Classic Cols of Tenerife

Canary Islands

  • Flexible itinerary, where you can cycle as much or little as you like.
  • Using just three 4* cyclist friendly hotels with spa facilities (not moving on every night)
  • Routes that showcase the entire island
  • Take on the epic Mt Teide climb from 3 directions (optional).
  • Ride the same excellent roads as the professional cyclists.
  • Easy to get to island with cheap flights from UK regional airports.
  • Fully supported holiday with 2 vehicles and knowledgeable enthusiastic guides

Days on the bike

6 days

There must be an enormous amount of planning to make a trip run as seamless as this, but it was done with such a light touch that everything "just" happened and the atmosphere throughout the whole week was warm and friendly...a family holiday without the arguments!  B Nottage 2015  

Introduction

With a perfect climate for cycling (average 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 64kms 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 96kms/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 

Departure Dates & Prices

2018

Month
Departure
Amount
Single Room Supplement
Feb
5th Feb - 12th Feb
£1175.00
Single Room Sup. £280.00
16th Feb - 23rd Feb
£1175.00
Single Room Sup. £280.00
Mar
12th Mar - 19th Mar
£1175.00
Single Room Sup. £280.00

Map

Itinerary

Day 0: Travel Day

We offer transfers, a journey of 45 mins, at various 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, you stay here for 2 nights, plus return to it to finish your cycling holiday.

Our pick up times are when we will be leaving the airport, all being well.  Please don’t book flights arriving later than suggested below (in brackets).  

Pick up: Tenerife Southern Airport 11:30 (for flights arriving before 14:00), 14:45 (for flights before 14:30), 17:00 (for flights before 16:45) & 19:00 (for flights before 18:45)

Full travel advice (essential reading before booking your flights) 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.  19kms 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 kms!
Classic route: 49km with 1200m ascent
Challenge route: 75km with 2000m ascent

Day 2: Las Cañadas del Teide to La Laguna

From the hotel, at 1200m, the sunken crater of the El Teide Volcano (Las Cañadas) is (rather fortuitously!) within easy reach. The imposing, volcanic Pico de 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, you head along the North Easterly ridge of the island, involving a bit more climbing up to a space observatory followed by an awe inspiring decent to La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage town. For those in need, your hotel for the night, Hotel Laguna, has a ‘counter current’ pool and sauna, as well as massage service (to be booked in advance) .

As always on a Classic Cols holiday, there are options for more time on the bike, and the challenge route takes in the slightly bizarre Pyramids of Güímar, before climbing back up to the rib of the island from it challenging Eastern flanks to Cuatro Tiempos .

Classic route: 81km with 1600m ascent
Challenge route: 139km with 3300m ascent

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 Anaga mountains are carpeted in lush rainforest; in fact 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: 60km with 1200m ascent
Challenge route: 85km with 2700m ascent

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 islands 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: 88km with 1700m ascent
Challenge route: 116km with 2900m ascent

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 lighthouse in Punta del Teno, on the most Western point of the island.
This gives the 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 the road still yet to be conquered before you return to the hotel, the Mirador del Cherfe, (1048m) ensures a suitable element of challenge to the day.
Classic route: 50km with 1450m ascent
Challenge route: 67km with 1850m ascent

Day 6: Sea to summit Teide Challenge

It is entirely appropriate that the focus of your last day is Mount Teide.  The affectionally 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. This amazingly situated 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 now is to enjoy the fabulous descent back to Vilaflor and the Hotel Villalba, where your cycling started 6 days ago.
Classic route: 55km with 1650m ascent
Challenge route: 95km with 2650m ascent

Day 7: Travel Day

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

Our drop off times are when we will be arriving at the airport, all being well.  Please don’t book flights leaving earlier than suggested below (in brackets).  

Drop off: Tenerife Southern Airport @ 09:15 (for flights leaving after 11:15), @11.00 (flights after 13.00) & @ 13:20 (flights after 15:20)

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