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Vulcan Bike Classic

THE ORIGINAL VULCAN BIKE ROUTE

With an accumulated positive slope of 3,500m, this route has the original path designed especially for Vulcan Bike. You may do this in anything between 3 to 7 days, depending on your preference and ability, although we suggest you do it in 5 days.

Itinerary

We begin in the tourist centre of the Puerto del Carmen and we will cross the most populated area of the island. We will cross the capital, Arrecife and another important tourist centre called the Costa Teguise. From this point, we take paths and trails towards the north, crossing small fishing villages, riding along solitary coastlines shaped by the sea sometimes gently and others ferociously. We will arrive to the fishing village of Orzola where we will take a boat to reach the small and globally unique Graciosa Island (the island of the funny one).

We will spend one day on the Graciosa Island with its quaint village of sandy streets and its beautiful beaches. Time appears to take on another dimension here. You may think you have landed in another galaxy. If your body beckons you to do so once you get off the bike, you can swim and discover it's under water paradise, go kayaking or simply relax on any of its magnificent beaches.

Upon returning to Lanzarote, we will go uphill time and time again along the mountain like Famara massif. Riding along above the precipitous northern cliffs with the Graciosa Island off in the distance is a beautiful sight. We will pass through new and beautiful landscapes and villages. The village of Haria with its 1000 palm trees, the colonial marvel at Teguise (once capital of the island) and we will finish the route at the mystic Caleta de Famara. Known as a surfing paradise where you can practice the art of riding the waves along this gigantic beach which stretches for 6 kilometres.

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After experiencing the magic of Famara we will ride along solitary sandy paths kissed by the waves. We will cross cultivated fields where time seems to have stopped and at last we will enter the hell of Timanfaya. The last eruptions 200 and 300 years ago left us with a terrifying landscape full of craters, slags and impenetrable lava formations. After surviving the volcano fields, we will reach the precious village of Yaiza and from there we will head towards the south. There, in the south of Lanzarote, we will reach Playa Blanca (white beach) with its classy, tourist ready population. If we have time, we will take a dip in the paradise like beaches of Papagayo.

To finish, we will take on the last challenge, crossing the Ajaches massif. It's an authentic slice of the Sahara desert in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Uphill and downhill we will travel along ravines ravaged by isolation. It's an absolute paradise for mountain biking. It's a route requiring more physical effort as time passes. We will arrive to civilization: Playa Quemada (burnt beach), the Puerto Calero and finally we'll return our original starting point the Puerto Del Carmen and the conclusion of our journey.

 

3 DAYS ITINERARY - EXTREMLEY HARD GOING AND INTENSE 

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE RESISTANCE AND CHALLENGES.

1st STAGE: Puerto Del Carmen-Orzola-La Graciosa

(94kms/680m of accumulated positive slope)

Attempting to do the first and second stages in only one day means you would have to complete the first 64kms of the first stage and arrive in time for the last boat to La Graciosa (midday 13.30). Upon arrival of La Graciosa you will walk the remaining 30kms.

 

2nd STAGE: ORZOLA-YAIZA

91 kms / 2.000 meters positive accumulated elevation

The first part of this stage until Famara is the most “alpine” of the Vulcan Bike. Today we are going to ride through the highest area of the island. If the highest point of Lanzarote is only 700 meters above sea level, the elevation accumulated on this route is going to triple that number given the number of ascents and descents we are going to do. The challenges we are going to face will be compensated tenfold by the spectacular landscape we are going to be experiencing along the journey.

The second part isn’t less difficult and this makes this day a real challenge to overcome. Here we will see that the name, “Vulcan Bike” is very appropriate. This is the day with the most kilometres along the route during which we will cross through various lava areas, one being the amazing Timanfaya National Park. If you want to see something similar you will have to go to Hawaii….yourself. Following this lava “hell” we will finish the stage in the quaint village called Yaiza.


3rd STAGE: YAIZA-PUERTO DEL CARMEN

62 Kms / 820 meters positive accumulated elevation

This stage may appear not to be too long, but it is demanding. The first part from Yaiza to Playa Blanca takes us along fast trails and very rocky areas where we are forced to use all of our technical skills to manoeuvre our bikes. 

From Playa Blanca to the Puerto del Carmen we will have to cross Los Ajaches, a mountain biking paradise in the most inhospitable and wild terrain of all the island (with permission of the Timanfaya volcano!). There are a number of ascents and descents, paths, single track trails and many technical spots. If you aren’t a pro rider, don’t worry, what you can’t do “in the saddle” you can do walking. No one will be watching.

The Ajaches are a mountainous ridge at the south of the island which together with the Famara cliff are the oldest areas of Lanzarote. These two areas are several million years old. The highest point just passes 600 meters above sea level; however, we won’t ride above the 200 meter line. Due to erosion, its ancient volcano is hardly visible. Its location parallel to the sea and its millions of years of erosion which have created a number of ravines reaching the sea make it a difficult terrain to ride through. There are no roads and the paths can’t free themselves of the extensive erosion. Being at the south of the island, the aridity is extreme.

The number of ravines and the veritable solitude are going to put our cycling skills to test. Without a doubt this stage is the perfect ending to the Vulcan Bike.

 

 

4 DAYS ITINERARY - ONLY FOR VERY PHYSICALLY PREPARED

This 4 day itinerary is extremely gruelling. The stages can be very long and there will hardly be enough time to enjoy the wonders the island has to offer. Take into account that in Lanzarote you don't only need to be concerned with the elevation gained and the kilometres travelled, but also the type of terrain. It is arid and rocky. These are factors which must be considered when evaluating the difficulty.

1st stage: Puerto del Carmen-Orzola:

64 kms / 350 meters positive accumulated elevation.

One shouldn't be too confident given the lack of elevation gain on this route. The route is demanding. There are a few technical spots which will slow down our speed. We will cross the most populated area of the island, including the capital, Arrecife. We will also travel along solitary and exciting paths and trails. We will cross beautiful villages such as Guatiza, Arrieta or Punta Mujeres and then we'll have our first contact with lava in the slags of the northern Corona volcano. The beauty and the sights will compensate for the challenges.

2nd Stage: La Graciosa:

30 kms / 330 meters positive accumulated elevation

Yes, we understand it's only 30 kms and with little elevation change. A route a pro could do in less than 2 hours. But friends.....you are in the Graciosa, a place which merits at least a day of your lives.

It's a short stage given the limited terrain of the Graciosa Island, but due to its uniqueness and beauty it is an obligatory visit. Perfect days to forget the world, to enjoy your bike, but to enjoy the beaches, to do some water sports like kite surfing or diving, etc. or to relish in the tastes of the Canarian gastronomy.

It is also good for us to relax a bit before taking on the two most demanding stages of the Vulcan Bike.

3rd stage: Orzola-Yaiza:

91 kms / 2.000 meters positive accumulated elevation

The first part of this stage until Famara is the most "alpine" of the Vulcan Bike. Today we are going to ride through the highest area of the island. If the highest point of Lanzarote is only 700 meters above sea level, the elevation accumulated on this route is going to triple that number given the number of ascents and descents we are going to do. The challenges we are going to face will be compensated tenfold by the spectacular landscape we are going to be experiencing along the journey.

The second part isn't less difficult and this makes this day a real challenge to overcome. Here we will see that the name, "Vulcan Bike" is very appropriate. This is the day with the most kilometres along the route during which we will cross through various lava areas, one being the amazing Timanfaya National Park. If you want to see something similar you will have to go to Hawaii....yourself. Following this lava "hell" we will finish the stage in the quaint village called Yaiza.

4ª stage: Yaiza-Puerto del Carmen:

62 Kms / 820 meters positive accumulated elevation

This stage may appear not to be too long, but it is demanding. The first part from Yaiza to Playa Blanca takes us along fast trails and very rocky areas where we are forced to use all of our technical skills to manoeuvre our bikes. 

From Playa Blanca to the Puerto del Carmen we will have to cross Los Ajaches, a mountain biking paradise in the most inhospitable and wild terrain of all the island (with permission of the Timanfaya volcano!). There are a number of ascents and descents, paths, single track trails and many technical spots. If you aren't a pro rider, don't worry, what you can't do "in the saddle" you can do walking. No one will be watching.

The Ajaches are a mountainous ridge at the south of the island which together with the Famara cliff are the oldest areas of Lanzarote. These two areas are several million years old. The highest point just passes 600 meters above sea level; however, we won't ride above the 200 meter line. Due to erosion, its ancient volcano is hardly visible. Its location parallel to the sea and its millions of years of erosion which have created a number of ravines reaching the sea make it a difficult terrain to ride through. There are no roads and the paths can't free themselves of the extensive erosion. Being at the south of the island, the aridity is extreme.

The number of ravines and the veritable solitude are going to put our cycling skills to test. Without a doubt this stage is the perfect finale to the Vulcan Bike.

5 DAYS ITINERARY- RECOMMENDED MODALITY

This is the most balanced way to do the Route. There are two stages which are quite long, the first and the fourth, but all of them are designed such that they never seem eternal and to ensure that you have time to enjoy the areas you will be riding through. Even if you are authentic “pros” you will enjoy having a bit of time to relax on the beaches, dive, surf or any of the other many activities.

1st stage: Puerto del Carmen-Orzola:

64 kms / 350 meters positive accumulated elevation.

One shouldn’t be too confident given the lack of elevation gain on this route. The route is demanding. There are a few technical spots which will slow down our speed. We will cross the most populated area of the island, including the capital, Arrecife. We will also travel along solitary and exciting paths and trails. We will cross beautiful villages such as Guatiza, Arrieta or Punta Mujeres and then we’ll have our first contact with lava in the slags of the northern Corona volcano. The beauty and the sights will compensate for the challenges .

 

2nd Stage: La Graciosa:

30 kms / 330 meters positive accumulated elevation

Yes, we understand it’s only 30 kms and little elevation change. A route a pro could do in less than 2 hours. But friends…..you are in the Graciosa, a place which merits at least a day of your lives.

It’s a short stage given the limited terrain of the Graciosa Island, but due to its uniqueness and beauty it is an obligatory visit. Perfect days to forget the world, to enjoy your bike,  to enjoy the beaches, to do some water sports like kite surfing or diving, etc. or to relish in the tastes of the Canarian gastronomy.

It is also good for us to relax a bit before taking on the two most demanding stages of the Vulcan Bike.

 

3rd stage: Orzola – Famara:

50 kms / 1.400 meters positive accumulated elevation

This is the most “alpine” stage of the Vulcan Bike. Today we are going to ride through the highest area of the island. If the highest point of Lanzarote is only 700 meters above sea level, the elevation accumulated on this route is going to triple that number given the ascents and descents we are going to do.

It isn’t a long stage, but the constant transition between ascents and descents makes it a difficult day. The challenges we are going to face will be compensated tenfold by the spectacular landscape we are going to be experiencing along the journey.

 

4th stage: Famara -  Playa Blanca:

68 kms / 700 meters positive accumulated elevation

On this stage we will see that the name, “Vulcan Bike” is very appropriate. This is the day with the most kilometres along the route during which we will cross through various lava areas, one being the amazing Timanfaya National Park. If you want to see something similar you will have to go to Hawaii….yourself. Following this lava “hell” we will cross the quaint village called Yaiza and we will finish the route in Playa Blanca at the south of the island.

5ª stage: Playa Blanca – Pto. del Carmen:

35 kms / 700 meters positive accumulated elevation

Welcome to the wonderful land of Los Ajaches. Today the stage is short, but the expression “short but intense” could be the name of the route. Don’t be confused by the small number of kilometres. We are going to have to put all of our skills into action to overcome the challenges we are going to encounter on this route.

To finish the Vulcan Bike there is no better finale than the most inhospitable and wild terrain of the entire island (with permission of the Timanfaya volcano!) to truly enjoy the best mountain biking has to offer. There are a number of ascents and descents, paths, single track trails and many technical spots. If you aren’t a pro rider, don’t worry, what you can’t do “in the saddle” you can do walking. No one will be watching.

The Ajaches are a mountainous ridge at the south of the island which together with the Famara cliff are the oldest areas of Lanzarote. These two areas are several million years old. The highest point just passes 600 meters above sea level, however, we won’t ride above the 200 meter line. Due to erosion, its ancient volcano is hardly visible. Its location parallel to the sea and its millions of years of erosion which have created a number of ravines reaching the sea make it a difficult terrain to ride through. There are no roads and the paths can’t free themselves of the extensive erosion. Being at the south of the island, the aridity is extreme.

The number of ravines and the veritable solitude are going to put our cycling skills to test. Without a doubt this stage is the perfect finale
to the Vulcan Bike.

 

6 DAYS ITINERARY- A BIT MORE RELAXED

TOTAL: 260 Kms AND 3.650 METERS POSITIVE ACCUMULATED ELEVATION

In the 6 day modality the original Vulcan Bike Route undergoes a directional change after passing through Yaiza. The route undergoes a change in distance as well. It's longer! One of the reasons is that otherwise the stage would be very short. This is the reason that the final number of kilometres and the total elevation accumulated are slightly different from the original modality.

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1st stage: Puerto del Carmen-Orzola:

64 kms / 350 meters positive accumulated elevation.

One shouldn’t be too confident given the lack of elevation gain on this route. The route is demanding. There are a few technical spots which will slow down our speed. We will cross the most populated area of the island, including the capital, Arrecife. We will also travel along solitary and exciting paths and trails. We will cross beautiful villages such as Guatiza, Arrieta or Punta Mujeres and then we’ll have our first contact with lava in the slags of the northern Corona volcano. The beauty and the sights will compensate for the challenges.

2nd Stage: La Graciosa:

30 kms / 330 meters positive accumulated elevation

Yes, we understand it’s only 30 kms and little elevation change. A route a pro could do in less than 2 hours. But friends…..you are in the Graciosa, a place which merits at least a day of your lives.

It’s a short stage given the limited terrain of the Graciosa Island, but due to its uniqueness and beauty it is an obligatory visit. Perfect days to forget the world, to enjoy your bike,  to enjoy the beaches, to do some water sports like kite surfing or diving, etc. or to relish in the flavours of the Canarian gastronomy.

It is also good for us to relax a bit before taking on the two most demanding stages of the Vulcan Bike.

3rd stage: Orzola – Famara:

50 kms / 1.400 meters positive accumulated elevation

This is the most “alpine” stage of the Vulcan Bike. Today we are going to ride through the highest area of the island. If the highest point of Lanzarote is only 700 meters above sea level, the elevation accumulated on this route is going to triple that number given the ascents and descents we are going to do.

It isn’t a long stage, but  the constant transition between ascents and descents makes it a difficult day. The challenges we are going to face will be compensated tenfold by the spectacular landscape we are going to be experiencing along the journey .

4th stage: Famara-Yaiza:

42 kms / 600 meters positive accumulated elevation

On this stage we will see that the name, “Vulcan Bike” is very appropriate. We will cross through various lava areas, one of which is the amazing Timanfaya National Park. If you want to see something similar you will have to go to Hawaii….yourself. Following this lava “hell” we will cross the quaint village called Yaiza which is the end of our cycling journey.

5th stage: Yaiza-Playa Blanca (extension along  El Golfo):

39 kms / 270 meters positive accumulated elevation

Here the original Vulcan Bike route undergoes a directional change as well as a change in distance. It’s longer! One of the reasons is that otherwise the stage would be very short, but the principal reason is to ensure that the cycling travellers ride through one of the truly beautiful areas of Lanzarote. We are speaking about the Golfo and its nearby attractions. The Charco Verde where Pedro Almodóvar was inspired for his film, “Los Brazos Rotos” and the coast of Los Hervideros are also remarkable. This change from Yaiza until joining once again with the original route is mostly on asphalt. There is, however, one stretch riding on a trail where there are a lot of rocks. Although you will be riding on asphalt, we insist that the beauty of the stage and the lack of traffic make it highly recommendable.

6th stage: Playa Blanca – Pto. del Carmen:

35 kms / 700 meters positive accumulated elevation

Welcome to the wonderful land of Los Ajaches. Today the stage is short, but the expression “short but intense” could be the name of the route. Don’t be confused by the small number of kilometres. We are going to have to put all of our skills into action to overcome the challenges we are going to encounter on this route.

To finish the Vulcan Bike there is no better finale than the most inhospitable and wild terrain of the entire island (with permission of the Timanfaya volcano!) to truly enjoy the best mountain biking has to offer. There are a number of ascents and descents, paths, single track trails and many technical spots. If you aren’t a pro rider, don’t worry, what you can’t do “in the saddle” you can do walking. No one will be watching.

The Ajaches are a mountainous ridge at the south of the island which together with the Famara cliff are the oldest areas of Lanzarote. These two areas are several million years old. The highest point just passes 600 meters above sea level; however, we won’t ride above the 200 meter line. Due to erosion, its ancient volcano is hardly visible. Its location parallel to the sea and its millions of years of erosion which have created a number of ravines reaching the sea make it a difficult terrain to ride through. There are no roads and the paths can’t free themselves of the extensive erosion. Being at the south of the island, the aridity is extreme.

The number of ravines and the veritable solitude are going to put our cycling skills to test. Without a doubt this stage is the perfect finale to the Vulcan Bike.

7 DAYS ITINERARY - FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO TAKE IT CALMER

THIS COURSE IS FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO TAKE THE CALMER APPROACH AND TAKE THEIR TIME ON EXPLORING AND ENJOYING THE PARADISE OF THE ISLAND OF LA GRACIOSA AND LANZAROTE.

TOTAL:260KMS/3650M OF ACCUMULATED POSITIVE SLOPE.

In the 7 day modality the original Vulcan Bike Route undergoes a directional change after passing through Yaiza. The route undergoes a change in distance as well. It's longer! One of the reasons is that otherwise the stage would be very short. This is the reason that the final number of kilometres and the total elevation accumulated are slightly different from the original modality.

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1ST STAGE: Puerto Del Carmen-Arrieta

(49kms/300m accumulated positive slope)

Do not expect this route to lack altitude. It can be demanding and will incur some sections harder than others, which may result in slowing down the process.  We will pass through the capital of the island, Arrecife, but will also seek solitary trails and tracks passing through the beautiful villages of Guatiza and Charco Del Palo and ending up in the harbor of Arrieta – The final stage of stage 1.

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2ND STAGE: Arrieta-Orzola

15kms/50m accumulated positive slope

Not certain you can call this a stage in its self, but with its beautiful trails in less than 15kms you will be in the stunning village of Orzola.  This means it may offer you more time to enjoy yourself in La Graciosa, with the option of enjoying kayaking, fishing or just relax on the beautiful beaches.


3rd Stage: La Graciosa:

30 kms / 330 meters positive accumulated elevation

Yes, we understand it’s only 30 kms and little elevation change. A route a pro could do in less than 2 hours. But friends…..you are in the Graciosa, a place which merits at least a day of your lives.

It’s a short stage given the limited terrain of the Graciosa Island, but due to its uniqueness and beauty it is an obligatory visit. Perfect days to forget the world, to enjoy your bike,  to enjoy the beaches, to do some water sports like kite surfing or diving, etc. or to relish in the flavours of the Canarian gastronomy.

It is also good for us to relax a bit before taking on the two most demanding stages of the Vulcan Bike.

4rd stage: Orzola – Famara:

50 kms / 1.400 meters positive accumulated elevation

This is the most “alpine” stage of the Vulcan Bike. Today we are going to ride through the highest area of the island. If the highest point of Lanzarote is only 700 meters above sea level, the elevation accumulated on this route is going to triple that number given the ascents and descents we are going to do.

It isn’t a long stage, but  the constant transition between ascents and descents makes it a difficult day. The challenges we are going to face will be compensated tenfold by the spectacular landscape we are going to be experiencing along the journey.

5th stage: Famara-Yaiza:

42 kms / 600 meters positive accumulated elevation

On this stage we will see that the name, “Vulcan Bike” is very appropriate. We will cross through various lava areas, one of which is the amazing Timanfaya National Park. If you want to see something similar you will have to go to Hawaii….yourself. Following this lava “hell” we will cross the quaint village called Yaiza which is the end of our cycling journey.

6th stage: Yaiza-Playa Blanca (extension along  El Golfo):

39 kms / 270 meters positive accumulated elevation

Here the original Vulcan Bike route undergoes a directional change as well as a change in distance. It’s longer! One of the reasons is that otherwise the stage would be very short, but the principal reason is to ensure that the cycling travellers ride through one of the truly beautiful areas of Lanzarote. We are speaking about the Golfo and its nearby attractions. The Charco Verde where Pedro Almodóvar was inspired for his film, “Los Brazos Rotos” and the coast of Los Hervideros are also remarkable. This change from Yaiza until joining once again with the original route is mostly on asphalt. There is, however, one stretch riding on a trail where there are a lot of rocks. Although you will be riding on asphalt, we insist that the beauty of the stage and the lack of traffic make it highly recommendable.

7th stage: Playa Blanca – Pto. del Carmen:

35 kms / 700 meters positive accumulated elevation

Welcome to the wonderful land of Los Ajaches. Today the stage is short, but the expression “short but intense” could be the name of the route. Don’t be confused by the small number of kilometres. We are going to have to put all of our skills into action to overcome the challenges we are going to encounter on this route.

To finish the Vulcan Bike there is no better finale than the most inhospitable and wild terrain of the entire island (with permission of the Timanfaya volcano!) to truly enjoy the best mountain biking has to offer. There are a number of ascents and descents, paths, single track trails and many technical spots. If you aren’t a pro rider, don’t worry, what you can’t do “in the saddle” you can do walking. No one will be watching.

The Ajaches are a mountainous ridge at the south of the island which together with the Famara cliff are the oldest areas of Lanzarote. These two areas are several million years old. The highest point just passes 600 meters above sea level; however, we won’t ride above the 200 meter line. Due to erosion, its ancient volcano is hardly visible. Its location parallel to the sea and its millions of years of erosion which have created a number of ravines reaching the sea make it a difficult terrain to ride through. There are no roads and the paths can’t free themselves of the extensive erosion. Being at the south of the island, the aridity is extreme.

The number of ravines and the veritable solitude are going to put our cycling skills to test. Without a doubt this stage is the perfect finale to the Vulcan Bike.

 

 

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