Lanzarote: The Land of the Volcanoes
8 days / 7 nights | Self-guided
Enjoy a ride through some of the most dramatic landscapes to be found in Europe. These islands are of volcanic origin. Lanzarote suffered a series of eruptions in the 18th century and as a result has some fascinating landscapes with volcanoes everywhere we look and immense lava flows – some of the most unique riding you are likely to encounter anywhere.
The unique architectural works of César Manrique form a valuable complement to the volcanic environment, and his enduring influence and ecological concern has meant that the island has escaped the excesses of modern-day mass tourism. Last but not least, the benign climate, neither hot in summer nor cold in winter, means that cycling is possible all year round. Our combination of rides and free days mean you can choose whether you ride or take the occasional day off. Definitely a trip not to be missed!
Day 1: Arrive in Lanzarote. (Arrecife Airport). Taxi to hotel in Costa Teguise.
Today we arrive in Lanzarote. We taxi from Arrecife Airport to the hotel – 14 km. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the beach resort of Costa Teguise.
Day 2: Costa Teguise – Haría (Cycling 33–51 km/ 20–32 miles)
Today we ride from Costa Teguise to the inland town of Haría. A variety of routes range from 25 km, 33 km, 46 km, 51 km. We have the opportunity to visit Manrique’s famous works such as La Cueva de los Verdes, Los Jameos del Agua, El Mirador del Río which form an integral part of the volcanic landscape. We take in fishing villages without losing sight of the impressive Monte Corona. Finally we arrive in the picturesque village of Haría surrounded by its uncountable palm trees.
Distances range from 33 km – 20 miles to 51 km – 32 miles
Day 3: Haría – Teguise (Cycling 18–52 km/ 12–33 miles)
From Haría, we take the road down towards Teguise, the one-time capital of the island. Our route gives us spectacular views down over the coast. Teguise itself is a delightful small town with typical architecture and many pleasant bars for refreshment. From here we continue towards San Bartolomé and the fascinating wine-producing area of La Geria. We then return to our hotel in Teguise.
Distances range from 18 km – 12 miles to 52 km – 33 miles
Day 4: Teguise - Teguise
Today is a free day spent in our Teguise hotel. We can choose to relax, or enjoy a round ride, or even both. Our round ride takes us towards the beautiful beach of Famara with the spectacular backdrop of volcanic cliffs. After following the coast, we head across extensive lava fields and a lunar landscape back to Teguise.
Day 5: Teguise – Playa Blanca (Cycling 57–67 km/ 35–42 miles)
From Teguise we head towards the island’s main attraction, the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya. The eruptions of 1730 – 1736 buried a quarter of the whole island and gave rise to the impressive lava and volcano landscape that we see today. From here we head down to the south of the island, stopping to visit the seaside volcanic crater of El Golfo before we finally reach the seaside village of Playa Blanca. Distances range from 57 km – 35 miles to 67 km – 42 miles
Day 6: Playa Blanca – Playa Blanca (Cycling 68 or 42 km/ 42 or 26 miles)
Playa Blanca sits at the very south of the island and looks across to Fuerteventura. Today we can take a boat across to Corralejo and enjoy a visit or a ride on another island. Alternatively, we can enjoy a day in Playa Blanca and take the opportunity to visit the nearby coves and beaches of Papagayo, the best on the island and unspoilt by tourism.
Round rides in Fuerteventura 68 kms – 42 miles
Round ride to El Golfo 42 kms – 26 miles.
Day 7: Playa Blanca – Arrecife (Cycling 46 km/ 29 miles)
From Playa Blanca, we head across the dramatic hills of Femés before heading to the wine country of La Geria. Here, the unusual vineyard cultivation techniques have given rise to a fascinating landscape not to be seen anywhere else in the world, and producing some fine wines. We then descend to the coast and follow a nice promenade from Puerto del Carmen to Arrecife.
46 km –29 miles
Day 8: End of IberoCycle services. Taxi to airport (4 km)
A short taxi ride to the airport – 4 km / € 10,– – brings you back to your flight home.