El Teide (Puerto de la Cruz)

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Puerto de la Cruz 2325 2315 46.7 5 1356 *****

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This is arguably the most challenging ascent of El Teide. Unlike the other routes, it does not have an appreciable downhill section and so it is nearly 47km of pure climbing.

The gradient is gentle and is fairly consistent, hovering around 6% for much of the ascent - but it certainly adds up and requires a good level of endurance. There is also a tough stretch early on during the climb, shortly before the town of La Orotava, where the gradient kicks up to 16%.

Roads & Traffic

The first part of the climb, between Puerto de la Cruz and La Orotava can be quite busy in places. However, it is generally wide and with a hard shoulder which means that the traffic is not particularly bothersome.

After La Orotava the number of cars reduces, although it doesn't become non-existant. Towards the top of the climb, where all of the routes meet, it become slightly busier again. On public holidays and in the main tourist season, expect an increase in the amount of traffic - in winter there is considerably less.

Climb Description

El Teide

The climb to El Teide begins from the centre of Puerto de la Cruz and follows the TF-31 to the south, heading inland. After crossing the TF-5 motorway it joins with the TF-21 and follows this through La Orotava and all the way to the top of the climb in the Teide National Park.

This side is the iconic ascent of El Teide and is among the most beautiful. There are fantastic views and great scenery throughout the climb, including the famous 'Mirador Humbelt' viewing area.

The climb from this side also has the benefit of passing through La Orotava, one of Tenerife's most historic and architecturally interesting towns.

El Teide itself is the main 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 - El Médano
El Teide - Playa de San Juan
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.