In Tenerife, Earth, Fire, Air and Water merge in a dramatic and dynamic way to forge an incredible diversity of environments. Due to its unique geology and geographic position, the ocean frames volcanoes, Canary Pine woods, jungle-like forests and cacti with an amazing variety of flora and fauna. You can ride day after day on a different terrain that requires a different set of skills, from 2300m down to the beach.
The Canary Islands started rising about 40 million years ago, when hot magma from the mantle of the Earth found its way through the oceanic crust near the coast of Africa. It is an ongoing process, as the recent submarine activity south of El Hierro has shown. The volcanic origin of the islands is evident throughout the archipelago, with cinder cones, lava flows and other peculiar formations dominating the landscape. Located just north of the Tropic of Cancer, the archipelago enjoys the constant flow of the trade winds and the southern branch of the Gulf Stream. As a consequence, the islands are blessed with sunshine and warm temperatures all year round. Tenerife dominates the other islands from its highest peak, the majestic Mt. Teide. From sea level up to 3718m, there are four distinct climatic zones: the Mediterranean (0-600m), the temperate and humid oceanic (600-1500m), the dry continental (1500-2700m), and the subalpine on the highest elevations. In addition, several micro-climates are found along the island because Mt. Teide acts as a barrier that blocks the moist trade winds; therefore, on average, the northern part of the island features lush vegetation, whereas the south is more desert-like.
.OCEAN TEMPERATURE: 18-23°C (19°C annual average San Diego Bay, CA, USA)
.ALTITUDE: max 3718m Mount Teide
And when off the bike, we will help you design and tailor multi-activity packages to turn your stay into a complete outdoor vacation. Our resident biologist will take you and your family hiking and whale watching to show you Tenerife's hidden treasures. Add some tasty Canarian cuisine, the famous Spanish “fiesta” and the countless beaches to the mix, sprinkled with our local knowledge of the best restaurants and secret spots, shake it all up and the result will be an unforgettable vacation. Only in Tenerife you can experience all this in one week, all-year round!
The rich waters between Tenerife and La Gomera host one of the world's highest concentration and diversity of cetaceans (close to 30 species), thanks in part to the 3,000-meter-deep submarine canyon that runs between the islands allowing many deep-sea species to thrive. Whale-watching trips will take you face to face with sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins and short-finned pilot whales year-round, with the addition of fin, sperm whales and other marine mammals during migration. The sighting of pilot whales is especially remarkable because this is one of the few places in the world that hosts a resident populations of such rare and otherwise secretive animals. Once back on dry land, you can treat your taste buds with some freshly caught seafood at one of the many restaurants dotting the quiet fishing villages, or feast on home-made escaldón de gofio, carne fiesta and mojo canario at a family-owned watering hole deep into the mountains. Make sure you take a siesta to re-charge your batteries because you cannot miss the night life of Las Americas and La Laguna!
.average PRICE for a meal at a local MEAT restaurant: 15€
.average PRICE for a meal at a local FISH restaurant: 25€
The island is an exceptional winter training location for riders, racers and teams. Roadies have long known the Canary Islands, and Tenerife in particular, as one of the best winter destinations to prepare for the upcoming season. It is common to spot Team Sky, Team Astana or legends such as Alberto Contador sprinting on the longest climb in Europe, right before the spring classics and the Giro d'Italia.
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It is important for you to know that riding on singletrack (and in some cases even fireroads) in National Parks and protected areas in the Canary Islands is not allowed. Fluyendo is 100% committed to advocating for trail access and is working with local administrations to open mountain biking everywhere on the island. In the meantime, our guides know where to ride so you experience the best the island has to offer and avoid unnecessary trouble. Tenerife is our neck of the woods, so we can tailor your vacation or be the logistic support for a training camp according to your fitness and skill level. Even if you are not a pro, you will go back home a stoked, more confident and overall better rider, you can trust us…