Cycling routes in Gran Canaria are unique. Riding along a deserted road on a sunny day with temperatures around 20ºC without hardly seeing another vehicle and discovering a different landscape around each bend with the sea on the horizon is an experience hard to forget.
Even more so if you are riding a bike, as Gran Canaria is an island that offers a whole host of routes for bike-tourism enthusiasts and anyone who loves to be in direct contact with nature.
Whether you prefer hardcore descents or long distance cycling, your bike will make the perfect companion to visit indescribable landscapes.
The natural environment which the island of Gran Canaria offers its inhabitants and visitors make it worthy of the name "miniature continent".
In Gran Canaria there are paved tracks and roads with slopes and gradients that cross volcanic passes posing a great challenge for cyclists of all levels.
The gentle climate which reigns throughout the Island all year is the perfect invitation to enjoy a wide variety of open air sports: hiking, golf, rock climbing or cycling routes are some of the best alternatives for tourists on the Island.
Which are the best cycling routes in Gran Canaria?
Due to its morphology, Gran Canaria is mountainous with abrupt and spectacular landscapes. Both the mountain and road routes here are characterised by the almost complete absence of plains and the constant presence of stones due to its volcanic origin.
1. Cycling route in the southwest of Gran Canaria
A 100 km tourist circular cycling route along the southwest of Gran Canaria that starts and finishes on the golden coast of this round island along roads and seems to have been made exclusively for cycling.
It’s a classic touring cyclist that can be done throughout the year and gives surprising landscapes, as well as many beautiful corners where you can recharge your batteries and take truly amazing photographs.
The charming harbour of Mogán composes the first 30 kilometres, a cycle on flat terrain which snakes along the coast, among marinas and wonderful beaches before getting to Maspalomas.
Now it’s time to find the heart of the island by taking the road towards Fataga, which gives a sense of being long and difficult when going by the viewpoint at Degollada de Las Yeguas, one of the most beautiful lookouts in Gran Canaria.
The uphill climb along the southwest of Gran Canaria has three milestones: Fataga, San Bartolomé and Ayacata, the peak of the island.
In this incredible landscape, with a hamlet and deep ravines, the best thing to do is have a break and try the local cheese before attacking the descent to Las Niñas dam.
It’s a route with bends and pine trees which takes us to another spectacular ravine, that of Mogán, which is reached along a road that seems to hang between the cliffs. All that is left is to cycle down to Mogán and have a rest.
2. Cycling route in the northwest of Gran Canaria
With its starting and finishing point in the beautiful harbour of Agaete, with one of the most demanding mountain passes in the Canary Islands, this circular 116 km route along the northwest of Gran Canaria shows one of the most unspoilt and undiscovered areas of the island.
From the very start we are surprised by the legendary Andén Verde road which leads to La Aldea de San Nicolás in surroundings dominated by the impressive Faneque cliff and the Tamadaba mountain range, which is home to the oldest pine grove on the island.
The bike takes us along the road to the dams, an interesting but winding route which brings us close to the heart of the island, to the well-known walls of El Aserrador, with ramps where one can see how little traffic dares to venture along this narrow route.
The return route along the coast goes down to Agaete on quiet minor roads, where we can refresh at its natural swimming pools.
3. Cycling route from northern to central Gran Canaria
This circular 106 km bike route which penetrates the very core of Gran Canaria starts on the north coast of the island, in Bañaderos, where you can ascent through banana groves, orchards and hamlets which give way to Los Tilos ravine.
The winding roads lead to the town of Fontanales, the centenary pine trees in Galdar and then on to the viewpoint at La Cruz de Tejeda, an ideal spot to have a rest before taking on the central loop which leads to the emblematic Roque Nublo.
A quick descent leads to the town of Tejeda. A world of impressive rock walls captained by Roque Bentayga, followed by the walls of El Aserrador, continuous slopes in the midst of almond trees which go from Ayacata to the foot of Roque Nublo, the natural symbol of the island.
The return to La Cruz de Tejeda along the plains of La Pez is easier. To contemplate this magnificent landscape puzzle which ends in Bañaderos, just take the road though Valleseco and Arucas.
Best hotels for cyclists in Gran Canaria
The hotel chain Dunas Hotels & Resorts reinforces its commitment to all sport lovers on the island of Gran Canaria through two resorts superbly equipped for fans of cycling.
Maspalomas Resort by Dunas y Suites & Villas by Dunas
Both the Maspalomas Resort by Dunas and the Suites & Villas by Dunas, located near the Natural Reserve of the Maspalomas Dunes, Playa del Inglés, San Agustín and Las Burras, are cycling friendly hotels.
In fact, since the beginning of 2019 a new the Bike Center has been opened –an innovative specialized center that represents a revolution in cycling tourism.
It has everything a cyclism lover would like: a free bicycle workshop, a bike and accessories rental service, an storage room with video surveillance and assistance from professional experts in routes around the island according to levels.
The idea of a horizontal hotel, the beauty of the environment and the consolidated interest of the clients in cycling are the starting point of a race on wheels towards excellence.
In addition, these hotels are official sponsors of the Cicloturista de Gran Canaria, making them the ideal accommodation for your stay if you plan to participate in the most popular cycling event on the island.
Push the limits of your burn tolerance on the island’s steep, winding roads. The cycling routes in Gran Canaria blend into the horizon and wind through the volcanic terrain with constant changes of elevation. Each route climbs through spectacular landscapes and is a fresh opportunity to break through your limits... ¡an unbeatable experience!