Enjoy a ride through some of the most dramatic landscapes to be found in Europe. Perfect climate year around for cycling – neither hot in summer nor cold in winter. The island of Lanzarote has escaped the excesses of modern-day mass tourism. 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!
2017 Price: €1050 Euros/per person (double occupancy)
High Season Supplement: €60 Euros per person – June 25 – Sept 10
Single Supplement: €200 Euros/single occupancy
Hybrid Bike Rental: €100 Euros, Road Bike Rental: €135 Euros, Electric Bike Rental: €155 Euros, Tandem Bike Rental: €155 Euros
International flights, Bike Rental, airport taxi transfers, dinners, beverages, Boat to Fuerteventura (optional day 6), Entrance fee to Timanfaya Park
The island has a variety of terrain, rolling hills, some cruising stretches and some fun hills. Most days you have a choice of short and long rides and you will always be able to add miles. There are 2 days that you can choose to do the loop rides or just relax.
On our Canary Islands Self Guided Bike Tours on Lanzarote, you will 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 exceptional 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!
Taxi from Arrecife Airport to hotel in Costa Teguise (14 km). Late afternoon bike fitting and you will receive maps and route notes for the tour. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the beach resort of Costa Teguise.
Today we ride from Costa Teguise to the inland town of Haría. A variety of routes range from 34, 45, 52 km or 19, 28, 32 miles. En route 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.
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 fascingating wine-producing area of La Geria to our country hotel where we spend the next two nights. 29 or 43 km - 18 or 28 miles
Today is a free day spent in our rural hotel. We can choose to relax, or enjoy a round ride, or even both. Our loop 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 San Bartolomé. This is a 50 km circuit, but a shorter route to Fundación César Manrique or Teguise is available. 50 km or 31 miles
From San Bartolomé we head towards the island’s main attraction, the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya. This is where Lanzarote’s volcanic nature is at its most spectacular. The eruptions of 1730 – 1736 buried around a quarter of the whole island, including several villages, 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 en route to visit the seaside volcanic crater of El Golfo before we finally reach the seaside village of Playa Blanca. 47 or 58 km - 29 or 36 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 unspoiled by tourism. Another option is to visit El Golfo for a seafood lunch by the beach. Route to El Golfo 36 km or 20 miles. Fuerteventura circuit 70 km or 43 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. 47 km or 30 miles
Tour ends after breakfast. Taxi (4 km) on your own to the airport for departure flights. Or ask us to book extra nights so that you can relax and see more of the island.
Folks who enjoy our tours are a spirited mix of singles and couples of ALL ages from all corners of the US, Canada and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks are recreational riders and all seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun. We will gladly supply references if you wish to speak with someone who has recently been on this trip.
Yes! You bring the people and we will take care of all the details! This tour can be chartered as either a Guided Tour or Self Guided Tour. Call us for details and availability, 800-648-8488.
The weather varies a mere 15 degrees all year, ranging from the low 70s during winter months to the mid-80s during summer months.
Whether you shoot a digital or film camera, bring more media storage cards or film than you think you need! A portable hard drive may be the answer for digital storage. Other useful items are plenty of extra batteries, lens cleaner, lens tissue, lens brush, a mini tabletop tripod and a clean toothbrush to remove grit from your camera.
You do not need to be able to speak Spanish, but it can be lots of fun. A small dictionary and some creative sign language are helpful, and many people at airports and hotels speak English.
The currency of Spain is the Euro. You will need Euros for lunches, beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips for hotel staff. We suggest starting with a minimum of €200 EUR (more if you like to shop and sample the local wine and ice cream).
Most restaurants include a service charge, but an additional 5-10% for exceptional service is always appreciated. We suggest a small amount for baggage and taxi service.
US CASH: bring only NEW bills with NO tears. You can exchange money at the airport and in major towns. CREDIT CARDS: bring 2 or more Visa or Master Cards in case you have trouble with one. There are ATMs in most of the towns on the tour. To use your Credit Card to get Euros at an ATM, each Credit Card will need a PIN#. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. We do not recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.
You must have a current Passport. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel!
Make copies of your passport! We recommend making 2 photocopies of your passport’s photo page and any other valuable documents you might carry with you on the tour. Travel with one copy stored separately from your passport. Leave the other copy at home with a relative or friend (ideally the same person you gave as your emergency contact). In the event that any of your documents are lost or stolen, this will greatly assist the process of replacement.
Let us know if you would like us to make additional hotel reservations for you at the start or end of the tour.
There are many airlines that fly to Lanzarote from many European cities. Both Ryan Air and Easy Jet have inexpensive flights from London, Madrid, Milan and most European cities.
Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to travel delays or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2-3 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.
To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!
Lanzarote, a Spanish island, is the easternmost of the autonomous Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 125 km (78 mi) off the coast of Africa and 1,000 km (621 mi) from the Iberian Peninsula. Covering 845.9 square kilometers (327 sq mi), it is the fourth largest of the islands. The first recorded name for the island, given by Angelino Dulcert, was Insula de Lanzarotus Marocelus, after the Genoese navigator Lancelotto Malocello, from which the modern name is derived. The island’s name in the native language was Tyterogaka or Tytheroygaka, which may mean “one that is all ochre” (referring to the island’s predominant color). ~ Wikipedia