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The giant of Tenerife — around Teide by road bike

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The giant of Tenerife — around Teide by road bike

Road Cycling Collection by Ana- Remoteana



08:05 h

85.1 mi

11,250 ft

The Tour of Mount Teide through the Orotava Valley not only has you climbing this Tenerife colossus, but also leads you through some of the most spectacular scenery on the island. During its 138 kilometres (86 mi) you’ll experience an elevation change of 3,440 metres (11,286 ft) across three challenging stages. However, it can be divided into more or fewer days depending on your fitness.

Tenerife is an island characterised by three contrasting volcanic landscapes. There’s the ancient massifs of Anaga, Teno and Adeje; the ridges of Pedro Gil, Abeque and the South or Adeje ridge; and, finally, Teide and its subsidiary Pico Viejo, through which this Collection runs.

This demanding circuit takes you through the rolling countryside of Tenerife’s north to La Orotava, a World Heritage Site and one of the island’s real jewels. You ride along the same roads that pro cyclists from the international peloton train every year. These excellent roads are surrounded by spectacular landscapes that evolve with every pedal stroke.

The route then runs along the slopes of Spain’s highest peak, Teide, at 3,715 metres (12,188 ft), crossing the national park at an altitude of more than 2,000 metres (6,562 ft), close to the giant’s base.

The route starts and finishes in the village of Chío, located on the northeast coast. Your journey begins with a descent to the towns of Tamaimo and Santiago de Teide to then attack the first pass, Erjos. From here, after a few switchbacks, you start a long descent that takes you to La Orotava, passing through places such as the Corona Forestal natural park, the Mataznos viewpoint and the pink stone, among others.

The real challenge comes in the second stage, where the climb totals 21 kilometres (13 mi) and 1,600 metres (5,249 ft) of ascent to reach El Portillo, before the final push into the Teide National Park. This uphill starts on the north face of Teide and many consider the ascent to be the most beautiful of all the region’s routes. Fortunately, the dense forest on the upper stretches provide pleasant shade which, if it’s a sunny day, you’ll be grateful for.

The third stage will be pure enjoyment on wheels. A day in which you won't stop smiling. A day that’s almost 50 kilometres (31 mi) in length that takes you to Boca Tauce before a long 30-kilometre (18.5 mi) descent. The Llano de Ucanca viewpoint has one of the most iconic views of Teide.

There are accommodation options during each stage and there’s plenty of access to water. Along the way, you can also sample the many restaurants, bars and supermarkets in the different towns along the route.

I recommend checking the weather forecast every day before you set out. This is due to the fronts that can enter the higher areas in winter or the calima wind, which is very typical of these lands.

You can get to Tenerife either by plane or by boat from the mainland. The best way to get to the village of Chío is by taxi, while you can use the bus to get to the town of Adeje and from there cycle to Chío.

This spectacular and varied route around Mount Teide can be enjoyed in every season. The Canary Islands have an exquisite climate with pleasant temperatures year round. However, bear in mind that the highest peaks can be very cold. It’s important not to forget a good windbreaker and warm clothing. In addition, depending on the stage, you should carry enough water for the day, as well as a snack for those moments when you need an extra boost of energy.

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El gigante de Tenerife — La vuelta al Teide en bici de carretera

84.1 mi

11,125 ft

11,150 ft

Last updated: November 29, 2022

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    Stage 1: Chío to Realejo Alto — around Teide by road bike

    31.2 mi
    10.8 mph
    3,975 ft
    5,025 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    The starting point of the kilometer zero of the return to Teide by road bike is the town of Chío. This is a point of reference on the way to the north and south of the island, depending on the direction in which you are heading. It is located at a kind of crossroads that takes you to the highest part

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  • Difficult
    23.3 mi
    6.7 mph
    6,225 ft
    425 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    This second day presents almost 38 kilometers and 1900 meters of unevenness through sections that will leave you breathless. The road is in very good condition. You just need your courage and mental strength to accompany you on this demanding journey to the top of the island.


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  • Intermediate
    30.5 mi
    17.8 mph
    1,075 ft
    5,825 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    The zero kilometer of the third stage starts from the shelter of the Tenerife mountain group, at the gates of the Teide National Park. This will be a day that you will keep in your retina forever.


    The first seven kilometers take place in a slight ascent that, little by little, brings you closer to the

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    85.1 mi
  • Duration
    08:05 h
  • Elevation
    11,250 ft

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