Wines of Tenerife – protagonists in November

The wines of Tenerife are simply unique, not only because of their volcanic character, but also because of their very special history. Shakespeare loved the wine of the largest Canary Island, and historians even suspect that a Malvasia of Tenerife was offered at the Declaration of Independence of the United States.

Viñedo de Tenerife

White, rosé and red wines

Today all colour varieties and wines are produced in Tenerife, although the ones initially grown on the island were white. The vines were brought by Portuguese settlers from Extremadura to La Mancha and Andalusia. Here are the roots of our wine today.

The Malvasia was initially the main economic engine of the island. It was a highly valued wine in Europe, called “canary sack”, and was exported in large quantities to the Old Continent. Shakespeare once mentioned this wine in his historical drama “Henry IV”. It was a wine that “perfumed the blood” while drinking it.

Paisaje Vinícola Tenerife

Although it is not the only variety of wines on the island. The Listán Blanco, Listán Negro, Verdello or Albillo are highly valued by the winemakers. Currently, the wines in the category “premium” have been positioned very well. They have more structure and are more intense in flavour without losing their originality.

Denominations of Origin of Tenerife, vineyards from north to south

There are five traditional denominations of origin in Tenerife, pioneered by Tacoronte-Acentejo, founded in 1992.

Tacoronte-Acentejo

Influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and cultivated in one of Tenerife’s most beautiful landscapes, the wines of Tacoronte-Acentejo in the north of the island comprise up to 9 different municipalities, sometimes over 1,000 metres above sea level. They stand out for their aromatic and fruity character, especially red wines, which make up 80% of the production in this area.

Bodega de Tenerife

Abona

The many hours of sunshine in the south of Tenerife favour the varieties of white wine that are grown in the region of Abona, especially the exquisite Listán Blanco grape. In this area, Spain’s highest wine varieties are grown at 1,700 metres in the municipality of Vilaflor. They have a soft and fruity aroma and include nuances of almond blossom, mango and banana.

The valley of Güímar

With shades ranging from pale yellow to golden, the wines of Valle de Güímar are primarily white, with touches of fruit and fresh herbs. The rosé wines, on the other hand, have a touch of red fruit, while the reds have earthy notes.

La Orotava valley

In the La Orotava valley, the place that inspired the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, wines are cultivated with a special aroma influenced by the pleasant climate and the trade winds.

Slightly bitter and fruity aromas, especially highlight the variety of white wines in this región. The rosé wines also play an important role with their raspberry colour and an aroma reminiscent of wild fruits. The red wines of the region have a soft and varied aroma with a bitter touch on the palate.

Vinos de Tenerife

Ycoden-Daute-Isora

The wines of Ycoden-Daute-Isora look clear and pure, especially the Malvasia wine. Its colour is golden and its fruity and floral aroma gives the palate sweet and sour notes. Special mention deserves the rosé wines because their taste is very tropical thanks to their subtle pineapple and strawberry notes.

November and December, the ideal months for wines in Tenerife

Towards the end of the year is the best time to taste the wine of Tenerife, as you can already enjoy the first wines of the new harvest. At the end of November (at the same time as the San Andrés celebrations), winemakers open their bodegas (wine cellars) to meet with loyal customers and gain new customers. Just follow the smell of roasted chestnuts, the sound of celebrating people, the happiness and joy… Then you will certainly find the Tenerife wines.

Cycling in Tenerife – a paradise on two wheels

Cycling in Tenerife is one of the most active sports. Cycling champions such as Chris Froome and Alberto Contador choose our island not only for its excellent training conditions, but also for the friendliness and openness of its inhabitants. Here are some more reasons why the best choose Tenerife.

Cycling routes in Tenerife

There are many routes in Tenerife where you can test your limits, from the Atlantic coast up to 2,000 metres of altitude difference.
Ciclismo en Tenerife

One of the most complex tours is route no. 2 in the north of the island. There you visit the municipalities of La Orotava, La Laguna, Tacoronte, El Sauzal, La Matanza, La Victoria and Santa Ursula. The route has a total distance of 98 kilometres with an accumulated ascent of 2,727 challenging vertical metres, especially in the ascents to the Mount Teide National Park.

Although not all routes are hard or difficult, in Tenerife you can choose the route that best suits your abilities and possibilities. Route no. 6, for example, is of low difficulty and starts in Costa Adeje. Its length is 70 kilometres and covers regions of Arona, Granadilla, El Médano or Las Galletas.

Ciclistas Tenerife Carretera

Mountain bike in Tenerife – through endless pine forests

Another of the challenges that you can take on in Tenerife is to equip yourself with the best mountain bike and launch yourself to one of the five forest routes that make up the network of natural tracks on the island.

Ciclistas pinares Tenerife Mountain Bike

Most of these trails pass through the Corona Forestal, the largest nature reserve in the Canary Islands. As a general rule, cyclists can ride the forest trails without restriction, so no special permit is required. If you are looking for a real challenge, we recommend the BC-1 with a total of 84 kilometres on the main route and another 53 kilometres through the 13 branches and variants. It is the island’s largest route as it traverses the entire northern slope of Tenerife and crosses up to 15 municipalities and six nature reserves.

Ciclistas Ruta Mountain Bike Tenerife

You can also try a shorter route like the BC-3. It is only 9 kilometres long and runs through the pine forests of Chío through the municipalities of Santiago del Teide and Guía de Isora.

Tips for cycling in Tenerife

Possibly some questions arise about what you need or when is the best time of the year to practise cycling in Tenerife. Here are some recommendations and answers to frequently asked questions:

When can I practise cycling in Tenerife?

The good weather conditions of the island are ideal for this sport in every season, since we have an average temperature of 22 degrees 365 days a year.
Teide ciclismo Tenerife nieve

What do I need for cycling in Tenerife?

A bike, of course! If you can not or do not want to bring your own, no problem, there are a lot of companies that offer rental and support services and help you choose the best options and routes. Also, several hotels on the island, such as the Route Active Hotel, are specialised in active tourism and have their own services to make sure your stay adapts to your own needs.

Oh! And of course do not forget the helmet and all the security measures that you have at your disposal.

Do you need a permit?

For groups over 50 cyclists a special permit is required, which can be requested at Carreteras del Cabildo de Tenerife or by the Island Federation of Cycling.

If you already made your decision, pack the jersey and spend your vacation on two wheels in Tenerife.

Paragliding in Tenerife – a 360º experience

Paragliding in Tenerife is an activity that is becoming increasingly popular among our visitors. Flying as freely as a bird over the sea of clouds, surrounded by the beautiful landscape at the foot of the Atlantic, is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience and the icing on the cake for your perfect holiday in Tenerife. Do you want to know more about paragliding? Where can you practise it? What is necessary? Keep reading, we’ll tell you!

Where to practice paragliding in Tenerife?

In Tenerife there are several paragliding takeoff and landing spots, divided into north (Los Realejos), southwest (Adeje) and east (Güímar). In the 360º panorama you can see the area of ​​La Corona, one of the most famous starting points. As soon as you take off you can admire the entire La Orotava valley in all its splendor.

Other relevant areas for paragliding are Ifonche (Vilaflor), Taucho (Adeje), Izaña (from where you can land both in the north and in the south), the Güímar hillside or the Fasnia volcano.

Izaña‘s takeoff point is one of the most famous and sought-after, as it is 2,300 metres above sea level. It is a unique flight because it starts with direct views of Mount Teide and you can land in Puerto de la Cruz in the north as well as in Güímar in the south. If you do not know which starting point to choose, then you will certainly not regret this one with these amazing views of Mount Teide.

Despegue Parapente Teide

When to do paragliding in Tenerife?

The weather conditions in Tenerife make it possible to practise paragliding actually all year round. However, the best time for experienced pilots is in the months of October to May.

Some landing areas, especially those that involve beaches, are only available during the winter months. So if you want to descend on a beach, plan your flight during the winter season.

In addition, it is always advisable to consult the daily weather conditions, both for the landing area and for the take-off area. And who could better advise you on this? The experts of the Canarian Federation of Paragliding: mail fecda@fecda.org or phone: +34 928400805 // +34 615602329.

Despegue Parapente Tenerife La Corona

What do I need for paragliding in Tenerife?

There are several options, depending on your skill level and the flight you are interested in:

The experience of flying

In Tenerife there are a lot of companies with a wide range of tandem flights for the different flying areas of the island. No previous experience is necessary, as you will always be accompanied by a pilot who will fly the paraglider.

You just have to relax, smile and feel free as a bird; a dream that can become reality today.

Selfie Parapente en Tenerife

Learn to fly in Paradise

If you want to learn to fly and have control over the paraglider, no problem, as the flight companies offer different learning courses.

The paragliding professionals teach you all the techniques and secrets, from the basics to improving or perfecting your flying technique.

Ride the wind

If you already know how to fly, then you can paraglide with our own equipment. Due to the personal characteristics usually equipment is not rented. Remember to check the local regulations for a safe flight. If you have any questions or doubts, contact the Canarian Paragliding Federation.

Parapente Mar Tenerife

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