Are you looking at Tenerife and wondering, where's the Port de Pollença of Tenerife? Let us put you out of your misery. It doesn't exist.
Trying to decide where to base yourself for a road cycling holiday in Tenerife is not straightforward as there is no obvious cycling mecca and the best rides are spread out.
The best place to stay in Tenerife will depend on:
Below we've given our cyclist's opinion on the towns and resorts in Tenerife that cyclists should consider. Give us a shout if you have any questions!
On the southwest coast of Tenerife, you can expect good weather and plenty of sunshine. Costa Adeje is a solid choice if you're with non-cyclists and are willing to drive and then ride or pay for a guide with transport.
Our hotel suggestions for Costa Adeje are here.
Playa La Arena, Puerto Santiago and Los Gigantes
Heading up the west coast away from Costa Adeje and towards Masca, you find PLaya La Arena, Puerto de Santiago and Los Gigantes.
We think these towns are a great choice for cyclists looking for a beach, good weather and access to great riding from the door.
Development means it's difficult to tell where one starts and the other finishes. Here are some pointers:
Our hotel suggestions for Playa La Arena and around are here.
The banner photo is taken from where we stayed: Belive hotel La Arena, looking north towards La Gigantes.
Puerto de la Cruz
This is Tenerife's main resort in the North and it's easily accessible from the Northern airport. Purely in terms of cycling, we think it's the best located of all Tenerife's resorts. That's because all the best rides are easy to get to: you can ride up Teide from the door and (depending how fit you are) either ride Masca, Teno lighthouse and Anaga or drive then ride them.
The climate may not be as favourable as in the Southern resorts, but if you're visiting in the summer this may be welcome.
Our hotel suggestions for Puerto de la Cruz are here.
Also worth considering
If you're willing to do a two base holiday, we'd suggest a few days in San Cristobal de La Laguna (known just as La Laguna).
This wonderful town in the northeast peninsula of Tenerife. You can explore the Anaga region and ride Teide from your doorstep. Plus the town is a gem with UNESCO World Heritage status, well preserved cobbled streets and squares lined with mansions. There's no beach but you'll get a taste for the real Tenerife.
Combine a stay here with time in Los Gigantes or Costa Adeje and we think you've got the makings of a great cycle holiday.
Like the sound of it? Take a look at La Laguna Gran Hotel, which looks amazing.
Close to Puerto de la Cruz, but significantly more elegant, is La Orotava. Like La Laguna it's full of tree lined roads, exquisite mansions and historic beauty. It could be a good option if you want to stay on the North coast but are looking for somewhere more authentic than Puerto de la Cruz. You won't find all inclusive high rise hotels either - this is a town of small family run bed and breakfasts.
Hotel Rural Victoria would be our suggestion in La Orotava itself. Or check out the legendary Parador de Canadas del Teide, training camp base of the pros.
Stay here if you love windsurfing as much as you love cycling. This small town on the southeast coast is Tenerife's windsurfing and kiteboarding capital due to the easterly trade winds. You can hire a bike (read more), ride Teide from the door and then flop on the beautiful beach/do a spot of windsurfing.
The town itself is laidback and fun, full of surf shops, restaurants and cafés. It's popular with surf dudes, families and gentle neo-hippies rather than the all-inclusive crowd. Be aware that you'll probably hear airplanes during your visit as the flight path goes overhead.
We'd suggest looking at Hotel Arenas del Mar if you fancy staying here.
We hope you've found this helpful. Tenerife is an awesome cycling destination and picking the right base for you will make a big difference to your trip. Happy cycling!
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