Year round sunshine, glorious sandy beaches and a unique volcanic landscape have made Lanzarote in the Canary Islands a popular destination with holiday-makers and travellers alike, for as long as anyone can remember.
Whether you’re in search of a relaxing break on the beach with a good book, or a trip experiencing the wonderful, rich culture of the island, Lanzarote has something to satisfy all travellers; even those in search of a more active and healthy holiday.
Lanzarote has fantastic opportunities for cycling, hiking, windsurfing and scuba diving, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing your favourite active pursuit.
Cycling in Lanzarote
Cycling is particularly popular on the island and there are a number of great routes to choose from. The promenade which runs along the entire southern coast line of Lanzarote is perfect for a day’s cycling, giving travellers the chance to explore the cities and towns along the way. Highlights include the sleepy town of Playa Blanca, nestled on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic and Arrecife, the island’s bustling capital.
Lanzarote is famous for its mountainous terrain, so naturally there are fantastic opportunities for mountain biking on the island. If you enjoy a more strenuous and challenging route, why not make your way to the Jardin de Cactus, between Guatiza and Mala. Cyclists who tackle the hilly route to reach this location will be rewarded with a stunning Cactus Garden that houses more than 10,000 types of the plant family from around the world.
Capitalising on the popularity of cycling, there are numerous companies offering bike hire on the island. Even if you’re staying in a location without bike rental, companies like Revolution Bike Rentals can deliver and collect your bike from your hotel or accommodation.
Choosing to cycle your way around the island gives you access to areas off the beaten track that just wouldn’t be accessible if you were driving or using public transport. A particular highlight is the wreck of the British built Temple hall, which can be seen from the coastal road between Arrecife and Costa Teguise.
This cargo ship ran aground during a storm in the late seventies and has remained in the same spot ever since. The cargo of logs the ship was carrying were salvaged from the wreck and they can be found dotted around the nearby town of Costa Teguise, where they were made into sculptures and pieces of artwork.
Unusual sites like the ship wreck and the cactus garden make for some fantastic photo opportunities for cyclists, as do the breath taking mountain vistas: so make sure to take your camera with you! When you return from Lanzarote, armed with a killer tan and some fantastic photos, check out the options available at Jessops photo, in particular their photobooks, which are great for creating your own collection of photos of a memorable trip.
So the next you’re choosing your holiday destination, and you’re feeling energetic, make your way to island paradise of Lanzarote. Breathe in the clean, sea air and feel the sun’s rays on your face, as you rack up some serious miles on your bike and discover everything that this destination has to offer.