Tenerife: Day 1

It’s a slight departure for this esteemed organ of the cycling world to head off on a package tour but this week that’s exactly what’s happening; I have been invited by Jet2 Holidays to sample a bit of cycling on the Spanish island of Tenerife. To say it’s outside of my comfort zone would be a mild understatement – I am happiest with at least two panniers and a simple campsite at the end of the day – but I’m always up for something new so here goes…

This trip to Tenerife is one of the many cycling holidays offered by Jet2 Holidays. Jet2 have a range of flights to Tenerife and I chose to travel from Manchester to Tenerife South. I stayed at the Dreams Jardin Tropical Resort and Spa, one of the ‘Winter Sun’ destinations offered by Jet2Holidays but, of course, Jet2Holidays offer holidays to Tenerife all year round.

Today has been a day of travelling; car, then plane, then coach… Not a bicycle in sight. All has gone to plan so not much to report on that score. I landed at just after 6pm and then the sun set rapidly, as it does in these parts. (It’s worth remembering that the Canary Islands are only a little north of the Tropic of Cancer.) The transfer to the hotel – the extremely nice Dreams Jardin Tropical Resort & Spa in Costa Adeje – was a rapid one and… well that’s it. Crucially I have been given this:

And that’s the plan for Wednesday / Thursday. Tomorrow I’ll have a look around the local area and try resurrect some of the Spanish I learnt during my six weeks in Cadiz back in 2015 prior to Spain to Norway…


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