Cycling on La Palma?
Never heard of it? It isn‘t possible, mountains too hight, too steep? Only for olympic training?
Yes, you are right, La Palma is the “steepest island of the world” and it‘s more fun to ride down the mountain than torturing yourself cycling uphill. Thanks to new technology these times are over. For bikers on electric bikes the eastside of the island is the area to be! With electric power all of it‘s diverse and beautiful landscapes and destinations are in reach. Los Cancajos is the ideal basecamp for all tours, that‘s why we opened our shop right there.
If you are worried about e-bike trekking on La Palma roads: Local drivers mostly stick to the rule of safety distance which is 1,50 meters and use the opposite lane to overturn, so cycling is fun even on roads with traffic, but beside that we know enough local tracks 🙂
Fascination e-bike / pedelec / electric bike
The fascination e-bike – pedelec is hard to discribe, you just have to give it a try. But be cautious – you could get adicted. Some appreciate the speed uphill and some like the big distance you can cycle.
Modern LiIon-batteries provide enough power to give long and reliable assistance even for the steep ascents of La Palma. Enjoy your uphill flow as well as the downhill speed.
But don´t expect the little motor doing all the work for you ;). Depending on the model and the driving mode (eco, tour, sport and turbo – or „off“) you can work decently or have a relaxed time an enjoy landscapes, views, plants and smells of open air in the „turbo“ mode.
Experience the isla verde in a chilled mood from the perfect perspective. We don‘t agree completely to the claim of the hikers “you only experience a place by hiking it” – you can also e-xperience it with an electric bike. It‘s way more fun than going by car. You work with your muscles but you won‘t be that sweaty or exhausted– except you ride in the „off“ – mode and cycle completely without any artificial help.
Offroad and downhill biking is well known at La Palma, not necessary to write much about it.
It is a lot of fun on La Palma forest roads, tracks and trails. When secret spots get well known, mostly there is problems at some point – in this case with the hikers. Very often they reclaim the older rights on the nicest tracks for themselves.
To ease the conflict, the government of the island (Cabildo) has signed out some hiking-tracks as “shared”, so it‘s more calm now. Of course these routes you can also be used with our e-bikes, we provide you with detailed information at the shop. There we can work out a nice day refering to your – and our – ideas.
Take a look at the “official” network of mountain bike routes and make your plan.
If you want to bring your own e-bike, you can also rent a battery (Bosch) from us.
E-touring and e-city-biking
For regular cyclists the island was mostly a no-go area, to steep, exhausting uphill, to fast downhill and streets in a bad condition. This has completely changed in the last years.
The increases of a mountain are not a challenges anymore, but pure fun – BOSCH calls it „uphill-flow“ – the downhill ride is, thanks to disc-brakes, save and sound and as fast as you like it. Nothing to fear anymore.
The asphalt streets have been renovated, seperated tracks for cyclists are partly available – especially in the north-east of the island. The charming unused old road from Santa Cruz de La Palma to Los Sauces for instance, just perfest for an e-bike adventure.
So, get onto a bike and experience mindblowing landscapes and views, small towns, dragon trees and pyramids, the subtropical rain forest and the pine forests!
We got a variety of tours for you, from beginner level with sightcycling in Santa Cruz to whole day panorama touring.
Introduction courses and info events
You are not familiar with pedelecs and e-bikes? No problem! We like to spread our enthusiasm, maybe the electric spark will hit you straight away. We offer daily e-bike introductions – but make a reservation in advance, please. You´ll get a lot of information and we will give it a try – you will love it! ;-))
Distances on La Palma – where can I go?
This question is not that easy to answer, basicly – depending on the battery – or batteries – your bike is equiped with you can have a roundtrip all over the island. Even with a stay overnight in one of the most beautiful places of the island.