THIS IS GRAN CANARIA:
Gran Canaria, due to the variety of its landscapes and to its unique microclimate, is a “miniature continent”. In fact it has been declared Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, for almost 50% of its territory.
It is a small world that mixes landscapes that seem stolen from different countries. The ideal place to enjoy a mountain bike holiday immersed in pure nature.
The variety of habitats
Gran Canaria is a wonderful island. Not only for its beaches, but also for its backcountry, full of such different places.
The interior of Gran Canaria is characterized by the massive presence of nature, which expresses itself in its most vigorous and wild form. You clearly perceive it by walking, visiting the many natural parks and, of course, pedaling along its beautiful trails on a mountain bike.
A peculiarity of Gran Canaria is that its flora has over 100 unique species. In fact, some plant varieties that disappeared in the Mediterranean during the ice age have miraculously survived here. This makes the Canary Islands a region of special botanical interest. But lukily there is much more than this in Gran Canaria.
In particular it is the diversity of habitats that characterize this piece of land, making it fascinating and unique in the world.
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Why is mountain biking in Gran Canaria so special?
When we designed grancanariamountainbike.com adventure, we had the goal of combining the pleasure of mountain biking, with the opportunity to swim and sunbathe even in winter. Over time, however, we have understood that these two elements are important, but they are not the only ones that make mountain biking in Gran Canaria so special.
A peculiar element that characterizes the mountain biking experience in Gran Canaria is that, normally, you can cross in one excursion, an extreme variety of habitats in which our tours deploy.
Not only can you go from the 2000 meters of Pico de la Nieves, the summit of the island, also called “la cumbre”, to the golden dunes of Maspalomas, one of the longest beaches on the island (about 8 km). The beauty of mountain biking in Gran Canaria is that you can cross very different landscapes, sometimes opposite.
From the forests of majestic pines of La Cumbre, which sometimes remind the humid Canadian forests, to the trails of dry and stony ground, which flow towards the beaches of the south of the island.
Heading north-east instead, the pine forests slowly degrade towards lower vegetation, initially characterized by fragrant shrubs, then turning gently and gradually towards a more humid environment, so that you may have the impression of being in a Madagascar forest, or on a path that winds through the Amazon rainforest.
It is a real sensory experience that enriches the mountain bike excursion in a way that you can rarely feel.
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