This March Cycling in Palma decided to visit and discover another popular cycling destination in Spain. I flew to Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands.
My short two-day cycling trip started from Playa de las Américas located on the southwest coast of Tenerife. Las Américas has been originally known as a touristic beach and sun destination, nowadays it becomes a perfect place for road cycling! From Bike Point rental & shop you can choose between heading to Masca, Los Gigantes cliffs or directly to the peak of Mount Teide (3,718 meters above sea level).
I decided to make a loop from the west coast to the north on the first day, for a final climb to Teide on the second. After pedaling a few kilometers I realized that volcanic orography doesn’t give you time to rest. The road goes up and down all the time almost without flat areas. This is a lot different than Mallorca!
A steep climb to the village Masca located on the northwest was good for warm up. The climb is truly spectacular through the narrow curvy road with pavement in perfect condition. Once you reach the top a nice view over the ocean and Gomera island opens. The descent to Masca has lots of hairpins I took it easy to enjoy the views.
As Masca is at the bottom of a valley, so it was time to climb again a 10% to reach the other side of the mountain, after that all the way down to the northern town called Bellavista, pretty fast descent.
I made it to the north coast and then still have to ride the sloppy roads to reach Los Realejos town, the final destination of my first day. Be aware there are some short tunnels, not very comfortable to ride, and with a lot of traffic.
The second day I was planning to cross the island from north to south from Los Realejos to Teide and then to Vilaflor and back to Playa de las Americas. I had a look at google maps in the morning and at that moment realized my Teide climb by bike was not going to be easy (30 km uphill).
The first ramps had an average of 12%. I decided to go straight up the street called Sol and found out “El Horno climb”, 900 meters of 17,5% (had to stop in the middle of the way). Once the hardest part was passed the route followed with constant slopes and some flat areas.
It is a long way to the top of Teide but stunning views made it definitely worth the effort. I had some lunch before the last attack to the peak. Finally, at 2 p.m. I arrived at the base of the cableway that goes to the top. Now only the descent to the south part of the island was waiting for me.
My final conclusion about cycling in Tenerife is that the island is a perfect destination for experienced cyclists. Mallorca, on the contrary, is suitable for any level and has a lot of variety of routes for all types of cyclists.