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ABOUT LA PALMA

Mountain biking in La Palma

If you're interested in mountain biking, you'll love La Palma. The terrain, the view and the easy availability of top-class rental bikes makes it a fantastic destination for a riding holiday. Oddly enough, it seems that the majority of mountain bikers who visit La Palma are German and Dutch, with a few Spanish and even fewer British riders. As usual, with decent 'green' destinations, the Germans are well ahead of everybody else.

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The same reasons that make La Palma a great venue for walking holidays apply to mountain bikers. There's something like 1000km of walking trails, most of which are also suitable for bikes. Aside from the tremendous fun they provide, the trails provide an invitation to explore La Palma's fascinating landscape, with stunningly beautiful tracks through green forests, around the island's chain of volcanoes, along coastal clifftops and down into peaceful valleys. Many of the trails on La Palma follow the old Caminos Reales (royal tracks) which are ancient pathways used centuries ago by the Guanches, the original inhabitants of La Palma.

Bike Rental and biking tours on La Palma

It's not necessary to take your own bike to La Palma, as you can rent high quality bikes from places like Bike'n'Fun in Los Llanos and at Bike Station La Palma in Puerto Naos. These specialist bike suppliers offer a choice of top-line ‘all mountain’ full suspension bikes from manufacturers such as Specialized, Banshee and Nicolai.

In addition to bike rental, they also organise guided group rides, which are well worth thinking about. Their programs include tours of different lengths and difficulty levels, from a basic round tour for beginners up to demanding tours for more experienced bikers and mountainbike experts. If you're planning on riding alone, several companies offer bike shuttle / bike taxi services to either take you to the start of your chosen trail, or collect you from the endpoint, as you prefer. From memory, they can cater for groups of up to 8 people and their bikes.

Biking Guidelines

If you want to explore the island on a mountain bike without a guide, you should follow these guidelines:

  • Ride at least in pairs - for safety reasons it's better not to ride totally alone
  • Remember to wear a helmet (they are required, and there are high fines for non-compliance!)
  • Stay on the trails, and respect bans - some trails are closed to bikes
  • Take care when approaching hikers and ride considerately
  • Take a fully charged mobile phone with you (emergency number 112)
  • Taking a telephone or other GPS-compatible device is also a good idea, potentially a lifesaver in case of accident
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Useful Contacts

For bike rental, and guided tours, you might try these companies below. Two of the websites are only available in German at the time of writing this, but I know the staff in the shop speak English, so if you have any questions, just email or phone them.

  • http://www.bikenfun.de/bike-tours-la-palma-english.html
  • http://www.bike-station.de/preise.htm
  • http://www.magic-bike-lapalma.com/en/magic-bike-la-palma/

If you're interested in a Bike Taxi / Shuttle Service try these guys below:

  • http://www.taxilapalma.com/hiking-cycling-la-palma.html