“One for All” (La Montañeta):

Realejo Alto

one of the windiest, twistiest roads on the whole of Tenerife

It’s possible to cycle through several towns (La Orotava, La Perdoma, Cruz Santa, Los Realejos, Icod El Alto, La Guancha, La Vega, La Montañeta, Erjos) that are perched high above the sea, along a bunch of secondary roads forming an inland coastal ride. There is some moderate climbing involved, but you are rewarded with an awesome descent! From Erjos to Icod (20km) is entirely downhill; this top-quality road winds its way through magnificent and varied scenery, including some small local farms, short sections of pine forrest and lava fields and then finally some stereotypical Spanish towns. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to see the island of La Palma in the distance towards the North West. This bike ride has a bit of everything; you won’t forget it. It is also possible to do a similar ride starting from the Los Gigantes / Playa Arena / Puerto Santiago zone.

Keep in mind that main road between Los Gigantes and Icod is one of the windiest, twistiest roads on the whole of Tenerife. The distance “as the crow flies” between these two towns is only 17.85 km, yet the actual road that joins them is 35.7km long! Now to give you some sort of idea of just how twisty that is – if the road between these two places was a perfect sine[wave] curve, the length of that imaginary road would still only be 21.7km long… so it’s no suprise that tourists often feel dizzy driving along here.

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