Biking holidays in Gran Canaria

Charlotte Maxwell

Charlotte Maxwell is a Vada Magazine staff writer.

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Gran Canaria is normally associated with the Yumbo Centre, the sand dunes and Maspalomas Pride. But have you ever thought about ditching the cocktails for a sun-drenched holiday of sights and cycling?

Outside of the LGBT community – where the island is seen as a party destination – Gran Canaria is well known for its biking holidays. Indeed, it’s a popular training spot in the winter months for cycling pros. But even cycling newbies can get something from taking a biking holiday in the sun.

From the gorgeous coastline to the picturesque hills, there is much to be seen when travelling the island by bike.

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Bike hire companies are situated across the island, with an array of two-wheeled offerings. You can hire anything from a mountain bike to an electrical bike – and also have the opportunity to join a guided cycling tour. But, if travelling alone is your preferred style, there are a wide range of apps with pre-loaded routes, of varying levels of complexity.

Looking for somewhere to stay? Look no further than the Seaside Palm Beach Hotel, Gran Canaria. This luxury hotel is situated close to the Maspalomas sand dunes – a great spot for a bike ride in the local area, before you venture further afield.

Popular destinations following on from Maspalomas include the coastal road to the fishing harbour at Puerto de Mogan and the slightly more challenging route through orange trees and vineyards to the picturesque spot known as Fataga. However, if high energy cycling isn’t for you, you could always hire an electric bike and go on a casual ride around the local area. After a long day of bike riding, you can then head to the hotel spa or enjoy a drink at the hotel pool.

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Packages are available: depart London Gatwick on 2 June and stay for seven nights at the Seaside Palm Beach Hotel from £722 per person (includes £112 pp discount).

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