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Cycling Tenerife:
your ultimate guide

Tenerife is one of the world's best road cycling destinations.  It's the largest of the Canary islands and, just off the African coast, offers a reliably warm climate year-around and fantastic climbing on smooth roads.

The scenery is dramatic: from the lost world of Masca to vertical sea cliffs and the spectacular Mount Teide, Spain's highest mountain. You can see Teide from all over the island, looming upwards; it's one of the main attractions for the pro cycling teams that descend on the island during training camp season. There aren't many places you can train on 40+km climbs that take you from sea level to 2,300m during European winter. Cycling Tenerife is about as good as it gets.

During Northern Hemisphere winter, Tenerife cycling training camps are abundant. But the island is also a major "sun and sand" holiday destination, with lots of hotels, water parks and beaches that make it a great choice if you're with family.

Fancy cycling Tenerife?

Start with our video that gives you the best of Tenerife by bike. 

Then read on for our favourite Tenerife cycling routes and places to stay (including tips on where to go if you want to avoid the big all-inclusive package holiday resorts). 

Cycling routes

By far the most famous ride on Tenerife is cycling up Mount Teide. The mountain dominates the island and if you're coming to Tenerife to cycle, it's unthinkable you'd leave without tackling it. 

tips for an unforgettable Mount Teide cycling experience

There are five major routes up; our post will help you choose which to do - Cycling Mount Teide: which is the best Teide cycling route?  Any one of these up and down routes of Teide could easily be a whole ride in itself: even the fittest amateurs will take at least 2.5 hours to climb to the top.

But if you've got all day and want a truly special ride, check out our two Teide loops below. 

3 unmissable rides for Once you've done Teide...

Yes, you've got to ride Teide. But there are some other awesome Tenerife bike routes too. To really experience the island, ride the road to Masca where craggy Andes-style mountains are dotted with rustic Spanish villages before they plunge into the turquoise sea. The scenery is epic - but so are the gradients. This is one tough ride.

From Masca it's not far to the unforgettable Teno lighthouse. The road clings to the cliff and offers draw-dropping Atlantic views before bringing you to the spectacular lighthouse at the end of the peninsula. 

We also love our Anaga loop. It's on one of the island's most beautiful roads where you'll find quiet, smooth ribbons of tarmac that wind up into green forests and down narrow lanes to the sea. It's easier than the Masca loop too...

Masca and Teno lighthouse loop

  • Distance: 104km
  • Elevation: 3,560m
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Anaga rural park loop

  • Distance: 92km
  • Elevation: 3,100m
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Mount Teide loop via La Orotava

  • Distance: 1036km
  • Elevation: 3,5450m
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Mount Teide loop via Granadilla and Vilaflor

  • Distance: 142km
  • Elevation: 3,360m
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easy cycling in tenerife

If you hate climbing, don't come to Tenerife. Most of the roads either go up or down, there's very little flat. What there is is not that exciting. But while most of the roads go up or down, at least the main roads (like those up Teide) are generally at decent gradients (just avoid some of the extremely steep side roads). This makes them accessible even if you're only moderately fit. Cycling in Tenerife is more about endurance than extreme fitness: you don't need to be a Contador or Quintana, you "just" need to be able to keep going for kilometre after kilometre!

If you're looking for a rest day ride that avoids some of the major climbs you should be able to put together an easy-moderate route with a bit of planning. Here are some ideas:

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    A loop around La Orotava via Palo Blanco, Benijos and La Perdoma, along the TF-326, TF-21 and TF-324: around 24km with 700m of climbing. 
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    Granadilla de Abona to Arafo along the TF-28 and TF-525: roughly 54km and 1,000m of climbing each way. Our Teide via Vilaflor loop includes this section. 
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    La Orotava to Tejina on the northwest coast, along the TF-21, TF-217, TF-1224 and TF-16: around 32km with 600m of climbing.  

Accommodation

This section includes details of hotels and villas we have either stayed in or which we think look great. Full disclosure: if you click on a link and make a booking, we may earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. Please read our disclosure policy for further information.

The hotels listed below allow guests to either store their bikes in their room or keep them in bike storage facilities (though you should check that these policies haven’t changed when you book).

If you're deciding where's best to stay in Tenerife for cyclists, start with our in-depth article on the pros and cons of each resort: Best places to stay in Tenerife (for cyclists)

Once you've decided on your resort, come back here for our top choices of where to stay for cycling in Tenerife. We suggest hotels in

Our choice: Be live, Playa La Arena

We spent five nights at Be Live, 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. 

Exterior of Hotel Be Live Playa Arena Tenerife
A family room at Hotel Belive Playa la Arena
Kids pool and slide at Hotel Belive Playa la arena

what we lIKed

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    Good location on the west coast, giving access from the door to Teide (via Chio) and also to Masca in the northwest.
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    Large, attractive pool area with three pools surrounded by palm trees, facing the sea. The main pool is in the middle and pool activities are run here (for example water aerobics). The pool closest to the sea does not permit the use of inflatables and so is quieter and has an adult focus. The small children's pool is furthest from the sea. It is divided into two with half being the drop off zone for the water slide and the other half the shallow pool for toddlers. 
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    Our 4 year old loved the waterslide and spent at least an hour just taking himself up and down it.
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    Kid-friendly activities in addition to the pool area. The kids club (open 11-12:45 and 3-5, children under 6 have to be accompanied by an adult) is based next to an excellent pirate ship climbing frame. The same area also hosts mini golf, archery, a pétanque court, balance beams course and tennis court. Near the pools there is also table tennis.
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    Gym and spa. There is also a program of daytime and evening activities, should you wish to participate.
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    Lift access from the hotel down to the black sand beach of Playa La Arena.
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    Wide range of food available at each meal and each night has a different theme. A limited range of food is cooked to order (for example eggs or omelettes for breakfast).
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    Our superior family room on the 6th floor contained a king sized bed and sofa bed for the children. It was sufficiently spacious for the four of us though the cupboard space was limited (we'd definitely recommend using packing cases so you don't have to fully unpack). The children enjoyed the blackboard, floor puzzle and play tent in the room, as well as the kids bathroom accessories.
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    We enjoyed the views from our room across Playa La Arena to the cliffs of Los Gigantes.

things to be aware of

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    The hotel is used by a number of British, German and French holiday operators. This is no small boutique hotel.
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    We would suggest the hotel is more 3 star than 4 star. It's comfortable, with good facilities, but don't expect it to be overly smart. 
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    The hotel charges for extras you might normally expect to be included. For example, use of the safe deposit box in each room and use of the hotel car park. A 12 euro deposit is also payable for each pool towel.
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    Food is served 7:30-10:30, 13:00-15:00 and 18:30-21:30 in the main restaurant. Outside of those times, food is available in the snack bar but the choice is much more limited that the main restaurant and we didn't find it very appetising.

conclusion

We enjoyed our stay here. Our 2 and 4 year old kids loved the facilities and we liked the location.

Want to know more about Playa La Arena? Read our post on Tenerife's different resorts.

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.

Costa Adeje hotels 

Want to know what Costa Adeje is like? Read our post on Tenerife's different resorts.

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.

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    Asian themed spa with jacuzzi, waterfall, waterbeds, Turkish bath, hydro massage showers and ice fountain.
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    Tranquil atmosphere and attentive service.
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    Restaurants in La Caleta are a 20 minute walk.
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    Excellent restaurant.
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    Tip: we asked the hotel whether we could store a road bike in our bedroom and they confirmed that was no problem.

hotel Riu palace tenerife

Hotel Riu Palace is a four star hotel with excellent service and good food in a quiet, seafront location.

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    Located on the seafront promenade with a short walk to Caleta in one direction and Adeje in the other.
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    Infinity pool, two swimming pools, children's pool, children's playground.
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    Gym and steam room.
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    Completely refurbished spring/summer 2015.
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    Tip: the hotel confirmed we could keep our bike in our room or in the luggage room.

hovima jardin caleta

One of the main attractions of staying at the three star Hovima Jardin Caleta is that it is next door to Tenerife's Top Training facility.  

  • The hotel comprises one or two bedroom apartments each with living room, kitchen, bathroom and balcony.
  • Close to the Playa del Duque and La Enramada beaches.
  • Kids pool and main pool (heated November to March) plus rooftop jacuzzi.
  • Tip: the hotel confirmed it was possible for guests to store road bikes in their room.

Puerto de la Cruz hotels

hotel tigaiga

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.

  • Heated outdoor swimming pool, plus table tennis and giant chess.
  • Walk into Puerto de la Cruz in 15-20 minutes.
  • The hotel also has some apartments.
  • Tip: on enquiring about storage of road bikes, we were told they have a garage where bikes can be stored safely.

Hotel Riu Garoe

Hotel Riu Garoe is a three star hotel where guests are very positive about customer service and many make return visits. 

  • Lots of facilities including outdoor pool, indoor pool, jacuzzi, solarium terrace, sauna, tennis court, squash, mini gold and table tennis.
  • 2km to the Lago Martianez saltwater pools in Puerto de la Cruz, or there is a shuttle bus.
  • Popular with Germans.
  • Tip: the hotel confirmed that guests are allowed to bring their bikes into the room.

apartments ambassador

Tastefully decorated three star apartments designed for three to five people. 

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    One or two bedroom apartments complete with American kitchen and balcony or terrace.
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    Set around a courtyard garden with palm trees and green lawns. There's a pool too.
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    Within walking distance of the botanic gardens with Playa Martianez beach 2km away and the town centre 2.5 km.
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    Tip: the hotel allows guests to put bikes on the terrace or balcony of their apartment.

La Laguna hotels

La Laguna Gran Hotel

La Laguna Gran Hotel is a four star hotel housed in an old tobacco factory close to the centre of the historic town.

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    22 metre long roof top pool with mountain and city views.
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    Michelin starred restaurant (one of only five on Tenerife).
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    Elegantly decorated in a contemporary style.
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    Underground parking garage.
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    Tip: the hotel has a luggage room where bikes can be stored. We were told that this is located next to reception, is always locked and receptionists accompany the clients to leave/pick up luggage from the room.

La Orotava hotels

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.

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    The terrace has stunning views over the Roques de Garcia rock formations.
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    Indoor swimming pool.
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    Rooms are traditional with dark wood and old fashioned bedsteads.
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    Tip: the hotel has a luggage room where bikes can be stored. We were told that this is located next to reception and is locked.

El Médano hotels

Hotel arenas del Mar

An adult only hotel located on the tip of a spectacular bay and orientated towards the sea.

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    Contemporary and stylish decor with touches like seashell pendant lights
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    Thalasso therapy spa (including thermal circuit, sauna and jacuzzi). 
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    Various activities including gym, table tennis, darts and a games room.
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    Outdoor pool area directly above the sea, with far-reaching views.
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    Tip: the hotel allows guests to either keep their bike in their room or in a room next to the reception desk. We were told that this is always locked and that they keep the key in reception.

Bike hire Tenerife

Looking for road bike rental in Tenerife? Below you'll find all the road bike hire shops we've been able to uncover on Tenerife. Missed one? Please let us know! We haven't used these ourselves but would love to hear your experiences. Please drop us a line!

You'll soon see that most of the cycle hire in Tenerife is clustered where most of the tourists are: in the southwest. If you're staying somewhere else, don't despair, some of the bike rental shops will deliver bikes across the island. We've made a note of where they offer this.

Most of the rental shops also offer Tenerife cycling tours and excursions, from half days to multi day cycle training camps.

This information is offered as an indicative guide only: we periodically update it but prices, services and bike brands may change. Please let us know if you find anything that is incorrect.

Bike hire Co​sta Adeje

Cycling in Tenerife

Av. Ernesto Sarti, 3, 38660 Costa Adeje

Wilier bikes. The Montegrappa aluminium bikes have Shimano Tiaga compact cranks and 12/28 cassettes. The Wilier GTR carbon bikes have Ultegra compact cranks with 11/28 cassettes.  


Will deliver. 

Wilier Montegrappa (prices for the carbon GTR are in brackets)

1 day: 20 Euros (29)

2-5 days: 17 Euros/day (25)

7 days: 115 Euros (170)

8+ days: 15 Euros/day (22)

Free Motion T3

Avenida de los Acantilados, s/n
38679 La Caleta de Adeje

BH, Cannondale, Specialized and Pinarello bikes with compact cranks and 11-28 or 11-32 cassettes. Mostly Ultegra. Disc brakes available.


Prices vary depending on model:

1 day: 24-45 Euros

2-5 days: 20-42 Euros/day

6-12 days: 18-39 Euros/day

Bike hire Las Americas

Bike Experience Tenerife

Tenerife Excursions Travel S.L, Avd. V Centenario, 2 Local 5,

Playa de Las Americas

Felt and Specialized bikes have aluminium frames, Look and Stevens have carbon frames. Ultegra or 105. Compact cranks, 11-28 or 11-32 cassettes. Stevens bike has disc brakes.


Prices vary depending on model and number of days. From 16-25 euros per day.

Bike Point Tenerife

Av. Quinto Centenario s/n, Edificio las Terrazas

38660 Las Américas

Wide range of BMC, Ridley and Focus bikes. Mostly carbon bikes. Disc brakes available.


Included:  pump, spare inner tube, levers and a multi-tool set.

Prices vary depending on model and number of days. From 14-44 euros per day.

Diga Sports

Hotel Park Club Europe, Avenida Rafael Puig 23, Playa Las Americas

Scott bikes.


1 day: 20 Euros

2 days: 20 Euros/day

3 days: 14 Euros/day

4-6 days: 18 Euros/day

7 days: 11 Euros/day

Bike hire Los Cristianos

Free Motion 

Calle Finlandia 10
38650 Los Cristianos

BH, Cannondale, Specialized and Pinarello bikes with compact cranks and 11-28 or 11-32 cassettes. Mostly Ultegra. Disc brakes available.

Prices vary depending on model:

1 day: 24-45 Euros

2-5 days: 20-42 Euros/day

6-12 days: 18-39 Euros/day

Bike hire El Medano

Bike Point Tenerife

Calle Villa de la Orotava 10

38612 El Médano

Wide range of BMC, Ridley and Focus bikes. Mostly carbon bikes. Disc brakes available.


Included:  pump, spare inner tube, levers and a multi-tool set.


Prices vary depending on model and number of days. From 14-44 euros per day.

Bike hire Puerto de la Cruz

Bike Spirit

Inh. Boris Alvarez

Calle Mequínéz 51 

38400 Puerto de La Cruz

Merida Scultura 400 aluminium bikes and Merida Scultura 4000 carbon bikes each with full ultegra and a 11/32 cassette.


Included: pedals, replacement tubing, tire iron, tools and lock.


Optional: 

Lightset: 1 Euro per day + 20Euro deposit

Stages powermeter: 2 Euros per day + 20 Euro deposit.

Merida Scultura 400 Aluminium (prices for the 4000 Carbon are in brackets)

1 day: 27 Euros (29)

2-5 days: 24 Euros/day (26)

6-12 days: 21 Euros/day (23)


50 Euro deposit per bike. Identity card required.

Bike hire La Laguna

Bike4walk

Trek Emonda bikes with compact chainsets and  Shimano 105/Tiagra.


Bikes delivered to your accommodation.

Prices vary depending on model:

1 day: 25 Euros

2-4 days: 25 Euros/day

5-7 days: 19 Euros/day


Kiraya Bike

Avenue Milan, 71

38260 San Cristóbal de La Laguna

Limited number of Ridley, Orbea, Scott, BH and Kuota bikes.


Will deliver. 

Prices vary depending on model and number of days. From 20-27 euros per day.

Other bike rental companies

Bike 4 You Tenerife

Kuota carbon bikes with Shimpano 105 or Ultegra. 


Included: mini tool kit, inner tube, mini pump, two bottle cages.


Will deliver anywhere in the Tenerife south area. 

Prices vary depending on model and number of days. From 24 Euros per day.

Canarias Experience

Pinarello, Wilier and BMC bikes available. 

Prices vary depending on model and number of days. From 16 Euros per day.

Club Activo Cycling

Carretera General del Sur, 158
San Miguel de Abona

Ridley and BMC carbon bikes. 

Prices vary depending on model and number of days. From 19 Euros per day.

Tenerife Bike Training

More of a tour company specialist than a bike hire specialist. BMC and Focus carbon bikes available.

Prices are given for 6 day blocks only and range from 160 - 220 Euros.

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    Book your bike in advance, particularly in peak season.
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    Shops sometimes close, move or change their prices/bikes before we have a chance to update this list, so please contact them directly before you visit.
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    Remember to bring your own pedals, shoes and helmet. This packing list may help!
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    Check which way around your brakes are set before you ride away (i.e. whether the front brakes are on the right hand (as is usual in the UK) or on the left (as is usual elsewhere in Europe)). Also take a look at our list of things to check before hiring a bike.

Undecided on whether to hire a bike or bring your own? Read this now.

When to go

Average temperatures in Tenerife remain a good 17-24 throughout the year, making it a good choice for anyone looking to cycle in the sun. Rainfall is also low - you're most likely to get rain in December and even then it's only on average for 6 days of the month.

Throughout the year it's worth remembering that the North side of the island is often cooler and wetter than the South. There's a reason the scenery in the North is greener than the arid rocky South!

The upper part of the island is often shrouded in a thin layer of clouds that forms around Mount Teide at 1,000-1,500htm.

January

Temperatures on Tenerife remain good for cycling throughout the Northern Hemisphere winter. At sea level, short sleeve jerseys and bib shorts should be fine. However, you may get some rain and in the mountains temperatures can be much colder than at sea level. Frost and ice above 2,000m is possible. Dress accordingly.

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    Average highs: 20-21℃
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    Rainfall: 38-43mm, 4-5 days per month

February

March

April

Temperatures increase a little and the risk of rain reduces. On most days, the temperature at midday is similar in the mountains as at sea level, assuming it's not too cloudy in the mountains. It's still wortth packing a windproof jacket and arm warmers.

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    Average highs: 22-23℃
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    Rainfall: 8-19 mm, 2-3 days per month

May

June

You can expect warm days and a low risk of rain during this period. Sometimes it can be warmer in the mountains than at sea level. It's still worth bringing a windproof jacket if you're planning on mountain descents: they are long and the windchill can be surprising.

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    Average highs: 25-28℃
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    Rainfall: 2-4 mm, 1 day per month

July

August

September

September remains very warm with barely any risk of rain but as October rolls in, that risk increases. As in April and May, temperatures are often similar in the mountains as at sea level but pack a jacket and arm warmers in case.

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    Average highs: 25-27℃
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    Rainfall: 9-26 mm, 1-4 days per month

October

November

See comments for January to March. Rainfall in November and December is a bit higher than January to March, with averages at 47 and 56 mm and 5 and 6 days respectively.

December

Tips and articles

This section includes details of products we have either used and liked or which we think look great. Full disclosure: if you click on a link and make a purchase, we will earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. Please read our disclosure policy for further information.


Books

We used and liked the following two guidebooks during our trip:

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    Marco Polo guide to Tenerife: the book gives an overview of the main destinations on the island and we liked the introductory chapters on the island and its food and drink. It comes with a separate map at 1:130,000 which was useful for high level planning but lacking sufficient detail to show all the minor roads.
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    The Real Tenerife by Andrea and Jack Montgomery puts a bit more flesh on the bones. It's a personal guide to Tenerife  and more opinionated than the Marco Polo guide. The enthusiastic authors help you get under the island's skin, but we did find that some of their descriptions were a little over-romantic. Also the photos are black and white, there is no index and the map is poor. Nonetheless, a refreshing change to your typical guidebook.

Maps

If you like physical maps for route planning, it's worth buying the Globe series map of Tenerife. At 1:75,000 it shows all the roads relevant to cyclists. It is annotated with symbols for things like gas stations and tourist destinations which you may either like or not.

Good to know

Tenerife has two airports, one in the south in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona (this is the larger of the two) and the other in the north in San Cristóbal de La Laguna. Decide where you want to base yourself before booking your flights!

Before you set out on your bike, don't miss our article, top tips for cycling Tenerife. It's full of practical ideas to help make your cycling in Tenerife as good an experience as possible.


What's next?

Did you enjoy our guide to Tenerife? Let us know in the comments below!

Want to check out some other destinations in Spain or elsewhere? Search by the month you want to travel or cycling destination you want to visit, here.

Or check out our other articles on Tenerife, below. 

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