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Hiking for beginners in Tenerife – quick guide

With more than 1,000 kilometres of trails, hiking in Tenerife is the best option for exploring the island’s nature on foot. In addition, every year, hikers from all over the world come together to celebrate the Tenerife Walking Festival – a fantastic opportunity to participate in a great hiking event and get to know Tenerife in a different way. But if you want to hike on your own and do not know where to start? Then read on carefully, because in this blog post we give you some tips that will be very useful.

When can you go hiking in Tenerife?

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In Tenerife, our climate allows you to go hiking all year round, except when snowfalls prevent access to the Teide trails in winter. On some days the bad weather can affect the condition of the trails. For this reason, it is important to always consult the weather forecast before setting out on the route, and to stay well informed about the paths ask the tourist information offices and visitor centres.

What do you need for hiking in Tenerife?

As in other sports, hiking requires having adequate equipment, although the difficulty is always the path itself. The essential equipment is good hiking boots and a backpack where you should put water, food and warm clothes, as well as a hat if you need it.

Que necesitas para hacer senderismo en Tenerife

It is also advisable to take trekking poles if you are planning longer trips or you simply feel safer with them. You should also have a well-charged mobile phone, although there is no signal in many areas. But it can be useful if you pre-download maps or use specific trail apps.

Permits

In Tenerife there are several protected nature reserves and natural landscapes, so you will need a permit for them in order to use their trails. But do not worry because in the tourist information offices you get all the necessary information.

Senderismo Tenerife Teide

To access the Teide peak it is necessary to ask for a permit on the official website of National Parks, although remember that if you spend the night at the Altavista refuge and get on the peak before 9 in the morning, it is not necessary to ask for permission.

Hiking trails for beginners in Tenerife

You feel like exploring the trails of the island, but do not know yet which routes you should choose, then we recommend you to start with a low level of difficulty.

Way of the senses

It is located in the Anaga Mountains and is a very special path, as it encourages you to discover the nature of this unique environment by smelling, touching and seeing. It is divided into 3 different sections, the first is wheelchair accessible, while the third covers the previous two and leads to the viewpoint Mirador del Llano de los Loros.

Samarines, exploring the coast of Candelaria

Samarines Candelaria Tenerife

If you want to explore the volcanic coast of the island, this small trail of only 2 kilometres is ideal. Part of the Basilica of Candelaria, as well as beaches, cliffs, native flora and other landscapes can be seen on the route, which incidentally was used in pre-Hispanic times by the indigenous people, the Guanches. It is a round trip, so you can discover the things that you might not have notised on your first trip.

Monte del Agua

Monte del Agua Tenerife

To discover the landscapes in the northwest of Tenerife, you can choose the path known as “Monte de Agua”, which leads you to the hamlet of El Palmar. There are two options for the tour: the first takes you through Las Huertas and the second through Las Lagunetas. Both take about an hour and, to reach their starting point, you have to cross part of the trail between Erjos and Las Portelas.

Tenerife Walking Festival, the next step

Tenerife Walking Festival 2019

If you’re ready to take the plunge and live an authentic hiking experience, the Tenerife Walking Festival is your event. Every year in late May, adventurers from all over the world gather on our island to explore the best trails. Join us next time!

Top 10 Trails of Tenerife – the best routes

Sometimes it is really difficult to decide which hikes to do in Tenerife. The impressive coastal landscape, its legendary volcanoes, its lush forests… There is a huge selection! For this reason, we have put together the top 10 hiking trails in Tenerife in this blog post. Get to know some of the best routes of the island.

Alto de Guajara

Alto de Guajara Tenerife

This path takes you on a continuous ascent through some of the most curious places on Mount Teide. The hike starts in Degollada de Guajara and takes you to Alto de Guajara at 2,715 meters. During the ascent you can see the southern slope of the island as well as the rest of the islands of the archipelago.

Montaña Blanca – Pico del Teide

Montaña Blanca

This hike is one of the hardest and most rewarding trails at the same time in the Teide National Park. Its difficulty is high and it takes about five hours to complete it. The beginning is the Montaña Blanca path, which leads you almost to the top of Mount Teide (only 200 metres from the summit). When you arrive at the viewpoint Mirador de la Fortaleza, you can see the entire northern slope of Tenerife.

If you want to climb the highest summit of Spain, you need a special permit for the last 200 metres to Mount Teide. You can also stay at the Altavista refuge and, if you get up early enough, even see one of the most beautiful sunrises.

Malpaís de Güímar

Malpaís de Güímar

Contrasts of volcanic rocks and the blue sea await you on this path that runs through the Natural Reserve of Malpaís de Güímar. It is a circular walk, so the beginning and the end are the same, which makes the route easier. On the path you can see some of the endemic species of the archipelago, such as spurge, cardons or tabaibas.

Cruz del Carmen – Punta del Hidalgo

Cruz del Carmen - Punta del Hidalgo

Start the hike in the green forests of Anaga until you reach the rugged coast of Punta del Hidalgo… That’s the challenge of the 10-kilometre Cruz del Carmen – Punta del Hidalgo trail, which takes about four hours. On the way you will find interesting landscapes, such as the laurel forest to more rural areas or small hamlets such as Chinamada.

Siete Cañadas

Siete Cañadas Tenerife

This is a particularly beautiful trail at night. In June, the blue bugloss flowers first, and later the red bugloss of Mount Teide. The hike can be easily connected with public transport, both at the beginning and at the end. Therefore, it is advisable to check the timetables in advance, bearing in mind that the total distance takes about four and a half hours.

San José de los Llanos – Montaña Chinyero

Chinyero

It is a low difficulty trail and just under 4 kilometres. The path runs through pine forests and volcanic landscapes typical of the Chinyero area. Chinyero is the last volcano that erupted on Tenerife, more than a century ago. So it’s a great opportunity to explore the island’s recent volcanic history.

Los Silos – Cuevas Negras – Erjos

Los Silos Tenerife

On this hike, which begins in the village of Erjos, you discover the natural wonders of the northwestern tip of Tenerife. Formerly this was a royal road that connected the coast of Los Silos with the summit of the Valle de Santiago, so some of its sections are paved.

Los Silos – Talavera – El Palmar

El Palmar

With destination El Palmar we leave Los Silos and walk surrounded by the native flora, which mixes with the agricultural landscape. If you want unforgettable views of Isla Baja, this is your route.

Vilaflor – Paisaje Lunar – Vilaflor

Paisaje Lunar

Did you know that in Tenerife you can travel to the Moon through one of its trails? On this hike, which begins in the village of Vilaflor, you walk through the so-called “Lunar Landscape” in the municipality of Granadilla. In addition to the unique rock formation, you can also enjoy magnificent views of the summit during the hike.

Afur – Taganana – Afur

Afur

Our top 10 list closes this trail, which leads through the beauty of the hamlets and the north coast of Tenerife. You can visit places like Taganana or Afur as well as remote areas of Tenerife such as the Tamadite beach.

These are just a few examples of all the trails that await you in Tenerife. Which is your favorite hiking route on the island?

Hiking in Tenerife – 5 years Tenerife Walking Festival

Hiking in Tenerife is an activity that generates more and more interest among our travellers and visitors. The Tenerife Walking Festival, the great hiking event of our island, takes place for the fifth time this year; five years full of anecdotes, stories, landscapes, legends, gastronomy, culture… Are you going to miss it?

Green, volcanic and coastal paths at the Tenerife Walking Festival

Tenerife Walking Festival Senderismo en Tenerife

The trails of the Tenerife Walking Festival are as varied and colourful as the island itself. From the intense blue of the Atlantic to the reddish Martian landscapes of the Teide National Park, you will walk through thousand-year-old forests, historical volcanoes and along beautiful coastlines.

Green trails of the Tenerife Walking Festival

Caressed by the trade winds and rocked by a sea of ​​clouds, the forests of the north face of Tenerife immerse you in an enchanting green mountain world. Canary pines and laurel trees open the way to rural and endemic landscapes, each with its own history and culture.

Senderos Verdes Tenerife Walking Festival 2019

New this year is the route El Palmar – Talavera – Los Silos. In the extreme northwest of Tenerife, five hours of hiking await you between farmland, tabaibas, heather and other native plants. You will discover what makes the Teno Rural Park unique and you will also explore one of Tenerife’s little treasures, the Isla Baja.

Volcanic trails at the Tenerife Walking Festival

Tenerife is an island that was slowly born from volcanoes. It took millions of years to create this jewel in the middle of the Atlantic. Mount Teide is our landmark, but not the only volcanic landscape in Tenerife.

Senderos Volcanicos Tenerife Walking Festival 2019

At the Tenerife Walking Festival 2019 you can discover many volcanic landscapes; up to seven routes are offered at the event. Of course, El Teide is the big protagonist, although you can choose famous places such as Punta de Teno or Masca. On these routes you will learn all about the volcanic history of Tenerife.

Coastal paths at the Tenerife Walking Festival

The fact of being surrounded by the sea, means that many trails pass along the coast. Whether gigantic cliffs or curious rock formations, both the north coast and the south coast of Tenerife hide treasures that are worth to be discovered.

Senderos de Costa Tenerife Walking Festival 2019

One of these treasures is definitely Benijo, the star of the festival’s coastal routes. It is a small beach, barely 300 metres long, but it is one of the most photographed beaches in Tenerife. The sunsets here are spectacular and together with the characteristic rocks it is one of the most beautiful places on the island to take pictures.

Although Benijo is just the beginning of the adventure! You will hike through the most exciting areas of the Anaga Mountains and ascend to Cruz del Draguillo. Finally, you will reach Roque Bermejo, a hidden beach reached by the narrow paths.

Complementary activities at the Tenerife Walking Festival

Although the Tenerife Walking Festival is mainly made up of hiking and nature, we tell you, that’s not all. During the hikes you will also get to know the nature and culture of the islands. For instance, you’ll be able to experience live the “Salto del Pastor“, an ancient technique still used by the goatherds of the island to move around on difficult and steep terrain.

Clausura Tenerife Walking Festival

The activities include also the welcome and farewell parties. In particular, the closing ceremony is usually a very emotional moment where all hikers of all participating nationalities make a parade through Puerto de la Cruz, additionally live music and gastronomic specialties are offered to finish farewell to the five intense days of adventures.

Are you ready to take part in this adventure?

Experiences on Mount Teide – stars, hiking trails and Martian landscapes

The experiences in the Teide National Park can be very different. From challenging hikes that reward you with breathtaking views, to exploring the constellations and galaxies in the night sky.

A tour to El Teide and the National Park in all its splendor

A trip to El Teide is certainly one of the most important experiences that can be done in Tenerife. There is a lot to see and to discover! After all, the size of the National Park is 18,990 hectares or 26,000 football fields!

Experiencias en el Teide Nubes

The duration of an excursion is approximately eight and a half hours. Here you will discover volcanic landscapes, typical Canarian villages and some natural monuments of the park while getting to know the geological history of our islands.

Ascent to Pico Teide, the summit of Spain

The ascent to Pico Teide is an experience that you can’t describe in words. You have to live it to really understand what it feels to stand on the summit of Spain, at 3,718 metres, and the third highest volcano in the world, measured from the seafloor.

When you reach the top and raise your gaze, you will see two seas. The first is a sea of ​​fluffy clouds rocked by the trade winds, the second is the vast Atlantic Ocean with its intense blue.

Vistas Cumbre Teide Experiencias

In favorable weather conditions you can also see the silhouette of the rest of the islands that are closest to Tenerife: La Gomera, El Hierro, La Palma and Gran Canaria. An immaterial experience that you will surely keep in your heart and memory.

Stars of El Teide – close to the galaxy

Stargazing on El Teide is undoubtedly a galactic experience. The Teide Observatory is the world’s largest solar observatory with instruments and telescopes from various nations and international institutions.

Experiencia estrellas en el Teide

After visiting the facilities you can wait for the sunset to finally see the stars. Depending on the night you will see stars and radiant galaxies or a bright moon full of craters, landforms and mountains… As you’ve never seen it before!

Did you know that you can also find the mountains Tenerife, Pico and the crater Piazzi Smyth on the moon? The latter was named in honour of the Scottish astronomer, who wrote “Tenerife: The Experiences of an Astronomer” and whose studies made a great contribution to the scientific interest on the island.

Trails in the Teide National Park – paths between volcanoes and rocks

Walking at more than 2,000 metres can be a challenge. Mount Teide offers several routes that lead from the difficult paths to the summit or the refuge of Altavista (although you can always take the cable car as an alternative) to the trails that pass through the natural heritage of the National Park such as the Roques de García or the Cathedral of the Teide.

Vistas del Teide Islas Canarias

No matter which route you choose, always remember to bring water or isotonic drinks in your backpack, and stop occasionally to rest and recharge batteries. Also wear warm clothes, regardless of the season in which you make the trip, as the temperature can change at that altitude and then it gets very cold.

Precisely this is what makes Tenerife unique. You can sunbathe on the beach, then put on your coat and be in a few hours above the clouds. Do you want to discover it?

Our favourite beaches in Tenerife for 2019  

The beaches of Tenerife are undoubtedly a must for 2019. Whether you are looking for water sports, places to relax and unwind or you prefer lively beaches where you can have fun… In Tenerife you will find exactly what you are looking for.

Beaches for sports enthusiasts

We recently released Tenerife’s “Sports Calendar” for 2019, with many events for every taste and discipline, some even on beaches like El Medano or Las Americas!

El Médano, the favourite beach for windsurfing

Playa De Tenerife El Medano

On this famous beach in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona, the World PWA Windsurfing Championship will be held. Last year participated more than 70 professionals. If you love windsurfing then El Médano is your place to go. It is one of the most colourful and peculiar landscapes in the south of Tenerife.

Beach Playa de Las AméricasPlaya De Tenerife Las Americas

Perhaps the best known place for water sports lovers is the “Izquierda de la Palmera”. It’s one of the island’s famous waves, therefore the Las Americas Pro attracts professional surfers from around the world to attend the WSL World Surf League event in February. Some interesting beaches you can find in this area are El Camisón beach and Las Vistas beach.

Family beaches

For a child there is nothing better than spending a great day on the beach. Building sand castles, playing ball games or just swimming in the sea turn a simple day in the sun into an oasis of fun. In Tenerife, there is a big variety of family beaches.

Beach Playa de La Pinta

Playa De Tenerife La Pinta

With a calm swell thanks to its breakwater and a wide range of activities (inflatable trampoline castles in the water, jet skiing, diving …), La Pinta beach is one of the most popular beaches to enjoy with the family in the south of Tenerife. A great option if you are in Costa Adeje!

Beach Playa de Las Teresitas

Playa De Tenerife Las Teresitas

One of the favourite beaches for locals and tourists alike is undoubtedly the beach Las Teresitas. There is hardly any waves on the main beach and its size invites to enjoy long walks with the family. You can even rent a boat and enjoy the beach from the water.

Beaches for hiking

If you would like to explore the natural trails of Tenerife (or even participate in the Tenerife Walking Festival), then many hiking trails have a refreshing reward for the sweaty effort: a natural beach.

Beach Playa de Antequera

Playa De Tenerife Antequera

This beach can only be reached via a difficult path starting from the hostel Albergue de Montes de Anaga or by boat in a trip of almost an hour from Santa Cruz. Its clear and calm waters, in harmony with the imposing rock of Antequera, offering impressive views that are a real treat after the strenuous walk.

Beach Playa de Los Roques

Playa De Tenerife Los Roques

At the end of the path of Rambla de Castro (easier than the previous one of Antequera) you reach this curious stone beach: the beach Los Roques. If you are a lover of photography, then you should not miss the sunset, very impressive!

Beaches to relax

Sometimes we just need rest and relaxation, we have to escape the hustle and bustle of the big cities and just take refuge in a natural sanctuary, only accompanied by the sound of the sea.

Beach Playa de Benijo

Playas De Tenerife Benijo

Playa Benijo is possibly the most photogenic beach in Tenerife. You have to see this fantastic colour spectacle of the sunset, how well it harmonises with the famous rocks. This sight is a true stress killer.

Beach Playa de El Bollullo

Playas De Tenerife El Bollullo

This small beach in La Orotava is located in one of the quietest corners in the north of Tenerife. Only 200 metres wide, it is a perfect retreat, where you will change the noise of the city by the sound of the sea.

And you? What kind of beach do you prefer?

The best hiking trails in Tenerife: Tenerife Walking Festival 2018

Explore Tenerife’s best hiking trails: along the coast, through forests and volcanic landscapes. This is how we could define the Tenerife Walking Festival 2018, one of the most important hiking events in Europe. From May, 22nd to 26th, hikers from all over the continent will meet in Tenerife to share an extraordinary experience: stunning trails, authentic gastronomy and unique culture.

Coastal, volcanic, and green routes

The natural diversity of the island creates so many different facets, from volcanic landscapes to coastal paths in just a few kilometres. This allows a big variety of walking routes at the Tenerife Walking Festival 2018, with up to 22 options available.

Coastal routes of Tenerife

Tenerife is a window open to the Atlantic. That is why many of the island’s trails run parallel to the sea, highlighting especially the spectacular sunsets overlooking the ocean and other islands. At the Tenerife Walking Festival 2018 you can enjoy one of the most magical beaches of the Canary Islands, Playa Benijo, or explore the colourful contrasts of Malpaís de Güímar.

Volcanic routes of Tenerife

The volcanic routes of Tenerife seem taken from another planet. Not in vain, in the Mount Teide National Park was filmed the second part of “Clash of the Titans”. Even several “rover” vehicles have been tested here because of the similarity of the ground with that of the lunar surface. You also have the option of doing night trails and the universe itself guides you by illuminating your path to you capture unforgettable memories.

Green routes of Tenerife

Dense trees and bushes form a green paradise where nature breathes and the senses awaken. Whether you are crossing the forest of Agua García or immersing yourself in the magical wetlands of Anaga, you will breathe the fresh air and relax in nature.

Puerto de la Cruz, headquarters of Tenerife Walking Festival 2018

One more year Puerto de la Cruz will be the meeting and starting point of our festival. Its pleasant temperature and its proximity to the sea, makes it the ideal place to share anecdotes and travelling stories after an intense day of walking. For this reason, the event’s official bar, the Dynamic Bar, will offer nightly entertainment and special discounts for the participants.

But you can also explore the city, because on Sunday, May 27th, two free urban tours are offered in Puerto de la Cruz. On the one hand, you can follow the footsteps of the Canarian artist César Manrique or visit the various gardens, i.a. the Botanical Garden, Sitio Litre and Taoro Park.

Tenerife Walking Festival, a sustainable event

One of the commitments of the Tenerife Walking Festival is sustainability, with the “zero footprint“ as the target. This means that the carbon footprint of the festival is calculated, and to compensate for it, measures are analysed to reduce it in future events. With the help of a group of nature-loving volunteers, planting activities are carried out in some areas of the island.

Hiking at your own pace

The best thing about the festival is that its multitude of trails also allows a multitude of experiences. Whether you are an adventurer in search of great challenges or you prefer easier routes with a low difficulty and less physical effort,… you surely will find your path to an unforgettable experience at the Tenerife Walking Festival.

Get your boots on for Tenerife Walking Festival!

The island is hosting one of Europe’s most important hiking events: March 29 to April 2, 2016

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The second edition of Tenerife Walking Festival (TWF 2016) is just around the corner. One of the most important hiking events in Europe and attracting more than a hundred participants from across the continent, TWF will be based in Puerto de la Cruz from March 29 to April 2.

Featuring internationally and nationally renowned speakers plus a grand finale with the island’s cuisine and wines, TWF will highlight adventure and outdoor activities on Tenerife.

“The Tenerife Walking Festival returns with the same strengths and qualities which made it a benchmark last year notably the quality and variety of footpaths, the complementary activities and Puerto de la Cruz hosting the event,” says Tenerife Cabildo’s Tourism chief, Alberto Bernabé.

“In just two editions, the festival has become a reference for ramblers, and we want its promotional philosophy and respect for the environment to be present in other initiatives that we plan to implement on the island during the year.”

The festival offers the chance to hike up to 15 trails, which are a selection of the most striking on Tenerife. If you wish to enroll, you can still register online at www.tenerifewalkingfestival.com

Complementary activities: talks and a grand food and wine party

The whole Island and specifically Puerto de la Cruz will be focusing on hiking during the week-long TWF 2016 and local residents are also invited to take part in the parallel activities such as presentations on Wednesday 30 March, Thursday 31 March and Friday 1st April taking place in the San Felipe Castle at 20:30. All are welcome to join in the grand closing party on Saturday 2 April in the Plaza de Europa from 12:00 noon. All these activities will be free of charge and open to everyone.

On Wednesday 30 March there will be a talk by José María Nasarre, Head of Nature of the Spanish Mountaineering Federation (FEDME), who will speak about safety on the trails. The next day, Juan Jesús Ibáñez, a member of the International Union of Mountaineering and Climbing (UIAA), will speak about the project Respect the Mountain, which will restore a footpath on Tenerife in June.

On Friday, 1st April Sebastian Alvaro, the legendary adventurer and director of Spain’s TVE programme “Al Filo de lo Imposible, who is once again the festival’s “godfather, will offer one of his keynote talks combining his life story with spectacular photographs and videos of his expeditions.

The grand finale to the TWF 2016 will be a bustling, lively celebration with tapas, tasting the local wines, show cooking sessions and a fair featuring a sample of the wide range of outdoor and adventure activities on offer for visitors to Tenerife.

Hikking Barranco Agua de Dios in Tenerife

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Agua de Dios Ravine in Tegueste, Tenerife

 

This singular hike can be only done on foot and it’s a a trip to the past, to the origins of Tegueste as a village. It’s highly recommended as you can also see where Guanches lived  2500 years ago.

  • Itinerary:
    • La Placeta
    • La Arañita
    • Camino del Naciente
    • El Murgaño
  • Lenght:
    • 2 kms. aprox

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