Pre-conceptions are a funny thing. If someone told you about an archipelago of islands set adrift off the coast of Africa, an oasis that boasts superb beaches, perennial warmth, the very best motorcycling, award-winning wines and Spain’s highest mountain, you’d probably want to visit!
Diverse Islands – The Canary Islands offer some remarkable contrasts. Here you will find the aforementioned mountain, beaches of black sand and seas of still-hot volcanic lava, as well as moss-cloaked and mist-shrouded forests that have survived from the Tertiary Era. Some of the islands in this archipelago are razor-sharp, steep and volcanic, their tops hidden by cloud; a couple of them are mere slivers of sand, like slices cut from nearby mainland Africa and rolled flat by blistering sunshine. For sure, the Canary Islands are probably best known for their popular beach resorts but that’s not why we are here! We’re here for the motorcycling and to explore the other 90% of these fantastic Islands.
“These islands are known for being the sunshine centre of Europe, and offer mild temperatures and a range of outstanding natural attractions. In fact, five of its seven islands have been declared a Biosphere Reserve, and the archipelago has four national parks”
“Mountains, jaw dropping coastal scenery, quaint villages, great weather and excellent roads – The Canary Islands are a must do for any motorcyclist”
Introduction – The Canary Islands is probably best known as a year-round sun holiday destination and while most visitors tend to stay in resorts along the coast, the Islands offer some of the best motorcycling in Europe. Our Canary Islands tour incorporates the very best of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and the lesser known but spectacular La Gomera Island. Having carried out a reconnaissance tour in March 2019 we’ve picked out the very best motorcycling on the Islands whilst basing ourselves close (but not too close) to popular sun holiday destinations. Each Canary Island is completely different with diverse landscapes including Volcanoes, forests, beaches, sand dunes, rock cliffs, natural swimming pools, waterfalls and oceans.
As we are using the same hotels as our bases for a number of nights at various points throughout the tour there are many advantages including:
- All luggage can be left at the hotel during the day leaving your motorcycle lighter and more fun to ride
- Ideal locations for ‘off the bike’ activities incl. spas, hiking, cycling, beaches etc.
With ‘less is more’ being the basis for this particular tour we indulge in the very best the regions have to offer in terms of scenery, cuisine and local hospitality. The tour incorporates some very well-known holiday destinations along with some lesser known hidden gems. If you think there can’t be much biking in the Canaries you’d be very wrong. We have rated the riding difficulty as moderate for this tour as there are lots of narrow mountain roads through the Islands beautiful interiors.