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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?

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?

Mount Teide, a 360º visit to the highest peak in Spain

The giant Mount Teide, 3,718 metres high, rises above the clouds in Tenerife. If you see its peak as you approach the island, you know you’re close to your vacation. On the return flight its majestic and characteristic silhouette says goodbye. This is, without doubt, the icon of Tenerife, the protagonist on postcards and photographs with thousands of memories. Surely you also want to visit this magical volcano again someday. Thanks to new technology, we can bring you closer to the Mount Teide National Park today.

Visit El Teide 360º 

Did you know that many people visit Teide on Google Maps? Our travellers love to share their experiences about this natural wonder and upload countless photos and stories to the famous Google tool. The summit of Teide, by itself, has more than 1,000 reviews. To these must be added those of other places, such as the viewpoint of the Llanos de Ucanca, the Roques de García or the viewpoint of La Fortaleza.

We invite you on a digital trip, comfortable from home, so you can explore Mount Teide for yourself: a visit to one of the most beautiful corners of Tenerife in 360º.

Do you see all the volcanic rock around you? If you approach the summit, you will have an even better view. Take a look behind you, enjoy the infinity of the landscape that surrounds you, with the dark lava flows.

An incredible experience is when you reach the top: you’ll have Tenerife literally at your feet. With a bit of luck you will see the sea of ​​clouds rocking against the hills and mountains of the island and giving you the feeling of floating in a magical paradise. On a clear day, the spectacle is a bit different, because then you can see Tenerife in all its splendor and even other islands, with the Atlantic Ocean colouring the horizon blue. The highlight, of course, is when you can enjoy the sunset or sunrise from Teide; an experience to remember for life.

From the sea to the clouds

The most amazing thing about the ascent to Teide National Park is that you can drive from the beach to the volcano in just one hour. Do not be fooled by the heat of the coast! If you want to climb Mount Teide, it is better to wear warm clothes to protect yourself from the cold. In addition, in summer it is advisable to bring sunscreen and a hat to avoid burns. When you visit Mount Teide in the winter, remember to exercise extreme caution. Inform yourself about possible road closures before driving to the National Park.

360º trip to Tenerife

Mount Teide is not the only place on the island you can visit digitally. Do you want to fly over the Anaga Mountains? See how the beaches of Tenerife look from above? Or maybe you make a short trip to one of the theme parks on the island… No problem, let’s go:

Now that you can almost touch the landscapes and contrasts of the whole island, how about leaving the mouse, keyboard or cell phone and experience Tenerife live?

Free guided Walking routes at Teide National Park with no difficulty

Let me Tell you something, there are 37 walking routes at Mount Teide National Park  already waiting for you. So, today, put on your hiking boots and let’s go hiking in Tenerife.

Mount Teide National Park walking routes
Mount Teide National Park walking routes

 

Walking routes in El Teide with different difficulties or lenght, all of them wonderful in a unique environment with lots of breathtaking landscapes.

Even if you are not fond of going hiking, al Mount Teide, you will find the perfect excuse to try. We suggest you two special  routes with no difficulty, and to make it even safer with Mount Teide National Park official guides.

Mount Teide National Park  offers you two guided walking routes that last two hours aprox, with English and Spanish guides with no difficulty a very low heigh difference, so all family welcome, including children, to enjoy our impressive volcanic landscape and learn from the experts about the history and wildlife.

FREE Guided walking routes at EL Teide*

 

  • Arenas Negras

 

circular walking route that starts and ends at El Portillo information Office

  • Heigh Difference: 50m aprox
  • Length: 4,2 Km aprox
  • Difficulty: low

You’ll enjoy Arenas Negras Volcanoes and views of LLano las Majas, also panoramics of Teide National Park

  • Roques de Garcia

This walking route takes us arround several volcanic necks:

  • Roque Cinchado
  • El Burro
  • El Torrotito, etc…

You’ll get to Ucanca’s plain.You’ll see lots of diferent volcanic formations and enjoy  typical canarian highlands wildlife

  • Heigh Difference: 40 m aprox
  • Length: 5,6 km aprox
  • Difficulty: low

Note: these routes are not the exact walking routes of Roques de Garcia or Arenas Negras, special itineraries through those routes are done

You need to book these walking routes in advance at Mount Teide National Park Office:

Telephone 00 34 922 922 371

Address Doctor Sixto Perera González nº25 . El Mayorazgo. La Orotava

38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife

I highly recommend you to contact them with time in advance to do these routes on the dates you might have in mind as both are very demanded and popular, so  don’t leave it for the very last minute.

You can also ask for other guided walking routes in the National Park, If it’s posible they’ll do it Free of Charge.

Remember to take with you:

  • suitable shoes, trekking or hiking boots are the best
  • sunscreen protection , high one
  • water
  • fruit or dried fruitor nuts
  • cap
  • warm clothes

How to get to Mount Teide National Park?

If you are not hiring a car you can go by bus taking :

  • 348 from Puerto de la Cruz
  • 342 From Las Américas

Please check TITSA website for changes and timetable

 

*These walking routes may vary, always check with the Park office changes and schedule

Please, take care and respect the environment. We are all responsable of keeping the Park clean and respecting the rules.