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!
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Please check the hotel's policy regarding bike storage (and any other cyclist friendly amenities you require) before booking.
1. 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.
Hotels for cyclists in Costa Adeje
royal garden villas
If you're looking for a peaceful, five star luxury experience (and you're not with kids), look no further. The Royal Garden Villas Hotel comprises 28 individual luxury villas, each with their own pool.
hotel Riu palace tenerife
Hotel Riu Palace is a four star hotel with excellent service and good food in a quiet, seafront location.
hovima jardin caleta
2. 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:
The banner photo is taken from where we stayed: Belive hotel La Arena, looking north towards La Gigantes.
Hotels for cyclists Playa la Arena
Landmar, PlayA la Arena
We spent five nights at Landmar, Playa La Arena. It's a large hotel with lots of facilities and it's a good option if you're travelling with children and/or looking for an all-inclusive package. More information on our stay, here.
Gran Melia Palacio de Isora
Looking for something more luxurious but also around the Playa La Arena area? Check out the five star Gran Melia Palacio de Isora. It's just south of Playa La Arena and is an indulgent, slick hotel with superb facilities for families including play area, kids' pool, mini club (3-12 year olds) and live show for children. It was voted Best Resort in Spain by Condé Nast Traveler in 2012 and 2014. The hotel confirmed that they have a cloakroom for bike storage which can only be opened by the Concierge team.
3. 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.
Hotels for cyclists Puerto de la Cruz
Hotel Tigaiga is a family-run hotel where friendly service is a feature. It is located on a hill in the Taoro Park with views of the Orotava Valley and Mount Teide. The hotel is surrounded by subtropical gardens.
Hotel Riu Garoe
Hotel Riu Garoe is a three star hotel where guests are very positive about customer service and many make return visits.
Tastefully decorated three star apartments designed for three to five people.
4. 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.
La Laguna Gran Hotel
La Laguna Gran Hotel is a four star hotel housed in an old tobacco factory close to the centre of La Laguna's historic town.
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.
Parador de las Cañadas del Teide
The Parador is a mountain lodge in a dramatic location, being the only building in the Mount Teide Nature Reserve. This is where the pros come to sleep at altitude before testing themselves on the slopes of Mount Teide. It's a hotel with serious cycling pedigree.
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.
Hotel arenas del Mar
An adult only hotel located on the tip of a spectacular bay and orientated towards the sea.
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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