Race Bike Tour GarachicoOur starting point is Chio on an altitude of approx. 700 metres. Our tour leads us from here in the direction of Santiago del Teide – a typical and sleepy mountain village, who’s centre is characterized by a 17th century church. Very soon we pass the weather boundary of the island and enjoy the descent to the wild north coast of Garachico. This town was nearly completely destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1706, but shortly after rebuilt on top of the cold lava flow. Even today you can see a few houses which are partly covered by volcanic stones. Also the famous natural swimming pools were formed by these former forces of nature.
After a short break in the historical town we will carry on with an ascent in the direction of Buenavista del Norte. Streets lined by banana plantations are soon bringing us to the most westerly part of Tenerife – the “Punto de Teno”. Passing deep valleys and hillsides abundantly covered with tree heath and agaves our next goal is the former pirate village of Masca. Today there are only about 80 people living in this romantic mountain village and its beauty and views on the atlantic and the neighbour island La Gomera are enchanting every visitor.
Following these incredible impressions we are reaching a part which is known among bikers as the “Mountain of the Truth”. 400 metres elevation gain on only 3-4 km length is awaiting us!