A few mindful moments just after sunrise on my final morning staying in Costa Adeje on the Spanish island of Tenerife. It’s interesting seeing how, from the perspective of the drone, the natural and man-made worlds have collided rather sharply. But at 8am there was still calm to be found before people crawl from their beds and take up position beside the pools, in the cafés and bars and on the beaches…
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.
It’s been an interesting few days. I’ve managed to discover a little bit about a place that, until recently, was only a distant dot on the map. My main takeaway from the experience is to plan in advance. Plan some cycling routes, plan – and book – some of the other activities in advance. Tenerife is certainly a popular place with cyclists, that has been evident all week but especially yesterday when I ventured away from the tourist hotspot around Costa Adeje, Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. And it was good to have seen a few cycle tourists out there. Perhaps I should plan an island-hopping tour of the Canaries in the future… Another one for the list!
Watch out for a podcast soon but in the meantime, here’s a look back on the highlights of my five days:
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As a longtime cycle tourist, I have to say Tenerife did not look like an appealing place to cycle. There appeared to be very little good cycling infrastructure in terms of dedicated bike paths. Unless you want to mix it up with traffic, or do steep training climbs or site by a pool with the occasional little foray out on a bike, I can’t see why anyone would choose that as a cycling destination. Not on my list for sure. We just returned from Cozumel in the Mexican Yucatan and cycled every day for 4 weeks (600+ km), mostly on dedicated bike paths, along the beautiful Caribbean with opportunities for frequent swims when you wanted to cool off. Never rented a car or scooter and saw almost everything by bike. Cozumel has issues – a small island with inadequate infrastructure like waste management, way too many cruise ships and unconstrained development that is on its way to ruining what makes it so special – but we discovered its’ many charms all by bike. It was a wonderful winter cycling holiday destination for us Canadians.
Thanks Jennifer. I’ll add the Caribbean to my list… 🙂