Cycling Mount Teide from Puerto de la Cruz, Spain
Ride 47 kilometers gaining 2,429 meters at 5% average grade.
This is one of several climbs that end at the trailhead to the path to the top of Mt Teide and the highest paved road in Tenerife.
SIX POPULAR ROUTES UP MOUNT TEIDE
PJAMM Google Map with six of the most popular routes up Mount Teide.
The routes in counterclockwise order beginning with Mount Teide in El Medano (Southeast):
- El Medano: 38.3 kilometers gaining 2,289m at 5.7% average grade ending at the park sign on TF-21
- Los Cristianos: 33.2 kilometers gaining 2,109m at 6.4% ending at the park sign on TF-21
- Los Gigantes: 36.6 kilometers gaining 2,068m at 5.6% ending at highpoint on TF-38
- Puerto de la Cruz: 47 kilometers gaining 2,429m at 5% ending at the highpoint on TF-21
- Santa Cruz de Tenerife: 62.5 kilometers (longest climb in Europe) gaining 2,827m at 3.7% ending at TF-21 highpoint
- Guimar: Ride 48.9 kilometers gaining 2,508m at 4.4% ending at the highpoint on TF-21
RIDE FROM PUERTO DE LA CRUZ TO TF-21 HIGH POINT
The climb begins at the beach in Puerto de la Cruz.
It’s a chore getting out of Tenerife’s seventh largest town and tenth largest in all the Canary Islands. After a brief stretch coming up from the beach, we merge onto TF-31 until crossing under busy TF-5 and then turning onto TF-21. This segment is 6.6 kilometers at 4.4% average grade.
TF-21 is the only highway on the island that passes over Mount Teide and is the access road for the southern approach, as well as the Puerto de La Cruz northern approach, to the top of the volcano. Soon after turning onto TF-21, we encounter a series of nine hairpins, some quite long, that span 17 kilometers at 6.1% average grade.
At kilometer 38.7, TF-24 which services the routes from Santa Cruz and Guimar, run into TF-21 and the final 8.5 kilometers are through lava fields and the volcano’s caldera, ending at the highest paved point on the island.
There are many great views of Mount Teide along the final kilometers of the climb.
The Teide caldera and the final kilometers of TF-21 to the finish.
The sign outlining the hike to Montana Blanca is our finish -
the highest point on any road on Tenerife.
This is also Montaña Blanca and the trailhead for the hike of 8.3 kilometers (5.16 miles one way) gaining an incredible 1,188 meters (3,897’) to Mount Teide Peak. Note: To hike to Mount Teide summit you must have a permit (apply here). The Teide Cable Car parking lot is just past the finish of our climb - Google Map of Teide Cable Car. With a cable car ticket, one can hike to the top and ride the cable car down, but you’ll have to hike 2.3 kilometers back to the trailhead if you don’t have a ride at the bottom of the cable car.
FINISH TO VISITOR CENTER
Six kilometers from the finish to the Visitor Center; 2.3 kilometers to the Mount Teide Tram.
The trip from the high point to the Visitor Center is generally down hill.
Food, beverages, bathroom, and extraordinary views from the VC.
The tram is accessed 2.3 kilometers past the finish of this climb. The tram will take you to near the top of Mount Teide. If you wish to hike to the highest point in Spain, get those tickets well in advance of your trip - we were told two months at the information booth in October 2022 (Official Website). Because of an unseasonal rainstorm the tram was not running during our trip.
Wintery conditions on Mount Teide in March.
Bike Point - five locations on Tenerife.
Center Photo - Alberto Delgado (center) - Tenerife Cycling Tours - HIGHLY recommended!
Bike rentals on Tenerife can be obtained via: (a) Bike Point (five locations), and (b) Free Motion which has Specialized, Cannondale, and Pinarello rentals and is endorsed by our cycling friend Bo Jensen, who has significant experience cycling the Canary Islands.
Paradores are Spanish government owned luxury hotels. The Parador on Tenerife is located at the Visitor Center and is the best location to stay, albeit pricey, for cycling the many routes up to Mount Teide. The professionals stay here because it also provides altitude acclimation (situated at 2,100 meters). The cost of Parador de Las Canadas del Teide was about twice the cost of our Vilaflor hotel (Villalba Hotel Spa; 85 versus 160 euros).