CYCLING GRAN CANARIA
10 REASONS TO FLY HERE FOR A MTB HOLIDAY
Are you looking for an exotic place to vent the desire for mountain biking in an unusual and astonishing environment, enjoying a holiday of sport, sea and sun?
This is your destination…
Gran Canaria, authentic playground for mountain bikers
The island of Gran Canaria has very high potential for mountain biking, which is only minimally exploited. The most recognized tourist aspect is the temperate climate, which allows you to enjoy its seacoast areas, even when Europe continent is dipped in the winter.
But what happens if you add to it its amazing backcountry?
Every ride simply become an adventure, thanks to a wild and fascinating environment, characterized by unparalleled breathtaking landscapes and trails that meet all technical skill levels. All this makes Gran Canaria an authentic playground for mountain bikers.
Very cheap flights
Gran Canaria is well connected to European countries with low-cost flights. Often we pay around 30-50 € each fly.
An important aspect is the transport of our beloved bike. Do not be afraid of this. All companies can load sports equipment such as bicycles on board. The rates are affordable: from € 40 to € 80 each way. It only takes the foresight to pack the bike well. You have two options:
– specific cardboard box for bike transport
– specific bag for air transport of the bike.
Both solutions are valid to protect the bicycle properly (we use them regularly). Check out how to pack the bicycle in the transport bag on this page. Give it a look, also because the sympathy of Dan Milner is worth the 3 minutes duration of the video.
However, if mental peace is your first priority, you can hire top-of-the-range mountain bikes on site.
Do you want to plan your mountain bike holiday perfectly? Stipulate a reliable and safe insurance, both for the sport you want to do, and for the trip itself. Totalsports of Intermundial is the ideal insurance for travelers and sports lovers. You can contract it for single days or for a whole year. If you make sports trips for more than 9 days a year, you will need insurance in annual format. Complete tranquility, wherever you go.
In addition, sports coverage is not exclusive to the bike, but covers more than 100 activities, including water, snow and air sports. It is a complete insurance for the entire trip and for any problems related to sport. Cancellation before departure, problems with sports equipment, medical assistance due to illness or accident (medical or hospital examination, diagnostic tests, drugs, surgery, crutches or prostheses, extension of rehabilitation), search and rescue, repatriation, etc. Nobody likes to have a problem, but if it happens, it is better to be prepared than to regret it.
Gran Canaria receives millions of tourists every year and therefore has a complete, wide and varied network of services to satisfy every palate. From the 5-star plus hotel, with a SPA overlooking the sea, to cheaper solutions such as touristic apartment, very convenient and comfortable.
Authentic and varied nature
Cycling Gran Canaria trails is like experiencing different trips in one. The variety and contrast of the landscapes in which you can ride varies greatly, depending on the geographical position in which you are. This is a miniature continent, a unique experience.
During your holiday in Gran Canaria you will be able to plan the most suitable mountain bike tours for your style of riding and personal taste. This way you can also discover as many landscapes as possible. From north to south, passing through the center of the island, which is where you can admire the most impressive landscapes, where rock giants create incomparable landscapes.
You can find a greater presence of green areas in the north of the island. These are the famous Laurisilva areas, a subtropical phenomenon that deserves to be discovered. It originates from the clouds and the humidity of the winds that, at a height of 700-1500 meters, keep the environment at temperatures that preserve the green and the soil moist, thanks to the water that filters through the vegetation (15-19 ° C ).
Stir dunes. And dry soil
Dunes of Maspalomas are another attraction of the island, along with the whole south coast, drier and desertic. A radically different environment, less than 1 hour drive from the north. The south is a very characteristic part of the island, characterized by a lower presence of vegetation. Another positive experience to enjoy on the same holiday.
Volcanic shaping and ancient trails
The center of the island, with its rock formations, adds a great epic and technical component to every mountain bike ride. No doubt, the geological history of this territory will fascinate you.
The volcanic origin of the island is responsible for the thousand ravines and breathtaking rock formations that attract tourists, hikers and sportsmen. The high basaltic and volcanic components of the trails put a strain on mountain bike tires and components. But the spectacular landscapes and the endless sequence of canyons certainly worth a bit of extra wear.
Lost villages, people and local gastronomy
Gran Canaria deserves not only for its incredible cycling potential, but also for the charm of the villages lost in the mountains. Places and people here are in tune with the good and genuine food offered by the island: papas arrugás, mojo picón, ropa vieja, carajacas, gofio, rancho canario. But also desserts like bienmesabe or banana pancakes.
Getting the best out of your cycling holiday
If there is anything I have experienced on my skin, it is the necessity to rely on a local guide service to enjoy a wild and complex environment like this. This saves a lot of time (and even money), optimizing your rides. In Gran Canaria, the “do-it-yourself” risks costing dearly, because the morphology of the territory is not like the alpine trails we are used to. Only a few trails here are tracked and mapped. And most of them are lost nowhere, perhaps after miles of ascent or descent. Unpreparedness on this aspect can become really frustrating.
As bikers we know you must have a free mind to really enjoy an excursion, the views and every single meter of the trail. This also increases safety, in addition to fun. Only in this way you can return back to the hotel with a smile. And enjoy the rest at the beach …
This is our philosophy: at the end of each excursion, there is nothing more pleasant than relaxing on the beach, bathing in the ocean and let the fatigue give way to the feeling of pleasure that you can have only if everything went smoothly, without unexpected events and hardships out of program…
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