We’ve had a couple of holidays to Lanzarote now, so here’s a guide to the best routes and some tips and tricks, which you can refer back to during your stay.
Lanzarote is a Unesco World Biosphere Reserve, with a unique and varied volcanic landscape that is quite unlike anywhere else in Europe. The island benefits from fine, sunny winter weather of around 21-23C, and varied terrain, making it a mecca for cyclists. It’s home to Club La Santa, one of the top winter training destinations for the pros, who you will see out and about while we are there! It is also an affordable, relaxed and easygoing place to holiday.
Logistics and Riding
This year we will be staying half board at the Barcelo Active Resort, Costa Teguise. Please make all of your own arrangements. The island’s airport, Arrecife (ACE) has frequent flights from most UK airports. To get to Costa Teguise from the airport, you can take a taxi taking about 15mins, or the Barcelo have a shuttle bus which you need to pre book. Plenty of bike hire options nearby (book in advance), or bring your own.
Drivers are generally good to cyclists in Lanzarote and places to eat are plentiful. There are several roads to avoid or that are restricted to cyclists, these include the LZ2 and LZ3 motorways which run from close to the hotel, around Arrecife to Tias. Head over the centre of the island via La Geria, or via the coastal cycle path through Puerto del Carmen, rather than trying to cycle anywhere else along the south coast in the vicinity of Tias, otherwise you will encounter the motorway. North of Costa Teguise, the LZ1 has a service road (via de Servicio) which should be used instead of the main carriageway.
We’ve collated some of the best routes, we’ll decide on the day which route/s we’re doing, different paces will be available.
Some great loops of the whole island, taking in its varied landscapes and killer climbs. Not for the faint hearted!
The south of the island is dominated by Timanfaya National Park, a volcanic landscape created by successive eruptions from the 16th to 19th Century. Here you will ride through lava and ash fields coloured in hues of black and red, with life just beginning to take hold on the bare rock. Just to the south of the National Park is the wine growing area of La Geria where vines shelter from the wind in walled pockets in the ground (zocos). Further south is the Rubicon desert, and the long, long, LZ-701 road to Playa Blanca, a beast in a headwind.
The north of the island is much greener than the south, and after rain, is covered with flowers and butterflies. Home to the highest points in the island, and arguably the best cycling, here you will find the longest continuous climb at Tabeyesco, formed of multiple hairpins through a verdant garden of succulents. Not to miss are the Valley of a Thousand Palms at Haria, the basalt crown of spatter on the top of the emblematic Volcan de La Corona (the Crown), and the islands most dramatic view at the Mirador del Rio.
The LZ1 coast road from Ozola to Arrieta is a personal favourite, a ribbon of slick tarmac through the Malpais (badlands) of La Corona, a sea of black basalt covered with impossible looking green succulents, the blue of the roaring sea and the white of wind blown sand creating a dramatic multi sensory experience. Even the designers of Zwift couldn’t create a cycling road this special!
The central part of the island includes the surfing town of Famara, the isolated sports resort at La Santa, where the pros train, and the old capital of the Island, Teguise, where you can climb the car free road up the old volcano of Guanapay to the castle of Santa Barbara, formerly a refuge for the townpeoples from north African pirates.