This fabulous walking holiday will show you just how diverse our landscapes are and introduce you to some of the flora and fauna, a lot of which is endemic to Tenerife and the Canary Islands.
All in all, Tenerife is the perfect place for hikers looking for something a little bit different.
Accommodation in Tenerife
This quiet 3* complex, Paloma Beach Apartments, is built on four levels with lifts and stairs to all floors. One and two bedroom apartments are available with views of the private pool, tropical gardens or Atlantic Ocean. All of the apartments are individually furnished to a high and modern standard.
Onsite there is a well run and well stocked poolside bar serving drinks and food from 08.30 until midnight. There are also plenty of other bars and restaurants nearby serving a variety of cuisine and offering light evening entertainment.
The heated swimming pool has a separate children’s pool and the surrounding terrace offers a tranquil haven for guests to relax and soak up the sun. There are plenty of sun beds and sun shades available for a small charge (€2 per day – available 10am-6pm). There is a small play park onsite where children can play safely and there is outside exercise equipment located poolside.
Paloma Beach Apartments are located just 100 meters from the sea and a pleasant 25 minute stroll along the promenade from the busy town centre of Los Cristianos and two world-class beaches are within a 15-25 minute walk.
There is a chemist and two well stocked supermarkets within a 5 minute walk of the complex including a British “Iceland”. There are also many shops and cash points close by.
Standard 1 bedroom apartments are spacious, comfortable and decorated in a classic style. They include free Wifi, 32″ TV & DVD player, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, plus a full kitchen. There is also a safe available for a small fee.
Walking in Tenerife
These walking holidays are designed to demonstrate all of Tenerife’s various landscapes. The hikes will be of moderate intensity lasting 3 to 5½ hours and distances will be between 8-15 km. There will be varying levels of ascent some of which are challenging and will take in many of the breathtaking views that the island has to offer, including laurel forest, barrancos (gorges), high mountains, open countryside and farm land.
Tenerife walking holiday itinerary
These hikes will be discussed and agreed with the group as a whole at the welcome meeting, but here is a typical itinerary.
Day 2 – Walk 1 – Breathtaking Barrancos
Discover the beauty of some of Tenerife’s amazing gorges (barrancos) whilst walking on old traditional paths and trails that link the remote farms and hamlets of Arona. These hidden gems are stunningly beautiful and definitely away from the crowds.The barrancos tell a sorry tale in local history as the Guanche King or “Mencey” of Adeje hid with his tribe in the caves here and fought off the Spanish Conquistadors.
The barrancos also have many endemic plants and flowers and the geological structures are simply awesome.
Distance: about 8km
Duration: 3-4 hours
Gradient: approx. 570m
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Day 3 – Walk 2 – Amazing Anaga
The Anaga Mountains occupy a large section of the north-east part of Tenerife and consists of coastline, ravines, laurel forests and villages that are so remote it is amazing that anyone actually lives in them.
The area’s special climate has led to the existence of one of the most important specimens of laurisilva or laurel forest in the world (laurel, til and evergreen laurel).
This whole area is a protected natural landscape and our walk is a great introduction to the area and its outstanding natural beauty. There are many routes to choose from with this walk so the distance can be reduced if required.
Distance: about 15km
Duration: 5 hours
Gradient: approx. 600m
Difficulty: moderate to hard
Day 4 – Walk 3 — The Wow Factor Walk
This is a moderately difficult walk mostly above 2,000m altitude but achievable for anyone with a moderate level of fitness. The path starts in the Canarian pine forest above the pretty and historic village of Vilaflor and shortly after this, our trail enters the Teide National Park and quickly climbs to reach the Caldera Rim at an altitude of circa 2550m.
After lunch our journey continues on a jaw-dropping mountain trail through very pleasant scenery. This particular stretch of the trail lasts for a good 1 ½ hours and is a fairly easy gradual descent back to our starting point. All in all, this is probably one of the most satisfying hikes in the Canary Islands.
Distance: approx. 12 km
Duration: 5 hours
Gradient: approx. 500m
Difficulty: moderately hard
Day 5 – Walk 4 – Masca from above
This picturesque alpine hike explores a high undulating ridge with some short steep but safe ascents that offers panoramic views of the laurel forest. We then follow a path deep into the sub-tropical rain forest where hanging lichen and mosses abound. This is without doubt one of the most important eco-systems on the island.
Then, just like magic, open countryside appears where we are given the most spectacular panoramic view the island of Tenerife has to offer. For the next 45 minutes or so, we are literally looking down on the Masca gorge and the surrounding volcanic landscape. On a clear day, the finale is a fabulous view of Mount Teide looming in the distance across the Santiago valley and the lava fields high above. Our hike then continues on easy footpaths through pine forest and descends majestically into a valley which is reminiscent of the English countryside. Here many meadow plants exist with bees merrily buzzing and butterflies fluttering around us.
Distance: about 12km
uration: 4 ½ hours
Gradient: approx. 375m
Day 6 – Walk 5—Mount Guajara
Guajara is Tenerife’s 3rd highest peak. Rising to 2,718 metres (9,000 feet) this impressive turret-shaped mountain has sheer cliffs on 3 sides.
We ascend the exhilarating north face offering superb views down into the crater of Las Caňadas. On the summit we discover a ruined building which was one of the first high altitude observatories to be built in the world to view the stars. We descend Guajara’s back where the southern coast unravels in a haze below. It is simply stunning. This walk is 10km and hard going due to the steep terrain.
Distance: about 10km
Duration: 5 hours
Gradient: approx. 710m
Dates and Availability
We have 3 set dates for this holiday, however, providing we have availability in our walks schedule and there is accommodation available at Paloma Beach, we can do this any time except for Christmas/New Year Week.
Friday 11th to Friday 18th October 2019 – 8 days/7 nights:
1 pax €785.- pp
2 pax sharing €525.- pp
3 pax sharing €470.- pp
Friday 24th April to Friday 1st May 2020 – 8 days/7 nights:
1 pax €715.- pp
2 pax sharing €489.- pp
3 pax sharing €449.- pp
Friday 19th to Friday 26th June 2020 – 8 days/7 nights:
1 pax €645.- pp
2 pax sharing €450.- pp
3 pax sharing €425.- pp
Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form below, for more information.