Tenerife: the ultimate cycling guide
Planning to discover Tenerife by bike and don’t know where to start? We love this island and that’s why we believe it’s worth an essential guide.
Tenerife is by far one of the favorite cycling destinations. Whether you’re a pro or an amateur, the vast landscapes, hellish climbs and endless roads overlooking Mount Teide will make it hard for you to leave, a destination like Tenerife never disappoints.
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- Why Tenerife for your next cycling holidays?
- Choosing the right season for cycling in Tenerife?
- The best spots to cycle in Tenerife?
- Cycling accommodations in Tenerife?
- Recommended cycling routes in Tenerife?
- Magical cycling climbs on Tenerife
- Cycling events in Tenerife not to miss out on?
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Why Tenerife for your next cycling holidays?
Tenerife deserves an award for what it is: an Eden on Earth. There are not many places in the world with the spectacular nature of Tenerife. With Mount Teide looming everywhere, this island owns everything a cyclist needs to enjoy a complete experience: great bike roads, epic climbs, specialized cycling accommodations, ultimate climate conditions to practice our beloved sport almost all year round… ..
The number of professional teams that regularly spend part of their pre-season on the island testifies to its ability to welcome cyclists.
Choosing the right season for cycling in Tenerife
Tenerife is known to live in a kind of eternal spring. Mild climate all year round and an average temperature of 23º. It is also one of the places in Europe with the most hours of sunshine per year. However, keep in mind that Tenerife’s orography means that the climate varies considerably depending on the altitude, with cooler environments on the peaks and inland, and warmer areas, usually closest to the coast.
Likewise, the months of October to May are the most suitable for cycling. Although December to February are rainy months, the weather conditions are still optimal for cycling.
The best spots to cycle in Tenerife
Given the size of the island, there is no area more suitable for cycling tourism. Whether north, south, east or west, the huge cycling accommodation offer makes it easy to choose. Moreover, as the Mount Teide ascent has multiple slopes, you will have no trouble finding a great route if you want to face this challenge. The most common routes start from coastal areas and gradually head inland.
Cycling accommodations in Tenerife
As mentioned before, Tenerife has a wide range of accommodations with suitable cycling amenities to make the cyclist feel comfortable, to park the bike safely, with an excellent offer of adjustment services or information on best routes. Here are some of the most popular.
The GF Hotel, located in Costa Adeje, deserves the award of Cycling Friendly Gold accommodation. It was refurbished in 2010 and offers a relaxed family atmosphere.
It owns a pool, gym, washing station and Cycling Center with tool workshop. From there, in addition to the giant Mount Teide, you can enjoy routes such as Taucho, Vilaflor, Masca or Chío.
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Arona Gran Hotel
The Arona Gran Hotel is another perfect cycling accommodation for cyclists and triathletes. Located in the southern part of the island, in the municipality of Arona, the view will certainly not disappoint you. It owns two heated outdoor pools, personal trainer services, a gym, a Cycling Center, a bike washstation… and the guaranteed comfort of the rooms. From the Arona Gran Hotel you can enjoy routes to Masca or Mount Teide if you want a road bike challenge, or the route to Las Galletas for MTB enthusiasts.
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Also in Costa Adeje is the GF Victoria, a spacious hotel where it is not unusual to see several cycling teams performing their pre-seasons.
Opened in 2018, it owns large common areas, a Spa & Wellness area, several pools, an elegant and detailed design and a restaurant area with excellent cuisine and gastronomic offer. It also has its own Cycling Center, the best way to start the day cycling to places such as Mount Teide, Villa de Arico, Faro de Rasca or Guía de Isora.
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The Ritz Carlton, Abama
The spectacular Ritz-Carlton Resort Abama is one of the best places to enjoy a great cycling vacation. Located in Guía de Isora, in the southwest of Tenerife, on top of a cliff.
The rooms offer guaranteed comfort and have large swimming pools, a gym with sports massage service and a fully equipped Cycling Center. From The Ritz-Carlton, Abama you can start routes such as Concepción, Chinyero, Masca or Mount Teide.
When you return from your route, you will enjoy the most absolute tranquility in the Botanical Garden, in a building that blends perfectly into the landscape.
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Roca Nivaria Gran Hotel
Another option is the Roca Nivaria GH, a 5-star Cycling Friendly Gold certified, on the Costa Adeje.
Its minimalist design will make you experience a cycling holiday in a very comfortable atmosphere, whether as a couple, family or group.
In its spacious Cycling Center you can prepare your bike and start your route along the Camino de los Picos or Tijoco, towards Guía de Isora, Vilaflor or Parque Nacional del Teide.
Recommended cycling routes in TenerifeMount Teide
One cannot leave Tenerife without the mandatory ascent of Mount Teide. Whether road or MTB, it’s a must, and we hope you’ve been training. In this case, we suggest the route from Guía de Isora to Mount Teide, 123 km and a vertical drop of 3,100 m.
Faro de Punta de Teno (lighthouse)
If you are looking for a more accessible route, from Icod de los Vinos to Punta de Teno, a pleasant route, covering many kilometers on roads with little traffic and spectacular views.
Subida a Masca (ascent)
Do the two preceding propositions seem unquestionable to you? Don’t worry, we have a combo that incorporates the mythical climb of Masca and its fearsome ramps and an important part of the route that crosses Teide National Park, in the same route. 158 km and 4,553 m altimetry, reserved for the most reckless or the most pros.
Parque Rural de Anaga
Another proposal for road cycling is access to the confines of the Anaga Rural Park and its lush landscape, where we can also enjoy the view of the magnificent climb to Boquerón. Nearly 100 km and a vertical drop of 2,600 m which is not at all a gift.
Magical cycling climbs of Tenerife?Mount Teide
Whichever slope you choose, Mount Teide is an almost mandatory requirement if you visit the island. It doesn’t matter from where, it’s a long, long climb that requires a lot of patience and excellent stamina if you don’t want your legs to shake halfway up. For example, if you climb it from Santa Cruz de Tenerife 62 km with an average of 4.6%, from El Medano 49.7 km and an average of 5%, and from Puerto la Cruz, 45 km with an average of 5.2%.
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From a long climb to a shorter one like Masca. A short but steep climb, well deserving of an average of 5 stars: 11.2% in less than 4 km. Spectacular challenge with beautiful views all the way down the winding descent.
El Bailadero is a winding and dynamic climb of just over 11 km with an average of 5.7%. It’s not an easy climb, but its ambivalent landscape, from sun and beach to the wooded rural park of Anaga, is worth it.
Pico del Inglés
With the climb to Pico del Inglés, you will find a small winding road hidden among thousands of trees, on which you will hardly find traffic, in the Rural Park of Anaga. 10 km with an average of 5%, with a less demanding second half than the first and even some downhill sections before reaching the Pico del Inglés viewpoint.
Although not one of the most demanding climbs on the island, Boquerón is a classic climb due to the spectacular sea views along the way, to be enjoyed in all its glory when you reach the Boquerón viewpoint.
Cycling events in Tenerife not to miss out onTeide 360
Usually scheduled in the spring season, Teide 360 is a self-sufficient non-competitive MTB Gran Fondo. The challenge is to cycle a full lap around Mount Teide, with no more or less than 130 km and an altimetry of 6,300 m. Fortunately, those who want to register for this challenge can also opt for the 180º, 90º, Teide e-Bike of Teide Gravel challenges, making the day of the event a real celebration for cycling enthusiasts around Mount Teide.
Vuelta al Teide
If we were talking about the Teide 360º as a challenge for MTB fans, the Vuelta al Teide could be considered the twin event of road cycling. 6 editions and usually scheduled between April and May. The goal is also to climb this colossus, 172 km and 7332! m altimetry. It’s only a challenge for the pros. Fortunately, there is also a shorter route version.
Giro d’Italia Like a Pro Tenerife
The Giro d’Italia has landed in Tenerife to offer a cycling event designed for all audiences and where the atmosphere makes you feel like an elite cyclist, enjoying the scenic wonders of the island of Tenerife. It is divided into two stages of 94 and 107 km respectively and you can register for both or one of them separately.
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