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When is the best time to ride in Spain?

When is the best time to ride in Spain?

Tenerife is a year-round cycling destination, so any time of year is good to ride.

But don’t assume that the earlier you can get out riding the better it will be. 7:00 to 9:00am is often peak hour during the busiest Winter months; it can in actual fact be quieter in the afternoon, just after lunch from 3:00 to 5:00pm when the retail shops are closed for their siesta time.

The best actual time and day of the week to ride is by far Sunday mornings (just like any place really). Sunday mornings are practically deserted compared to normal traffic patterns; even quieter than they should be.

There are three important reasons for this:

1) Almost all commercial shops are closed on Sunday as it considered a day of rest (Spain is a very religous country). That means less people going to work to open shops and less people going out and buying stuff.

2) A lot of people attend church in the evenings instead of in the morning (I’m a stout non-believer by the way)

3) Many young Spanish are veritable night owls, going out / staying out late especially on Friday & Saturday nights. If they don’t get home until 3:00am, there’s more chance of them sleeping in on Sunday mornings.

All of these factors combined make many places in Tenerife feel like a ghost town on Sunday mornings…

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