Your list of dream rides? It’s about to get longer. This cluster of islands—to which virtually every European cyclist makes a pilgrimage—is now on your radar. Over six satisfying days, savor a comfortable climate and the finest cycling roads imaginable. Ride amid an ever-changing panorama of volcanic mountains, lush forests and glorious seaside. Test your mettle on hearty ascents—or shuttle up and enjoy the ride down. And the balm for your hard-working muscles? Chill-out time on the beach, of course—this is, after all, your vacation. Welcome to your dream bike trip!
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
A Sense of PlaceThe Canary Islands are like no other place, with stunning shorelines, high deserts and lush volcanic canyons. While you won’t find much in the way of historic European villas or ancient ruins, the exhilarating biking and spectacular natural scenery will keep you captivated.
Terrain & ShuttlesWith dormant volcanoes as their centerpieces, the islands are not remotely flat, and include many climbs and descents. We’ll flatten some of the hills with strategic shuttles to give you a boost (and to bypass some busier areas), but you should be comfortable with some longer downhills or hopping in the van.
ClimateThe Canaries are Europe’s premiere winter sun destination. Nevertheless, with their drastic fluctuations in elevation, the islands are known for wildly variable microclimates. To ride quieter roads and experience sensational views, we venture inland and upward to where temperatures may be colder. Please be sure to bring warm layers and waterproof gear for those days that have both cool mountain air and warm coastal breezes.
Accommodations & MealsThe inns on this trip are larger luxury resorts not typical of the Backroads European experience. Rest assured, our hotels offer top-notch amenities and proximity to some of the world’s best cycling routes. Most dinners tend toward a local buffet-style affair; it’s simply what they do in the Canary Islands.
Day 1 Europe's premiere winter destination On Gran Canaria, magnificent views of the volcano, caldera and coast unfold as you spin from a quaint hilltop village to the island's central massif—a region of forests, ravines and the striking volcanic formations of the Tirajana crater Follow undulating terrain to our hotel, which offers stellar vistas of the Gran Canaria caldera.
Days 2-3 Pedal to your heart's content on some of Spain's bike-friendliest roads Point your wheels south, cycling from the island's mountainous volcanic interior to the Atlantic Ocean Arriving in the resort town of Maspalomas, relish views of the white-sand beach and wind-sculpted dunes set against the brilliant blue ocean—a glorious finale to your ride.
Days 4-6 Diverse natural settings, from Spain's highest peak to idyllic beaches Bienvenidos a Tenerife! After a short flight to this ruggedly beautiful isle, we shuttle up Teide Volcano, a World Heritage site Of course, if you're ready for a challenge, you can tackle part of the climb on two wheels Cycle through a lunar lava landscape with epic ocean views Cruising past banana plantations and fishing villages, arrive in the charming old seaside town of Garachico with time to wander its cobblestone streets From the small village of Masca, experience Tenerife's most dramatic terrain, with cliffs plunging straight into the ocean—and plenty of thrilling switchbacks to keep you on your toes Enjoy a final leisurely spin along the Atlantic coast.
- Two stunning islands, two rugged volcanoes - including Teide, Spain's loftiest peak
- Soak up pleasant temperatures year-round
- Enjoy a vast network of quiet, well-maintained bike-welcoming roads
- You're in Europe, playing on giant sand dunes? You must be on Gran Canaria!
- A wonderful and unique winter bike vacation, unlike any of our other Europe trips
Hotel Viverde Las Tirajanas (1 night): Marvel at dramatic vistas of the Gran Canaria caldera from this modern hotel set amid a pine forest and majestic mountains. (pool, spa, tennis)
Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia (2 nights): A Spanish Colonial-style hotel close by a white-sand beach and the Sahara-like Maspalomas Dunes. (pool, spa)
Hotel Buenavista (2 nights): A tranquil hotel with stunning views, set not far from the famously massive Los Gigantes cliffs. (pool, spa, golf)
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of
interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one
day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat
from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each
day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Routes For All Abilities
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* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 12/6-11 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $700 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $150
- 12/13-18 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $700 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $150
- 12/20-25 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $700 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $150
- 12/22-27 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $700 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $150
- 12/24-29 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $700 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $150
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required. Call us for date availability.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|8 - 9 guests from $5,098 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ.|
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Guest Trip Reviews
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! The venue, the leadership, the food, the people, the organization, the diversity of options, the biking challenge, the attention to every detail were ALL simply PERFECT!- Fort Wayne, IN