Seaside volcano crater at El Golfo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Stefan Krause

Cactus flower on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, part of the Canary Islands. Photo via Flickr:malink_78
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Lanzarote, a Canary Island Bike Tour

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Bike the Easternmost Canary Island

  • This self guided or guided bike tour in Lanzarote, the most easterly of the Canary Islands, is a unique offering in one of the most dramatic landscapes in all of Europe. Due to the recent volcanic eruptions during the 18th and 19th Centuries, many parts of Lanzarote appear other worldy, even lunar. So unique is this dark landscape, and the rare mix of geology and ecology, the island is registered as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve.

    The architectural works of César Manrique, Lanzarote born and world renowned architect and artist, are an incredible complement to the volcanic environment. His goal was to make Lanzarote the most beautiful of all the islands, fusing the spectacular landscape with his own style of art.

    The benign climate, truly an eternal Spring, provides for year round cycling.

    Highlights:

    • Dramatic and unique landscape
    • Pristine waters, home to a huge variety of sea life
    • Natural Park of the Chinijo Archipelago
    • Parque Nacional de Timanfaya
    • Playa Blanca
    • San Bartolomé
    • Works of Cesar Manrique

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  • 2017:
    Self-guided:

    Double/twin: £ 806 $ 1,433 984 NOK 9676 kr 8932 $ 1,161 *High season supplement: £ 61 $ 109 75 NOK 738 kr 681 $ 89 Single room: £ 970 $ 1,725 1184 NOK 11643 kr 10747 $ 1,397 *High season supplement: £ 53 $ 95 65 NOK 639 kr 590 $ 77 *July 1 up to and including September 8 (tours beginning September 9 are low season) and April 16 (Easter), December 24 and December 31 departures.

    2018:
    Self-guided:
    High season:
    Double/twin: £ 895 $ 1,591 1092 NOK 10738 kr 9912 $ 1,289 Single room: £ 1055 $ 1,875 1287 NOK 12656 kr 11682 $ 1,519 Low season: 
    Double/twin: £ 829 $ 1,474 1012 NOK 9951 kr 9186 $ 1,194 Single room: £ 997 $ 1,773 1217 NOK 11967 kr 11047 $ 1,436

    High season (July 1 - September 8, December 23 to January 6, and March 24 to April 7)
    Low season (all other dates)

    Guided:
    Twin/double: £ 1003 $ 1,783 1224 NOK 12036 kr 11110 $ 1,444 Single Room: £ 1128 $ 2,006 1377 NOK 13541 kr 12499 $ 1,625

    extra options

    Please ask us for extra night pricing as this varies depending on season and location.

    Supplements:
    Electric bike: £ 50 $ 89 61 NOK 600 kr 554 $ 72 Road bike: £ 39 $ 68 47 NOK 462 kr 427 $ 55 Discounts:
    No bike rental: £ 84 $ 149 102 NOK 1003 kr 926 $ 120 Tandem: £ 34 $ 60 41 NOK 403 kr 372 $ 48

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Arrecife Airport (ACE) in San Bartolemé, Las Palmas.

    Local Travel

    It is advised to take a taxi to your first hotel, Costa Teguise, approximately 14 km from the airport. You can also book a private transfer through SunTransfers.com.

    Climate

    The weather in Lanzarote means that cycling is possible all year round. The island avoids extremes of temperature both in the winter and in the summer. Please check local conditions before your arrival. A very good website to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall and more is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    You can rent a hybrid bike, road bike, or electric bike for this tour. It is possible to add extra nights before, after or during tour. Please ask us for pricing.


Skill Level

We are rating this tour moderate, with a couple more difficult days. Terrain is mountainous on one or two days, depending on itinerary. For the remainder of the days, terrain has constant rolling hills. For self guided tours, generally speaking, two or three options are provided. Distances vary and 2 free days are included in which you can decide to cycle or not. This is NOT a tour for beginners as some climbs are difficult and winds can be a factor. However, electric bikes are available, which change the difficulty rating. For the guided tour, you will have the added benefit of support vehicle with tour leader. The guide does not ride with the group.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations range from a luxury 5 star spa hotel to a lovely restored Spanish finca.

What’s Included

  • Self guided:
  • Accommodations for 7 nights with breakfast
  • Maps and route descriptions
  • Hybrid Bike rental with helmet, basic toolkit, lock and pump (road bike can be rented with supplement)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Hotline
  • Guided
  • All of the above
  • Tour leader (does not cycle with group)
  • Support vehicle

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches dinners
  • Entrance fees
  • Ferry transfer
TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length8 days
From1012 Rates
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Tour Dates

Self guided: Arrival daily all year round.

2018 guided dates: October 27, 2018

*Special tour dates can be arranged for 4 or more riders.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Lanzarote, a Canary Island Bike Tour Map

Day 1:  Arrival in Lanzarote
Day 2:  Costa Teguise – Haría, 21, 29, or 32 mi. (33, 46, or 51 km)
Day 3:  Haría – San Bartolomé, 17- 29 mi. (27- 47 km)
Day 4: San Bartolomé, round trip or rest, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: San Bartolomé – Playa Blanca, 29 or 36 mi. (47 or 58 km)
Day 6: Playa Blanca, round trip or rest, varying lengths, 22 mi. or 44 mi. (36 or 70 km)
Day 7: Playa Blanca – Arrecife , 29 mi. (46 km)
Day 8: Departure or extension

Day 1 Arrival in Costa Teguise
Upon arriving at Arrecife Airport in Lanzarote, it is recommended to take a taxi to your first hotel which is approximately 14 km from the airport at costa Teguise.  After settling in to your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy the beach resort of Costa Teguise.

Day 2:  Costa Teguise – Haría, 21, 29, or 32 mi. (33, 46, or 51 km)
The ride today leads from Costa Teguise to the inland town of Haría. En route, you will have opportunity to visit the famous works of César Manrique, native of Lanzarote and a world renowned artist and architect. His creations, integrated in the natural landscape, are renowned for their simplicity. His works are recognized unanimously by the intellectuals as well as the esthetes. As an interior architect he has accomplished a harmony of space and volume. Your itinerary includes the works El Jardín de Cactus, Los Jameos del Agua, and El Mirador del Río which form an integral part of the volcanic landscape. You will also have the opportunity to visit the volcanic cave of La Cueva de los Verdes. The route leads through typical fishing villages with the  impressive Monte Corona as your backdrop. The picturesque village of Haría, surrounded by its uncountable palm trees, is your day's destination. Vertical meters: 536, 721, or 847 meters.

Day 3:  Haría – San Bartolomé, 17 or 27 mi. (27 or 43 km)
From Haría, you cycle to Teguise, the one-time capital of the island, through spectacular scenery along the coast. Teguise itself is a delightful small town with typical architecture and many pleasant bars for refreshment. The route then continues to San Bartolomé and the fascinating wine-producing area of La Geria to the  country hotel where you will spend the next two nights. Vertical meters: 504 or 703 meters.

Day 4: San Bartolomé, round trip or rest, 29 mi. (46 km)
Today is a free day. You choose to take a break from the bike, or to enjoy a round trip ride around the town, or both! The cycling includes the beach of Famara with the spectacular backdrop of volcanic cliffs,  in the Natural Park of the Chinijo Archipelago. This beach is well know by surfers from all over the globe who come to tackle this "European Hawaii".  After following the coast, you will pedal across extensive lava fields and a lunar landscape back to San Bartolomé.  A shorter route is possible to Fundación César Manrique or Teguise. Vertical meters: 485 meters.

Day 5: San Bartolomé – Playa Blanca, 29 or 36 mi. (47 or 58 km)
First on the cycling agenda is the island’s main attraction, the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya, where Lanzarote’s volcanic nature is at its most spectacular. The eruptions of 1730 – 1736 buried around a quarter of the whole island, including several villages, and gave rise to the impressive lava and volcano landscape of today. Next, heading south, you will stop en route to visit the seaside volcanic crater of El Golfo before finally reaching the seaside village of Playa Blanca. Vertical meters: 336 or 423 meters.

Day 6: Playa Blanca, round trip or rest, 23 or 40 mi. (36 or 64 km)
Playa Blanca sits at the very south of the island and looks across to Fuerteventura. Today there is opportunity to take a boat across to Corralejo and enjoy a visit or a ride on another island. Alternatively, you can enjoy the day in Playa Blanca, visit the nearby coves and secluded beaches of Papagayo, or visit El Golfo for a seafood lunch by the beach. Vertical meters: 312 or 618 meters.

Day 7: Playa Blanca – Arrecife , 31 mi. (49 km)
From Playa Blanca, you pedal across the  dramatic hills of Femés before heading to the wine country of La Geria. Here, the unusual vineyard cultivation techniques have given rise to a fascinating landscape not to be seen anywhere else in the world, not to mention, also producing some fine wines! The route then descends to the coast and follows a nice promenade from Puerto del Carmen to Arrecife. Vertical meters: 718 meters.

Day 8: Departure or extension

Option 2: If Villa Lola and Juan is fully booked in Haria, you will spend two nights in Costa Teguise.

Day 1: Arrival in Costa Teguise
Day 2: Pick up bikes at 9 a.m. Transfer in vehicle to Haría to cycle back to Costa Teguise, 20-32 mi. (33 - 51 km)
Day 3: Transfer after breakfast to Haría to begin Haría to San Bartolomé ride, 17- 29 mi. (27- 47 km)
Day 4: San Bartolomé free day ride,  31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: San Bartolomé to Playa Blanca,  29 or 36 mi. (47 or 58 km)
Day 6: Playa Blanca free day or loop ride, 22 mi. or 44 mi. (36 or 70 km)
Day 7: Playa Blanca to Arrecife, 29 mi. (46 km)
Day 8: Departure from Arrecife

GPS tracks are available for this tour.

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Customer Feedback

  • Marie G. 8 months ago

    Highlights: Learning about how the farmers deal with the sparse rail fall and seeing the lava gravel covering the fields to assist in collecting the condensation. Seeing the unique way that they cultivate grape wines for the wine in individual walled semi-circles was amazing. I would rate this ride as a moderate to difficult, taking into account the elevation of the mountains.

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