Tenerife Cycling Holiday - Self-Guided
- Self-Guided 6 Nights
- Arrival - Tenerife
- Departure - Tenerife
- Difficulty - Challenging
- Price - €1090
- Dates - Year Round
This Tenerife cycling holiday is a great tour for cyclists wishing to challenge themselves on mountainous terrain, in a climate which is perfect for cycling throughout the year.
Tenerife is the winter training destination for many professional cycling teams, with the warm weather, hilly terrain and fantastic scenery making it such a popular choice.
This holiday crosses through the lunar landscape of the Teide National Park, as well as visiting the secret pirate hideaway in Masca and the dramatic scenery of the Anaga Natural Park.
Day 1 - AronaThe holiday begins when we transfer you from either of Tenerife's two aiports to the village of Arona on the south of the island.
Arona is situated on the edge of the stunning Teide National Park and is a great introduction to the unique landscape on Tenerife.
The hotel is a delightful country house with views to both the sea and the imperious volcano in the center of the island.
Day 2 – GarachicoThe first day in the saddle heads into the Teide National Park, passing on an undulating route through the spectacular volcanic landscape. The day is quite long, but relatively gentle and finishes with a prolonged descent into Garachico.
Garachico is a small village with a picturesque rocky coastline which contains several natural swimming pools. It also has a rich historical legacy, being the home of the family of the South American revolutionary Simon Bolivar.
The hotel is a delightful 16th century mansion overlooking the town square.
Short Route - 88km
Long Route - 112km
Day 3 – Masca / Punta de TenoThe cycling begins with a dramatic climb up a 500m cliff out of Garachico, before passing through the legendary hidden village of Masca.
Masca is situated in the heart of a mountain range and is surrounded by towering hills on all sides. It was built in the 16th century by pirates as a place to store their wealth – a village that the Spanish Navy would not be able to find.
The route returns to Garachico via the Punto de Teno lighthouse – the most western point on the island.
Short Route - 55km
Long Route - 74km
Day 4 – Icod de los Vinos / La OrotavaToday you leave Garachico cycling east along a picturesque coastal route, before reaching Icod de los Vines. This area is surrounded by banana plantations and vineyards, as well as containing the symbol of Tenerife – the dragon tree. The dragon tree is 22m high and believed by locals to be thousands of years old. It is an impressive sight and is currently in the process of become a UNESCO World Heritage site.
From Icod de los Vines, the route continues east before reaching La Orotava. La Orotava is situated on the northern edge of the Teide National Park, a few kilometres from the resort town of Puerto de la Cruz. Unlike Puerto de la Cruz, however, it is a town that retains a local identity, with beautifully cobbled streets lining the old town.
Short Route - 48km
Long Route - 66km
Day 5 – El Teide VolcanoToday you will climb up to El Teide – one of the most famous climbs in Europe. You will have seen a lot of Teide on the previous routes; at 3,718 metres - the third largest volcano in the world - it completely dominates the central part of Tenerife. From La Orotava to the highest point of the road there is a 2,000m gain in altitude. The average gradient is a pleasant 5%, but at around 40km long, it is a challenging climb. The scenery is incredible as you pass through the National Park, becoming increasingly volcanic and lunar the higher you climb.
From El Teide you will descend into the city of La Laguna; staying in a 16th century mansion in the heart of the old town - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Route - 93km
Day 6 – Añaga Natural ParkThe final day in the saddle travels along one of the most picturesque roads in Spain, heading through the Anaga Natural Park in the north of the island. Like most roads in Tenerife it is hilly, but there are few sharp gradients, giving you plenty of opportunity to take in the stunningly wild landscape in this part of the island.
On the return route to La Laguna, there is the option to pass through the capital Santa Cruz, following a cycle path past the marina and architecturally acclaimed opera house.
Short Route - 65km
Long Route - 78km
Day 7 – La LagunaAfter breakfast, the cycling holiday comes to an end. We will transfer you from here to either of Tenerife's two airports.
If you would like to extend the holiday, please contact us, and we would be happy to organise additional days with more excellent routes.
Prices & Dates
|Price (per person)*||Single Supplement||Bike Hire (Optional)|
*Based on two people sharing a double or twin room. If you would prefer to stay in a single room, the single supplement is applicable.
Guided TourGroups of six people or more contact us to arrange a private guided tour starting on any date.
The following is included in the tour:
- Six nights accommodation in double, twin or single room with en-suite. Please see price list for details of single supplement.
- Transfer to and from the arrival/departure points
- Continental breakfast every day
- Luggage transferred between hotels
- Detailed maps and route information for each day, with clearly marked points of interest.
- Route extensions every day for those of you who wish to cycle
The following are optional extras available for an additional charge:
The following is not included in the tour
- Lunches and Dinners
- Any transfers not stated above
- Travel Insurance
- Entry to any attractions (e.g. museums, churches) except were explicitly stated
Frequently Asked Questions
Please browse through some of the frequently asked questions about this cycling tour. If you have any further questions, or would like any more information, please contact us and we will answer by email.
How far do I cycle each day on this tour?
The minimum average distance is around 60km per day. However, there is one longer day when you climb up to El Teide.
There are optional extensions each day if you wish to cycle further.
How difficult is this tour?
This is a challenging tour with significant climbing on five of the six days. There are several types of climbs on this cycling tour: long and fairly gentle (Teide/Anaga) and short, steeper ones, where the gradient is around 10% for sections (Masca/Garachico).
On average there is around 1,000m of climbing each day; however, the climb to El Teide has slightly more than double that.
Because of the climbing involved, some recent cycling experience is necessary. You certainly don't have to be of a club standard to enjoy the holiday, but you should aim to be comfortable climbing for over an hour.
Can I personalize or change aspects of this tour?
Absolutely! We have designed a tour that we feel strikes a great balance between cycling routes, accommodation and interesting towns. However, if, for example, you would like to do the tour
for a different number of days, stay in a different level of accommodation, or extend the route to a different location, we would be happy to discuss the options with you.
What is a single supplement?
Our prices are based on two people sharing a hotel room (in a double or twin room). For cyclists that wish to stay in their own room, the single supplement is payable.
The cost is made up of the extra cost of accommodation when the room is single occupancy and also the greater cost of the transfers (luggage and people) when it is not split between two or more cyclists. We have made every effort to keep this to a minimum wherever possible.
What are the arrival and departure points?
Tenerife has two airports - one in the north and one in the south of the island. However, as Tenerife is fairly small, we are happy to transfer you to and from either
of them - whichever is more convenient for you.
See our flights page for details departures and arrivals to the region.
If you wish to extend the holiday to either the capital - Santa Cruz - or with more days cycling, we would be happy to arrange this for you.
What are the altitude profiles for each day?
Below are the altitide profiles for both the shorter and longer route each day (the shorter one is always first). In addition to this there are optional extensions, with a lot more climbing available!
Please click on a profile to see it in more detail
What type of bikes do you hire?
We can provide both road bikes and hybrids. However, because of the amount of climbing involved and the fairly long daily distances, we would recommend a road bike for this tour.
Please see our bicycles page for further details.
When can I do this tour?
This tour is available starting on any day throughout the year.
Tenerife has a near tropical climate, meaning there is little variation in the weather throughout the year. Average daytime temperatures are above 20 degrees celsius throughout the year, making it a great choice for a winter cycling holiday.
Temperatures also do not get very hot in the summer, with the average around 32 degrees celsius, making it pleasant for cycling year round.
We believe that the hotels that you stay in are just as important as the towns that you visit and the scenery that you ride through. On this tour we have chosen accommodation that is of a high quality and is typical to the area.
AronaIn Arona you stay in a traditional casa rural - a country cottage set on the edge of the National Park. It is locally run and offers charming accommodation amidst spectacular scenery.
GarachicoThis **** boutique hotel is set in a converted 16th century mansion in the heart of the village. It has excellent spa facilities with a relaxing garden and courtyard and is situated less than 200m from the coast.
La OrotavaIn La Orotava you stay in a small, boutique hotel set in the oldest villa in the historic town. The rooms are styled individually and all of them reflect the impressive history of both this hotel and the region as a whole.
La LagunaOn the final night you stay in the best hotel in La Laguna, a beautiful **** spa complex situated on the edge of the main square. It is housed in a 16th century mansion and is located entirely within the old town - a UNESCO World Heritage site.
To find out more about how we select our hotels, please see our accommodation page.
To reserve a place on the tour, please follow the link below to continue to our reservation form.
Once we have received the form, we will be in contact to confirm the booking and to arrange for the payment of the deposit.
If you would like to do this tour in a group of more than six people as a guided tour, please contact us and we can arrange a private guided tour.