Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Gran Canaria – One of the most popular cycling destinations

The affordability of flights to Gran Canaria, moderate climate year round, and magnificent sights and local culture, makes Gran Canaria a very popular cycling destination. The island of Gran Canaria is the second most populated of the Canary Islands, which are located approximately 100 miles off the northwest coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. Gran Canaria has an average temperature in the mid 70’s (mid 20’s C) most of the year and in the low 80’s (high 20’s C) during the summer months. The island offers a variety of exciting, historic, and picturesque cycling paths that range from intense mountain biking to an easy bike ride by the sea. Gran Canaria is home to a variety of historic towns, pristine sand dunes, mountain vistas, and beautifully restored Spanish architecture and towns.

Gran Canaria Cycling Holiday
See the sights and marvel at the landscape with a week-long organized riding holiday on Gran Canaria, which begins in town of Playa Del Ingles. This is the perfect cycling experience if you are traveling as a group. Five hours of every day on the holiday will be spent cycling on beautifully maintained quiet roads where you can enjoy the magnificent island scenery as you improve and perfect your cycling skills. Each day promises a new exciting destination, including a ride to a mountain summit for a panoramic view of the entire Island or costal bike paths that showcase the clean sandy beaches and ocean views.

Independent riders can travel the island like a native using a GPS activated Gran Canaria guide, beginning with a tour of the capitol city of Las Palmas, which is located near the northeast tip of the Island. The GPS guided cycling tour takes about four hours to complete, depending on how long you linger at the many points of interest and numerous cafes along the way. Translated into various languages, the GPS tour includes information about points of interest and local history. Enjoy a relaxing ride along the seafront and see public markets, and the cobbled streets of Las Palmas. Points of beauty and interest on this tour are Cathedral de Santa Ana, Palacio Episcopal (the Bishop’s Palace), Casa Mueso Colon (Christopher Columbus Museum), and Mercado de Vegueta (open market of local fare). The Smartour requires no climbing or riding in traffic and is considered the most even and relaxing cycling experience available in Gran Canaria.

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