Cycling in Tenerife
by Nadezhda Pavlova – Editor in Chief
“Wow!” – That’s how I can describe Tenerife Island in one word. I did not expect the Island to be this beautiful and I think it was one of the best cycling trips of the year! There are amazing cycling routes for all levels: from beginners to advanced, from short and flat scenic roads to epic challenging long hills cycling above the clouds! But all of them are rewarding – the views are absolutely breathtaking and a variety of terrains makes it more fun and enjoyable! After having such an amazing experience, I want to share it here with you.
Strangely, Tenerife Island doesn’t have the same fame and recognition as other parts of Spain in outdoor activities such as cycling. For instance, there is popular cycling training in Mallorca and Girona.
Tenerife has been known as a great affordable destination where tourists can bask under the sun. However, they haven’t yet discovered widely how great this destination could be for cycling. With all-year-round sunshine and hilly landscapes that are about 2,000m above sea level, Tenerife can offer a great experience for bike lovers.
Tenerife is not your ordinary island that comes with logistic problems. It has two airports mainly; Los Rodeos and Tenerife South-Reina Sofia Airport, which makes touring the area easy especially for people that visit from far distances. With the hustle and bustle of people traveling all over the world, the airport areas have moderate populations each day. Most of the domestic airports take place at the Tenerife North Airport to cater to people within the Archipelago islands.
Where can you stay?
La Laguna – Tenerife North
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.
Arona is located in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and is home to several popular tourist destinations including the beach resorts of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas. The municipality is well connected to the rest of the island making it a convenient base for exploring the rest of Tenerife.
Where can you rent a bike?
You can rent high-end latest models of carbon road bikes like BMC, Pinarello, and Forum brands for cycling tours on the island of Tenerife. Several companies offer bike rentals and organized cycling tours on the island. One such company is Tenerife Bike Training (tenerifebiketraining.com), which offers a range of services including bike rentals at www.BikePointTenerife.com shop guided cycling tours, and training for cycling events.
If you are interested in a cycling tour in Tenerife, you can visit the Tenerife Bike Training website or contact the company directly on Instagram @tenerifebiketraining to learn more about the options available. Tenerife bike training is a family company founded by two Delgado brothers. It’s their passion to bike and love to share the joy of cycling and show the beautiful Tenerife Island where they were born. Top-notch organization, support van, best routes, and nice accommodations! In one of the events, there is a paella dinner party served by mama boss – such a fun time! It is a good idea to book in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons. They have limited spots available for group and private tours, starting from January 2023, check with them and join one of the best cycling experiences of your life!
5 of the Best
My fav 5 cycling routes on the spectacular volcanic Island of Tenerife
Masca Valley: This route takes you through the beautiful Masca Valley, which is protected by UNESCO. The valley is located in the western part of the island, and the route covers a distance of approximately 40 kilometers. The ride is challenging due to the hilly terrain, but the stunning views make it worth the effort.
El Teide National Park: Epic ride and dream of every cyclist! This route takes you through the heart of El Teide National Park, which is home to the highest peak on the island and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The route covers a distance of 110 kilometers and has a slope of 5-6%. The park is a great place to spot some of the island’s unique flora and fauna, and the views from the top above the clouds are breathtaking.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife: From Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Playa de las Gaviotas, which is located on the northeastern coast of the island.
Garachico: This route takes you through the charming town of Garachico to Punto De Teno, which is located on the north coast of the island.
Poris de Abona: Ride from Arico through the windmills and the pretty coastal town of Poris de Abona, which is located in the southern part of the island.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be writing about each of these five great rides in detail and mapping them out for you, here on our website. All that you need, is a sense of adventure, a good bike box and some free holiday time to travel and ride 😉
What else does a cyclist need? Great routes – ticked, sunny weather, nice coffee, delicious and healthy food, and like-minded friends – all ticked! That and more can easily be found in Tenerife with affordable prices as a bonus! There’s a reason why Tenerife is such a popular cycling bikecation location -isn’t it time that you found out why!