For us, Gran Canaria is the obvious number one alternative in the winter! With only an average of three days of rain in the winter months and a comfortable normal temperature around 20 degrees, you can expect great weather. Most days you can even leave your arm warmers at home.
Traditionally, many cyclists have travelled to Mallorca and Calpe. These destinations provide variety, but the weather gives you a greater degree of uncertainty. You should not leave your winter clothes at home if you choose one of these locations.
Located in the Atlantic ocean west of Africa the island of Gran Canaria has an ideal and stable climate thanks to the relatively stable Passat winds. The volcanic island also acts as a rain barrier from the North and provides the southern part with stable sunny conditions. The name “costa del sol” says it all. For this reason the island also offers different micro climates and on good days trips to the green, and different, north is a great adventure!
The road surface is superb. The authorities are constantly busy resurfacing to give us cyclists the best possible road conditions. There is a rich selection of both natural and manmade trails and they are always in great shape!
The local traffic on the island is in general very considerate to cyclists, since they live from tourism and understand our important contribution. To leave the everyday stress behind at home and finding peace here is easy. The Spanish and in particular the Canarian culture is outgoing, social and relaxed.