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Lanzarote : The Land of the Volcanoes

Tour code - LNZSG7

Tour type – Scheduled Self-Guided

Duration - 7 nights

Overview

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!

Dates and Rates

Tour dates 2013

April 14, 28
May 12, 26
June 9, 23
July 7,  21
August 4, 18
September 1, 15,  29
October 13, 17
November 10, 24
December 8,  22

Cost (pps)

Euros 895
(high season supplement of Euros 55 on July and August dates)

Single supplement

Euros 170
(plus an additional Euros 50 in July and August)

Bike hire

Euros 90

Included

Accommodation with en-suite bathroom;
Luggage transfers;
Evening meal with wine on every day except Day 2;
Buffet breakfast every day;
Information pack (route guide and maps)

Not included

Lunches;
Bicycle rental;
Taxi transfers to and from airport; Vacation extensions;
Boat to Fuerteventura (optional day 6 excursion);
Entrance fee to Timanfaya Park

Terrain / Gradients

The island is not flat. Terrain is undulating and at times flat. One short but steep climb on Day 7. Distances are not excessive, and 2 free days are included where the rider decides whether to cycle or not.

Arrival points

Lanzarote (Arrecife) Airport. There are many airlines flying from European destinations to the Canaries. Information available on request.

Departure point

Lanzarote (Arrecife) Airport

Special departures Can be arranged for groups of 8 or more
Extra nights Recommended in Lanzarote – details on request

Day by Day

  • 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
    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. 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.
    Distances range from 25 km – 16 miles to 51 km – 32 miles

  • Day 3

    Haría – La Santa
    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 to the fishing village of Caleta de Famara, with its seaside restaurants and magnificent views of the Famara beach and cliffs. Finally we arrive at the international sports hotel of La Santa where we will spend the next 2 nights.
    41 km – 26 miles

  • Day 4

    La Santa – La Santa
    Today is a free day spent in La Santa. We can choose to relax and enjoy the sports facilities provided, or enjoy a round ride, or even both. Our round ride takes us into the interior heading towards the fascinating wine country of La Geria and then across extensive lava fields and a lunar landscape back to La Santa.
    40 km – 25 miles

  • Day 5

    La Santa – Playa Blanca
    From La Santa 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.
    52 km – 33 miles

  • Day 6

    Playa Blanca – Playa Blanca
    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 of differing lengths.

  • Day 7

    Playa Blanca – Puerto del Carmen
    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 our final beachside hotel in Puerto del Carmen.
    35 km – 19 miles

  • Day 8

    End of tour. Taxi to airport (4 km).
    A short taxi ride to the airport – 4 km – 10 € - brings you back to your flight hom

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