Gran Canaria has some of the best cycling routes in Europe during the winter months. With its looping roads, low traffic, mild climate and great hostels, the Canary Islands is a perfect winter cycling destination.
Situated off the west coast of Africa, Gran Canaria is consistently bright and sunny throughout the year. Warm and dry over the winter months, there is nowhere better to hire a bike and exercise your calf muscles on holiday.
If you’ve been to other winter cycling destinations, then you’ll need to adapt for the steep twisting hills in Gran Canaria. It’s an epic experiences for cyclists and whether you’re a beginner or super advanced, there are cycling itineraries to suit everyone.
Also if you fancy a day off you can always go the beach and enjoy six hours of pure sunshine. With an average of six hours of sunshine-a-day and temperatures reaching up to 22 degrees, you can relax on the lush white beaches and avoid the summer crowds.
Floating on the blue honey of the Mediterranean, boating and fishing trips can also be arranged in Gran Canaria. Likewise there are no shortage of surfing and diving excursions available.
The mild weather makes it a perfect place to explore not only the coastal areas, but also the snowy mountainous peaks in the rocky centre.
Bikes are available for hire at most hostels in Gran Canaria. There is also a sweeping network of rural footpaths that cover 300km, which is the perfect way to soak up the island’s warm weather and spectacular views.
Where To Stay In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
- HiTide Hostel is a bright and communal surf hostel with gorgeous ocean views. Hosting two shared six-bed dorms with private bathrooms, private rooms and a huge twelve-bed dormitory, the Wi-Fi friendly hostel is a superb place to start your cycling holiday in Gran Canaria. Dorms are available from €18.
- Hostal 7 Soles is wonderfully located. Only 100 metres from the Playa de Las Canteras, which is one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. It is also famous for its volcanic lava natural pools. Dorms are available from €14.
- Big Fish Hostel Las Palmas is a modern backpacker hostel less than 20 metres away from the ocean. Offering travellers a trendy and stylish way to start their cycling vacation in Gran Canaria, the hostel offers affordable rental of mountain bikes, kayaks and surfboards. Dorms are available from €20.
- Bora Bora is a stylish and upmarket hostel only a few minutes walk from the legendary Playa de Las Canteras beach. Perfect for water sport fans and cyclists on vacation. Dorms are available from €22.