Cycling in Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria has so much offer the list goes on and on, why not consider a day out enjoying cycling. There are so many ways to see Gran Canaria, by air, by sea, on foot and why not hire a bicycle and try cycling. There are in existence numerous cycling routes to suit all tastes and many of them traverse through some truly incredible scenery. There are cycling routes both on and off road. Because the gradients are incredibly steep it is essential to make sure you have the right bike for your ride. For your safety and that of others cycling with you, remember to have enough liquid with you, however there are no shortage of stopping points for you to rest at, and take in the stunning scenery, which can change, to offer you something different around every bend in the road. If you discover you fancy a slightly longer rest or you run out of the necessary provisions you will find that most of the villages along your cycling route will have a good restaurant or bar where you can recharge for the next stage of your ride.
Be aware that once you are above 1500 metres the weather can change without warning so make sure if you are out cycling in these parts of Gran Canaria that you are fully prepared with adequate clothing.
When it comes to road cycling it is often best to start in the south and cycle inland towards the summit. This is because the air is clearer and there is also less traffic. Following are some cycling routes that you may find interesting.
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1. This cycling route is fairly straightforward. From Playa del Ingles take the GC-60 to Fataga and cycle on up to the
Mirador de San Bartolome. Once you have reached this point, from your map, you will see a variety of cycling routes that will take further on up, and then back to this point. This point is 955metres above sea level and if you continue on up you can reach Pico de Las Nieves which is 1951 metres above sea level and adds about 50 KM to the first part of the cycling route.
2. From the summit there several cycling routes back down to Playa del Ingles. The GC130 will lead you to Ingenio and from there you pick up the GC500 back to Playa del Ingles.
3. From the summit you may choose to head west by taking the GC605 which would take you to Arguineguin or a bit further on to Mogan and then end your adventure by cycling back to Playa del Ingles from there.
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Winter season 1st November - 30th April Monday - Saturday: 09.00 to 20.00 h.
Sundays: 10.00 to 18.00 h.
Summer season 1st May - 31th October Monday - Saturday: 09.00 to 20.00 h.
Sundays: 10.00 to 12.00 h. and 17.00 to 19.00 h.
For a new way to see the island of Gran Canaria, why not try cycling and add a whole new dimension to your holiday.