Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Visit the nearly 2,000m high volcano at Pico de las Nieves. Enjoy the atmosphere and traditional culture in towns such as Aguimes, Tejeda, Arucas, and Agaete. And experience the spectacular scenery; from dramatic rock formations, to stunning coastal roads, and picturesque banana plantations.
Similar to its neighbour Tenerife it is a fantastic island for cycling year round thanks to its sub-tropical climate, excellent roads and incredible coastal and mountain scenery. On this holiday you will also discover its fascinating culture and unique gastronomy as you stay in charmingly authentic towns, a world away from the coastal resorts.
As on all of our tours, there are different route options each day, making the tour accessible to a wide range of riders. Below you can find a detailed itinerary. Click on the tabs to see more highlights, as well as all the practical information about the holiday.
Day 1 - Arrival - Aguimes
You can wander the narrow streets of the old town and relax in one of several charming bars and restaurants situated around the main Rosario Square. Aguimes is the most charming town in the south of the island, with a long history dating back to the Spanish conquest of Gran Canaria in the 15th century.
The traditional and laidback atmosphere of Aguimes is a great way to experience Gran Canaria at its most authentic.
Spectacular Views of the Tirajana Region
Day 2 - La Tirajana Region
The second part of the ride is a rolling descent, with fine views throughout as you pass through the village of Santa Lucía. The excellent road surfaces and lack of traffic make for a lot of fun as you return to Aguimes.
The longer route includes an additional loop to the Ayaguares Reservoir. This extension climbs at gentle gradients, before descending back down towards the southern coast.
Shorter Route: 55km (1,400m Elevation)
Longer Route: 83km (1,950m)
The roads are typically quiet and smooth around Aguimes
Day 3 - Pico de las Nieves
The climb itself is long, but, apart from a couple of short sections, it is mostly quite gentle and you can settle into a nice rhythm. And the overall ride distances are short, giving you plenty of time to both tackle the climb and enjoy the views.
From the top of the climb, the longer route includes an additional shorter climb, while the shorter route descends the short distance to a unique hotel set in the heart of the island.
Situated at 1,400m altitude, the Parador Hotel offers great comfort. It's surrounded by imposing volcanic mountains and charming villages, with unforgettable views of the iconic Roque Nublo.
Shorter Route: 35km (1,700m)
Longer Route: 59km (2,450m)
Pico de las Nieves
Day 4 - Tejeda & Roque Nublo
Following quiet, winding roads, you stay at high altitude throughout the ride, enjoying views of every corner of the island. Highlights include the beautiful village of Tejeda and the dramatic rock formations of Roque Nublo, before returning to the Parador Hotel.
The longer route includes an additional short climb to the traditional village of Artenara, which is well worth visiting if your legs are strong enough!
Shorter Route: 32km (850m)
Longer Route: 50km (1,250m)
The village of Tejeda is nestled amongst the volcanic peaks, with Roque Nublo in the background
Day 5 - Arucas & Agaete Coast
The scenery changes as volcanic rocks are replaced by vibrant green hillsides, banana plantations and dramatic coastal cliffs; it's almost like entering a completely different country.
Highlights include visiting Teror, Arucas and Galdar - three of the oldest towns in Gran Canaria, all of which have lively old towns and charming squares full of traditional Canarian bars and cafes.
The routes finish in Agaete, where you can enjoy the views of the Tamadaba Natural Park, including a series of spectacular cliffs which extend along the coast. The Agaete valley is also home to some of the finest restaurants in the island - taking advantage of produce grown locally, including bananas, papayas, passion fruit and coffee!
The longer route includes a pleasant ride to the Tamadaba Natural Park, situated on Gran Canaria's west coast.
Shorter Route: 75km (950m)
Medium Route: 90km (1,400m)
Longer Route: 108km (1,950m)
Greener scenery in the north of Gran Canaria
Day 6 - Agaete Coast & Risco Caído
Near the top of the climb you reach Risco Caído - a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. The Risco Caído is home to cave-houses and agricultural buildings, dating from before the Spanish conquest of the Canary Islands. It was also the site of an ancient astronomical observatory, which was probably an important religious site of the indigenous Guanche culture.
From Risco Caído, it is mostly downhill as you head back towards the west coast on a beautiful road, full of hairpin bends alongside picturesque mountain lakes and reservoirs.
The longer route includes an additional climb around the small village of Juncalillo. Both routes end in La Aldea de San Nicolas, a traditional town surrounded by tomato farms. This is also an excellent place to try the classic Canarian dish papas arrugadas made from the flavoursome small potatoes grown locally.
Shorter Route: 59km (1,650m)
Longer Route: 81km (2,200m)
The beautiful climb up to Risco Caído
Day 7 - Mogán & South Coast
The shorter route descends to the idyllic coastal village of Puerto de Mogán, which makes for a great coffee or lunch stop. From here you take a short ferry ride to the neighbouring town, before finishing the day with a great ride along the coast.
The longer ride instead climbs more towards the center of the island - tackling the iconic hairpin bends climbing to the Mulato viewpoint. From here it is a long and fun descent down to the coast before arriving at the hotel in Maspalomas.
The hotel in Maspalomas is situated just metres from the beach and close to the imposing sand dunes which wouldn't look out of place in the nearby Sahara desert!
Shorter Route: 55km (1,050m)
Longer Route: 69km (1,550m)
Hairpin bends are always a lot of fun!
Day 8 - Departure / Extensions
If you would like to extend your holiday we would also be happy to arrange this for you, and can transfer you to your next accommodation.
Popular options include staying on the coast around Maspalomas, or visiting the city of Las Palmas - the capital of Gran Canaria.
To find out more information about this holiday; including practical information, prices, dates and more tour highlights; return to the top of the page and click on the various tabs.
It is possible to extend your trip on or off the bike
You will visit the desert like landscapes of the south, the volcanic peaks of the interior, and the vibrant green scenery in the north - home to banana and coffee plantations. You will also visit the most charming towns, ride along beautiful coastal routes and stay in stunning boutique hotels.
Check out just a few of the tour highlights in the photo album below:
- ✔ Seven Nights Accommodation (see the Hotels section for more details)
- ✔ Continental breakfast each day
- ✔ Transfers to and from the arrival and departure points (see below for details)
- ✔ Luggage transferred between hotels
- ✔ GPS routes and mobile app to easily follow the routes
- ✔ Detailed information pack about the routes, restaurants and everything to see along the rides
- ❌ Bicycle Hire (Optional extra €200 - see below)
- ❌ Flights
- ❌ The short ferry ride if you choose the shorter route on day 7 (this costs €11 EUR), and is necessary to take since part of the coastal road collapsed and there is no longer any way through by bike!
- ❌ Tour Extensions
- ❌ Travel Insurance
If you plan to do the longer rides, we recommend our lightweight carbon road bikes. They have disc brakes, compact chainsets (50-34 teeth) and large cassettes (11-32 or 11-34 teeth) and are optimized for climbing and for being comfortable for long hours in the saddle.
For the shorter routes, hybrids and e-bikes are also a good option - especially if you are more used to riding them at home. In particular we recommend e-bikes if you like the look of the holiday, but are worried about the amount of climbing.
Having the reassurance of the e-bike may help to make the holiday even more stress-free. And you can always switch the motor off if you don't need it! We can provide either road e-bikes or hybrid e-bikes on this tour.
The exact model depends on availability, so please get in touch if you would like more information.
Difficulty Level & Roads
It is rated as Medium-Challenging if you ride the shorter routes, and Challenging-Hard if you ride the longer routes. This is due to the amount of climbing involved rather than the distances.
The most challenging ride is on Day 3 up to Pico de las Nieves, but it is not very long and so you can take your time and enjoy the scenery!
As we mentioned above, if you like the look of the tour, but are concerned by the amount of climbing, then we recommend trying out an e-bike.
The routes are all on paved roads and the surfaces are generally in excellent condition. The traffic tends to be very light on the routes we have chosen, and the drivers are respectful towards cyclists. Gran Canaria has a very laid back feel, with no one (not even car drivers!) seemingly in a rush.
Find out more about our tour difficulty levels here.
Arrival and Departure
Transfers are included at the start and end of the holiday. We also transfer your luggage each day that you move hotels.
If you have trouble finding flights to Gran Canaria airport, please contact us, and we can try to assist.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please browse through some of the frequently asked questions about this cycling tour. If you have any further questions, or would like any more information, please contact us and we will answer by email.
Should I do the longer or shorter routes?
This depends entirely on you! The longer and shorter routes all start and finish at the same place, and so you can decide on any given day which you would prefer to do. There is no need to commit until the day of the ride itself.
On the longer routes you see more and are able to visit more places, while the shorter routes are more relaxing and ideal if you like to take your time and go at a slower pace.
When can I do this tour?
This tour is available starting on any day throughout the year. It is particularly popular in winter and spring due to the warm climate, but it is also a great choice in summer.
What is the weather like?
Gran Canaria has a sub-tropical climate, meaning there is little variation in the weather throughout the year. Average daytime temperatures in winter range from 16°C (61°F) to
23°C (73°F), depending on altitude, making it a great choice for a winter cycling holiday.
But the weather is also great in summer, where it doesn't tend to get as hot as in mainland Spain. Average daytime temperatures in summer are around 27°C (80°F). There is also little rain throughout the year.
The two nights in the middle of the holiday are spent at a higher altitude (around 1,400m / 4,500 feet). It is usually still quite warm even at this altitude, but you should be prepared for slightly cooler conditions here.
Can I personalise or change aspects of this tour?
Absolutely! We have designed a tour that we feel strikes a great balance between cycling routes, accommodation and interesting towns. However, if, for example, you would like to do the tour
for a different number of days, stay in a different level of accommodation, or extend the route to a different location, we would be happy to discuss the options with you.
Why does this tour not stay more on the coast?
The main reason is that we believe that a lot of the better cycling routes and more interesting regions are away from the coast.
When staying on the coast you have to begin most days by riding up 500-1000m of elevation, often on quite busy roads, just to get to the more scenic parts. We think its best to avoid that and stay in authentic towns more inland.
However, the holiday does spend two nights on the coast in the charming town of Agaete and in Maspalomas. In both of these towns the hotel is situated just a few metres from the beach.
What is your cancellation policy?
The full cancellation policy can be found in out terms and conditions.
Why book with us?
We are a small and independent company who are locally based, which offers several advantages:
- We have a lot personal experience of all of our tours, which have been refined over many years. We believe we are genuine experts in the regions where we run tours, and we are also close at hand to offer support and a personalized service.
- We are flexible and can tailor our itineraries to suit your requirements.
- We have low overheads. We don't spend money on advertising and don't use third party agents. We only sell our tours through this website.
By cutting out the middle man, you can be sure that more of what you pay is being spent on the important things: like hotels, equipment and other services.
- We are a registered and fully bonded tour operator in accordance with EU regulations.
Hotel Los Camellos
Parador Hotel - Cruz de Tejada
The hotel itself has large and well equipped rooms; a great swimming pool and superb terraces for relaxing in the late afternoon sun.
Puerto de las Nieves
La Aldea Suites
¹Price is based on two people sharing a double or twin room. If you would prefer to stay in a single room, the single supplement is applicable.
To reserve a place on the tour, click the button above and complete the reservation form. We will then get back to you within 24 hours to confirm the reservation, and to arrange for payment of the deposit.
For more details on the booking process, please check out our Reservations page.