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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?

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?

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.