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The 3 best places to stay in Tenerife (for cyclists)

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:

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    How many days of riding you plan to do;
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    Whether you're riding independently (if so, will you have a hire car?) or are looking to join a guided ride;
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    Who you're with - are beaches, bars and restaurants important?;
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    How important the weather is.

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!

Costa Adeje

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.

Costa Adeje beach and coastline

pros

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    Ride Teide from the door (via Arona).
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    Lots of bike rental shops are based in this region (read more). Most of the island's day tours start from here too.
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    Excellent range of accommodation, including five star hotels and luxury apartments.
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    Close to some of Tenerife's biggest attractions including Siam Park and Aqualand.
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    Close to Tenerife's southern airport.

cons

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    The area is very built up, with mile upon mile of hotels and resorts.
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    The roads in the South and Southwest corner of the island get a lot of traffic since this is where most visitors stay.
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    You'll need to drive to get to Masca or Anaga. Some people also suggest it's better to drive from Costa Adeje to the TF-28 on the other side of the TF-1, which is the island's main highway.

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:

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    Playa La Arena is known for its volcanic black sand beach. It's reputedly one of the best on the island and it is popular. You'll find it in a sheltered cove below the small promenade of shops, bars and restaurants. Behind those, hotels and apartments climb up the hill. On the horizon is La Gomera and, if you pick the right accommodation (see our choice!) you get fantastic sunset views over the cliffs of Los Gigantes. 
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    You find Puerto de Santiago on the road west from Play de la Arena. It's a  whitewashed town on a hillside that tumbles down to a small black sandy beach. There's a small harbour and quay as well as fruit shops and cafés.
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    Heading west again you come to Los Gigantes. It's signposted from all over the island and occupies a stunning location at the foot of towering cliffs. The heart of the village is around the pretty marina, the small church square and one main street just above the marina. The small black sand beach is supplemented by the El Laguillo complex (designed by César Manrique) and Club Oasis. There you'll find swimming pools, sunbathing and snack bars.

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.

Looking down on Puerto Santiago harbour

Puerto Santiago, near Los Gigantes (photo credit: Anilah/Shutterstock.com

Los Gigantes with its dramatic cliff backdrop

Los Gigantes (photo credit: Philip Lange/Shutterstock.com)

pros

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    Good range of rides straight from the door: Teide (via Chio), Masca and the Teno lighthouse are all within range, assuming you're fit.
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    Views of the impressive Los Gigantes cliffs.
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    Less high rise buildings than the Costa Adeje area.
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    Quieter and less traffic than the Costa Adeje area.
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    Climate remains favourable; you're not in the north!
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    Within an easy 30 minute drive of Costa Adeje's water parks and around 80 minutes to the famous Loro Park zoo near Puerto de la Cruz. 

cons

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    If you're hiring a bike, you'll need to pick it up on the way from the airport since there is no bike hire in the immediate vicinity.
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    The roads up from these coastal villages are steep, more so than in other resorts.
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    While less high rise than the Costa Adeje region, expect to be within a town/resort development. If you want a slice of rural Tenerife, take a look at our Also worth considering section below or head to an inland village and stay in a traditional finca.

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.

Puerto de la Cruz from above

Puerto de la Cruz from above, including its amazing pools (photo credit: Olga Radchuk/Shutterstock.com)

Outdoor pools at Laguna Martienez

We had an amazing time at Lago Martianez, the outdoor pools come art gallery

pros

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    You're based on Tenerife's most attractive coastline (in our opinion!).
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    Superb riding from the door up Teide (via La Oratava). Masca is around 50 km to the west and Anaga is around 40km to the east.
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    Road bike hire shop in town (read more).
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    Attractive pedestrianised seafront promenade.
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    1km long black sand, Playa Jardín beach which was landscaped by renowned architect and artist César Manrique. It runs from Punta Brava in the old part of town to Castillo de San Felipe in the west of the town.
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    There's lots to do in addition to the beach:
  • Fabulous Lago Martianez, again designed by César Manrique. This complex of swimming pools and contemporary art sits on the town's promenade, next to the sea. It's an unmissable place that both kids and adults will love. Entry is also very reasonably priced.
  • Loro Park zoo is one of Tenerife's main attractions and is just a few kilometres away. There's even a little train that takes you there from the centre of town.
  • The town's botanical gardens are a lush world of lily ponds, exotic plants and giant foliage.

cons

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    The weather is cooler and damper along the northern coast.
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    It's quite a large town so you'll need to negotiate some traffic on your way in/out.
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    If your kids are set on water parks, they're about 1.5 hours' drive south.  

Also worth considering

La Laguna

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.

Pretty street with coloured buildings in La Laguna

A street of brightly coloured buildings in La Laguna (photo credit: RossHelen/Shutterstock.com

More colourful streets in La Laguna (photo credit Vaflya/Shutterstock.com)

La Orotava

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.

Views over the roofs to Iglesia de la Convepcion in La Orotava, Tenerife

Brightly coloured buildings and the dome of Iglesia de la Concepcion in La Orotava, Tenerife (photo credit: BBA Photography/Shutterstock.com)

El Médano

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.

Beach and mountains at El Médano

Surf vibe at El Médano on Tenerife's east coast


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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