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Gran Canaria Self Guided Cycling Holiday

5 nights from £495.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Scenic rides through the stunning volcanic landscape and parallel to luxurious sandy beaches
  • Incredible warm weather all year round
  • Flexibility with riding difficulty and guides
  • Ride Pico de las Nieves & The Valley of the Tears
Gran Canaria Self Guided Cycling Holiday
5 nights from £495.00
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WE LOVEThe Climbs
Gran Canaria's climbing rivals Tenerife. Head up to Pico de las Nieves, sitting proudly at over 2,000m, on a 40km ascent from the coast. Ride the Valley of the Tears or if you fancy shorter, punchier climbs check out the Tauro Pass and Soria.
WE LOVEIncredible Gran Canaria Landscape
The sunny Spanish Canary Island provides a unique landscape as the impressive volcanic south contrasts with the green Northern region near the capital Las Palmas. Travelling on two wheels is undoubtedly the best way to explore the the impressive scenery.

What's Included

Our suggested Gran Canaria cycling holiday

We can tailor make this trip for you
Day 1Arrival into Gran Canaria

Upon arrival arrive in Gran Canaria, Love Velo will be waiting to take you to the hotel. Choose from one of our many hotels in Maspalomas or Meloneras or let us know if there is another area you would like to stay in.

Day 2Cycle up to Soria

Gran Canaria is a massive Volcano. This means that heading inland will involve lots of ascent. Riding to Soria however is probably the best way to get acclimatised. At only just over 700m above sea level, you can ride to Soria and experience stunning views of Tenerife to the west, and the jagged hills and valleys as you ride. For a longer day, tag this on to the western ascent of Pico de las Nieves or ride north to the Valley of the Tears

Total distance70kmTotal climb800m
Day 3Pico de las Nieves

Pico de las Nieves is Gran Canaria’s highest peak at just under 2,000m. It’s an almost constant ascent from the coast but unlike Mt Teide in Tenerife, it does offer some respite with the occasional plateau on the climb. Nonetheless, this is a tough ride and we reocmend you ride it via Aguimes to the east. Summit the climb and be rewarded with views of Roque Nublo, literally meaning Rock in the Clouds.

Total distance105kmTotal climb2050m
Day 4The Tauro Pass or the Valley of the Tears

Gruelling climbs are scattered throughout this ride. Head up to the Tauro Pass from Maspalomas and you’ll cover close to 1,000m of climbing. You can ride to Soria or if you fancy a day of nothing but unrelenting climbing, find the Valley of the Tears on the G606 for a ride that provides 12km, at an average of 11%, with ramps at a whopping 25%! An out and back will see you ride 2,000m across 120km.

Total distance120kmTotal climb2000m
Day 5Bike the Coast to Taurito

Clear sparkling sea. Pristine roads. Volcanic rock coastal landscapes. The route to Taurito has it all. Simply follow the one road westward up and down short inclines through seafronts and between craggy walls. Once at Taurito, an abundance of cafe’s make it hard to say no to a coffee. Head back on the Atlantic sea road, and perhaps even take a quick dip in one of the various beaches that tempt you along the way.

Total distance55kmTotal climb380m
Day 6Departure from Gran Canaria

Let us know your flight times and we can transfer you from your hotel to the airport. Or, extend your stay and spend more time discovering the island on our number of alternative cycling routes.

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What to ExpectFrom guaranteed sunshine to luxurious coastal riding

Home to the Valley of the Tears, Gran Canaria is a great option if you’re looking for warm weather training. Like Tenerife, there’s plenty of climbing and with slick and well maintained roads, you can truly test yourself on the bike.

It is also a great destination for less seasoned riders, offering benefits to people with varying levels of experience. We recommend basing yourself in the south. Maspalomas is home to a huge number of hotels but for a quieter more luxurious stay, head a few km east to Meloneras.

47km long with 2,150m ascent
Pico de Las Nieves from Maspalomas
45km long with 1,700m ascent
Valley of the Tears from Maspalomas
33km long with 700m ascent
Soria from Maspalomas
43km long with 750m ascent
Tauro Pass from Maspalomas
Map of the Best Climbs in Gran Caanria

How's the Weather? in Gran Canaria

The SpringMarch to May
Spring in March, April and May offers the best riding. There will be lots of other cyclists on the road whilst the temperature and breeze provide perfect conditions.
The SummerJune to August
Gran Canaria is hot in the summer and can be quite humid. This is tempered by the breeze on the coast so you can enjoy some excellent coastal cycling as well as early morning rides.
The AutumnSeptember to November
Autumn is a great time to cycle in Gran Canaria. The summer heat has passed and the weather becomes perfect for cycling.
The WinterDecember to February
In the Winter the temperatures drop slightly and rain is more likely but cycling conditions can still be very good.

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