Road riding in Tenerife
Love Velo are the experts when it comes to cycling in Tenerife. From climbing Mt Teide and other Tenerife cycling routes, we have you covered. The cycling in Tenerife offers some of the best road cycling in Europe and we know which routes to ride, the best places to stay, and of course the top tips to help you get the most out of a Tenerife cycling holiday. To help you plan your next cycling holiday to Tenerife, use our Tenerife cycling guide by navigating our contents page.
Spend some time on the Island of Eternal Spring and discover the volcanic landscape which some professional teams use as their winter training base. Stray beyond the tourist spots and you’ll find a cultured and traditional island full of diversity. Mount Teide dominates Tenerife’s landscape and we have holidays to conquer the volcano, or to simply explore its foothills and cafes.
Ride to the Masca Valley where you can experience extraordinary views across the ocean, or climb the lava trails of this stunning island. The Canary Islands are some of the most popular cycling destinations for road cyclists and the consistently good weather consistently attracts cyclists from all over the world.
Cycling In Tenerife
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Road Cycling in Tenerife
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. It is the perfect winter cycling destination for road cyclists and is known for its volcanic landscape and year round sunny climate. Mt Teide is the main attraction and you will see it before you even step foot on the island. As you fly in, you will see Mt Teide, the volcano that dominates the island.
Known as the Island of Eternal Spring, Tenerife has long been a key training base for many professional cycling teams. Whilst the pros don't head out until the cycling off season, even in the height of summer, the temperature in Tenerife is not too hot to cycle. By the time autumn rolls around and it begins to get cold in the UK, the temperature in Tenerife rarely dips below twenty degrees, even into January and February.
Cycling on Tenerife is all about the epic climbing, particularly of Mt Teide. The Tenerife volcano offers almost 50km of unbroken climbing which is why so many professional teams, including the likes of Ineos Grenadiers and British Cycling have trained and honed their skills in Tenerife. The views too are mesmeric. The higher you ride, the more of Tenerife you will see. You can ride through the black mountains which offer a totally different perspective of Tenerife than the Colorada mountains. You will cycle through banana plantations whilst the views of La Gomera sitting in the crystal blue waters of the Atlantic make for a beautiful view as you climb Mount Teide. Then there are the stark cliffs of Masca and the road down to the Punta de Teno lighthouse which provide another completely different view of the island.
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Top Tips For Cycling in Tenerife
Cycling in Tenerife is so popular that we get asked such a number of questions about our Tenerife cycling holidays. From what to pack and what the best cycling routes in Tenerife are, to where to stay and when to travel, there is so much that we can tell you about cycling in Tenerife. Check out our vital nuggets of information with our top tips for cycling in Tenerife. Check these top tips for a Tenerife cycling holiday here.
The Best Routes & Rides
If you want to cycle in Tenerife, it's likely that you will want to cycle Mount Teide. Our cycling holidays in Tenerife are based in the south, from either Playa de las America, Los Cristianos or Costa Adeje. We think that is area the perfect base to climb Mount Teide as you can ride 3 ascents of Mt Teide, from either the south west, west, or south east. You can learn more about our the best Tenerife cycling routes and rides here.
Mount Teide Western Ascent
If you are looking to climb Mt Teide using the easiest route, we suggest climbing from Adeje. Adeje is on the west coast of the island and offers the least average gradient. You will begin the climb by heading upt through banana plantations into Guia de Isora. From there, you will head into the Black Mountains. As you cycle higher, La Gomera will appear in your rear view mirror. Stop at the Mirador de los Poleos for an incredible view of La Gomera on one side and Mt Teide on the other. This route is considered the easiest of all the routes up Mt Teide because the average gradient is 4.4%. You will be able to adjust to a rhythm which should be a little easier than other routes up Mt Teide. Read more about it here.
Mount Teide South Eastern Ascent
We think that the most beautiful cycling route up Mount Teide is from the south east. This Mt Teide cycling route starts in El Medano. You will ride up to Granadilla and then Vilaflor, typical Canarian towns with superb views. Both are very laid back towns and are good stops on this climb of Mount Teide. Further on, the climb from the towns into the crater are beautiful. You will ride on perfect tarmac shaded from the sun by large pine forests. Every so often, when there is a break in the tree line, you will get some beautiful views over the south west of Tenerife. Read more about it here.
Mount Teide South Western Ascent
The south western ascent takes you from the busy beaches of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. You will leave these behind as you ride up Mt Teide. This route up Mt Teide also climbs through Arona and into Vilaflor, but on a slightly sifferent route. Vilaflor is the highest town in Tenerife and all of Spain. Make sure you have paced yourself well because the ascent from the coast to Vilaflor will see you ride close to 1,400m in just 20km. Read more about it here.
If you have had enough of Mt Teide, there is the stunning Masca Valley to discover. Riding to Masca is an incredibly demanding day on the bike. It's remote and so wherever you ride to Masca from, you will have done some serious climbing. Once you reach Masca though, the journey will have been worth it. You will be rewarded with jaw dropping views of the Masca wall as well as huge and imposing cliff faces above you. The ride down from Masca to the Punta de Teno lighthouse is one of the highlights of this Tenerife cycle route. Read more about it here.
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Cycling Holidays in Tenerife: More Information
The Best Cycling Holidays For Experienced Cyclists
Experienced riders will love Tenerife. The challenging climbs, incredible coasts and smooth roads make the sunny Canary Island a popular spot for seasoned cyclists, whether they're training for an event, looking to improve their fitness or just looking for some truly great riding.
We offer a variety of cycling holidays in Tenerife, meaning riders can choose the holiday that suits them best. For those seeking tough ascents, rewarding rides and the chance to improve as a rider, our Tenerife Supported Training Camps are perfect. These trips last a week and guide you through Tenerife with an average riding distance of 75km per day and 1875m of climbing. There will be challenging rides over this week and you will undoubtedly come out of the holiday a much improved cyclist. Take on the iconic Mount Teide in the centre of the island and explore the best riding that Tenerife has to offer on this trip. Depending on your experience, you can choose from our other guided or self guided cycling holidays. We offer something for everyone on all of our trips, regardless of ability.
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The Best Cycling Holidays in Tenerife For Families
Whilst Tenerife is often associated with being a destination primarily for seasoned riders, the island is also an great place to spend a family cycling holiday. If you have young children and want to ride in the morning and then come back to enjoy a holiday resort, Tenerife is perfect for that. We can also provide electric bikes meaning you can see more of the island under less pedal power. This means that whatever you’re hoping to do during your holiday, we will organise this and make it as simple as possible.
If you're travelling with a family, just let our cycling experience team know what you’re planning to do and we’ll organise the perfect holiday for you with routes, accommodation, meals, transfers, bike hire and more all included. With extraordinary golden coasts and guaranteed sun, Tenerife will provide you with a great family cycling holiday.
Cycling in Tenerife on a Budget
All of our cycling holidays are great value. We provide you with accommodation, great bike hire, airport transfers and the best routes in Tenerife. We'll take care of all the booking and admin, all you have to do is arrive and your holiday will run smoothly from there. We can offer the cheapest rates and the best suppliers to ensure your holiday is hassle free.
From just £795, our guided cycling weeks provide seasoned riders with the perfect cycling experience. Turn up and be shown around the best routes on the island at a pace that suits you. For a self guided trip to Tenerife, we offer fully flexible trips where you can tailor your riding. These are very popular and we love tailor making different itineraries. Additionally, we also offer great value Electric Bike holidays in Tenerife. If you wish to switch to an E-Bike on any of our holidays just let our cycling experience team know.
Cycling in Tenerife With Friends
We offer bespoke trips for all abilities of riders in Tenerife. From Electric Bike holidays to training camps and self-guided trips, you'll find there's something for everyone on the island. Our Tenerife Self Guided Cycling Holiday is a great place to start if you're looking for cycling trip in the Canary Islands. You and your friends can choose how much you want to ride and we will provide you with GPS routes unique to your requirements. You can also travel with friends who don't want to cycle as we will set you up with luxury accommodation anywhere in Tenerife. If you have any questions about the trip don't hesitate to give us a call on 0207 157 1519 or email [email protected] We also offer discounts for groups of 8+ making your trip cheaper the more people you travel with.
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Masca Valley is an area of the island that might not be as well known, but it is certainly one of the most spectacular places to ride in Tenerife. On day 4 of the Tenerife Intermediate Cycling Week, you will climb up to and ride along the Masca Ridge where you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views across the Masca Valley. You can also ride this on one of our self guided trips. Masca is one of the most challenging routes on the island. The Masca route follows undulating, winding roads. The road from Santiago del Teide, to the Punta de Teno lighthouse is simply breath taking. If you choose to head to this region on a self guided trip then make sure to stop and eat at one of the local, authentic restaurants in the valley. You'll look out over the stunning scenery before heading back to your accommodation or continuing your ride around the scenic area.
The Best Cycling Holidays in Tenerife For A Great Picture or Selfie
Whilst the summit of Mount Teide or the surrounding National Park would be an obvious contender for the most picturesque spot on the island, we love the Mirador de los Poleos. You will find this on your route up Mt. Teide from Costa Adeje. On a self guided trip of the island this is one of the places we recommend riding to. We know the route very well so will provide you with the GPX experiences to discover this route up Teide.
When you make your way back to Costa Adeje, enjoy the incredible coastal routes overlooking the jagged cliffs above the golden sands below. If you have time, stop here for lunch or a coffee and take in the beauty of the area. Alternatively, for quieter, more rural places to relax and take a picture, you can ride out to Buzanada for an authentic Canarian lunch or visit San Miguel, Vilaflor or any number of quaint, picturesque spots - many of which overlook the expansive Atlantic Ocean.
WHY TRAVEL TO TENERIFE WITH LOVE VELO
Tenerife has consistently been one of our most popular cycling holidays destinations. Cyclists flock to Tenerife for some winter sun. With years of experience in sending customers to Tenerife, we have learnt how to combine our knowledge and understanding of the area with the requirements of every new customer. As such, our Tenerife cycling holidays are unique to each individual.
Most of our customers choose a self guided experience. It's easy to navigate our routes and makes the trip great value for money. If you prefer to be guided though, join us on our guided cycling weeks in Tenerife. Ride with like minded riders of a similar level and experience. This, combined with exploring the magnificent island and taking on iconic climbs such as Mount Teide, makes cycling in Tenerife an awe-inspiring experience. Our great contacts and invaluable experience, combined with up to a 10% discount for any members of British Cycling, makes us the best option for you when planning your next cycling holiday.
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