Tour of Gran Canaria Road Bike
Canary Islands & Spain, Bike - Road Cycling, 8 days - from £945 (land only) - from €1,180 (land only) - from $1,655 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group's hotel accommodation in Maspalomas. Transfers will be provided from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport for all clients arriving on this day and the driving time is approximately half an hour. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: After picking up the hire bikes, today's ride gives us the chance to stretch our legs and check out our bikes before the tour ahead. Heading inland, we tackle the sinuous 9 kilometre climb to the mountain village of Soria (900m). We have a restaurant stop, where you can buy lunch, before we ride back to the hotel. Ride distance 69 km (43 miles) with 1103 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 3: Our 5-day journey into the rugged interior starts along the coastal strip, then turns inland, through Aguimes and via the Barranco de Tirajana to San Bartolome, in a high mountain basin beneath the Risco Blanco. From our hotel, at close to 1000 metres, we have great views. Ride distance 68 km (45 miles) with 1823 metres of ascent and 866 metres of descent.
Day 4: We start out with a 23 kilometre climb to the roof of the island at Pico de las Nieves (1951m), beyond which we drop down towards the village of Vega de San Mateo. Following quiet roads, we climb to the ridge at Cruz de Tejeda (1500m) and loop back to our hotel in San Bartolome. Ride distance 71 km (45 miles) with 2200 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 5: Climbing again to Cruz Grande, we cross the plateau to Tejeda, then cycle on to Artenara (1270m) with its cave houses dating from prehistoric times. The rest of the day has a downhill bias, as we drop down to the coast and the whitewashed houses of Agaete. Our excellent hotel here overlooks the ocean. Ride distance 74 km (44 miles) with 1100 metres of ascent and 2100 metres of descent.
Day 6: Heading south through the Tamadaba National Park, our route is cut into the island's dramatic western coastline. After lunch at San Nicholas we climb to the cyclists stop-off, the Juice Bar. We reach the crest after 54 kilometres and from here it's downhill to our hotel in picturesque Puerto de Mogan. Ride distance 68 km (43 miles) with 1678 metres of ascent and 1698 of descent.
Day 7: Today, we leave the coast and ride back up the road to the village of Mogan. From here, we ride the 9 kilometre 'Serenity' ascent to a great viewpoint at 950 metres. The shorter of 2 options from this point descends via Soria to the coast and an ice-cream stop in Melonares. Overnight in Maspalomas. Ride distance 53 km (33 miles) with 979 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport are provided for all clients.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin Edge 800 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.