Tenerife Cycling Climbs
|Climb||Town||Altitude (m)||Length (km)||Gradient (%)||Difficulty||Rating|
|El Teide||Los Gigantes||2325||51.8||4.5||1221||*****|
|El Teide||Playa de San Juan||2325||53||4.4||1221||*****|
|El Teide||El Médano||2325||51.5||4.5||1302||****|
|El Teide||Puerto de la Cruz||2325||46.7||5||1356||*****|
|El Teide||Santa Cruz||2325||63.7||3.6||1316||***|
|Mirador de Masca||Masca||1045||4.2||10.3||684||*****|
|Mirador de Chirche||Guia de Isora||874||3.6||11.6||679||***|
|Mirador de la Cumbre||Arafo||1690||19||6.9||1014||****|
|Pico del Inglés||La Laguna||965||9.2||4.5||252||****|
|Pico del Inglés||San Andrés||965||22.8||4.2||559||*****|
|Taganana||Playa de las Bodegas||555||6.5||8.4||790||*****|
|Teno Alto||El Palmar||861||3.9||8.6||542||***|
|Tierra de Trigo||Sibora||1105||13.5||8.2||1544||****|
MountainsTenerife is a cycling paradise for riders that love to climb. The whole island is basically one large volcano and you will be hard pressed to find many flat roads.
At the centre of the island is the peak of El Teide, the highest mountain in all of Spain and home to many professional cyclists during the winter. Elsewhere on Tenerife there are excellent climbs to be found in the Añaga Natural Park and the Teno Natural Park, at either extreme of the island.
SceneryTenerife is a beautiful island witha lot of diversity. The Teide National Park in the centre is as spectacular as you would expect for a 3.700m high volcano. In the south of the island the landscape is predominantly dry and rocky, whereas towards the north it is more forested and wild.
You can check out some of our favourite routes in our short Guide to Cycling in Tenerife.
RoadsThe road surfaces are of a consistently high quality in Tenerife and are a pleasure to ride on a road bike.
Most of the traffic is situated around the towns of La Laguna and Santa Cruz, as well as on the motorways in the south of the island. The climbs are generally pretty quiet; just take care in planning how you get to and from the start.
Getting ThereTenerife is easily accessible from most European countries. There are two airports, both of which have regular low cost flights to the continent, including daily flights to Madrid and Barcelona.
There are also two ferries from the Spanish mainland that go to Tenerife, one from Huelva and one from C´diz. However, these take between 30 and 40 hours one way and are considerably more expensive than most flights.
WeatherTenerife has a sub-tropical climate, with little variation in temeprature throughout the year. This makes it arguably the best place in Europe to cycle during the winter, when daily temperatures are usually above 20°C.
Rain is also uncommon, particularly in the winter. Showers are more likely in the north of the island - but don't let this put you off cycling there as it is generally a dry climate. After all - Tenerife is only a few hundred kilometres from the Sahara Desert!
Cycling HolidaysOur Best of Tenerife cycling holiday tackles the best climbs and most scenic routes on the island.
It is a multi-centered tour which crosses almost the entire length and width of Tenerife, allowing you to really get to know the diverse parts of the island. You can find out more details about this and similar tours that we run in the links below.