If you have read Kolarska Tenerife: bicycle, logistics, prices, reduction and you decided to visit this wonderful island, I present a list of places that you should not miss.
I am a big opponent of posting ready routes, because personally marking out new ones is half the fun. I recommend this ridewithgps or Strava Route Builder - how to build super routes in an unknown place I will describe soon. Especially in Tenerife, where every little lane can turn out to be a great surprise, riding someone's routes is reprehensible. For this reason, I put a list of places that I think are worth visiting. However you connect them, you will not be disappointed. Even pedaling the highway is not a big problem.
A subjective map of the best places to ride
Combine them wisely! ... or not necessarily :)
- Red flag - visit necessarily
- Violet flag - worth a visit
Each flag can be clicked to see a preview of the place.
Mandatory points of the island:
The name of the volcano comes from the Guanches, the first inhabitants of the Canary Islands. Tide meant the Hell Mountain in which the Guayot demon lived.
Tenerife is Teide. To be there and not to enter the volcano is how to live in Warsaw and not visit the Gasses, or be in the Tri-City and not drive up Nowy Dwór. There are several ways to enter - each one a little differently. E.g:
Los Cristianos - Arona - Villafor - Teide 45 km of driveway with an average of 5.2%. Profile and description here. We're rising from 0m to over 2350m. The driveway is cool, because max. does not exceed 12%.
Santa Cruz - Teide it has 63.7 km and average 3.6%. Yes ... almost 64 kilometers of driveway.
There are many possibilities, because there are many roads - you can modify as you like. Anyway, it is the largest driveway in Europe. I think it's worth it:
drive: Los Cristianos - Arona - Villafor - Teide (because probably the most difficult driveway)
exit: Teide - Villafor - Granadilla - San Miguel (because the most beautiful exit, both scenic and asphalt)
drive: Chio - Teide (the asphalt wrenches hands and turns the steering wheels, but the view is truly lunar at the end)
take the exit / driveway to La Orotavabecause it is definitely the most boring path.
Teide is long, but it is not a difficult driveway. Limiting your speed and spreading out the forces, probably every ambitious cyclist will enter. Temperature is the problem. When driving from hot 25 degrees it usually takes a few. At the top, it can be either warm or cold, and mainly cloudy sky - it's hard to predict what awaits us. If, in addition, we plan to enter the cable car to the top of the volcano (3555m), we can be sure that we will reach negative temperatures. We did not check it, because the entry costs almost 50 Euros.
You have to get dressed for a ride and if there are only 1-2 back pockets available, we will be chilled to the bank. It's hard to have more free space, because apart from Villaflor there are no places where we can get food and make up a water bottle. 1.5 hours of descent ends, therefore, usually freezing and next kilometers along the beaches full of sunbathing tourists, we overcome dressed in three layers ... to everyone's delight around.
Coming back to Villaflor - this is a typical cycling village - it consists of several houses, a store that is classically open at random hours, a gas station where you can buy the same only more expensive, but which is still open and a cafe where you can stop for a coffee break and make selfie on a fejsa. There are at least a few people with bicycles regularly at the weekend.
The mascara is coming up, it does not come down. Let's be honest to get her down have balls, hands and brake pads made of steel.
On the way, we pass the village of Tanque Bajo, from which the view on 9 dives looks like in the picture below and instead of rushing down, as usual, we stand and weave:
The average adventure with Masca looks something like this: after 12 kilometers of a magnificent view of the driveway on the perfect asphalt roads and winding roads, you land on the top. People are drinking coffee looking down, you are dressing with one hand, the other is looking at the surrounding views;): the neighboring island, green mountains, streamers ... You look at Garmin to view the profile and estimate how long you will come down and disagree. You turn away, you leave, and the profile in front of you goes beyond the ceiling. Something broke down again - normal, the 810 shines several times during the week. A moment later you know Masca segment, 4 kilometers with 11% slope. On the way, 300 meters with an average of 30% - you can drive only thanks to numerous turns - we tap on the outer edges.
What we see can not be described in words. In my opinion, Stelvio is hiding. Photos will not give you advice - they would have to be panoramas. At the top of the wall on which you can sit up and contemplate. If you ever wondered if shields on the road are an amateur, I invite you there.
Someone asked where in the following days Jacek disappeared. This picture dispels doubts
Masca crushes, no matter if you're riding a bicycle or a car. It crushes more than Teide and when you think that you've seen everything the best in the world appears:
3. Anaga Park
A rapist of the senses, a destroyer of memories, a moment in which a man regrets that he lives where he lives ... no matter if it is Hawaii or Indonesia. No matter where you go, it does not matter that half the roads end with a parking lot and a pub where the last man was last year. A place that is greener than marijuana. There are streamers, there are hills, there are forests, there is an ocean which, passing a ridge, we see on both sides, there are beaches, roads are like a table. Do you need anything else? Maybe shops are missing as usual, but this is because tourists are also disappearing. From time to time, however, there is a pub with fresh meat or fish. PERFECTLY.
Looking at the map, it may seem like no sense, because after most of the downhills you have to go back the same way up. Nothing more wrong, the way down and the way up are two completely different paths. Even if according to the map they are the same. Anaga, however, is not only a panorama, it is also a germ of the jungle. Riding with the sneakers, it resembles something between the pictures from Madeira and the views of the Fast and the Furious in Japan.
and again, you are driving in a park, it seems to you that nothing can be better anymore, and there is a descent to Almaciga. WOW. A road along an empty coast with local pubs lightly filled with retired tourists and locals. Beautiful beaches, equal tarmac, ocean, exit and driveway. In our opinion, the most beautiful place on the island. Ba, one of the most beautiful places in Europe. It looks something like that, and if you want more, you've got a lot of photos on the moon lately:
I only remind you that the ocean in December is still extremely warm and there is no problem with entering. I do not recommend it while driving: even a small amount of salt on the skin will cause abrasions that will end our cycling adventure. The disadvantage of the place is that the sun from the south begins to set behind the mountains, so the sooner you get there the better.
Although of course the setting sun has its advantages. Returning to Santa Cruz, which is terribly ugly, you can find quite nice and romantic panoramas. Santa Cruz is terrible because it is ugly and not very cycling. A bit like Sosnowiec moved to the sea. Big blocks on the slopes falling into the sea - after some time it turns out that it is so ugly that it may appeal to somebody. In addition, if we have used up all the blocks before, we will fly them like the heroes of Lucas Brunelle's films. 500 meters of overhang makes the chain unlike the brakes unnecessary.
You must drive Anaga. No matter how. Every road there is great and do not look at it being the same.
4. Small, random roads - El Bueno
We come to El Bueno by accident. Driving along the eastern wall running above the highway, which acts as local Gassy (we pass dozens of cyclists, probably using the most flat road in the area ... or maybe even the only flat, of course, for local conditions). On the way, we pass Las Vegas, if you want a funny photo of Fejs, this is the right place. The road to El Bueno is probably one of many undiscovered roads leading completely to nothing. I will not explain why you should go because the view at the end does not knock down. I mean, it's nice, but you slowly become immune to the beautiful views of Tenerife. There are a few kilometers of perfect and very steep uphill. The ending is more than 30% and for the first time this year I'm going with a bicycle with a bicycle under my arm (not counting cross-country). The route is great, and judging by the inscriptions on the asphalt, rallies were once played on it. We find one car for 10 kilometers. The subtitles that are marked with the date also show little traffic .... , 2005.
Contrary to fears, the ocean turned out to be much warmer than we anticipated. Warm enough that you can enter it basically without much resistance. The water is not salty enough to make it disturb anyway, there are no crowds, because the pensioners somehow do not get to bath, so the ideal conditions. Nothing on your tired legs does as well as regeneration in cool water. Apparently one of the best beaches is the one on the north of the island in San Andres: sand brought from the Sahara, plus palms do their job. We have limited ourselves to the south of the island - also cool, although less exotic.
6. Teno Cypress
Located on the north-west of the island is not a mandatory point, but if you are in the area by car or pass it by bike a short distance worth visiting. Provided, of course, that our hands have the strength for it. The surface is extremely poor, but the road along the rocks of Los Gigantes - 300 to 600 meter cliffs entering the sea rewards everything. On the spot we reach the lighthouse, we look at the rocks, we push the tow truck, which lost the tire on one of the holes and the same way home.
7. A walk if you have too much time.
A week on the island is definitely a sufficient time to get off everything planned and a little longer, provided, of course, that like us, you do 100km + and 3000m + vertically every day. Not every knee can withstand it, so as a break day you can easily plan one day for a hiking trip. The route is full and well marked. Just remember that strollers are weak from riders. Walking is also a great alternative for those accompanying us, if not necessarily big fans of the road.
Tenerife is the perfect place when it comes to cycling in December. Bitumen, incredibly long descents and driveways, with views that reward the torment and, above all, the peace and quiet prevailing in most places. Both for riders and people who accompany them. If you do not care about doing the correct workouts and you can leave the indications of the watts for a while, I recommend. Otherwise, I invite you in March :)
Take friends and have fun!
(because if you go alone and shoot the bend, they will find you in the thickets in a few years)