For mountain bikers on La Palma, the Caldera de Taburiente and the volcanoes of the Ruta de los volcanes are main attractions. Even though these areas cannot be crossed directly, La Palma offers enough exciting MTB tours to experience their beauty. The tours recommended here will take you to magical places on your mountain biking.
Some beautiful MTB routes on La Palma are described in the "mountain bike guide La Palma". One of the two authors has lived on La Palma since 1993 and has incorporated his detailed insider knowledge and great touring tips. The majority of the described bike routes are about 20-30 km long and cover between 1,000 and 1,500 meters in altitude. All tours are round tours with their starting points best reached by car.
You can also book guided bicycle tours, some with a transport service for the outward or return journey.
1st MTB tour: The Ruta de los volcanes
The medium-difficulty MTB tour with a great sea view includes the Volcan San Juan at about 1,300 m altitude on a forest track parallel to the hiking tour "Ruta de los volcanes" (prohibited for MTB). From the starting point, Llano de Brujas (organize transfer!), the route leads over a total of 400 meters to Fuencaliente with many places to stop. Depending on your preference, the endpoint can be the southern tip of La Palma or also Los Llanos (back along the coast).
2nd MTB Tour: Northwest Coast
This tour, which leads from the villages of Puntagorda (with an organized transfer) and Tijarafe up to the edge of the Caldera at an altitude of 1,250 meters, is very demanding. The views of the breathtaking coastal landscape of La Palma's northwest and the caldera basin are not easily forgotten. After the sightseeing, you encounter a long, winding descent down to Puerto de Tazacorte that takes you past.
3rd MTB tour: At the edge of the caldera
Much of the wondrous silence on the edge of caldera can also be experienced by those who undertake the MTB tour along the crater rim, which we also recommend as a car tour. Many curves, 1,300 meters of altitude difference, and the mountain climate with wind, coolness, and fog make this mountain bike tour very demanding, but in good weather, it is an incomparable experience.
At Calima, where the Sahara wind is hot, it is not advisable to do this mountain bike tour hoping for coolness. The wind can be hotter up on the Caldera than down in the valley.