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Spain - Canary Island Hopping
7th March 2019 - 17th March 2019 (11 days)
2 places available - a single room and a male to share
This tour explores two contrasting Canary Islands - Lanzarote and Fuerteventura - with an optional boat trip to a third (Isla Graciosa). A mixture of centre-based and moving on days will allow you to get to the heart of both islands, as well as providing time to relax and enjoy the pleasantly warm conditions. You will marvel at the varied volcanic landscapes, dotted with craters, conical peaks, barren lava fields and distorted rock formations. There will also be time to admire the islands' rugged coasts and sandy beaches, as well as the sub-tropical vegetation, the low rise whitewashed vernacular buildings and the distinctive vineyards. While both islands are rugged and hilly, the climbs are generally well graded, and the reward is a series of superb coastal and inland views. The accommodation will consist of one resort, one rural and one city seafront hotel.
- Holiday Type Guided
- Tour Manager Tony Gore
- Grade Moderate
- Booking Status Places Available
- Accommodation Hotel
- Board Basis Half Board
- Travel Arrangements Land Only
- Road / Off Road Road
- Holiday Style Multi-centre
- Vehicle Support Carry Own Luggage
- Holiday Ref 01878
Thursday 7th March
Meet at hotel in Arrecife, Lanzarote. Stay 4 nights.
Friday 8th March
Day ride to Fámara beach (55km) with optional additional loop via La Santa (65km).
Saturday 9th March
Day ride to Mirador del Río via Teguise and Haria (81km).
Sunday 10th March
Day ride to Punta Mujeres to visit volcanic caves (68km) or to Orzola for ferry trip to Isla Graciosa
Monday 11th March
Cycle to Playa Blanca via La Geria and El Golfo, then travel by ferry to Corralejo (Fuerteventura).
Cycle onwards to Villaverde. Stay one night. (70km)
Tuesday 12th March
Cycle to Costa Calma via Betancuria and Pájara (82km). Stay 2 nights.
Wednesday 13th March
Day ride to Morro Jable (52km) or rest day in Costa Calma.
Thursday 14th March
Cycle to Villaverde via Tuineje and Antigua (80km). Stay 2 nights
Friday 15th March
Day ride to El Cotillo and El Tostón lighthouse, with possible stop at La Concha beach for
Saturday 16th March
Cycle to Corralejo, then travel by ferry to Playa Blanca (Lanzarote). Cycle onwards to Arrecife
via Timanfaya National Park and San Bartolomé (70km). Stay 1 night.
Sunday 17th March
Tour ends after breakfast.
Accommodation & Meals
This will consist of one resort, one rural and one city seafront hotel, all rated 3-4-star, in twin or double ensuite rooms. Breakfasts and evening meals will be provided in the hotels. Vegetarians can be catered for if the request is made on the Booking Form, but options may be limited. Non-meat eaters should indicate if they will eat fish. Those with gluten or lactose intolerances, nut or seafood allergies or other dietary requirements should make these clear as well.
Please note that you will have to carry your own luggage on all moving on days. There is no luggage transfer or back-up vehicle organised.
Passports, Visa & Health
EU citizens must hold a passport that is still valid on the date of their return to their home country. Holders of non-EU passports are advised to check whether they require a visa. There are no compulsory health related requirements for UK residents, but you are strongly advised to check that your tetanus protection has not expired. You must also carry your European Health Insurance Card.
Our Booking Conditions stipulate that, for holidays outside the UK, travel Insurance is mandatory. Details of the level of cover needed and other conditions you should check are stated in the Booking Conditions. CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any costs that may be incurred due to insufficient insurance cover.
The price of £775 is based on a minimum number of 9 people taking part in the holiday and is calculated at a rate of 1.12 Euros = £1 sterling (based on exchange rates published on www.x-rates.com on 13 July 2018; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3). If there are insufficient bookings by 27th December 2018, we will contact you and return all monies paid.
- Return ferry crossing between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura
- 10 nights hotel accommodation, half-board basis, sharing rooms
- CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs
Price Does Not Include
- Travel to and from hotel in Arrecife, Lanzarote (start and finish point)
- Drinks with some evening meals
- Lunches and refreshements at morning and afternoon stops
- Optional return ferry journey to Isla Graciosa
- Entry fees at any attractions visited
- Any other personal expenses
- Any fees, taxes or gratuities
- Travel Insurance
A deposit of £200 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £575 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 27th December 2018.
Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:
Written notice received:
Before 27th December 2018
From 27th December 2018 through to departure
The Area Covered By The Holiday
This tour explores the two easternmost islands in the Canaries archipelago - Fuerteventura and Lanzarote - with an optional trip to the lesser known Isla Graciosa. While the two main islands have both been declared UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, they are quite distinct in terms of scenery and feel. Lanzarote is dominated by its extensive lava and ash fields, as well as over 300 volcanic peaks. It is a land of black, reddish and ochre hues, dotted with occasional greenery in the form of cacti and other hardy plants. In March uncultivated areas become a carpet of wild flowers. Fuerteventura, in contrast, features warped and twisted rock formations, barren hillsides, deep sheltered valleys in the western hills, rolling sandy expanses (including windswept dunes) and stunning sandy beaches, making it a palette of yellows and browns
Rides & Rest Days
Each day's ride will not be led as a single group; instead, the plan will be to ride in smaller groups of (say) three to six like-minded and equally matched riders. In this way, faster riders can forge ahead without feeling held back, while those who like to see the sights or take lots of photos can do so without feeling pressurised to keep up. Smaller groups on the road also make sense in safety terms, especially on busy stretches of single track road. I will ensure that no-one is left riding on their own all day, unless that is their preference. Each day there will be cafes and other sites of interest where we will regroup. I will also try to keep tabs on where people are during the day, but remember that, without a support vehicle, there is a limit to what help can be given. Full written route instructions will be sent with the final tour information shortly before the start of the tour, and GPS files will also be made available for those who use Garmin or similar units.
The tour has been designed so that a reasonably fit regular rider should be able to complete the route. If you can cycle 80 kilometres (50 miles), with 1,300 metres (4,200 feet) of climbing, carrying lightly loaded panniers, then you will have no problem with the rest of the tour. Don't forget that there are several rest day opportunities as well. However, if you remain unsure about your ability to undertake the tour then please consult with the Tour Manager before booking.
Accommodation & Meals
Accommodation will be in three contrasting 4-star hotels, on a half board basis. Our first base in Arrecife is a modern city seafront hotel with buffet-based meals using locally sourced provisions wherever possible. Our second base is a rural family-run establishment in the vernacular style, using produce from their own fields and locally caught fish, and specialising in Canarian cuisine. The third is a smart seaside resort hotel, part of a developing Spanish chain.
Being geared mainly to tourists, all three hotels have restaurants that are open earlier than is the norm in mainland Spain. However, in order to avoid the rush for the buffet in the two large hotels, the plan will be to dine as a group sometime between 7.30 and 8 pm. With this in mind it may make sense to adopt the habit of having a snack in the late afternoon, either from your own provisions or the tapas served in the hotel bar or a local alternative. A second point is that it is not always easy to cater for vegetarians in Spain (and even harder for vegans), though it has improved in recent years, and there should be a range of options where the meals are buffet-based. Fish is a speciality in the Canaries, especially in the rural hotel, so if you are a non-meat eater, please indicate on the booking form under ‘Special Requests’ whether or not you are prepared to eat fish and/or seafood. Breakfasts in all three hotels will be buffet-based, so you should be able to find enough fuel of the right kind to start the day.
There is no travel included in this tour, thus it is very important that you note that neither your leader nor CTC Holidays &Tours are responsible for you in any way until the appointed time at the designated meeting point. Should you fail to arrive at the appointed time for whatever reason, we will not be responsible for any additional expenses you may incur in order to meet up with the tour group. Before finalising travel arrangements to meet the tour, you should ensure that you have read and understood our booking conditions. Should this tour not attract sufficient bookings to reach the minimum operating size, we may cancel the tour at any time up to 10 weeks before departure. It is therefore recommended that you book fully flexible and refundable transport and accommodation or wait until you have been informed that the tour is going ahead, as in the event of the tour being cancelled, we will not be responsible for any losses incurred.
Various low cost airlines offer flights to and from Lanzarote on the start and finish dates of the tour from several UK airports, including Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds-Bradford, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle. When booking, remember to include your bike bag or case in the hold baggage requirements. You will be charged a supplement for this to be carried on the plane. There will be a secure space for bike boxes and cases to be left at our hotel in Arrecife during the moving-on part of the holiday
The maximum group size will be 15 excluding the Tour Manager(s).
Weather & Clothing
While Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are classed as having a subtropical desert climate, the moderating influence of the surrounding ocean has led to them being described as the 'islands of eternal spring'. In March average temperatures range between 15 and 23ºC (59 to 73ºF), with perhaps two wet days bringing half an inch of rainfall. Relative humidity is fairly low (between 65 and 70%), and average daily sunshine is between 7.5 and 8 hours. There are variations across the islands, however, with the higher ground in the north of Lanzarote in particular being prone to cloudy and drizzly conditions, and sometimes heavier showers. It can also be quite blustery, with the prevailing wind coming over the sea from the north-west. There can also be an occasional sandstorm that blows in from the Sahara Desert, which is only just over 100 km to the north-east. All in all, though, the days and evenings should be pleasantly warm, so lightweight clothing should suffice. However, you will need a waterproof jacket in case of showers, and a windproof jacket or gilet might be useful for battling against headwinds. However, there are likely to be lots of clear skies, especially on Fuerteventura, and being close to the Tropics the sun can be very powerful, even in March, so a high factor sun cream is strongly recommended.
Cycles & Equipment
A touring, expedition or gravel bike is most suitable for this tour, with hard-wearing tyres of at least 28mm. The vast majority of the route will be on tarmac roads, with a few short stretches of stone flags and cobbles in the towns and very occasional bits of cinder track or gravelly car park. Tyres with a fairly grippy tread will be appreciated for any smooth tarmac that becomes wet from rain and on certain poorly maintained stretches of minor road. A bottom gear of between 25” and 27” (small chainring in front no larger than large cog in the rear) is recommended, to make the steeper sections manageable. Bikes should have mudguards to protect both yourself and others in the group, as well as a secure pannier rack for carrying your luggage. Before departure your bike should be given a full check-up and service to ensure that it is roadworthy and in sound mechanical order. You should also test ride your cycle fully laden before the tour to ensure that it handles as you would wish. You should not need lights, though they are always useful in case of emergency. Each participant will be expected to carry sufficient spares and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs.
Maps & Guides
You should carry a map to help you with route finding. The main maps that cover all or part of the route are:
- Michelin green ZOOM España, 1:150,000 series, No. 125: Islas Canarias, is the best option if you want to take only one map, though it does not show all the roads.
- For greater detail there are separate Marco Polo 1:100,000 and Kompass 1:50,000 maps for the two islands. The latter also include a short guide book to the main features and attractions
Travel Insurance & Advice
In addition to travel insurance, EU nationals should carry a European Health Insurance Card, obtainable from www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/. This enables you to take advantage of emergency medical services free or at a discount under a reciprocal provision that exists between EU member states. Your travel insurer may refuse to meet the extra costs of medical treatment if you do not carry this card.
Before booking you should check the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or on 0845 850 2829.