The El Teide is situated in Canarias (Canary Islands)
Starting from Puerto de la Cruz,
the El Teide ascent is 46.7 km long. Over this distance, you climb 2315 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 5 %.
Stories, information and comments from El Teide climbers
Story by Olivier from , Switzerland, submitted on 07/10/2014
Just come back from Tenerife where I did the climb to Teide from Puerto de la Cruz. The only drawback is the first 10km is through a built-up area. it''s not the nicest part and I would highly recommend a good recce of the road (Puerto de la Cruz is very complicated!) Having said that it is well worth starting from the Playa Martianez as you then have the full height elevation (2400m on my garmin).
It is also through the built-up area that you have the steepest part of the climb. Once you pass the 10 km, the road become much nicer and the gradient much more constant. The next 24 km or so are just a beautiful climb through trees and many places overlooking Puerto de la Cruz and the Atlantic. you can see yourself gaining altitude. Quite superb part of the climb. You reach 2000m at El Portillo and you start the last 12 km of the climb. It is like arriving in another world of chaos and anarchy. The road meanders through molten rocks and lava. It has some much less steep parts and even a short downhill just before the last steep push to the cable car station. It does get cold in the downhill. Beware! All in all a fantastic climb.