#3 Gran Canaria
Arriving by boat either from Lanzarote, or Fuerteventura (or even Tenerife), Gran Canaria looms at you with its high peaks and many coastline cliffs, a little miracle out in the big ocean. Gran Canaria is one of our favorite islands to cycle, due to its low gradients, quiet roads and spectacular views. We set out to Agaete from the capital Las Palmas, a quant town on the north-western shore, after which we climbed all the way up to the top of the island through roads with uncountable curves. We slowly reached a place that, especially if you get lucky with clouds forming like we did, represents the true Canary feeling. A landscape of canyons, pine and palm trees, small white towns, mountain trails and smooth, curvy roads around the many peaks. Our two favorite towns called Tegera and Artenara, along with a forest area called Tamadaba are as stunning as it gets!
What: Agaete, Tegera, Artenara, Tamadaba
When: Gran Canaria is popular in the northern European countries for its all-year-round sunshine and… we can confirm. But instead of laying on the beach, you should explore the upper areas whether the weather is good or bad!