Spring in the Canaries

Canarie

Tenerife and Gran Canaria


1 to 10 March

The Canary Islands are an archipelago of seven volcanic islands located in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Africa. The islands are characterised by a mild climate all year round, breathtaking landscapes and scenic roads perfect for motorcyclists.

We chose Tenerife and Gran Canaria. The former, the largest of the archipelago, offers a wealth of interesting places ranging from beach resorts to the world-famous Teide, the highest mountain (volcano) in Spain.

Gran Canaria is even more winding, with roads that climb and then descend to the sea, lined with incredible black beaches.

PILOT fee € 2,520.00
PASSENGER fee € 1,650.00

1 March – Transfer Italy>Tenerife

Flight to Santa Cruz from Tenerife (not included). You will find flights from: Malpensa, Orio al Serio (BG), Fiumicino, etc.
Upon arrival in Tenerife we recommend taking a taxi to the hotel, which is located in the city centre in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. In the evening we will have dinner at the hotel and after dinner we will have a small briefing about the days to come.

2 March – El Bailadero – Benijo – Chinamada – Punta del Hidalgo – San Cristobal de La Laguna

Breakfast at the hotel and we start our day by picking up the bikes. Today we will ride the northern part of the island along the beautiful TF 12 through the green hills of Bailadero. We reach the tiny town of Benijo where we get our first taste of the wild beauty this island has to offer. We have a coffee and pass the delightful Taganana and head back into the hills to head east to the Barranco de Afur. We continue to Chinamada where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon we reach the coast of Punta del Hidalgo with its beautiful lighthouse and then head to colonial San Cristobal for an aperitif. Return and dinner at the hotel.

3 March – Orotava – Icod de los Vinos – Buenavista del Norte – Santiago del Teide – Teide

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning dedicated to the beautiful north-west coast where we will pass through several places such as Orotava to admire the Houses of Los Balcones. Continuing along the coast we arrive at Icod de Los Vinos for a visit to the Millennial Dragon, a marvellous tree of 80 tonnes and 20 metres in diameter. We will take the opportunity to have a short lunch! In the afternoon we will take the TF 16 where the landscape will change from lush green to lunar grey as we approach Teide. Several stops are planned to admire the famous Los Gigantes cliffs. We will then reach the Teide cable car, which will take us to a height of 3,555 metres! We will then continue on TF 21 to return to the hotel where we will have dinner.

4 March – Puerto Santiago – Los Cristianos – Roque Cinchado

Breakfast at the hotel. We will take the TF 21 again, passing below the mythical Teide and the sensation will be all new, with lunar landscapes illuminated by a different light. We will arrive at Puerto Santiago where we will stop for a few photos and continue along the west coast to Los Cristiano, a very famous seaside resort on the island. We will ascend from TF 21 on the southwest side and go to see some incredible rock formations such as Roque Cinchado, continue to the astronomical observatories and, if conditions permit, drive along a dirt road that will take us to the south coast and then to the hotel.

5 March – Puerto Las Nieves – Puerto Rico

Breakfast at the hotel. In the late morning we will take the ferry to Gran Canaria, which we will reach in approximately 2 hours. We disembark in Puerto Las Nieves where we stop for lunch and then head towards Puerto Rico. The road is nothing short of spectacular, alternating between coast and hills with wonderful curves and beautiful views. We reach the hotel in the afternoon where we have dinner.

6 March – La Aldea de San Nicolas – Artenara – Tejeda – Fataga

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we ascend from the southern slope via two mountain dams where we will be surrounded by sloping rocks and the desire to stop and take photos will always be there! We will reach Artenara where we will stop for lunch while admiring an incredible panorama. We will take the GC-608 again to reach one of the most characteristic villages on the island, Tejeda, famous for its almond trees and its Bienmesabe specialities. We will continue through the beautiful Valley of a Thousand Palms entering the small village of Fataga and dulcis in fundo a beautiful sunset over the Maspalomas Dunas. Return to the hotel and dinner.

7 March – Agüimes – Santa Lucia and San Bartolomé de Tirajana – Firgas

Breakfast at the hotel. Early departure in order to cover today’s 270 km in peace! We begin with the south-east coast to Agüimes, a small town with a beautiful historic centre and a beautiful basilica. We continue uphill to the next towns famous for their orchards, where we can taste ‘Guindilla’, a cherry liqueur, and ‘Mejunje’, a mixture of honey, rum and lemon. We will then reach the Mirador de Tejeda where we will have a short lunch break. In the early afternoon we will descend to the north side of the island, reaching the sea, and then ascend to Firgas where we will admire two roads that make it famous, one for its waterfall and one for its beautiful majolica tiles. Return with the sunset and dinner at the hotel.

8 March – Telde – Teror – Tenerife

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Tenerife, not before visiting the last two places of interest, Telde and Teror. The second largest town, Telde has its historical centre in the San Juan district. After the visit we continue up the hills, stopping in Teror, a colonial town with the famous Basilica de Nuestra Senore del Pino, patron saint of the island proclaimed by Pius XII in 1914. We will then continue towards the dams of Lugarejos and Los Perez in decidedly rural areas before arriving at the port where we will embark for Tenerife. Dinner at the hotel.

9 March – Motorcycle drop-off and city tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Unfortunately we have to return the motorbikes! We will devote the day to visiting beautiful Santa Cruz de Tenerife! Don’t miss Calatrava’s famous Auditorium, the Black Castle and the Mercado de Africa.

10 March – End of services
Breakfast at the hotel. Destination airport for return to Italy!