El Teide (El Médano)

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
El Médano 2325 2325 51.5 4.5 1302 ****

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The climb from El Médano is one of the tougher sides of El Teide - although in truth there is not much to choose between any of them in terms of difficulty. The gradient hovers between 5% and 7% for the bulk of the climb - which takes place in the first 37km.

While this can be quite comfortable if you pace yourself well and take time to enjoy the scenery, you will be probably be climbing for between three and four hours, so good endurance is important.

Roads & Traffic

The road is in very good condition throughout the climb. This is one of the busier ascents of El Teide. Between El Médano and Granadilla there are quite a lot of cars, particularly either side of the motorway.

From Granadilla the traffic reduces considerably and ceases to be a nuissance, although it can become slightly busier again as you get closer to the summit.

Climb Description

El Teide

This route to El Teide begins in the town of El Médano in the south of Tenerife, close to the airport. It begins on the coast and follows the TF-64 towards Granadilla. From here you turn onto the TF-21 and follow this through Vilaflor into the Teide National Park. The TF-21 continues all of the way to the top of the climb, next to the cable car station.

The climb from El Médano is one of the most popular sides of El Teide, this is largely because of the proxomity to the airport and the larger resort towns on the southern coast.

The main problem with this side is the first 12km between El Médano and Granadilla. The road is busy and can be a real nuissance, particularly the sections close to the TF-1 motorway, and it certainly affects the enjoyment of the climb. After Granadilla, however, this route is as good as any up Teide, with the views fantastic and the road significantly less busy.

El Teide is the iconic climb in Tenerife and one of the most famous in Spain. The mountain is the highest in Spain at over 3,700m and, although the road does not go so high, it is still a hugely popular climb with cyclists.

In recent years many professional teams have chosen Tenerife as their winter cycling training base, because of the opportunities that El Teide offers for altitude training. The climb is situated in the centre of the Teide National Park, one of the most beautiful locations in Spain and there are stunning views throughout as you begin on the coast and finish towards the top of this vast volcano.

Due to Tenerife's sub-tropical climate, El Teide is open throughout the year. This makes it one of very few places in Europe where you can ride climbs that rival the great Alpine ascents throughout winter.

Alternative Routes

El Teide - Los Gigantes
El Teide - Playa San Juan
El Teide - Puerto de la Cruz
El Teide - Santa Cruz

Nearby Climbs

Erjos Garachico
Mirador de Masca
Pico del Ingles - La Laguna
Teno Alto


Our Tenerife cycling holiday includes El Teide, as well as many other fantastic climbs on the island. Or please contact us if you would like more information.