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Spain's Canary Islands Bike Tour
Spain's Canary Islands Bike Tour

You know that list of rides you dream of doing at least once in your life? It's about to get longer. Because this sun-drenched cluster of islands - to which virtually every European cyclist makes a pilgrimage - is now on your radar. Over six satisfying days, savor some of the finest cycling roads imaginable. Ride amid an ever-changing panorama of volcanic mountains, high desert 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. It's time to check the Canary Islands off your list!

Straight Talk
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 Place

The Canary Islands are Europe's premiere winter sun destination for those looking to escape the chill back home. Though you won't find much of the usual European cultural element, the scenery is spectacular and reminiscent of national parks found in the American Southwest with high deserts, canyons and cacti - all wrapped in Hawaiian islands-type weather for an absolutely perfect vacation feel.

Terrain & Shuttles

With massive volcanoes as their centerpieces, the islands are not remotely flat. They 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 need to be comfortable with some longer downhills or hopping in the van.

Accommodations & Meals

While the hotels are quite nice (four nights Premiere and one night Casual), they're not typical of the Backroads experience. Two of the hotels are larger resorts with full spas. Most dinners tend toward a local buffet-style affair; it's simply what they do in the Canary Islands.

Day 1 An ideal winter and spring destination, with heavenly weather year-round  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 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.

Trip Highlights
  • Two stunning islands, two rugged volcanoes - including Teide, Spain's loftiest peak
  • Soak up blissful spring-like 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 winter bike vacation, with elements unique from our other Europe trips
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Premiere Inns

Hotel Viverde Las Tirajanas (1 night): Marvel at stunning views 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 just a short walk from a white-sand beach and the Sahara-like Maspalomas Dunes. (pool, spa)

Hotel Buenavista (2 nights): Enjoy the views and tranquil setting of this hotel, set not far from the famously massive Los Gigantes cliffs. (pool, spa, golf)

Routes For All Abilities

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.

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 20 2000 29 3300
2 17* 700 23* 1200 51 3800
29* 2300
3 15 500 28* 900 34* 3200 52 4100
4 21* 300 43* 1900
27* 800 53 2500
5 7* 1200 27* 1800 32* 3100
35* 3600
6 11 500

* Includes a shuttle

2014 Dates & Pricing*

  • 12/7-12 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $145
  • 12/14-19 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $145
  • 12/21-26 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $145
  • 12/23-28 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $145

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

2015 Dates & Pricing*

  • 1/4-9 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $145
  • 1/11-16 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $145
  • 12/6-11 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $145
  • 12/20-25 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $145
  • 12/22-27 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $145
  • 12/24-29 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $145
  • 12/13-18 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $640 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $145

*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

  • 8 - 9 guests $5,098 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $4,798 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $4,198 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $145.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.

Guest Trip Reviews

In short, the Canary Islands' scenery and weather are stunning. While typical Canary tourists focus on lounge chairs, Backroads guests are treated to a wealth of natural wonders, like mountains, calderas, red-hued cliffs falling into the sea, cacti, canyons, Sahara-like dunes and beaches. Both islands are home to large volcanoes, both offer different views and experiences, and both are impressive!
Mark Selcon - Regional Manager, Spain