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Map of Tenerife:

Location
Tenerife is one of seven islands that make up the Canarian archipelago. Together, they form the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands, which is divided into two provinces: Santa Cruz de Tenerife (covering La Palma, El Hierro, La Gomera and Tenerife) and Las Palmas (Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria). All of the islands are washed by Atlantic waters and they all have their own attractions and unique landscapes that make them fantastic tourist destinations that you won't want to miss. .

Language
The language spoken on Tenerife is Spanish, with slight variations from mainland Spanish that make it known as the Canarian dialect.

Climate
In general, the climate of Tenerife is moderate, mild and very mild in all seasons. There aren't cold weather, or suffocating heat. Average temperatures are 18 ° C in winter and 25 ° C in summer, although these are relative and general values.

Tenerife has dry periods in April, May, June, July, August, September and October. The warmest month is August with an average maximum temperature of 28°C (82°F). The coldest month is March with an average maximum temperature of 20°C (68°F).

Currency & Foreign exchange
The legal tender used in Tenerife is the euro. If you are travelling from a country outside the eurozone, you will be able to change money by showing your passport at a number of exchange offices located in tourist areas, which tend to charge comparatively lower commission rates than elsewhere.

Getting to Tenerife
Tenerife's South Airport, known as the Reina Sofía Airport, is the Island's most modern international airport and one of the busiest in Spain.

There is another airport in the north of Tenerife, known as Los Rodeos, where most flights travel to and from the other islands, as well as regular national and international flights.

Mountains
Mount Teide, the Teno and Anaga mountain ranges, the Island's rocky beaches and black sands, and its ocean floors... Tenerife's unique landscape is defined by the volcanic activity that has shaped its land for millions of years. Its many peculiarities and as-yet unresolved mysteries as to its origin and geological evolution explain the huge scientific interest that Tenerife stirs up.

Visitor’s Trend
Tourists in Tenerife amounted to 5.73 million in 2019, slightly down when compared to the previous year. In 2020, the inbound tourism on this Spanish island lowered even more due to the COVID-19 pandemic and amounted to less than 2 million tourists that year.

In normal times, an average of 3.5 million people visit the Teide National Park, drawn by its scenery, or by an interest in science, astronomy or volcanology.

Culture and Traditions
It is impossible to fully understand Tenerife without getting to know about its customs and traditions, its writers and musicians, the flair and feeling of its people, its architecture and its great variety of artistic offerings; all of these are important ways to discover the essence of the Island. Nestled in its unique landscapes and embraced by its people, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of museums, cultural centres, exhibitions, architectural pieces of great renown and no end of activities, drawing them deep into the Tenerife way of life.

Topography
Half a million years ago, Tenerife's inherent vulcanism began to create volcanic cones: Pico Viejo and Teide were formed in the crater on Las Cañadas, and new emission centres emerged around the Island covering the land around them and pushing back the sea. It was at this time that Tenerife acquired its current geography and appearance.​

Ecological Diversity
Although Tenerife is just a small island covering 2,034 km2 (785 sq miles), it is home to a surprising ecological diversity thanks to its special environmental conditions: the Island's abrupt topography affects its local weather conditions, leading to a great variety of microclimates. Such an abundance of microclimates results in many different natural habitats, and this is clear to see in the Island's vegetation. The flora here is rich and varied, with some 1,400 higher plant species, a considerable number of which are endemic to the Canary Islands (200) and others to Tenerife (140). In terms of fauna, Tenerife is estimated to have roughly 400 species of fish, 56 types of birds, 5 different reptiles, 2 species of amphibians, 13 land mammals and several thousand kinds of invertebrates, as well as some species of sea turtles and cetaceans..

What is The Tenerife Ultra Squad?

Ultra Running Limited, in conjunction with it’s global partners around the world has created the International Ultra Squads.

The Tenerife Ultra Squad is a partnership between Ultra Running Limited and Marnix Mortier who is resident in Tenerife.

Marnix Mortier

Marnix, a Belgian resident in Tenerife for over 20 years, with qualifications as an Advanced Personal Trainer, Spinning Trainer, Indoor Walking Trainer and Bosu Balance Training.

Marnix specializes in long distances runs, and has participated in several half marathons and extreme trials such as the Tenerife Blue Trail, the TransVulcania, the Las Palmas Ultra Trail Gran Challenge, the La Palma Ultra Marathon, and our own event 0-4-0.
Marnix will ensure that all our clients make the most of the unique conditions that this island can offer you.

So, what’s on offer from the Tenerife Ultra Squad?

  • Training Camps – We offer training camps in Tenerife the whole year round. Your stay will be bespoke to you. Whatever your preferences, we can create a mix of sporting activities, trail running, or just relaxing by the pool after a busy day shopping.
  • Challenges – Take on one of our many challenges – Marnix has created a series of testing trail runs which you can either do under your own steam, or Marnix and his team can guide you.
  • Events – We have our own race coming soon in Tenerife – the 0-4-0, so watch this space or join our 0-4-0 Facebook page for the latest news.
  • 0-4-0 – Whilst waiting for the actual race date to go live, Marnix can still give you the full 0-4-0 route challenge – so actually no need to wait.

What’s included:

  • Each booking is bespoke to you – the customer
  • We can collect you and drop you back at the Airport, and provide everything in-between
  • Split group guides to suit abilities
  • Your bespoke Tenerife Ultra Squad Medal to commemorate your visit to Tenerife.
  • Our partner hotel is the fabulous H10 Tenerife Playa – Surrounded by the sea and facing Lago Martiánez, the hotel enjoys an outstanding location in Puerto de la Cruz, in northern Tenerife. The hotel has a full range of facilities, grand swimming pools, a wide range of dining options, two meeting rooms, a complete entertainment programme and the Privilege, Exclusive Rooms and Services. Please see our 'Tenerife Experience Galleries'.
  • For those seeking a quieter location we have also partnered with Sol y Luna which is a peaceful oasis in the middle of a working banana plantation, just far enough from the town for peace and quiet, but close enough for convenience and community. The property is perfectly positioned to offer a clear view of the town and the ocean below, and the spectacular Mount Teide above.
  • We will arrange your accommodation for you – but our price guarantee is that you won’t book it cheaper going direct to either H10 or Sol y Luna.

Training Camps are available all year round, for any duration:

Well, the options are really unlimited with literally hundreds of different trail options across the island.

Mount Teide, standing at an impressive 3,718m is Europes highest Volcano and Spains highest mountain, it is tipped with a covering of snow, where temperatures can be 20 degrees cooler than down on the south coast. The Teide National Park, situated high above the clouds, guarantees you tough training conditions, with heat, humidity and altitude all thrown in. The lunar type landscape is a reminder of the history of the island and the massive volcanic eruptions which spilled out the larva flows.

The Ridge, a trail with breathtaking views of Las Canades, Mount Teide and the south coast of Tenerife.

Pine Forests, various trails which are completely different to what can be experienced with the seven canyons, yet still incredibly demanding and challenging. From very steep trails to traverse trails there are unlimited options.

Coastal Trails, with panoramic views and again different levels of challenge.

North Tenerife, a complete contrast to the south with plenty of tree covered trails to keep you occupied.

We offer training packages at great prices with quality accommodation and training sessions on the coast, inland or high mountain, in a group or solo, with or without a guide, with GPS, daytime or night-time, Spinning classes, Indoor Walking…

Contact us to find out about staying for longer or shorter periods.
For groups of less than 15 people Full Board is only available at certain times of the year.
Individuals - we often cater for individual enquiries so please message us with your requirements.

What type of experience are you after?

  • Are you looking for somewhere to train throughout the year with good weather? Would you also like the help of professional experts from the world of sport?
  • It could be that you are a seasoned ultra-runner, that would benefit from some tough terrain, warm temperature and high altitude training.
  • It could be you are an intermediate runner, looking for a nice climate with stunning scenery and interested in developing your techniques.
  • Or maybe you would just like to get away for a short break and enjoy some relaxing walks.
  • Swimming, Cycling, Golf, whatever your sport or fancy, we will do our best to provide you with that perfect break.
  • You don’t need to be part of a group! Just register solo, and give us a brief of your experience / expectations.

Tenerife Training Camps cost:

Please message us for latest date availability and prices. To confirm bookings there will be a £200 non-refundable deposit pp.

The training camp schedule will be developed around your needs and expectations. As everything is bespoke to you, so is this price, which will be determined following your enquiry.

Alternatively, if you commit to raising an agreed minimum target value for our URL preferred charity, you only pay a one-off non-refundable fee of £250.00 against the whole package cost.

Please note:
We would advise that group bookings consist of reasonably an equal level of abilities. Our guide in Tenerife will happily increase or decrease the demands of the challenge to suit you, the customer. Groups of varied abilities can be catered for but there will be additional costs for extra guides.

All URL participants will earn the unique Tenerife Ultra Squad medal as shown.

Accommodation:

You won't book cheaper going direct to our providers. In addition, if you do decide to book your own accommodation you may have supplementary costs added for collections and returns. That said, you are welcome to make your own arrangements.

Booking your accommodation through us, we have the following two options:

H10 Tenerife Playa:

Surrounded by the sea and facing Lago Martiánez, the H10 Tenerife Playa enjoys an outstanding location in Puerto de la Cruz, in northern Tenerife. The hotel has a full range of facilities, grand swimming pools, a wide range of dining options, two meeting rooms, a complete entertainment programme and the Privilege, Exclusive Rooms and Services.

The H10 Tenerife Playa is our official race hotel for our forthcoming 0-4-0 race.

The hotel offers its guests a full range of cuisine based on a selection of fresh produce and show cooking. There are beauty treatment rooms, a gym area overlooking the ocean, childrens activities and your are situated right in the heart of shops, restaurants and clubs all within walking distance.

Please see 'The Tenerife Experiences Galleries' for photographs of this hotel.

Sol y Luna Mansion:

Is a peaceful oasis in the middle of a working banana plantation, just far enough from town for peace and quiet, but close enough for convenience and community. The property is perfectly positioned to offer a clear view of the town and the ocean below, and spectacular Mount Teide above.

Sleeping arrangements are in private quarters and include two larger rooms that are suitable for dorm style lodging of up to 3-4 guests, 2 twin beds rooms, and one room with double bed. The house has four spacious full bathrooms which are shared by guests.

Sol y Luna is limited to just 12 guests for residential retreats, so it is important to book early if this is your preferred option.

Depending on availability, you can enjoy the Sol y Luna experience which is a 6 days/5 nights all inclusive, intimate gathering in Tenerife, where you will celebrate life, yoga and nature.

This experience recharge yoga wellness retreat in Sol y Luna is suitable for anyone who'd like a week away to nourish and energise with wellness, healthy food, Yoga and more. Beginners are welcome as well as all ages.

Please see 'The Tenerife Experiences Galleries' for photographs of this hotel.

Yoga & Nature Experience Week

Taking place at Sol y Luna. The experience is a curated 6 days/5 nights all inclusive, intimate gathering in Tenerife, where you will celebrate life, yoga and nature.

These workshops are throughout the year, but availability is limited. Please message us with your date requirements for more information.

Conceived for your well-being, these workshops offer you an encounter with the best of Tenerife, its kindness, its climate, its air, fresh fruits and vegetables, native flora, its customs, impressive landscapes, beaches and much more...

This experience is suitable for anyone who'd like a week away to nourish and energise with wellness, healthy food, Yoga and more.

Beginners are welcome as well as all ages.

Typical Workshop programme:

1st day

17:00 Check-in to your accommodation

18:00 Briefing and presentations

19:00 Dinner

21:00 Relaxation, music and mingling

2nd day

08:00 Wake up by the sound of singing bowl

09:00 Yoga asanas and relaxation class

10:30 Breakfast

11:30 Free time to rest, enjoy the beach or massage

13:30 Lunch

18:00 Workshop (eg. mindfullness/depends on the teacher availability)

20:00 Dinner

21:00 Time to get together

3rd day

07:30 Wake up by the sound of singing bowl

08:00 Yoga asanas and relaxation class

10:00 Breakfast

11:00 Excursion to the wild beach (picnic on the beach, Dinner at local Restaurant

18:00 Yoga session, stretching or guided meditation

4th day

07:30 Wake up by the sound of singing bowl

08:00 Pilates class

10:00 Breakfast

11:00 Free time to shop, enjoy the beach or massages

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Free time

18:00 Didgeridoo meditation therapy, the power of sound

20:00 Dinner

5th day

07:30 Wake up by the sound of singing bowl

08:00 Yoga asanas and relaxation class

10:00 Breakfast

11:00 Excoursion (Full day, eg. Teide, Anaga, Masca) Picnic in the nature

17:00 Rest, free time

19:00 Life music concert

20:00 Dinner tapas

6th day

07:30 Wake up by the sound of singing bowl

08:00 Yoga asanas and relaxation class

10:00 Breakfast

11:00 Free time to rest enjoy the beach or massages

13:00 Lunch

Summary and goodbye until next time.

All URL participants will earn the unique Tenerife Ultra Squad medal as shown.

In 2014 URL was instrumental in providing the first test-run of an explosive new race - The 0-4-0. (please see our gallery of photos).

With great excitment we are working on creating an annual 0-4-0 event and are in close discussion with the necessary authorities on the island. In the meantime, you can experience the challenge anytime of the year, courtesy of Marnix and his Team of guides.

The 0-4-0 Challenge

Some interesting statistics for 0-4-0:

  • Distance: 58 km
  • Accumulated positive shoulder: 3855m
  • Accumulated negative shoulder: 3855m
  • Total shoulder accumulated: 7710m
  • Max incline: 52%
  • Avg. incline: 15%

0-4-0 Location Overview:

The Teide National Park is the most visited National Park in Europe, with nearly four million tourists each year coming to witness one of the greatest geological spectacles on our planet.

Tens of thousands of intrepid visitors reach the peak of Mount Teide. Most do so using the cable car which commences at a car-park located at 2365 metres near Canadas del Teide.

However, the most daring try to complete the ascent and descent of the volcano in one assault, starting at zero metres from the beach at Playa del Socorro (Los Realejos), up to the peak of Mount Teide – the White Mountain and back down to the beach at Playa del Socorro.

0-4-0 starts from a beach in Los Realejos, follows a fully marked route to the top of Mount Teide. If you are interested in the race, why not check it out and get some advanced knowledge of what to expect.

We were instrumental with an intial 0-4-0 promotional event in 2015. For these event photos please see the album in the 'Tenerife Experiences Galleries'.

0-4-0 Equipment Recommendations:

  • Small backpack.
  • Head torch & spare batteries.
  • Suitable clothing and shoes. The race will commence at midnight but will still be warm. As you approach the top of Mount Teide it will be very cold with the possibility of snow covering. On the descent through the National Park it is likely to be very sunny and warm. Other useful items – Windbreaker / long sleeve tops.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sun protection.
  • Hat / Buff.
  • Water bottles or incorporated within backpack.
  • Energy Food. (Gels or similar)
  • Mobile phone
  • Euros (contingency)

The 0-4-0 Challenge entry cost:

Please message us for latest date availability and prices. To confirm bookings there will be a £200 non-refundable deposit pp.

The 0-4-0 Challenge cost will be incorpoated into your bespoke package.

Alternatively, if you commit to raising an agreed minimum target value for our URL preferred charity, you only pay a one-off non-refundable fee of £250.00 against the whole package cost.

Please note:
The 0-4-0 Challenge is based around an intermediate level runner. We would advise that group bookings consist of reasonably an equal level of running abilities. Our guide in Tenerife will happily increase or decrease the demands of the challenge to suit you, the customer.

If you prefer to Trek that's fine too - we will bespoke the experience around your expectations.

All URL participants will earn the unique Tenerife Ultra Squad medal as shown.

I'm vegan. Is Tenerife vegan friendly?

Tenerife is not only attracting tourism to see its incredible landscape and wildlife, but it's also nurturing a very up and coming vegan scene.

In addition, Marnix has been a practising vegan for may years now, even developing an extensive selection of his own vegan menu's.

There are many options for eating out too, with good selections of Indian, European, Mediterranean, Itlaian, Thai etc.

An interesting vegan stat:

The total percentage of vegans in the world—and all linked categories (including vegetarians), is close to 14% of the world population - and growing.

Bring along the family:

You may be looking for an individual training week, or part of a group of like minded people all looking to experience the trails and challenges that Tenerife's terrain and climate has to offer.

But there's no need to leave the family at home!

Whilst you are out pushing your fitness levels, they could be enjoying the hotel accommodation, lounging by the pool, or some therapy shopping - there's certainly plenty to do. They may even go on their own little adventure!

Simply get lost  on a day out, here's some suggestions:

Siam Water Park is an absolute must, although from Puerto de la Cruz it's a ninety minute bus journey (but oh so worth it). At the end of the day you will want to go back.

El Lago Martiánez - if you are stopping at our H10 hotel it's right infront of you! It doesn't have the slides that Siam has, but it has several swimming pools with floating islands, thundering waterfalls and perfect for relaxation.

Mount Tiede - Well, you can't really miss it! An amazing location surrounded by the volcanic Tiede National Park, with a cable car to get you quite close to the peak.

Rent a Bike - Make it as leisurely or demanding as you choose. You can even take the option of an electric bike. There are many hire companies across the island.

The sea - Go boat fishing, scuba-diving, para gliding.

Horse Riding - A relaxing way to go a little off track from the hussle and bussle of the towns.

In short, there's something for everone on Tenerife.

If you would like us to source alternative accommodation for your family such as private villas with a pool, please message us.

Tenerife Photo coverage

Ultra Running Ltd. reserves all exclusive rights for photo coverage of all of our Tenerfie Experiences.

Participants agree that Ultra Running Limited may use exclusively their individual or collective names and pictures for anything related directly or indirectly to their participation in any of our Tenerife Offerings.

You are now able to add a Personal Cancellation Insurance Policy at the time of your booking.

The policy is provided through Event Protect Limited.

Please review what is covered under the policy HERE.

 

Ultra Running Limited (URL) Terms & Conditions

The Agreement

This document constitutes an agreement between you (the Customer) and URL (the Organiser). Entry into any of the URL Tenerife Experiences is strictly conditional upon the customer agreeing to all of the terms and conditions contained within this document (the Agreement). It is all customers responsibility to have read and accepted this agreement before entering/registering for one or more of URL events.

Registration Process

Customers are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of their personal records within the experience database. Should any information change prior to the event taking place, it is the individual customers responsibility to ensure that they contact URL to update their records accordingly.

All Event Fees must be paid in full eight weeks before departure for the event.

The initial deposits is NON REFUNDABLE under any circumstance. Please see the 'Personal Cancellation Insurance' option available to you.

By booking one our Tenerife Experiences, all customers have acknowledged that they have read and agree to the event terms and conditions prior to their booking being submitted. By doing so, the customer is unreservedly accepting all of the terms and conditions of this agreement.

Use of Personal Data

The organiser or their agents will maintain a registration database for all entrants and their chosen emergency contact. All information will be collected, stored and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.

The organiser may use the customers contact information to keep them informed of the event or to notify them of other events organised or promoted by URL.

Customers give permission for the organisers, their agents, or any other associated organisations to use any photographs, video tapes, motion pictures, website images, recordings, or any other record of the event. Such articles may be used or included on websites, social media publications, advertising, promotional information, or other publicly accessible sources.

Personal Ability to Participate

It is the customers responsibility to ensure they train appropriately and have the requisite level of fitness to be able to take part in their selected experience.

Customers must ensure their personal health is suitable for participating in the event. If in any doubt the customer should consult their doctor.

It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure the organisers are informed at the point of entry of any medical conditions that could be relevant for any first-aid treatment.

If a participant believes that it is unsafe for them to continue in the event, it is their duty to notify the guide or lead appointed by URL for the event as soon as practicable.

Participation in the Events

The events consist or running, or trekking, or walking, or sight-seeing.

All customers will receive a bespoke medal on behalf of The Tenerife Ultra Squad to commemorate their experience.

Customers must act in accordance with the local law and be respectful of both the environment and the local people.

Customers are responsible for taking part safely and with due respect for others.

Customers must comply with the instructions of the guide or lead, as appointed by URL at the time.

Should circumstances dictate, or in the interest of safety, URL or it's nominated partner reserve the right to make such changes to the published event routes as may be deemed necessary at their absolute discretion.

URL or it's nominated partner, reserve the right to require a customer to retire from their experience where their conduct is considered to be inappropriate.

Whilst appropriate risk assessments will be carried out before the event, competitors assume full and complete responsibility for any injury or accident which may occur whilst travelling to or from the event, during the event, or whilst on any premises related to the event.

The experiences URL offer in Tenerife can be dangerous, all customers must agree to waive, release and forever discharge the event organisers, sponsors, promoters, and each of their agents, representatives, successors and assigns, and all other persons associated with the event, from any liabilities, claims, actions, or damages that they may have against them arising out of or in any way connected with participation in this event. This includes any claims, whether caused by negligence, the action or inaction of any of the above parties, or otherwise.

YOUR TRIP

URL or it's nominated partner, operate trips in regions where standards of accommodation, transport, safety, hygiene, food, medical facilities and other infrastructure may be lower than those you normally expect. Taking part in these experiences requires a certain measure of flexibility, good humour, and an understanding that the itinerary, accommodation and modes of transport may be changed without notice, due to circumstances beyond our control. By signing the Booking form you agree to URL or it's nominated partner, making such necessary changes without liability.

LIABILITY & RESPONSIBILITIES

URL or it's nominated partner provides a service it will do so with due care and skill. URL or it's nominated partner is not responsible for the acts and omissions of others, including airlines, accommodation providers nore are we responsible for any loss, damage or expense (including loss of money paid in advance) which you may incur as a consequence of the acts and omissions of others.
URL or it's nominated partner will not accept responsibility or liability for any passenger who contravenes any law or regulation of any country visited within the confines of the trip. Any independent arrangements that you make are entirely at your own risk.

CANCELLATION COSTS INCURRED BY CLIENT

Cancellation by the participant:
More than 90 days before departure     Full refund less deposit
More than 60 days before departure    Refund of 75% of total trip cost (not including non-refundable deposit)
Less than 60 days before departure     Refund of 50% of total trip cost (not including non-refundable deposit)
Less than 21 days of departure          Refund of 25% of total trip cost (not including non-refundable deposit)

● No refunds will be made for any unused services, accommodation etc once the trip has  started.
● If a client decides to leave a trip before its completion, no refund will be given for the unused portion of the trip.
● If a client wishes to extend the duration of a trip after the trip has started, this may be possible but payment will need to be made prior to this taking place.

CANCELLATION BY URL or it's nominated partner

● If URL or it's nominated partner canceled the trip it will be refund 100% including the initial deposit.

Entrants must exercise their own experience and judgement regarding their ability, equipment and preparedness to cope with the prevailing elements before they commence.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Insurance is compulsory for all trips. Your policy must cover accidents, medical expenses, and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and personal liability. URL also recommends your insurance policy covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.  You are required to carry proof of insurance with you, and to produce it if requested by URL or it's nominated partner.

HEALTH & MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Anyone who is in good health and mentally prepared can take part in most of our Tenerife Experiences. Some Experiences however are more strenuous and entail many days at higher altitude. Contact URL if you require advice in order to make a suitable trek selection.
It is your responsibility to advise URL of any pre-existing medical conditions and health concerns that may increase the risk of you requiring medical attention whilst trekking. We will capture this through the registration process. In some cases, URL may request that you provide medical clearance from your doctor before accepting your booking.

General Provisions

This agreement constitutes the whole agreement between the parties and any prior agreement, oral or written, are excluded.

Any failure by any party to enforce or to exercise at any time any term or any right under this agreement shall not be deemed to be a waiver of that term or right and shall not affect that party’s right to later enforce or to exercise it.

If any term of this agreement is found to be illegal or unenforceable it shall be deemed to be omitted from the agreement and shall not affect the validity of the remainder of the agreement.

Nothing in this agreement confers any right on third parties to enforce the provisions of this agreement under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

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