Routes around the municipality
There are several trails around the municipality of Los Realejos
leading visitors to explore its history, landscapes and traditions.
One of the most striking walks has been named Bursts of Tradition
(Estallidos de tradición) and guides hikers to the place where the conquest of Tenerife finally concluded, offering detailed insight into the culture of Los Realejos.
- Plaza Viera y Clavijo.
- The Mother Church of Apóstol Santiago
- The Chapel of Calle de El Medio.
- The Chapel of Calle de El Sol.
- The outdoor shopping area of Realejo Alto.
- The dragon tree of San Francisco.
- The El Lance lookout point.
- The outdoor shopping area of Icod el Alto.
- The museum of Los Alzados.
- Papa Bonita potato crops.
- The La Corona lookout point.
The trail named “Azúcar y sal” (Sugar and Salt) invites visitors to explore the colonial past of Los Realejos on a journey around its most important rural estates which were devoted to growing sugar cane, and to the chapels and churches that have shaped the municipality's history. Two key elements in completing the essence of the trail are the views of the Atlantic from the coast and the greenery of the Ruiz ravine.
- Plaza de San Agustín.
- The Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen.
- The outdoor shopping area of San Agustín.
- The Mother Church of Nuestra Señora de La Concepción.
- The Historic Site of Realejo Bajo.
- The estate of Hacienda de Los Príncipes.
- The Church of Nuestra Señora de La Concepción, Tigaiga.
- The Chapel of San Vicente Mártir.
- The natural swimming pools of Guindaste.
- The beach of El Socorro.
- The Ruiz Ravine Site of Scientific Interest
The romantic trail named “Aromas del Paraíso” (Heavenly Aromas) journeys through the stunning landscapes of Rambla de Castro, enabling visitors to understand why the coast of Los Realejos has inspired so many artists and travellers. The ruins of the old water lifting station of Gordejuela, the palm forests and the white walled houses of its lovely hamlets sprinkled with flowers are just some of the unforgettable wonders you will find here.
- Plaza del Toscal Longuera
- The Church of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
- The outdoor shopping area of Toscal Longuera
- The Protected Nature Area of Rambla de Castro
- Los Roques Beach
- The old water lifting station of Gordejuela
- La Fajana Beach
- The small fortress of San Fernando
- Castro Beach
- The estate of Hacienda de Castro
- The San Pedro lookout point
Wine-making is a tradition in Los Realejos, and that is clear to see on the “Paisajes trenzados” (Braided Landscapes) trail, which illustrates the connection between the area's volcanic soils, pleasant climate and delicious white wines. The route leads visitors to Cruz Santa, past the vineyards grown using the "cordón trenzado" technique, across farm estates to the Natural Monument of Montaña de los Frailes, as well as other lovely corners in the municipality.
- Plaza de la Cruz Santa.
- The Church of La Santa Cruz.
- The Cruz Santa Casino.
- The outdoor shopping area of La Cruz Santa.
- The "cordón trenzado" vineyards.
- The Natural Monument of Montaña de los Frailes.
- The Restaurant-Tavern of El Monasterio.
- The estate of Hacienda de Poggio.
- The estate of Hacienda de San Ildefonso – Las Canales – Jardines de Castro.
- The recreational area of La Higuerita.
- The castle of El Conde Orea.
The route named “Acariciando las nubes” (The Clouds at your Fingertips) traces the paths that link Los Realejos to Mount Teide National Park. The route can be taken by bicycle, on foot or on horse-back and is perfect for visitors who have a true passion for the environment and rural tourism.
- Plaza de Palo Blanco
- The Church of Nuestra Señora de Los Dolores
- The old chapel of Nuestra Señora de Los Dolores
- The house of Casa de Palo Blanco
- The hamlet in La Hoya de Pablo
- The water distribution system of Pasada de la Carreta
- The recreational area of Chanajiga
- Corona Forestal Natural Park
- The blanket of cloud
- The Emilio Fernández Muñoz Nature Activity Centre
- Mount Teide National Park
Approved trails in the municipality
There are a number of approved hiking trails that set off from Realejo Alto which are not considered suitable for beginners as the level of difficulty is intermediate-high. One of these routes is the PR-TF 40 Ladera de Tigaiga, which proves difficult because of the steep climb and the risk of falling rocks, so it is advisable to take a short cut along the PR-FT 40.1 if in any doubt. The route sets off from the Church of Santiago Apóstol and follows the trail of La Lora. This stretch of the walk allows hikers to take in the lovely scenery of the Monteverde and the lush greenery of Til de Los Pavos before reaching the recreational area of Chanajiga. The route continues through the dense vegetation along the El Guarda path to the El Asomadero lookout point, then back to the ravine of La Lora.
There is another route known as PR-TF 40.1 Camino Punta del Risco, which is less challenging and follows some of the same stretches until it reaches Chanajiga. It then climbs gently up to Punta del Risco. Along the way, hikers on any of these routes will enjoy panoramic views and the chance to see some of the flora and fauna inhabiting the peaks of Los Realejos.
Another route is known as Sendero del Agua (the Water Trail), which sets off from beside Hotel Maritim and ventures through the countryside to some of the area's old watercourses and springs. It journeys along the cliffs of Playa de los Roques, revealing botanical species such as sea parsley, tabaibas, Canary Island Tamarisk and various crops. After crossing the residential estates of Romántica II and Romántica I, a magnificent view opens up before the hiker's eyes over the beach of La Fajana and the water lifting system of Gordejuela. The route ends at Rambla de Castro, where visitors can take a close look at two highly significant constructions: the farm estate of Hacienda de Castro and the small fortress of San Fernando.
For keen trekkers, Route 0-4-0 is one of the most challenging hikes in Spain. This is the trek with the highest altitude range in the country, starting by the sea and climbing all the way up to the peak of Mount Teide at 3,718 m (12,198 ft), before heading back down to the beach of El Socorro. A great deal of sportsmen travel to Los Realejos just for the pleasure and personal satisfaction of facing the Route 0-4-0 challenge.