With its year-round sunshine, undulating terrain, stunning scenery and low road traffic volumes, itâ€™s no surprise that Tenerife is so popular among cyclists from around the world. Amateurs and professionals alike flock to the island with their bikes in tow. If youâ€™re planning to book last minute holidays to Tenerife and want to test your skills on two wheels, itâ€™s well worth checking out the following cycling hotspots.
The mountain of El Teide dominates the islandâ€™s skyline and it is a mecca for adventurous holidaymakers. The volcano is the highest in Spain and it reaches 3,718 meters in altitude. Set in the middle of a UNESCO national park, it is the perfect place to work up a sweat in the saddle. There are a number of different routes up to the top, but whichever you choose, you can be confident that the gradient will rarely get above 7%. This makes El Teide manageable for most cyclists of reasonable fitness.
En route to the summit, youâ€™ll pass through pine forests and green valleys, before reaching the rocky terrain of the volcano itself.
The Masca loop
Another excellent route is the Masca loop. Along with El Teide, this is perhaps the best known cycling spot on the island. Beginning and ending at La Orotava, this 70-mile trip passes through the tiny village of Masca high in the Teno mountain range. Many people believe this is the most picturesque settlement in the whole of Tenerife and it offers breathtaking views. Youâ€™ll also cycle through Santiago del Teide, where you can stop to enjoy a refreshing drink.
Be warned though, this is for the hardened cyclist. Inclines can be as steep as 20%, and youâ€™ll need a head for heights when navigating the narrow roads and technical downhill sections.
Another highlight is the TF-12 road. This quiet highway cuts through the Anaga mountain range in the north-east of the island. While gliding through this remote area, youâ€™ll get to see an impressive variety of flora and fauna. As is the case across much of Tenerife, the road surface is superb. Meanwhile, if you want to deviate from the main route, there are a number of small side roads you can take that lead you deeper into the mountains. The TF-12 is ideal for anyone who is based in or near to Santa Cruz.
Of course, these are just a few of the cycling options available on this sun-kissed Canary Island. Whether youâ€™re staying there for a week, a fortnight or longer, you wonâ€™t be short of routes to explore.