Masca Valley Tenerife

Cycling the Masca Valley – Tenerife

Situated in the western area of the island, the Masca Valley has such a natural and beautiful landscape,  that it’s protected by UNESCO. Cycling here brings you some breathtaking views, and a few climbs along the way. This route takes in some of the most picturesque areas of Tenerife, with tiny hamlets tucked away in the hills.

I’ve started this route at the coastal town of Garachico, as it has great facilities and is well placed on the island itself.  Built in the 15th century, it’s one of the most popular and beautiful towns in Tenerife, with a very quaint small square and lots of small restaurants and cafes to choose from.

Route Information

Stats  47 km  1, 594 metres

Refreshments & Where to Stay

La Laguna is located in the northeastern part of Tenerife, just a short distance from the island’s capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It is a charming city with a rich cultural history, and there are many places to stay, including hotels, guesthouses, and vacation rentals.

Garachico also has places to stay, and some excellent refreshment options. There’s also refreshments available on the route at Mirador La Cruz de Hilda.

Character

It’s a day for climbing, with a road that rises steadily throughout the first half of the ride, but then returns your had work, with epic descending to finish. Make sure that you’re cycling fit before taking on this route.


Route

1. Leaving the coastal town of Garachico, take the coastal road towards Puertito de los Silos, before heading inland towards Los Silos itself.

2. At the roundabout turn right, towards Beuna Vista Del Norte, turning off this road left after passing the Restaurante Brisas De Teno (on the right) and climbing towards El Palmar and the hills.

3. The roads then climb and twist through the hills, with magical hamlets and villages around the secret corners, and some spectacular views.

4. At 25 km you reach the hamlet of Masca itself and the road steepens as you climb to Puerto de Erjos (1117 metre). Time to rest now, before some epic descending. You may wish to take refreshments earlier, stopping briefly at Santiago del Teide, for summiting.

5. Having reached the spectacular summit, take descending the sharp hairpins, as the roads descends for 13 km now, taking you back to the coast and a well earned rest 🙂

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