Walking in Tenerife

If the thought of lying on a beach and doing nothing but shopping and touring restaurants and bars leaves you cold as the main theme of your holiday Tenerife is perfect antidote. Yes, there are gorgeous golden beaches (as well as few natural black ones), plenty of shopping and great places to eat and drink or dance the night away, but the island is also a paradise for those who prefer to be a little more active. For a walking holiday Tenerife is a popular destination, with people from all over the world choosing this idyllic location for hiking holidays. The varied scenery and the availability of organised and directed walks for most levels of fitness or ability and experience makes this an exciting island for exploration on foot. Guajara Guajara is Tenerife’s fourth highest peak and you can take a guided walk to experience spectacular views and the Paisaje Lunar (lunar landscape) created by ancient volcanic lava fields, travel through pine forests and really see the ‘other’ face of this ancient island. One directed tour takes you from Las Canadas in the National Park up to the summit, with views to Mount Teide and the south coast. Coming down, the path leads through the pine forests into the pumice formations that create a lunar landscape. This particular guided walk ends at Vilaflor where a coach takes the party back to the coast, stopping en-route to sample local wine. The whole walk covers around 16km, and given the up and downhill nature may not suit those who are not used to walking any distance. Chinyero and Volcan de Garachico A more gentle walk, although taking in roughly the same distance, this organised hike will lead you through a combination of farm trails and pine forests in the north west part of the island. It’s a circular walk, showing you evidence of more recent volcanic activity, and again gives views of Teide along with Pico Viejo. You’ll visit the Chinyero vent (last eruption in 1909) and Volcan de Garachico that last erupted to devastating effect in 1706. Back at San Jose le Los llanos, a village, the walking party enjoys a quiet and relaxing drink in local bar. If you are considering a walking holiday, and particularly if you’re not used to hiking, local tour organisers will be happy to offer advice and suggest routes that are suitable for your level of fitness. They’ll also advise on suitable clothing and what supplies to carry with you on a day hike. Even if you’re not taking a dedicated walking holiday Tenerife is such a beautiful island that it would be a pity not to include some walking during your stay.