Classic Cols of Tenerife

Canary Islands

  • Flexible itinerary, where you can cycle as much or little as you like
  • Stay in 3 hotels with spa facilities (4*) i.e. not moving on every night!
  • Routes showcasing the entire island
  • Take on the epic Mt Teide climb from 3 directions (optional)
  • Ride the same excellent roads as the professional cyclists
  • Cheap flights from UK regional airports
  • Fully supported holiday with 2 customised vehicles and knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides

Days on the bike

6 days

This was my 3rd tour with Marmot. Each year I come on my own and each year I have a great time. Everyone has similar interests and it is really enjoyable to share the marmot experience with a new group of friends. I shall be back again next year.

A Burke

Introduction

With a perfect climate for cycling (av. 18 – 20 degrees), dramatic scenery & smooth tarmac that climbs ‘forever’, it is easy to see why Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, is one of the worlds top winter cycling destinations. Amateur and professional cyclists alike migrate to the island between October and April and as such, the island has developed a worthy reputation as one of the best places to ride a bike.

As with all of our Classic Cols style holidays, this itinerary has been carefully crafted to showcase the best of Tenerife. We probe the quiet, hidden corners of the island as well as giving you the opportunity to take on the infamous Mt Teide (up various routes), one of the longest climbs in Europe. Naturally, you traverse the Teide National Park, but you also get to explore the rugged mountainous extremities of the island.

During the week, you stay in three 4* star hotels, each with their own charm (and welcome spa facilities!). Each is nestled in a rural mountain location and from these high altitude vantage points we have planned a wonderful variety of routes, making this holiday suitable for fit cyclists with varying aspirations and experience of cycling in the mountains. If you choose to stick to our Classic route, you cycle an average of 64km a day, with 1467m of ascent, but if you are looking for more training or more challenge then just include our optional extras to cycle an average of 96km / day with 2567m ascent.

To help you gauge the best holiday for you, this trip is easier than our Classic Cols of Gran Canaria and is perfect for those that are wanting to warm up their winter legs for a summer on the bike!  If you are looking for more of a challenge therefore, check out the Gran Canaria stats, or you may also be interested in our Autumn departure of the Tenerife Teide challenge.

For full holiday details, please download our Trip Notes and for the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Departure Dates & Prices

Month
Departure
Amount
Single Room Supplement
Feb
1st Feb - 8th Feb
£1250.00
Single Room Sup. £280.00
15th Feb - 22nd Feb
£1250.00
Single Room Sup. £280.00
Mar
15th Mar - 22nd Mar
£1250.00
Single Room Sup. £280.00

We are pleased to offer some tempting discounts off trip costs (not including extras such as single rooms or bike hire):

  • Book & pay your deposit more than 6 months in advance of your holiday for our 5% Early Bookers discount.
  • Be rewarded for your loyalty by receiving a 10% discount from your 3rd Marmot trip onwards
  • Get a group of 10+ people together for a 10% Group discount
  • Group organisers of 6+ are eligible for a £50 discount voucher

Please note there is a maximum 10% discount on any holiday.

Map

Itinerary

Day 0: Travel Day

We offer included airport transfers (a journey of 45 mins) at scheduled times during the day from Tenerife’s Southern Airport (TFS) to the welcoming Hotel Villalba in Vilaflor. Nestled in the pine forest and surrounded by beautiful gardens, we stay here for 2 nights, then return to it to end your cycling holiday. The Spa at this hotel is worth a visit, so do remember to bring your swimmers!

Full travel advice (essential reading before booking your flights) and airport transfer timings can be found in our Trip Notes.

Day 1: The Classic Climbs of the South

Head off on a wonderful warm up to your week of cycling and a chance to see the best of the dry, volcanic South of the island.  The viewpoint ‘Mirador de la Centinela’ (‘pirate look out’) with its almost 360-degree view gives you your bearings as you descend towards the South coast, stopping short of suburban Tenerife to head up your climb for today: the TF51 to Vilaflor. 19km of ascent sees you back at your hotel with the tricky decision of whether to relax on the hotel terrace with a beer, or to head back out on the bike for some more sunshine km!

Classic route: 49km with 1200m ascent [Route profile]

Challenge route: 75km with 2000m ascent [Route profile]

Day 2: Las Cañadas del Teide to La Laguna

From the hotel (1200m), the sunken crater of the El Teide Volcano (Las Cañadas) is, rather fortuitously, within easy reach. The imposing, volcanic Pico del Teide, with its summit at over 3700m (the highest point in Spain) looms above you but fortunately for us cyclists, the tarmac road rises just to Tabonal Negro (2342m)! From the high point here, head along the NE ridge of the island, involving a bit more climbing up to the space observatory followed by an awe inspiring decent to La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage town. Your hotel for the night, Hotel Laguna, has a ‘counter current’ pool and sauna, as well as massage service (to be booked in advance) .

If you are looking for more time on the bike, the challenge route takes in the slightly bizarre Pyramids of Güímar, before climbing back up to the rib of the island from it’s challenging Eastern flanks to Cuatro Tiempos.

Classic route: 81km with 1600m ascent [Route profile]

Challenge route: 139km with 3300m ascent [Route profile]

Day 3: The rugged coastline and mountains of Anaga

The coastal routes of the North Eastern peninsula are wild and deserted and fabulous to explore by bike. Above 600m the Anaga mountains are carpeted in lush rainforest; this is a UNESCO recognised Biosphere Reserve with hugely diverse flora and fauna. Pause to think, as you cycle them, that these roads are built on rock 7 – 9 million years old!

Follow the coast to the beautiful marina village of San Andres before heading inland and up 600m (over 10.7km), to El Bailadero. It’s decision time: do you follow the Classic route back to the hotel via the lovely climb of  Pico del Inglés, or do you tarry a little longer, taking the remote mountain road to Chamorga, then throwing in a spectacular descent to the coastal village of Benijo for a coffee stop? It’s all too tempting and every choice is a winner!

Classic route: 51km with 1200m ascent [Route profile]

Challenge route: 88km with 2700m ascent [Route profile]

Day 4: The North of the island to Santiago del Teide

Today you head across the historic Northern coast of Tenerife.  Bypass Puerto de la Cruz, the island’s first tourist resort (now overshadowed by the South Coast resorts), instead cycling through lovely La Orotava, with views of the Atlantic and the many banana plantations in this region.

Though you will all end up in Santiago del Teide, at the welcoming Hotel La Casona del Patio, with its museum of local agriculture (?!) and spa room available to rent (?!), the Classic and Challenge routes are very different today. Those on the Classic route will continue around the coastline from La Orotava before you ‘nip’ up Puerto de Erjos (1090m) and down over the other side. If you choose the challenge route, you are choosing to conquer Tabonal Negro (2324m) via the longest road cycling climb in Europe. You earn a wonderful 40km descent before a smaller (200m or so) climb up to the hotel.

Classic route: 79km with 1700m ascent [Route profile]

Challenge route: 115km with 2900m ascent [Route profile]

Day 5: Mascá and the mountains of Teno

The North Western peninsular of Tenerife boasts spectacular mountain scenery and, not surprisingly, is another national park. Your route today takes you into the heart of the Teno mountains, one of the 3 volcanic areas that form Tenerife.

After a small climb to start the day, enjoy a descent to the wild seaside hamlet of Garachio on a series of tight switch-backs that have been carved out of a lava flow! Cycle along to Buenovista del Nte on the coast where those on the Challenge route can choose the worthy ‘there and back’ detour following a narrow road to the picturesque lighthouse in Punta del Teno on the most Western point of the island.

This gives cyclists on the Classic route a head start for the main climbing of the day! Pass through El Palmar, catching a whiff of freshly milled gofio (a local roasted grain flour made in the Canaries) before you head onwards to the isolated hamlet of Mascá, on ‘roller-coaster’ roads that hug the rugged cliffs.

Despite being relatively short rides today, the gradients of Mirador del Cherfe (the road leading to the hotel) ensure a suitable element of challenge to the day!

Classic route: 51km with 1450m ascent [Route profile]

Challenge route: 69km with 1850m ascent [Route profile]

Day 6: Sea to summit Teide Challenge

It is entirely appropriate that the focus of your last day is Mount Teide. The affectionately named TF38 from Chío to the high point of Teide’s crater – Tabonal Negro (2324m) is a challenging but steady ride with kind gradients, smooth tarmac and beautiful views.

If you are a purist, you will need to follow the Challenge route today, descending first to Puerto de Santiago, so you have the opportunity of cycling up Teide from ‘Sea to Summit’, an additional 1000m of climbing.

At the summit, we highly recommend a cool drink on the terrace of the Parador hotel. Amazingly situated, the hotel welcomes pro teams from around the world as they train during the winter on Tenerife so you may even get to do a bit of pro-spotting!

All that then remains to do is to enjoy the fabulous descent back to Vilaflor and the Hotel Villalba, where your cycling adventure started 6 days ago.

Classic route: 55km with 1650m ascent [Route profile]

Challenge route: 95km with 2650m ascent [Route profile]

Day 7: Travel Day

All good things must come to an end. We will transfer you back to Tenerife’s Southern airport (TFS) at scheduled times during the day.

Full travel advice (essential reading before booking your flights) and airport transfer timings can be found in our Trip Notes.