The Spanish Canary Islands are a popular holiday destination for those looking for sun, sea and sandy beaches, but there’s so much more on offer. There is plenty to do inland as well, with some stunning volcanic terrain and scenery of all types, and lots of choice for exhilarating mountain biking and cross-country cycling, with craters, ridges and dusty tracks.
To help get your wheels spinning on the Canary Islands, here are some of the best island routes from three of the most popular islands, as recommended by ViewRanger users.
For volcanic exploration, this lovely route is for you. Starting out from Macher on Lanzarote, the route heads west through open countryside before reaching some volcanic craters and a number of charming villages. The western part of the route takes you around the pleasant Laguna de Janubio before joining a coastal path north affording some stunning sea views. The later portion of the return trip sees the route cross some even more spectacular volcanic terrain. This ride can be extended from Macher if so desired, with Puerto del Carmen a short distance to the south-east and Lansarote Airport a little further along.
For something a little more urban, why not try this route from Telde on the eastern side of Gran Canaria. There are some good off-road sections, particularly on the southern part of this route, which also gives you great coastal tracks, short cross-country portions, and a taste of the town itself. This is an ideal route to see some of the different sides of Gran Canaria, so to check out the route yourself click here.
Distance: 25 miles
Published by: Volker Wrobel
This challenging ride in the south of Fuereventura takes you across a variety of surfaces – from asphalt to gravel to sand – making this a unique and exciting route, but not one for beginners! Starting in Tarajalejo, you head west along the coast and through La Lajita before reaching La Pared and Costa Calma, where a small detour takes you to a lovely restaurant and a great beach.
Distance: 39.7 miles
Published by: Alessandro Pagli
A trip around the north coast of Fuerteventura, this route gives you the chance to enjoy some superb coastal views as well as some fascinating volcanic terrain on the inland leg of the trip. By starting in El Cotillo on the western side of the island and cycling across to the east you will see some wonderful sights; the loop at the southernmost part of the route allows you to experience a volcanic valley first-hand. You could make another detour into Corralejo to experience the delights the town has to offer, or carry on through the open countryside towards the coast and enjoy the sea breeze as you make your way back to El Cotillo. This is a great route for mountain biking across some less hilly but still diverse terrain.
Distance: 28.33 miles
Published by: Lite MountainGear
Our final recommended route is located on the very southern edge of Fuerteventura and takes you from Esquinzo along the south coast through Solana Matorral and to the ridge above Cofete. From here you can enjoy spectacular views across the island and towards the coast, as well as test your biking skill on the steep paths! On the way back around to the south coast, the more adventurous cyclists may wish to take an additional 12 mile round-trip to Pambaso, a charming peninsular on the southwest coast, from where you can enjoy far-reaching views out to sea. The route then travels back along the coast through Morro Jable to Esquinzo. With a demanding track up some steep terrain, this is a route for those looking to get a bit more from their biking excursions.
Don’t forget to download all your preferred routes before you leave, and if you find any yourself please upload them to give others the joy of experience these beautiful islands in the same way.