Lanzarote, Canary Islands

A cyclist’s dream for its excellent pavement, largely empty roads, and year-round warm temperatures, it doesn’t hurt that Lanzarote also boasts beautiful volcanic landscapes and white sand beaches.

This easternmost of the Canary Islands has consequently been a cycling training ground for years, and hosts the Ironman every April. The government has mapped out a series of defined routes, and local drivers show two-wheeled travellers the greatest of respect.

But it’s not just about the biking. Other attractions include the Timanfayu National Park, Haria’s Valley of the 1000 Palm Trees, the city of Arrecife, and artist César Manrique’s works—which are visible around the island. Villa Vik is a boutique hotel with 17 rooms located just outside Arrecife, close to the fabulous 15-mile paved bike path along the ocean. The island’s big mystery is why there are only 140,000 inhabitants.