Canary Islands I — from Lanzarote to Gran Canaria