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Tenerife is an island with two faces. In the south you will find tourist resorts such as Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje. In the other parts of the island you will find the more authentic Tenerife. Tenerife is a diverse island: it has cosmopolitan cities with historic centers, bustling towns, small rural villages, and the vast National Park. Here is the highest mountain in Spain, the impressive volcano El Teide (3.718m). El Teide dominates the landscape of Tenerife. This mountain makes cycling on Tenerife so special.
Cycling to El Teide
Cyclists from all over the world come to Tenerife to climb El Teide. Over the road you reach a maximum altitude of 2,300 m. Perhaps that is not as high as some of the Alpine Cols or other mountain passes elsewhere on the European mainland. However, you are already starting to climb at sea level. Cycling to the Teide is therefore not an easy task. The climb is almost 40 km against 6%. Even experienced cyclists struggle to do this challenge in less than 2.5 hours.
Climate on Tenerife good for cycling
Tenerife offers great weather throughout the year. That is why the island is also called “Island of eternal spring”. The winters are very pleasant and during the summer it is not as hot as for example on the mainland of Spain.
The Teide not only dominates the landscape; it also influences the climate of Tenerife. There is, as on almost every Canary Island, a difference between north and south. This is something to take into account when planning your bike ride. The north is slightly cooler, which can be a plus in the summer, and it rains more. As a result, it is also greener, and the landscape is more pleasant. The south is sunnier and much busier. Here are the much visited beaches and tourist resorts.
In addition to the Teide, the Teno Massif in the Northwest, and the Anaga Massif in the Northeast also offer spectacular cycling opportunities. To really enjoy cycling and the challenging climbs on Tenerife, it is necessary to be reasonably fit. Plan only routes that you are sure will not be too demanding. Also keep in mind the weather and the need to drink. View here the bike rental companies in Tenerife.