Cycling on Lanzarote. Puerto del Carmen - Playa Honda - Arrecife
On a recent family holiday to
Hyde Park Lane Villas in
Puerto del Carmen, on the Canary Island on Lanzarote, I managed to take some time away to get in a little cycling - and
this part of Lanzarote certainly makes a good place for some relaxing cycling.
Traffic free cycle route from Puerto del Carmen all the way to Arrecife
When we flew into Arrecife Airport, I could see people cycling along the dedicated cycle path between the airport and seafront, so knew a little
cycling could be on the cards. After a couple of days doing the touristy stuff with the family, they decided a day by the pool was
in order - and that meant I could hire a bike and take in some of that cycle route I'd seen. First job then: hire a bike. We were
staying in a villa at
Hyde Park Lane Villas, which is
at the northern end of Puerto del Carmen; there is a choice of places to hire your bike, with the shop I plumped for being
ProAction BH - they have all kinds of bikes available, from a mountain bike up to a carbon Triathlon road bike.
I plumped for a mountain bike costing €31 for 3 days.
One man and his bike - thanks to BH ProAction bike hire
Cycle up to Arrecife
The wide promenade at Puerto del Carmen has a cycle lane - which means this an ideal place for some not too
adventurous cycling. And it turns out this cycle route is continuous up to Lanzarote's capital - Arrecife. This 8 mile journey
makes for a very pleasant way to try a spot of cycling Lanzarote style. The cycle route hugs the coast, with no large hills to climb; the only
hills and mountains are inland, making a nice back-drop to your cycling adventures.
Cycle right past Arrecife Airport on your way to the capital
As mentioned, the cycle route passes next to the airport. You don't need to have much of an interest in
aviation displays to find this part of the route an interesting place to stop for 5 minutes. The planes come in from the direction of the sea, and fly
what feels like just centimetres above your head as they drop onto the asphalt.
Keep heading north to Arrecife, and the bulk of the tourist destinations are left behind, but that all-important cycle lane keeps going, and
finally deposits you in Arrecife.
The whole route makes for an easy cycling day out. With no big hills to climb (or descend), you can venture out for a
family cycling day.
You can find the route I cycled on
Map My Ride, and details about bike hire from ProAction BH. And, finally,
should be on the look-out for a holiday to spend your non-cycling time, have a look at the villas at
Hyde Park Lane.
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