upon request by a lot of friends and people I am opening a new thread about mountain biking in Tenerife, Canary Islands, where I live...
Europeans are starting to figure it out as the perfect winter riding destination for its climate and quality of trails, so I guess it is time for American people to put in on the map and start tapping it...
First off, though, some general information:
-Where the hell is Tenerife, anyways?
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands (also called The Fortunate Isles, which include Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro). The archipelago is located off the Atlantic coast of Morocco and Western Sahara, just north of the Tropic of Cancer. Geographically they belong to Africa, but politically and culturally they belong to Spain, so traveling there is like traveling to Europe, no special visas needed.
-How do you get there?
All you need is to get to Madrid or Barcelona, then there are multiple daily connections to the two airports serving the island.
Ok, what's so special about Tenerife?
An 11,000-foot volcano. An insane amount of trails. Beaches. Beer. One season: spring. Is that enough?
Tenerife is basically a giant volcano rising out of the abyss to 3.718 meters (Mount Teide, Spain's highest mountain). Big ups. Long downs. It is considered a micro-continent thanks to the variety of environments, ranging from lush laurisilva forest to dry, catus-filled desert, from Canary pine forests to lava flows and cinder cones. They call it the island of eternal spring because temperatures at sea level average in the 70's all-year round.
The riding is great, for real. Fire roads forever, raw and 'un-manscaped' singletrack, backcountry epics. To hit closer to home, it is like taking Downieville to the Big Island of Hawaii…
There are hotels and apartments everywhere, especially in the South.
-When is the best time to go?
Winter is probably the best and most rewarding time to ride. When back home bike resorts turn again into ski resorts, when days get short, cold and wet, you can still ride 25 miles, 7500 feet down and dip in the ocean when you are done, beer in hand.
We ride all year, although summers up high can get hot...
In the next posts I will share some photos and videos, but in the meantime if you have been there and want to share your experience, you are welcome!
it all depends on you, your lifestyle and your skills...
in Spain there is one of the highest unemployment rates of all Europe, and the Canary Islands 'enjoy' a higher unemployment rate than mainland Spain!
the main industry is based on tourism, which fluctuates yearly
Looks incredible, I had some family friends visit the island before. I see you mentioned that the southern region has many hotels and apartments, is the biking and beaches good in that region? How much would you estimate a week would cost on the island including plane tickets to and from Spain?
yes, the south is definitely the place to go!
an apartment can cost about 50 € per day, flights vary around 500 € depending where you come from. book a flight to madrid then it is one flight to tenerife.
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