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Biking around the islands is an extremely pleasant (and energetic) way to see the sights and drivers on the whole are tolerant and patient with cyclists on the hilly roads of the Canary Islands (though you will find some impatience too). Sadly, bicycle lanes in the urban environment are minimal, although Las Palmas now has cycle lanes and beachside boulevards are increasingly incorporating space for bike riding.

If you plan to bring your own bike on a flight, check whether there are any extra costs and whether you’ll need to disassemble and pack your bike for the journey. Taking your bike on ferries is pretty straightforward, and the good news is it’s either free or very cheap.

Bicycle Hire

Bike hire is plentiful across all the islands with a large number of bike shops selling and renting all manner of bikes, including e-bikes as well as specialist equipment.

You can rent mountain bikes, city bikes and e-bikes at various resorts and in the more tourist-orientated areas of the islands. Expect to pay a minimum of €12 per day, with a standard deposit of around €50. Rental rates will include a helmet and some basic equipment. Some of these rental outfits also arrange guided bike tours as well.

To help tame its sprawling distances, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has a public bike hire scheme called Sitycleta; look for the yellow and blue bikes dotted in stations around the city.