“La Luna” (Las Cañadas):

reaching an altitude of 2350m over a distance of about 40km

The ascent to the base of Mt. Teide is the most discernible climb on the island, reaching an altitude of 2350m over a distance of about 40km. The scenery is also the most dynamic: the ride starts by the black sand beaches along the Northen coast of Puerto de la Cruz. The road continually ascends the entire time past many tiny farms on the slopes of the La Orotava Valley and up through a native Canarian pine forest; once the timberline is reached, you travel across volcanic rocky outcrops & low-lying shrubs, and finally along an enormous, ancient volcanic crater with its barren, desolate “moonscape”. Aguamansa is a great place for a rest stop at the half way point; not only is it a peaceful town, but there are a few great café bars dotted along the road. Civilisation ends here so it is also the last chance to buy food or drink before reaching El Portillo.

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