Gran Canaria Cycling Climbs

Climb Town Altitude (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Cruz de Tejeda Tamaraceite 1516 21.5 5.8 980 ***
Cruz de Tejeda Tamaraceite 1517 23.5 4.9 1084 ****
El Aserrador La Aldea de San Nicolas 1424 23.4 5.5 1318 ****
El Aserrador Puerto de Mogán 1425 37.0 3.8 687 ****
Ayagaures Maspalomas 490 12.5 3.3 124 ***
Ayagaures Maspalomas 490 8.0 5.3 145 ***
Cenobio de Valeron El Pagador 261 5.6 4.3 98 ***
El Sao Agaete 515 9.3 5.0 156 ****
Guayadeque Aguimes 955 8.7 7.6 679 ***
Mogán Puerto de Mogán 645 19.0 3.0 370 ***
Mogán La Aldea de San Nicolas 660 9.0 5.6 495 ***
Mogán Playa de Tasarte 676 12.0 5.4 445 ***
Pico de las Nieves Arucas 1938 35.5 4.8 1105 ****
Pico de las Nieves Carrizal 1938 26.6 6.8 1655 ****
Pico de las Nieves Ayacata 1938 11.5 5.2 574 ****
Pico de las Nieves Tejeda 1938 15.5 5.6 787 ****
Pico de las Nieves Telde 1938 26.2 6.8 1346 ****
Pinos de Gáldar El Pagador 1542 28.0 5.3 985 ***
Pinos de Gáldar Gáldar 1542 26.9 4.9 1025 ****
Pinos de Gáldar Guía 1542 30.0 4.5 935 ***
Pinos de Gáldar La Aldea de San Nicolas 1542 34.4 4.4 1119 ****
Pinos de Gáldar Risco Caído 1542 10.5 6.5 625 ***
Risco Grande Argeneguín 920 9.0 7.7 590 ****
Roque Bentayga El Chorrillo 1180 7.7 7.3 444 ****
San Bartolomé Maspalomas 975 20.0 4.1 795 ****
San Bartolomé Vecindario 976 23.0 3.2 385 ****
Tamadaba Agaete 554 6.3 7.5 400 ****
Temisas Aguimes 825 12.0 4.5 365 ****


Gran Canaria is a great cycling destination for riders who enjoy climbing. There are many great routes around the island, with climbs of all different lengths and gradients.

The highest mountains are in the very center of the island. Here you will find the volcanic peak known as Pico de las Nieves, as well as the iconic Roque Nublo. There are also excellent climbs to be found on the west coast, particularly around the villages of Agaete and La Aldea de San Nicolas. The climbs here are not quite so high, but are situated on top of coastal cliffs, such as the Tamadaba Natural Park, with excellent views looking out to sea.

The east of the island around Las Palmas and the airport is more built up and generally not so good for cycling. However, a little in land, around the town of Aguimes there are more fantastic climbs, heading up to picturesque villages like Santa Lucía, and Tejeda.

Tamadaba Natural Park

Tamadaba Natural Park


The scenery is spectacular and incredibly diverse throughout Gran Canaria. The northern and western sides have a more tropical Atlantic climate. Here there is beautiful green scenery and you will ride between banana plantations, exotic fruit orchards and even fields of coffee. The vibrant green colours have a great contrast with the reddish volcanic soils and the blue ocean.

The southern and eastern parts of Gran Canaria are more influenced by the nearby Sahara Desert. In places they are very dry, with dramatic rock formations and even large sand dunes around Maspalomas. The roads here snake up through steep sided cliffs, providing impressive views looking both to the sea and towards the high mountains of the center.


The road surfaces are generally in very good condition. Every now and again there is a rough section where the road has suffered from rock fall or landslides, but generally it's very enjoyable for riding on a road bike.

Most of the traffic is situated around the north-east of the island (close to capital Las Palmas), and around the resort towns of the south coast (Maspalomas). However, with a bit of research, it's easy to find quiet roads, and the drivers on the island are very courteous towards cyclists.

Getting There

Gran Canaria is easy to get to from almost all countries in Europe. It has only one airport, which is located half way between Las Palmas and Maspalomas on the east of the island.

Several low cost airlines fly here, and most will happily carry your bike for an extra charge.

There is also a ferry that connects Gran Canaria with the Spanish mainland (with two different lines operating between Cadiz/Huelva and Las Palmas). Ferries can also easily be caught between the different Canary Islands.

Currently there is no ferry running from Morocco, although there are plans to establish a link in the near future.


Gran Canaria has a sub-tropical climate, with little variation in temeprature throughout the year. This makes the Canary Islands probably the best place in Europe to cycle during the winter, when daily temperatures are usually above 20°C.

Rain is also uncommon, particularly in the winter. Showers are more likely in the north of the island - but don't let this put you off cycling there as it is generally a dry climate. After all - the island is only a few hundred kilometres from the Sahara Desert!

Cycling Holidays

Our Best of Canaria cycling holiday tackles the best climbs and most scenic routes on the island.

It is a multi-centered tour which crosses almost the entire length and width of Gran Canaria, allowing you to really get to know the diverse parts of the island. You can find out more details about this and similar tours that we run in the links below.

View over Gran Canaria
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,490 EUR
Mount Teide
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,390 EUR
Tramuntana Mountains - Mallorca
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,420 EUR