Tenerife is a great destination for cyclists to get some decent miles in the legs whilst also leaving room for a well earned holiday.
It’s the largest of the Spanish Canary Islands, just off the Western Coast of Africa. And because of its welcoming climate and challenging topography, Tenerife is a haven for cycling.
Climate and Weather
In Tenerife’s summer months you’ll experience average temperatures between 24-28 ° (75-82 °F). In the winter, the temperature can vary between 18-24 °C (64-75 °F).
The hottest period would fall from May to September, during which you’re not likely to see a lot of rain. This can all vary from year to year, but you’re never at a high risk of adverse weather.
It’ll get a chillier on the mountains in the dead of winter, and you may encounter snow and ice as Teide peaks as it does peak at 3718 meters above sea level.
Bike Shops & Cycle Hire in Tenerife
When it comes to hiring a bike on the Island, you’re spoiled for choice. Rather than list them all, we’ll include a few from different areas in the Island.
Bike Point Tenerife | 4.6 ★
Bike4youtenerife | 5 ★
Free Motion T3 | 4.7 ★
Bike Experience Tenerife | 4.5 ★
Mr bike Tenerife | 4.3 ★
TEIDE CYCLING | 4.8 ★
Easybikerent.com | 4.5 ★
RIDE BASE Tenerife | 4.9 ★
Gomera Cycling | 4.7 ★
Bike Rent Tenerife | 4.8 ★
5 Cycling Routes in Tenerife
We’ve put together some road cycling routes around the Island, a little different to our usual county based routes, ranging from a breezy ride to a leg destroyer. You don’t have to take them as gospel, in fact we encourage you to explore as much as Tenerife has to offer.
Just keep in mind that you’ll want to avoid TF1 and TF2 whilst you’re on on your rides. Cyclists are not permitted on these major highways, but there are plenty of ways around them.
1. Garachio to Punta de Teno
Distance: 20.21km | Elevation Gain: 521m | Est. Moving Time: 50:12 | Difficulty: Easy
2. San Isidro to Grandilla de Abona to San Miguel de Abona
Distance: 28.18km | Elevation Gain: 723m | Est. Moving Time: 1:10:00 | Difficulty: Easy
3. Candelaria Mountain Loop
Distance: 51.34km | Elevation Gain: 1,883m | Est. Moving Time: 2:07:32 | Difficulty: Medium
4. La Orotava Loop
Distance: 55.23km | Elevation Gain: 1,874m | Est. Moving Time: 2:17:12 | Difficulty: Medium
5. Costa Adeje to Grandilla de Abona
Distance: 75.39km | Elevation Gain: 1,848m | Est. Moving Time: 3:07:16 | Difficulty: Hard
3 Tenerife Cycling Climbs
1. Mount Teide
Distance: 151.75km | Elevation Gain: 4,209m | Est. Moving Time: 6:16:56 | Difficulty: Very Hard
2. Macizo de Anaga Mountain Range
Distance: 48.72km | Elevation Gain: 1,351m | Est. Moving Time: 2:01:01 | Difficulty: Hard
3. Parque Rural de Teno Nature Reserve
Distance: 53.61km | Elevation Gain: 1,887m | Est. Moving Time: 2:13:10 | Difficulty: Hard
Where to Stay in Tenerife for Cycling
The hotels we’ve included below were chosen because they’re bike friendly. You’ll either be able to take your bike to your room with you or store them on-site.
Just a heads up, these policies can vary and change over time. So, it’s always worth checking their bike storage policy before you finalise your booking.
Iberostar Selection Anthelia – Costa Adeje
£211 / per night | 5 ★
Be Live Experience La Niña – Costa Adeje
£110 / per night | 4 ★
Hotel Medano – El Médano
£66 / per night | 3 ★
Palm Beach Tenerife – Costa Adeje
£38 / per night | 3.9 ★
Park Club Europe – Playa de la Américas
£164 / per room | All Inclusive | 3 ★
Be Live Costa Family Los Gigantes – Puerto de Santiago
£85 / per night | All Inclusive | 4 ★
4 Cycling Tours in Tenerife
Here are a few of the cycling tours offered in Tenerife. We’ve tried to include some that vary, from a full cycling holiday with each day planned to your one off ride.
1. Tenerife Bike Training
TBT is a family run tour company based on the south coast of Tenerife, with heaps of experience cycling the best routes the Island has to offer.
They offer a host of tours, both for beginners and along more challenging routes. Their tours are typically over several days, with the Volcano Tour (up Mt. Teide) taking place over 6 days. So you really get some bang for your bucks.
They’ll also take care of your bike hire, accommodation and transport from the airport if you require them.Go t
Go to Tenerife Bike Training.
2. Cycling in Tenerife
This company provides a host of tours for road and mountain bikers, whether you’re new cycling or seasoned pro.
For the road tours, there is a discount applied if you have a group of four or more (50€). Which is ideal for those of us who go on cycling holidays with friends. 1-3 people will cost around 70€, but for an established touring company, that’s still pretty good.
The MTB tours all of the must see mountains and climbs in Tenerife, and on average cost around 50€. Which is fantastic, considering van support is provided.
Go to Cycling in Tenerife.
3. Free Motion
The team that manages these Tenerife cycling tours has a ride for every day of the week (excluding Saturday).
They’ve, very wisely, included the distance you’d be climbing and descending for each ride. So, there will be no nasty surprises for you along the way.
Rental bikes are also available, but these aren’t included in the price of the tour. However, you’ll find the tours are very reasonably priced, and each covers a different part of the Island.
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4. Cafe and Tapas Tour
If you’re looking for something a little bit different, this is a great tour of the local cafes and tapas bars around the Island.
You’ll stop at Vilaflor, Tenerife’s highest city, for food and top it all off by descending into the farm fields below. The whole ride should only take around 4 hours at a welcoming pace.
You can choose between road, MTB and electric for the 25 mile (40km) ride, whatever suits you best. This has the makings of a really nice day out.
If you choose to go, let us know what you think.
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Tips for Tenerife cycling
We’ve put together a few suggestions for those of you preparing for a cycling holiday in Tenerife.
Practice some big hill climbs
Flat routes are far and few between in Tenerife, and it’s likely you’ve chosen to go there specifically for the climbs.
So, you’ll need to allot some time to hill training before you go to ensure you don’t max out mid-ride.
Get your bike serviced beforehand
Even if you think your bike’s in tip-top condition, it can’t hurt to get it looked at by a professional before heading out on some really challenging rides.
You don’t want a pre-existing issue to be the reason you have to pull out of the ride you’ve been looking forward to all year. Even if it just spoils day one, that’s a whole day of cycling heaven you’ve missed.
Plan your routes in advance
We won’t deny there’s a certain reward in exploration, it’s what we all look for in an adventure like this.
But, there’s also a downside to going into something like this blind. For one, you won’t know what’s inaccessible to you. Anything from a steep side road you aren’t comfortable with to areas of high traffic congestion can waste time better spent elsewhere.
Secondly, as we’ve mentioned before, you’ll be hard pressed to find a totally flat route. And so, if you don’t plan a route before riding you won’t know how many feet you’ll be climbing and won’t be able to prepare for each climb appropriately.
Always have spares
This is a must for most rides, but is even more essential since you’re likely a plan journey away from home.
You’ll need inner tubes, some CO2 canisters (or a pump if that’s more your style) and a puncture repair kit. Whilst the terrain isn’t treacherous, they won’t be roads you’re familiar with and so you won’t be able to account for debris or the state of the road surface.
Hydration is key
Never underestimate how much water you’ll need for a ride, especially when it’s hot. Which it will be. It’s recommended you have at least one bottle of water for every hour you’re out on the bike.
You may also want to consider using bottled water to top up your cycling water bottle, as not everyone has the constitution for foreign tap water.
Mineral content varies wildly in tap water from country to country, and I think we all know what it can do. Which means, you won’t want to be on a bike if it happens.
It’s not a prejudice, just a logical step you can take to ensure you’re operating at 100%.
Know where and when you’ll fuel up
This is something to keep in mind for any ride, but it’s important to know when and where you’re going to eat and drink.
Not only will this give you some motivation you get up those final climbs before you break, but it also ensures you take the time to replenish the energy you’ll have spent.
As usual, you’ll want energy gels and other sugary snacks to maintain your energy levels throughout your ride. But you may also want to consider including a stop at a cafe or restaurant for a light bite before continuing your ride.
Just be sure not to stop for too long. The last thing you want is for your body to cool down too much and risking a more creating a more challenging second leg than it would have been.
Avoid roads near resorts at peak times
As we’re sure you’re aware, it’s not just cyclists who’re drawn to the heat and idyllic scenery Tenerife has to offer.
The Island will be populated by thousands of other holiday-goers, and not just in the summer months. During rush hour, the roads surrounding holiday resorts will be heaving, especially those located on the southern coast.
We know that some of these roads will be unavoidable, seeing as you may be staying at one of sites. But, you can plan your rides in advance to get them out of the way whilst they’re quiet.
Hire a car (with a bike rack)
This one isn’t a must, but it is a great way to get around the Island and experience all it has to offer. After all, it has an area of 2034 km².
A lot of the cycling routes in Tenerife aren’t going to be within easy distance of your hotel, and so this provides you with a way of getting to those a little further away without much effort.
What’s it Like Cycling in Tenerife?
If you want a small look at what Tenerife cycling is like, this video does it perfectly. Tristan Bogaard and his partner Belén document their exploration of the Island, and capture the roads and scenery in all their beauty.
A small disclaimer for those of you who watch, there is a small point the video creators make about not needing a helmet for part of their ride. They can be the determining factor between a close shave and long term damage.
You may not feel you need it at all times, and in truth you probably won’t. But it’s always better to be safe than sorry.