Guayadeque trail is the other side of Gran Canaria mountain biking: an endless trail that, from the 1950 meters of the top of the island, winds sinuously to the sea, crossing exciting and very different natural environments. Characterized by a high rate of adrenaline and fun, it requires excellent cycling skills.
560 m ↑ / 2480 m ↓
3/4 – expert
We reach the high altitude pine forests, at 1950m above the seal level with the bike shuttle. The mountain environment here is inviting and encourages to leave immediately. The trail begins in a sparse forest of canarian pines. After several bends, some of which with small berms that enhance the fun, suddenly stands before us an almost lunar landscape. We are on top of the volcano of Gran Canaria and the eyes go crazy for the beauty of the scenery. After the inevitable ritual shots, we dive downhill on a sinuous trail of dirt and lava gravel. The fun is at the top!
Now we find ourselves connecting several fire roads, where we can ride at full power and reach 60kmh downhill.
After a few kilometers at high speed, we enter the most characteristic and singular part of the Guayadeque trail: a red, long and sinuous dirty tongue, set among low stone walls, which the ancient natives of the island have laboriously built in past centuries. At times it almost seems that you can perceive the echo of the past, while dancing on this thin strip of red fire dirt, stolen from the sides of endless expanses of stone and lava soil, covered with low vegetation. Various species of cactus and prickly pears, along with varieties of “el drago” and “salado verde” will accompany us for many kilometers.
Reached some caves dug into the mountain tufa, we will rest for a few minutes and immortalize the incredible surrounding landscape, which on some special days recalls the slopes full of moisture of Borneo…
After a particularly technical section, it changes ecosystem and register again: enters a long fire road to be rided at full speed, facilitated by the low surrounding vegetation, which allows an excellent view.
The last part of the tour gives us many other changes of environment: first we ride a fun dirty trail in the middle of the ruins of ancient abandoned greenhouses, and then deviate decisively towards the ocean. Here we follow a beautiful trail that runs along the sea, inside a protected nature reserve. Then we move away from the sea, to take a dirt track which is reminiscent of Morocco’s desert. The miles wind quickly between these undulating lands and, in a few minutes, we return again to the ocean. We follow different marine promenade: to our right stand several tourist complexes, on the left the ocean silently accompanies us. While our wheels cross one of the most frequented promenade, you will not miss the intrigued glances towards us and our bicycles, to remind us that we are special individuals in a special place!
The tour ends at the end of San Agustin’s promenade, where we could stop in one of the many bars overlooking the sea, to celebrate this wonderful day with a fresh beer and some shots to upload on social networks!
- when you book this tour you create a private group: no other participant can be aggregated in addition to those provided in your booking
- you can take part in this tour only if you already have good technical mountain biking experience and if you are physically fit. Contact us for more information.
Bike shuttle *
Professional mountain bike guide
(*) from Playa del Ingles to the starting point of the tour.