“Backbone” (Taganana):

The descent into Taganana is absolutely wicked. So good that you worry about the gruelling ascent later!

The Anaga Mountain Range also serves up a lot of spectacular scenery. Here you can find fantastic views in every direction, second only to those around Masca. We prefer cycling around this area because there are more roads to explore, which are less frequented by tourists. The serpentine descent into Taganana is absolutely wicked. So good that you worry about the gruelling ascent later! It’s much speedier than the one into Masca, because there are less hairpins, and the quality of the road is also superior. It’s worth continuing on to Almáciga.

Finding the right way to Anaga is not particularly easy. If you ride along the secondary roads to the old city of La Laguna, you must transgress the network of labyrinth-like one-way streets as shown in the route map below. It’s no exaggeration that Leslie has spent hours going around in circles & generally getting lost here, orienting himself with the place. Maps don’t do you any good as there are no street signs; you either know your way through this maze, or you don’t. Furthermore, most people find that car navigation systems (GPS units) aren’t particulary useful in Tenerife either, especially for the smaller streets. For that reason, it’s much easier to approach Las Mercedes from the Bajamar / Tejina area rather than through La Laguna. Or else you can climb up the Anaga mountains starting from San Andrés.

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