Tenerife is one of the most popular holiday destinations among lovers of good weather, sun and beach. But did you know that it is also an incredible place to enjoy hiking?
Tenerife has a wonderful variety of landscapes , a privileged climate and natural wealth that make this island a paradise for walkers. From the imposing Teide, the highest peak in Spain and the third largest volcano in the world, to the lush laurel forest of the Anaga Rural Park, passing through cliffs, beaches and ravines, Tenerife offers hiking routes for all tastes. and levels.
Teide National Park
Teide National Park is the most visited in Spain and one of the most spectacular in the world. Without a doubt, one of the main reasons to visit Tenerife . Its volcanic landscape, with its colors, shapes and contrasts, will make you feel like you are on another planet. Within the park there are numerous hiking routes that will allow you to explore its most emblematic corners, such as the Roques de García, the Ucanca Valley or the White Mountain.
One of the most popular and demanding routes is the one that goes up to the top of Mount Teide, at 3,718 meters above sea level. To do this route you need to request a permit in advance and be in good physical shape. But, don’t worry, it’s free. The route is demanding. It takes about 8 hours to complete and it is recommended to start early to avoid the heat and crowds.
If you are spending a vacation with children, you may prefer a simpler and more accessible option. The circular route through the Roques de García, which runs through one of the most photogenic landscapes in the park. This route has a much lower gradient and lasts approximately one hour. It allows you to enjoy impressive views of Teide, the valley and the rock formations.
Anaga Rural Park
This is another of the most outstanding natural spaces in Tenerife. It is a mountainous area located in the northeastern corner of the island, which is home to the largest number of plant endemisms in Europe and which has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Its vegetation is mainly laurel forest, a type of humid and dense forest that has been preserved since the Tertiary period.
In the Anaga Rural Park there are dozens of hiking routes that will allow you to enter this magical forest and discover its secrets. One of the most recommended is the one that goes from Afur to Taganana, passing through the ravine and Tamadite beach. It is a circular route lasting about 6 hours. During this route you will be able to appreciate spectacular views of the massif and nearby towns.
Another very interesting route is the one that runs along the Pijaral Trail, one of the oldest and best preserved forests in the park. It consists of a route of about 6 kilometers, circular and that can be done in about 2 hours. The route passes through several viewpoints from where you can contemplate the beauty of the forest and its biodiversity.
Malpais de Güímar
Malpaís de Güímar is a volcanic area located in the southeast of Tenerife, which was formed about 10,000 years ago by the eruptions of the Granadilla volcano. Its name means “bad country” or “bad land”, due to its arid and desolate appearance. However, it is a place of great ecological and landscape value, which is home to exceptional flora and fauna adapted to extreme conditions. This is what you can enjoy if you do any of the hiking routes in the area, such as the circular one that begins in Puertito de Güímar. It is short, about two hours of walking, and you will be able to observe the lava formations next to the sea.
It is a Special Natural Reserve located in the south of Tenerife, in the municipality of Adeje and is an area of very high archaeological and geological interest because it has aboriginal caves that preserve numerous rock engravings.
On this fantastic hiking route in Tenerife you can discover the flora and fauna of the place while following an old shepherd’s path that will take you past various viewpoints and to a ravine.
In order to avoid overcrowding, it is necessary to request prior permission to do this route, but we guarantee that it is worth it. Later, you can go to one of the beaches of Costa Adeje or pay a visit to one of the most beautiful towns in Tenerife Surf .
Where to stay for hiking in Tenerife
If you want to enjoy the best vacation and include not only hiking, but also the beach and the ocean in your plans, you need a hotel that lives up to your expectations. Luckily, at Vincci Hotels we have two fantastic hotels on the island.
Enjoy the vacation you deserve in this luxury hotel that includes all the comforts and services you can imagine. Outdoor pool with a tropical atmosphere, large gardens and common areas inspired by old plantations, Nammu Spa Areas spa area to give you a moment of tranquility and relax your muscles, spacious and cozy rooms and just 500 meters from Playa del Duque.
This hotel is perfect for traveling as a couple or as a family. Don’t miss the opportunity to have it all on your vacation and come stay with us.
For travelers who want to have it all and enjoy a complete vacation with all kinds of sports activities beyond hiking in Tenerife, the Vincci Tenerife Golf 4* is the ideal hotel.
It is located just 1km from the “Golf del Sur” golf course and has special agreements for hotel guests, so if you want to practice a little after doing your hiking routes, this is the ideal place.
In addition, it has a beautiful outdoor pool with sea views and a mini kids club where the little ones in the family can be entertained, play and socialize with other boys and girls.
As you can see, Tenerife has it all and so does Vincci Hotels , so don’t hesitate to book your holiday and enjoy the most fantastic days in an incomparable natural environment.