After last years rain, the wind and general grey appearance, we decided this winter needed to be different. Hunting around for different locations we finally settled on Tenerife. November is a perfect 24•c with little rain. Mountainous and with stunning views to match we set off on our winter cycling trip.
After settling in, a quick jog to the headland, locating some good coffee we picked up our pair of BMC Team machines from Bike Point in Las Americas. The service is good and the bikes were in great condition.
The first ride out was supposed to be a gentle flat(ish) loop up to Grenadilla and over to the coast. Heading out of Los Cristianos is a bit of a pain, traffic was busy and road signs were not always clear giving us mixed messages from our Garmins. It only took 10 minutes to get out of town, we soon found ourselves on quiet country lanes. The first couple of climbs come as a nasty surprise as the road hovers at 17% incline just long enough for our legs to really feel it. Once we reached La Camella, however, the gradients ease and we allow ourselves to spin and breath normally. As we headed towards Granadilla, we pass through small villages and towns each typical of the region with small little cafe shops, local produce and family run businesses. The views out of towns overlook the ocean, in the distance, small boats bob in harbours and the sun bounces off the surface of the water causing it to sparkle. Living in mainland England, I never tired of this view. Skirting the strange lumps scattered across the land we headed over to the coast, down towards Los Abrigos. There are cafe stops all along the coast each offering the beautiful sea view. We stopped in a small complex of restaurants and cafes just off the Playa de la Tejita. A quiet little spot where we could just sit and enjoy the sunshine. The route home took us past the banana plantations rounding off a nice loop around the southern coastline.
With the ocean as a constant companion, glorious sunshine and rolling mountain roads, what is not to love!
I will be posting more routes, photos and comments about our recent trip to Tenerife in the coming days. Follow me on Instagram for all of the latest photos @what_emma_found