Has the bike industry gone astray?

As you probably know I previously owned a business renting out top-quality bikes in Tenerife, Canary Isands [unfortunately that is no longer operational, but the website still works]. And I also sell the world’s best cable housing for bicycles. So I am still directly involved with the bike industry, and I have been an avid cyclist for at least 20 years.

But the trouble with the bicycle industry today is that all of these hybrid composite materials cannot be easily recycled, recovered or reused. It wouldn’t be quite so bad except new standards are introduced at such a rate, they drive frames and components obsolete within only a few short years. What is the expected lifespan of a frame today? It used to be ten years or more.

The reason I first rode a bike to school (almost 25 years ago now) was not just for enjoyment and practicality, but also for the environment. I think the bike industry is falling behind in that respect… way, way behind. The industry is all too keen to introduce new wheel sizes, new bearings, new fangled ways of attaching seatposts, new axle widths. I’m still waiting for the humble pedal thread to get superceded. It’s… it’s… it’s an entire industry.

And most bike magazine reviewers certainly don’t help the matter either. Why? Because they encourage people to buy ever more shit that they really don’t need. Why? Well, because if they don’t, they’d be out of a job, that’s why. What makes me say that? Because they get a lot of revenue for bike component advertising. And no component manufacturer in their right mind would advertise with a company that promotes minimalism, would they?

One of the very attractions of bicycles is that they are supposed to be “eco friendly”. When frames only last a few years because of the introduction of new standards, I think adults are forgetting why they started buying quality things to begin with. I think we’re forgetting why we all got into cycling in the first place!

One of my most memorable rides of all time was riding around Bora Bora on an old French steel bike. The thing only had one speed, but I enjoyed that ride more than all of the others I can remember. So we don’t always have the most fun or even the best experiencex on the most advanced bicycles.

I actually think bicycle companies should be more like Calfee Designs. If I could have my time in Tenerife again, those are the bikes I would buy today. Take a look:

A few bike cleaning tips.

One of the more mundane things I’ve has to do lots of with ProBikeHire.com is cleaning bikes, so I thought I’d share a few secrets on how to clean your bike fast -and more importantly- on the cheap. [Read more →]

Being taken for a ride

bicycle cartoonAs many of you already know, I’m in the business of renting out bikes here in Tenerife. I’ve been a part of the bike industry for the last eight years. I might not repeat this much so I’ll say it now: I am extremely grateful to have been able to do something that I enjoy all of that time. Above all, I thank my customers who have continue to support me over the years! Thanks so much – you’re the best!! 😀

[Apologies for the negative tone of the post. It’s pretty clear that I need a change of direction and all I can say is that I’m already working hard on it] [Read more →]

Puerto de la Cruz Hotel and Street Maps:

For your convenience, we have uploaded three detailed maps of the Puerto de la Cruz resort area. The first pdf map is an information map which best shows the overall layout of Puerto la Cruz, including the location of El Lago Martíanez. The second pdf map is a detailed street map of Puerto de la Cruz. The last one is a detailled Map of Hotel Locations in El Puerto. You can also download the best digital map of Tenerife Island here.

Catching the local bus in Tenerife with bikes?

The local bus network is very extensive & the buses always run on schedule. You can easily recognise these local buses; they’re bright green, and have “TITSA” written on the side of them. Although bikes are never permitted on board (inside) any buses, yes they will usually fit inside lugagge space of probably 80-90% of the buses that circulate -provided that both front and rear wheels are removed. Just to be sure, it’s best if you take off the pedals and lower the seatpost also.

If there is a latch on the luggage door, simply open the door and load your bike on, turningthe handlebars to ensure that it fits. If you’re lucky enough to get one of the bigger “cargo” buses, you won’t need to take off both wheels but you may need to show the driver you have a bike, and then they’ll remotely open the door. If the doors look very small and there are no handles, you’re probably out of luck. The only catch about taking bikes aboard buses is that you’re expected to do so only at major stations (Las Americas, Los Christianos, Los Gigantes, Puerto de la Cruz, La Laguna, Santa Cruz, Granadilla de Abona, Icod de Los Vinos, Güímar) and preferably before the bus leaves, otherwise you hold everyone else up. Don’t expect any bus drivers to stop for you anywhere else. Click here for further information about travelling with bikes on the Titsa buses in Tenerife. [Read more →]

Cycle routes leaving from Los Cristianos / Las Americas

Cycle routes Los Cristianos / Las AmericasYou may have noticed that many of the rides we have written about on this website are based around the North of Tenerife, mainly because that is where we are located. No matter where you stay on Tenerife however, there are some truly great climbs.

The most obvious rides from Las Americas & Los Cristianos head in up the mountains to the North-East, up past Vilaflor to Las Cañadas and the base of Mt Teide (where the highest road elevation is 2350 metres above sea level). The best road out of Los Cristanos is probably via TF-28 (although there is another back way via TF-657). If you decide to go via TF-28, expect traffic up as far as La Camella. From there, there are essentially three main routes up to Vilaflor:

  1. Firstly, through San Miguel & then climb up TF21 via Granadilla de Abona (the road from there all the way to the crater is fantastic).
  2. Secondly, TF51 via La Escalona and Arona. The surface isn’t great but the road is pretty awesome nonetheless.
  3. There is also a lesser-known road up to Vilaflor, definitely off the beaten track so to speak. Starting in San Miguel, this is along TF-563, a narrower road with no lane markings, so be careful. TF-563 probably has the least amount of cars but it is definitely steeper than TF21.
  4. Finally a fourth way up (for part of the way anyway) is via TF-565, from El Roque to La Longuera.

Also worth mentioning, you can take the old road TF-28 from Granadilla to Arico, Fasnia, Güímar and Arafo. It’s an undulating road and people tell me it is great. I’ve never done it, but if you have your own transport, this would be an awesome route if you are extremely fit.


Palm Mar, Las Galletas, Costa Silencio, Golf del Sur and El Medano are all located in the South East of Tenerife. The only safe way to get to these places from Los Cristianos is the back way via TF-655, which goes to Las Chifiras and beyond. This road parallels highway TF1 (cyclists are wisely not pemitted on major highways here in Spain – that includes TF1 and TF2).

To the North West, there are a lot of coastal towns, namely, La Caleta, Playa Paraíso, Callao Salvaje, Abama, Playa de San Juan, Alcalá, Puerto Santiago and finally Los Gigantes. Guía de Isora is located inland.

  • Be aware that TF-47 to Puerto Santiago is usually a pretty busy road with no shoulder much of the way. It doesn’t stop a lot of roadies cycling along this route because it is relatively flatter than a lot of the other rides in Tenerife. If you’re used to commuting amongst city traffic, you’ll most likely find this ride to be okay. On the other hand, many cyclists living in country or rural areas tend to find this road to be too daunting. If you do decide to ride this loop, best to go clockwise, in other words, from Armiñeme -> San Juan -> Tejina (because it’s no fun climbing with cars waiting for you). Keep in mind that once the new highway connection to Santiago del Teide is built (it is expected to be finished by the end of 2013), this coastal route will be a much better option for road cyclists in the not too distant future…
  • Generally speaking, the roads either side of TF-82 are all quite steep. That includes TF-465, Piedra Hincada and Hoya Grande. Expect the average gradient of these climbs to be around 20%. Likewise, TF-583 to Taucho, TF-585 to Tijoco Alto and TF-465 to Vero de Erques are equally gruelling. Same goes for the “Teide shortcut” from Guía de Isora via Chirche (although the narrow lane between Chirche & Chirgergue is quite magical).
  • There is one notable exception – the quiet climb from Playa San Juan up to Guía de Isora up TF-463.
  • The famous Masca valley is also within reach via Arguayo and then returning through Tamaimo – totally breathtaking scenery. Best to check out our Los Gigantes guide for more info on riding around that region…

The Anaga region is also spectacular, about an hour’s drive on TF1. Finally, if you’re still reading this and running out of riding options, consider hopping across to La Gomera on the ferry – totally amazing cycling over there!

Elevated Altitude Training in Tenerife

Bradley Wiggins Altitude Cycle Training in TenerifeI was looking for places to stay in Tenerife and your website appeared so I thought it best to ask your advice. I’m after living at altitude for a little while and training on mount Teide and I wondered if you knew any hotels or villas available that would be around 2000 meters above sea level? Also if you knew any that would cater to cyclists in February?Thanks

Hello there,

parador hotel las canadas tenerifeWithout a doubt the highest place to stay and train at altitude is “El Parador”, the only hotel located inside the Volcanic Crater @ 2000 masl.
Thanks,

-Leslie

Bike routes around Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife. Canary Islands

Road Bike Routes in TenerifeHere are some updated cycle routes from Puerto de la Cruz. Take note: we have taken special care to indicate the best way(s) of getting into and out of Puerto de la Cruz. You may find it helpful to print out certain sections particularly around Puerto de la Cruz (note there are three or four ways in, “El Botannico”, “Martianez”, “Las Arenas” and “Las Dehesas”). Some people find the way through to La Orotava & Icod EL Alto a bit confusing, and also the way through La Laguna and the way back through El Sauzal…

Can you recommend a swimming pool & gym for triathlon training?

Gym membership in La OrotavaThere is now an excellent sports training centre in La Orotava called Complejo Deportivo el Mayorazgo (Mayorazgo Sports Complex). Main facilities include 25m indoor pool and gymnasium. The gym has both free weights and cardiovascular equipment (exercise bikes & treadmills). Pool measures 25 metres by 21 m wide with six lanes. Numerous blood pumping activities are scheduled each week: cardio, gap, spinning, aerobics, step, ‘total training’ as well as other more relaxing classes: pilates, yoga, taichi, dancing (several types including tango, salsa and other latin ryhthms), stretching and relaxation.

Physiotherapy-Centre-TenerifeCD Mayorazgo also offers a massage service, physiotherapy and aquatic physio. They also have a great physiotherapy centre called Fisio-Natura.

This all new sports complex wouldn’t be complete without a well-stocked cafeteria with an assortment of sports drinks, energy bars, gels and protein powders available. Basic swimming equipment is also for sale at the front desk (googles, swimwear, swimcaps, etc) and there is also a dedicated fitness shop located inside. Needless to say, free changerooms, lockers and ample parking are all an important part of the complex.

Staff are very friendly and the doors are open to all visitors, tourists included. Their phone number is 902 102 395 and email: info@cdelmayorazgo.com. Most staff at least speak a basic level of English.

Rates are very reasonable (€6.42 per day, €47/month) and the standard is very high. In fact you can join for one whole month for less than the cost of going to the T3 “tenerife top training” centre for a single day! Click here for the rates (just remember to add %7 IGIC tax to those prices).

Fires in Tenerife 2012. Which roads are affected?

Hi,I am due to be coming to South Tenerife next week and wondered what effect the fires had on mountain biking and road biking? I wanted to ideally bring my MTB but I hear there may not be any where open

for riding. If this is the case would the road from las Americas up Tiede be open? I was looking to ride up through vilaflor to the summit on my road bike.

Thank you for your help.

Tim Hulbert

Tenerife Fire Coverage.Here is a map where the fire took place, showing the fire boundaries.

I am really not sure about MTB. I expect a lot of offroad trails will be closed (in the South). Everything in the North is still open.
The main climb to Mt Teide from the South which passes through Vilaflor should definitely already be open, as will practically all other roads with a TF designation. You can always call the roads information centre which is operated by the Cabildo de Tenerife on 901 501 901. If there is an emergency, you can contact them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 900 210 131.

Do you organise group rides?

Hi

I’m interested in a cycling holiday in Tenerife in early January, and will probably be using your rental service.

At this point, may I ask whether you organise group rides? I prefer riding with others, but doubt I can persuade any friends to come with me.

(by the way, I think your site is great. Very professional, well written, well laid out, etc. Well done.)
cheers,

Sam

Hello Sam,

For now it isn’t feasible for us (me) to offer guided group rides. We did offer them in the past but they weren’t that successful due to the following factors:

* Even small groups would split up bigtime wherever any climbing was concerned.
* Lack of fitness of participants.
* Lack of fitness of the guide! Take this to mean it was simply too difficult to maintain a full-time growing business andan almost pro like level of fitness for the faster clientele (regardless of whether there were potential clients or not).
* Full time training was a major physical exertion compared to the earnings (sometimes only 20-30€ per day).
* Whenever I was out riding, the time available to do the required admin, bike maintenance, emails, marketing, etc was reduced.
* Then finally there’s the old liability thing which rears its ugly head, being the group leader you are essentially responsible for the safety of the group.
* All this info lead my tax advisor to advise me not to do the rides anymore.

The best thing is to book early and you will obviously get the best selection of bikes. We can always help you with the best routes to follow, etc.

Look forward to hearing from you!

-Leslie

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Cycling safety in Tenerife

Dear Sir/Madam

I am planning a holiday in Tenerife later this year and I would like to do some cycling. I can cycle but I would like to improve my confidence and ability in a relatively safe environment.

Thanks

Ade

Hello,

Great! What would you like to know?
Tenerife is a safe enough place for cycling regarding other road traffic… nevertheless, there are certain roads to avoid because of high levels of traffic or poor quality road surfaces. Quieter mountain roads are better than coastal routes.

Also, most accidents we have seen are due to rider error (going down around corners too fast and mixing up front/rear brakes for example). Tenerife is also not the best place to learn with clipless pedals due to the abundance of hill starts. The flattest road for beginner cyclists is between Granadilla de Abona and Güímar which undulates along road TF28.

Hope this is of some help.

-Leslie

Bike routes leaving from Abama hotel:

Steep bike routes Here is a nice route via Guía de Isora, Chio and Arguayo, leaving from Abama.

The Masca route via Tamaimo and Santiago del Teide, also leaving from Abama. Return via Buenavista del Norte, Garachico, El Tanque & Erjos. Note the location of the start of the El Tanque climb.

A much shorter loop maybe for the first/last day or else a “recovery ride”.

You can also travel up the road directly opposite Abama and then link up with TF465. They’re not connected on google maps, but with a bicycle you can do it.

Traffic density map of Tenerife roads

Traffic density map of Tenerife roadsHere’s a unique map we recently found hidden on the Cabildo website. It’s a traffic density map of Tenerife showing the average number of cars per day on each road (numbers marked in bold). The red figures indicate the percentage of “heavy vehicles” (I expect that means ones weighing in greater than 3,500 kg MMA (maximum authorised mass). It’s in pdf format and can be downloaded by clicking on the thumbnail image to the left…

Change of bike rental period due to weather?

Hello, I would like to rent a bike for three days, but have still a few questions in mind:

1. what if e.g. one week before my renting starts there is a rain forecast for my rental days, is there a possibility to change days or cancel without cost – what’s your policy on this?
2. my current bike has a sloping frame (Specialized Roubaix) size 56. Virtual top tube length 56,5cm (+11cm stem) and effective seat tube 56cm. Would you have the 56cm Pro-Lite Cumeo Rival or Ultegra available?
3. Ok to change my own saddle on the bike?
4. would there be any open group rides organized that I could join?

Hello,

To answer your questions:

1) Most people do not cancel due to the weather. Will your airline or hotel refund your holiday because of rain? It is just a case of luck with the weather. If you don’t want to commit & reserve a bike, you will almost
certainly miss out during christmas time.

2) We only have a 56cm Pro Lite bike available on the 12th & 13th of December, for 2 days (shimano ultegra, compact cranks). Otherwise if you want a bike for three days, there is a 58cm leader 730R road bike
available…

3) Yes that is definitely okay. You can attach any of your own equipment to the bikes. GPS, make handlebar adjustments, etc.

4) We have stopped doing group rides and focus on bike hire. The best thing is to contact a bike club, or have a look at Tags: The Bike Guru by Dr. Leslie Brown
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Advice for cycling the South of Tenerife:

Hi Leslie,

Around 3 years ago you gave me invaluable info for my journey to Tenerife…this year I’m again heading to Playa Amaricas with my family…

Im doing3 routes…

I’m going up to Satiago Del Teide…then down to Masca…onto Buena Vista Norte then up the hairpins at Garachico and back over the Erjos Pass back to Santiago Del Teide and back through Chip to Las amaricas…I’ve done this in reverse the last time (swine of a climb out of Masca) so know I can get water in stretegic places..

I’m also doing Teide from San Miguel…up through Granadillo and onto the TF21 up to Vilaflor…to Boca Tauce…

Water is the thing thats worrying me…Will I get water in the Las Canadas Crater at the cable car?

My 3rd outing is the most worrying….

Im gonna get dropped off at Guimar by Taxi…then onto Arafo and up the TF523 to Teide…I’ll be heading passed Azana through the Las Canadas crater back down thru Vilaflor to Las Americas…water is worrying me! Will I get water at El Portillo?….is there nowhere else to refuel between Arafo and El Portillo?…its pretty worring me…especially in August heat…

Any help you can offer would be truly appreciated..

Many thanks,

Richard

Hello Richard,

Yep, I’m pretty sure I remember you, from bikeradar forums, right? To answer your questions:

Looks like you know what you’re doing with the Erjos/Masca loop… like you say, it is a difficult one if you do it in reverse!

> Water is the thing thats worrying me…Will I get water in the Las Canadas Crater at the cable car?

Yes you can get water at the base of the cable car; I’m pretty sure there is a restaurant there but I never take much notice as I always bypass it. Before you reach that, you will arrive at a small hotel with restaurant & café called “El Parador”. That’s a few kilometres (1 or 2?) before the base of Mt. Teide.

You can also get water in Vilaflor on the way up- that’s the last reliable water source before reaching El Parador.

> Im gonna get dropped off at Guimar by Taxi…then onto Arafo and up the TF523 to Teide…I’ll be heading passed Azana through the Las Canadas crater back down thru Vilaflor to Las Americas…water is worrying me! Will I get water at El Portillo?….is there nowhere else to refuel between Arafo and El Portillo?…its pretty worring me…especially in August heat…

That sounds like a great route and I think you will be rewarded in planning it!

You will definitely get water in both Arafo and then in El Portillo. A few kilometres past El Portillo there are two more restaurant-cafés either side of the road. Then you’ll go past El Parador again (th emost expensive of the lot). Besides those three places (and maybe the base of Mt Teide), you won’t find anywhere else that I’m aware of to refuel between Arafo & Vilaflor. There is one place along road TF24 somewhere but I can’t remember if it’s after the Arafo junction or not… I’ve just tried in vain to find out but I’ve already spent a good 20 minutes searching with no results. It’s like a lodge log cabin thing and I’m pretty sure it’s
closer to La Esperanza.

I would make sure you bring two 750ml bottles (Decathlon even sell 1L versions) or else do like we do in OZ and get a camelback and/or two bottles which hang off the back of your seat like you see in the triathlons…

Currently in Australia (Sydney) on a business trip for vertebrae components so I’m not around to make any phonecalls for you regarding the location of that other unknown restaurant, etc. won’t be back until mid-August & I’m looking forward to tackling all those roads once again…

One more thing: There’s another log-cabin style bar at the top of the climb coming out of Vilaflor [called “Las Lajas”]. It’s on the left, just at the crest of the climb, pretty much right below the treeline. If you start veering to the right and then back down left and down into Boca Tauce (a 200m descent), you’ve past it. I’m not sure of the opening times and it is $$$.

Hope that helps,

Thanks,
Leslie

Will the weather be good enough for the rides in October – December?

Good evening,

I’m a keen mountain biker and road cyclist and wish to get some rides in while visiting Tenerife. Was planning on being there in Oct and Dec, will the weather be good enough for the rides you mention on your website?

Also if are the mountain bike trails easy to follow if I was to cycle alone?

Many thanks,

James Young

Hello,

Yes, the weather will be cooler obviously but still rideable. In fact the December-April period is our busiest time – most of our clients who rent bikes come down from Northern Europe to cycle here then & escape their own Winter.

It will be colder up the mountain, so you will likely need arm & leg warmers. It’s a good idea to bring a thin windshell jacket + gloves for the December visit too! Check out our Weather & info page for more info about the climate…

The mountain trails are not all that easy to follow as they aren’t really marked. But all you really have to do is point your bike downhill in the direction of the sea, and you can’t go too far wrong.

The best map is the Kompass 233, available here.

On the road it is completely different – all roads are clearly signposted with a TF designation.
Hope this helps.

Thanks,
Leslie

Top ten villas / apartments in Tenerife

Top 10 villas / apartments in TenerifeThere are many apartments and villas in Tenerife – needless to say- but not all of them are what they say they are. So after 5 years of delivering bikes all over Tenerife and having seen a lot of different properties ourselves in the flesh, we decided to write this list of what we consider as the best apartments, rural houses & private villas. We’ve included links as some of these places are not easy to find online otherwise. Here’s the link to the top ten hotels in Tenerife.

  1. Villa Preciosa
  2. This is without a doubt one of the most exclusive villas in Tenerife and also has a long heritage. Villa Preciosa has recently been totally renovated and the attention to detail is amazing. Here you can relax in your very own private bar, pool (heated if you desire), and surrounds. Even the bathrooms exude luxury!

  3. Casa La Abejera
  4. The owner is your typical Mr Fixit, so everything works. It’s a very cute little house which has a charming rustic theme. Worth mentioning that the owners are into recycling & ecological gardening.

  5. Casablanca Apartments
  6. consistently has the highest tripadvisor ratings of any property in Tenerife, regardless of location or status. It’s also the only place I know of with dedicated locked bicycle storage room, meaning no ‘normal’ luggage is allowed! Well done!!

  7. Jardin de la Paz
  8. This place probably has the best vantage point on the island, located atop a true 300m cliff with views out over neighbouring island La Palma and the Atlantic ocean.

  9. Aparthotel Riu Adeje Although it seems a little fake, it’s still one of the best apartments in Las Americas (it’s usually resort hotel accommodation in Las Americas) – NOTE: now called “Family Isabel”
  10. Playa de las Roques
  11. Located in a very secluded spot in La Romantica, Los Relejos; nevertheless, it’s right on the coast and is a great place to stay if you’re looking for peace and quiet.

  12. Villa Caya An authentic rural house located in an ideal spot for cycle-training in the North of Tenerife.
  13. Hollywood Mirage
  14. Located in Los Cristianos, it’s just like the website shows…

  15. Apartamentos Villa Mandi
  16. Also located in Los Cristianos, it is clean and well-maintained.

Extreme wind alert issued for Tenerife, 29th November 2010.

Extreme wind warning issued for TenerifeThere has been an “Extreme wind risk” issued by the spanish medioambiente site for Tenerife on Monday the 29th of November 2010. I.e. tomorrow!

There are also simultaneous “rain” and “coastal” risk alerts. The maximum gust of wind is predicted to be 170 km/h, with a 40%-70% probability. So yes, this is a serious weather alert folks…

There are three (four?) alert levels:

No Risk  Risk  Important Risk  Extreme Risk.

Extreme wind alert issued for Tenerife, 29th November 2010.It’s normal for there to be a few sub-tropical storms in the Canary Islands, especially at the start of Winter. This happens when snow is dumped on the peak of Mt Teide. The main danger for all road users are gale force winds, which can cause trees, branches and rocks to fall onto the road surface or vehicles themselves. The chances of this provoking other accidents is greater than normal, due to reduced visibility around blind corners, etc. Cars, trucks and buses may then swerve to avoid obstacles. Therefore, it’s highly reccommended that you don’t cycle at this time, especially above 1000 masl where the wind level is always esculated.

Last year a whole bunch of pine trees (hundreds!) fell down in the area called “chanajiga” in the North of Tenerife. That landscape is still scarred today by strong winds such as these. Anyway, the good news for tourists is that the weather forecast for Tuesday is much improved, with just the “rain” risk currently in place.

Top 10 hotels in Tenerife

Seven star hotel rating 4 starsWe’ve been to enough hotels in the past 5 years to know which ones stand out above the rest. Here’s the link to the top ten villas & apartments in Tenerife.

Rather than list all the hotels that we don’t recommend, here’s my personal list of favourite places to stay on the island:

  1. Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort. For me it’s like entering fairytale land where everything is perfect. Time and time again, they’ve proven to me that they know how to run a hotel with unrivaled professionalism.
  2. Abama Golf and Spa Resort. It’s an isolated hotel on located right by the coast, surrounded by banana plantations. Every time I arrive at Abama they offer a good welcome. The decor is classy without going over the top. If I wanted a 5 star holiday in the South of Tenerife, this is probably where I’d pay to stay.
  3. Barcelo Santiago. This is a spot which probably takes the record for repeat clients; guests keep coming back here year after year. It’s a small, cosy resort located in Los Gigantes. It’s quite affordable & has a great buffet breakfast. Not to be confused with Barcelo Varadero in Puerto Santiago. We have stayed there. Don’t miss out on the breakfast!/li>
  4. Hotel Alhambra. This is a much smaller hotel located close to the old town of La Orotava. Every room is different and the hotel itself is quite unique.
  5. Roca Nivaria. A cut above the majority of resorts in Las Americas. This one is located in Playa Paraíso.
  6. La Quinta Roja, a cosy, understated hotel in the charming old seaside port town called Garachico.
  7. Hotel Gran Melia Palacio de Isora. This is renowned as the top hotel in Tenerife, but personally I’d rather stay at Abama or El Duque.
  8. Hotel Riu Garoe. A newly constructed resort in Puerto de la Cruz. This hotel has effectively managed to push Hotel Botannico off this top ten list, because the facilities are newer and they are less pretentious.
  9. Europe Villa Cortés. Possibly the best hotel to choose if you’re looking to stay in the heart of Las Americas.
  10. Hotel El Nogal. A beautiful rustic hotel in a quiet spot in La Escalona, not far from Vilafor.
  11. Hotel Rural El Patio. This is where we jokingly say we’d like to retire to… like an estate house. I am not sure how you get to stay in the main building though.