RIDE REVIEW by Liz: Tenerife 8 to 15March 2019

My special 60th birthday was a good excuse to jet off into the sun for one week with my hubby and our good friends Liz and Paul.

We stayed at Hovima Hotel in Adeje on the south-west coast of Tenerife – a big touristy hotel, but we got a very good deal with flights and half-board, so we couldn’t say no.

Whilst there, we rented 3 motorbikes for 3 days – a Honda NC750X for me, a Kawasaki Versys 650 for Paul and Liz and a Suzuki V-Strom 650 for Geoff. We had planned 3 routes and had great fun riding the island.

10th March 2019 – Day 1 of riding – We picked up our motorbikes and left Adeje and rode the TF-51 up via Vilaflor and then towards Teide on the TF-21, then turned off towards the observatories on TF-24 – it was very windy up there. We rode as far as Mirador de Ortuno, then we turned around. We had a lunch stop at Restaurant Papillon at Las Canadas and a coffee at Cafeteria La Paz in Vilaflor. Despite the strong winds it was a great days riding.

11th March 2019 – Day 2 of riding – We left Adeje and headed up north on TF-1 to Santiago del Teide and then on to El Tanque, then across on TF-82 and TF-42 towards the TF-5 and Puerto de la Cruz, where we stopped for lunch. Then we headed towards La Orotava and up the TF-21 to Teide. Another quick stop at Papillon on the the top and then back home via Vilaflor.

12th March 2019 – Day 3 of riding – We left Adeje and headed east on TF-1 towards the airport. Then turned off onto the TF-645 through Atogo and San Isidro, then back roads towards Vilaflor – rode through lots of veg and fruit plantations. Quick coffee stop in Vilaflor. Then onto TF-38 over Teide and lunch at Las Estrellas (nice terrace and view). Back home via TF-82.

We returned the motorbikes and went for cocktails at Roca Negra.

Very good three days of riding !

The next day I celebrated my 60th birthday in style !

Author: Liz Tompkinson

On our way into the sun
The view from the pool deck at the Hovima Hotel, Costa Adeje
The view from our balcony at the Hovima Hotel, Costa Adeje
The view across the pool at sunset, Hovima Hotel, Costa Adeje
A fun place in Adeje, called Harleys American Bar


Our route on Day 1 – from Adeje via Vilaflor up to Teide and across to the observatories
Our route on day 2 – up to Santiago del Teide and Icod de los Vinos and Puerto de la Cruz and then back up to Teide.
Our route on Day 3 – towards the East and San Isidro back up to Teide and back down on TF38
Clouds in the valley seen from Teide above
Clouds in the valley seen from Teide above
The two Lizzie’s
The two Lizzie’s
The ‘gang’ near El Bailadero
My new Honda hat
Iberico ham and grilles cheese, Restaurant Papillon, Teide
Restaurant Papillon, Teide
Liz and Geoff at Roques de Garcia
Liz and Geoff at Mirador de Ortuno
Liz and Paul at Mirador de Ortuno
Along the TF-21
Bacon sandwich in the hotel – yummy !
Cafe La Paz, Vilaflor
Coffee stop at Cafe La Paz in Vilaflor
View over South Coast Tenerife
Avocado salad, lunch in Puerto de la Cruz
Prawns and avocado, lunch in Puerto de la Cruz
Liz having an ice-cream at Cafe La Paz, Vilaflor
Sandy area on TF-21
The two Lizzie’s on route TF-21 coming up from La Orotava
Geoff and Liz at Papillon restaurant, Teide
The two Lizzie’s at the sandy zone, TF-21
Paul and Liz at sandy zone, TF-21
Geoff and Liz at the sandy zone, TF-21
Crossroads TF-21 and TF-38
The ‘gang’ on TF-38
Geoff and Liz TF-38
Geoff and Liz on TF-38, Pico del Teide in background
Las Estrellas, TF-38
Paul and Liz on the TF-38
Cocktails at Roca Negra
Cocktails at Roca Negra
Lizzie’s special 60th Birthday
Not looking bad for 60 !
Birthday celebrations at La Cupola, Playa Fanabe
Birthday celebrations at La Cupola, Playa Fanabe
Birthday cake at the hotel
Our last night at Harleys Bar