Cycling World Magazine July 2017 - Page 123

July 2017| 123 opening out in the undulating vineyards of the Rioja region. And of course, you can end every day with a glass or two. Andalucía Andalucía makes for a great cycling destination, with good weather all year round and a variety of landscapes that quickly take you from the mountains, through countryside and to the coast. Perhaps one of the most interesting cities in the region is Seville, with bags of history, architectural grandeur and culture, Andalucia’s capital makes an ideal starting point for exploring the region. n fact, it is well-worth taking your bike around the city, which is set up for cycle tourism with some well- marked routes, and even has its own bike share project, Sevici, providing bikes at numerous stations. Further afield, a great route takes you from Seville to ranada via the historic city of Cordoba. This long inland route takes you through some beautiful roman towns before reaching the beautiful Subbetica National Park, a stunning landscape of limestone peaks that is home to Spain’s largest colonies of riffon ultures. inally, you will reach the da ling city of renada, with its magnificent , -year-old Alhambra alace being the star attraction. Canary Islands Sitting in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of northern Africa, the volcanic Canary slands offer something a little bit different, with deserted roads, high mountains and lunar landscapes. The islands southerly location makes them a good winter destination (some say the best in Europe) and low rainfall throughout the year adds to the appeal. Gran Canaria is one of the most popular destinations, with its capital, Los Palmas, a good place to explore. Within the city there is much to see and a bike share system in place to do it (ByBike). However, the south of the island offers the best in terms of longer routes, and a popular option takes you along the C- 60 out of Playa del Ingles through the lovely village of Fataga, before ending up in the tourist resort of San Bartolom de Tira ana. or some more challenging mountain ascents, the archipelago’s largest island, Tenerife, is the place to head. ome to the mighty Mount Teide, at , metres, the volcano dominates the skyline, and provides brave cyclists with some of Europe’s most daring ascents. The main road up the mountai XX\Œ Y]\][H[\]XH][]H\Y\[ XZ[\]HH]\]HZ[[][ۈ܂ٙ\[ۘ[H[ݙ\Hܛ