The Chira dam is in the center of the island of Gran Canaria. It is a very mythical water reservoir. From here there is a circular route that runs along a dirt track in the direction of El Tablero (south of the island). For this reason, we recommend that you do it in an anti-clockwise direction. Since in this way you will make the descent through the track smoother, and the ascent through a track that is a bit more broken, but that does not have too much difficulty.
|Total ascent||1.082 m|
|Estimated duration||Between 1:15 and 3:30 hours|
What sites can I visit during the route?
As we said at the beginning, this route leaves from the Chira dam, from a small group of houses. Many people picnic in this area. As the route is circular by land, it does not pass through any other town. Although the viewpoint of Pilancones is nearby, we will also find some interesting caves. We will also have some points with excellent views of the ravines and the southern part of the island.
During this circular ritual through Chira we will not find any place to buy or refill water. Nor where to buy food. So you should take at least 300 kcal of food and a liter and a half of water. On hot days it can be strong in the ascent area that we have in the middle of the route.
With what kind of bikes can I do the route?
The ideal bicycle to do this MTB route is an XC (Cross Country). It does not have much technical difficulty, but we will probably be grateful on the climb that it has a loose stone, a 2.0 tire. We can also do it perfectly with a Gravel Bike or All Mountain.
What level do I need to do this route by bike?
We think that this route is perfect to get started in the world of Mountain Bike. Due to its good views, easy technical difficulty and little physical difficulty. We consider it to be quite accessible.
Track of the circular route from Chira by MTB
Then you can download the track of the route in .gpx format so that you can follow it on your own without getting lost. Below (after the video) we have a pack of routes that includes this track in case you are interested. If you don’t know how to download and follow a track from your GPS or smartphone with Guru Maps, here we explain it to you. And, if you want to support us so that we continue sharing routes for you, we would be grateful if you could buy some of our tracks, either to enjoy incredible routes or as a donation.
Video of the route
Below, you can see some video images of this gravel route through Gran Canaria. I am sorry because it is only available in Spanish.
Pack best MTB and gravel routes in Gran Canaria
Below, you can get 5 gravel bike tracks for the price of 4. This pack includes the track of this article that runs through Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Unlike the full gravel bike track, these are simpler and all circular routes, which requires less planning.
- Chira – Pilancones Natural Park
- MTB around Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
- Arco del Coronadero
- Gáldar – Agaete
- Maspalomas – Ayagaures
Finally, below you can see other MTB routes around the island of Gran Canaria. Have a look at them!
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