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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?

Sporting events 2019 in Tenerife – a year full of new challenges

The sports calendar of Tenerife 2019 is full of big events and that’s not surprising. Top athletes such as tennis players Dominic Thiem and Karolína Plíšková, both top 10 ATP and WTA, were training on the island for their tournaments this year, but they were not the only ones training with us.

Cyclists like Alberto Contador or Chris Froome; football teams such as Liverpool FC, Manchester City, FC Augsburg or even Olympic swimmers like Sarah Sjöström were in the training camp in Tenerife. Also, the Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 was held on the island last year, with great success. Would you like to know what are the best sporting events in Tenerife this year?

 

WSL Pro Las Américas

Las Américas Pro Calendario Deportivo

From February 4th to 10th the World Surf League competition “Las Americas Pro“ returns to the largest of the Canary Islands. Last year, Ruben Vitoria and Australian Mikaela Greene won the competition. The place “Izquierda de la Palmera” will once again attract surfers from around the world to compete against each other in this scoring event for WSL’s European Qualifying Series.

 

Cycling tour Vuelta al Teide

Cicloturista Vuelta al Teide

The Vuelta al Teide Cycling Tour will take you through iconic places in Tenerife such as the Teno Rural Park or the Teide National Park on March 30th. The main route of the tour consists of a total of 160 kilometres with a total ascent of almost 4,000 metres – a tough test. The Half Teide is another modality with 90 kilometres of route and “only” 2,000 meters of altitude.

 

Tenerife Walking Festival

Tenerife Walking Festival

It is the epitome of the hiking festival in Tenerife. The event combines some of the island’s best hiking trails with local traditions, culture, cuisine and encouraging tours of such emblematic places as Anaga or El Teide. This year’s edition will take place from May 21st to 25th and Puerto de la Cruz will once again be the meeting and starting point for those who are passionate about nature and its paths.

 

Tenerife Bluetrail

Tenerife BlueTrail
Jordi de la Fuente

 

From zero to 3,555 metres of altitude. The Tenerife Bluetrail is the highest mountain race in Spain and the second largest in Europe. And for good reason, because the over 100-kilometre track in Ultra Trail mode is a challenge for all participants. Over 2,000 runners registered for the various modalities in 2018, highlighting the participation of the rarámuri (tarahumara = ethnicity from northern Mexico known for long-distance runs through deserts, canyons, mountains) Lorena Ramírez who finished third in the senior category. This year, the race will take place on June 8th and the registrations are already open.

PWA Windsurf

PWA Tenerife Windsurf

El Médano is an ideal place to practice windsurfing. This makes it one of the most privileged circuits of the PWA World Championship, which will visit us again in the second half of August. In addition to the World Windsurfing Championships, there will be workshops to repair and create surfboards and training courses, as well as a great range of food and leisure activities.

 

Santa Cruz Extreme

Santa Cruz Extreme
Raúl Santana

In October 2019, all the athletes who are looking for a special challenge in nature, such as the millennial laurel forests, can be lucky. Because the Santa Cruz Extreme will be held in Tenerife. This run leads through the Anaga Rural Park, which starts from the beach Las Teresitas and leads through the forests of the Laurisilva along old farmhouses. This run offers three different levels of difficulty.

 

International Marathon of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Maratón de Tenerife

One of the most famous international marathons is the Santa Cruz de Tenerife marathon. The last time (fifth edition) 4,000 participants from 60 different countries came together. This urban race leads through the streets of the capital of Tenerife and is a great festive event, with a lot of sportsmanship and above all good weather. This event will be one of the last sporting events of the year as it takes place on November 10th.

But that was not all, there is still more! Visit our website if you want to know more about sports events in Tenerife.

Sporting events in Tenerife, what we have experienced and what will come next

Tenerife is a great island for all kinds of sporting events. From tough mountain trails to triathlons which will test all your physical abilities. Recently we have experienced three big events: Tenerife Walking Festival, Las Américas Pro and Tenerife Bluetrail, although there are still big events to be held. Let’s review what we have lived through and what is to come.

Tenerife Walking Festival 2018

Tenerife Walking Festival is the ideal international hiking event if you want to enjoy the landscapes of the island in a more tranquil way. Almost 200 hikers of 14 nationalities came together this year in Puerto de la Cruz. The coastal city in the north of Tenerife served as a base camp to explore the 20 trails of the festival.

Evento Senderismo Tenerife

Hiking trails through volcanic, coastal and forest landscapes made it possible to get to know Tenerife in a unique way. In addition, numerous conferences and activities were offered. One of the highlights of the event was the farewell party at the Plaza de Europa with music and local cuisine.

TWF Senderismo Tenerife

If you missed this issue, don’t worry. The Tenerife Walking Festival will be held again in 2019, probably in May, and again hiking enthusiasts from all over the world will come together to get to know the landscape, the contrasts and the culture of our island.

Las Americas Pro, the best international surfing in Tenerife

Surf Tenerife Campeonato

At the beginning of the year we were able to watch the world’s best surfers of the World Surf League (WSL) in Arona. During five days, competitions were held with surfers from around the world at the most famous surf spot of the island “La izquierda de Las Palmeras”. The Basque Ruben Vitoria and the Australian Mikaela Greene were among the victories. Even in Siam Park, a small sample of their surfing skills was given on the world’s largest artificial wave.

Tenerife Bluetrail 2018

From the sand of Playa Fañabé to the volcano Mount Teide, crossing Tenerife from south to north. The Ultra Tenerife Bluetrail is the highest mountain race in Spain and the second highest in Europe, reaching 3,555 metres in height in its 102 kilometres of total distance.

Trailrunning Evento deportivo Tenerife

Up to 2,400 runners from 38 different countries participated in the event this year, split into different modalities: Ultra, Trail, Marathon, Media and Challenge. Among the runners was the South American Lorena Ramírez. She set a global milestone, as she ran the ultra-race in her national costume and her “Huaraches”, a traditional sandal from her village Tarahumara.

Ganadores Tenerifebluetrail 2018, Evento Deportivo Tenerife

Yeray Durán from Gran Canaria, along with the Cantabrian Azara García, were the first to reach the finish line in the male and female categories. The podium was completed by Senga Sherpa and Nadezna Surmonina in second place and Antonio Gonzalez and Bernadette Benson in third place. The next Cajamar Tenerife Bluetrail will be held on June 8th, 2019, and registration will start on September 1st. Register in time!

These were the three big events of the year, but we had and still have more to offer:

Infinity Xtreme 2018

Carrera obstáculos Tenerife

This competition is really funny, but also exhausting! You have to overcome natural and artificial obstacles that requires to be in a good physical condition. There are also participants who disguise themselves as superheroes with super powers. This year, on July 14th, the 10th anniversary took place.

PWA El Médano, windsurfing conquers Tenerife

Windsurf Tenerife

The beaches of El Médano with their Trade Winds are a magnet for windsurfers from around the world. Between August the 5th and 11th, they visit Tenerife to participate in the PWA World Tour. Spectacular jumps will await you at one of Tenerife’s biggest water sports events.

Santa Cruz International Marathon

Maratón Tenerife

It is one of the most international sporting events on the island’s capital. In 2017, more than 3,500 runners from 55 different nationalities came together to compete in all three categories: Popular race of 8 kilometres, half marathon of 21 kilometres and the “queen race” of 42 kilometres. This year it is held on November 11th and you can register online until November 4th.

Santa Cruz Extreme

Trail Tenerife

The Santa Cruz Extreme is held in one of the most spectacular places in Tenerife, the Anaga Mountains. It is a 49.2 km long race that passes through places like Benijo or Taganana. On October 21st, the trail running event takes place and you can register until the October 15th.

K42 Anaga-Marathon

Maratón montaña Tenerife

One of the last races of the year is the K42 Anaga Marathon, which is held on the weekend of 8th and 9th December. This marathon also runs through the Anaga Mountains, but this time with San Cristobal de La Laguna as a starting point. The route leads through places like Punta del Hidalgo and Las Mercedes. You can register here until November 30th.

 

And which sport event are you interested in? Whether competitive sports or just an active holiday, discover everything you can do in Tenerife.

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.

Tenerife Walking Festival is back!

tenerife-walking-festival-exposicion

The third edition of the festival is set to be the biggest and best yet, featuring a total of 20 walking routes – two more than the last edition – and a packed programme of supporting activities. The event, designed to showcase the island’s astonishing natural beauty, will take place from 23rd to 27th May 2017.  

senderistateidebaja

Aimed at becoming a “must go-to” event in the European hiking calendar, the Tenerife Walking Festival 2017 will feature two new volcanic routes on its programme. All 20 routes, which vary in length and intensity, are grouped into three categories (volcanic, coastal and green paths) to showcase Tenerife’s striking diversity of landscapes. Some of the most popular walks are the ones which go through two of the island’s UNESCO-listed sites: the volcanic Teide National Park (World Heritage) and the green Anaga Rural Park (Biosphere Reserve).  

Also new for this year, the festival will include an innovative system for calculating each participant’s environmental footprint and how to offset it by means of activities that contribute to conserving the protected spaces on the island, such as reforestation. 

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In addition to the hikes, there will be an array of supporting activities taking place in the northern town of Puerto de la Cruz, the festival’s headquarters, every evening. These include food fairs to sample the tasty local food, a stargazing session in the Teide National Park and a relaxing swim in one of the island’s natural volcanic pools, amongst others. A spectacular parade of flags will also delight participants on the last day of the walking extravaganza.  

Everybody passionate about walking and the outdoors – single travellers, couples, families and group of friends can find more information at www.tenerifewalkingfestival.com/en.