If I’d been told in mid-January that my next big trip would be weeks later, in the middle of the lockdown, I’d have laughed out loud. Seven days later, I was chilling in the living room with my flatmates. We’d just finished a phone call with a friend who was in La Gomera, the Canarian island. She seemed very relaxed as the Atlantic lapped lazily in the background. My flatmate turned his head and said, ‘Julia, why don't you look up flights to Tenerife?’ I looked back in disbelief with a feeling of overwhelming emptiness and said, ‘We can't just leave!’
As it turned out, we could. Two weeks later, not only were we all on a train to the airport, but also four other friends, one of whom is from Tenerife and has organised a dream country house for us through her mother. In Tenerife, our friend from La Gomera was already waiting for us in our new home. I started out planning to stay for about six weeks. When those weeks flew by, I booked the first return flight for a month later. I postponed my return once more, so that in the end I didn’t return to Germany until mid-May.
Leading up to the trip, the preparation was less hectic than I thought. I found that there was almost nothing to organise because life in Munich had come to a standstill anyway. Luckily, I can do my work from anywhere, I was only seeing my friends virtually and there were no exciting events. The only thing I wanted to do was sublet my room, which I managed to do despite the short time.
I knew I definitely didn’t want to fly to the Canary Islands without my mountain bike so I organised a bike transport bag and suddenly it was just a matter of packing up and going. Some adventures begin without stress.
Until my lockdown breakout, I had always labelled the Canary Islands as a pensioner's paradise. This may be true ordinarily, when cruise ships and cheap holidays flood the archipelago with hordes of sun-hungry package tourists. In the winter of 2021 though, there was hardly any sign of this stereotype. The only ones who dared to visit, despite strict travel regulations, seemed to really want to travel and explore.
Of course, our colourful group often spent days lying on the beach and enjoying the mild temperatures, but we also went out exploring a lot and could hardly get enough of the beauty of Tenerife. I did less mountain biking than I thought, but went on a lot of hikes. The island is incredibly diverse: surreal Martian landscapes on the plateau surrounding the phenomenal Mount Teide; impenetrable laurel forests with a dense fog hanging in their branches; the arid south and the jungle-green north; plus the azure Atlantic with its black lava sand beaches – what outdoor fan doesn't get their money's worth here?
This Collection brings together some of the hikes I did in Tenerife. From the absolute king Tour on the Teide to the relaxed round through the Anaga mountains, everything is included. I hope you enjoy exploring as much as I did!
This tour is more of a walk than a hike, but one that is almost mandatory. The Roques de García are rock formations, each of which protrudes prominently from the landscape. This circular route links the Roques to a hike that you can do as part of a Teide plains discovery tour or as a half-day activity…
Today we went on our first hike in the Orotava Valley and got lost in the mystical moss forest. Here moss hangs from the ancient pines everywhere, which stores the water from the air. The moss only grows when the air is clean - so the completely overgrown branches are a good sign. The variety of shades…
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Ich bin keine besonders trittsichere Wanderin. Generell gehe ich nicht besonders gerne. Das liegt unter anderem daran, dass mein linker Fuß nicht ganz gerade ist und mir lange Strecken ohne Einlagen Schmerzen bereiten. Dazu kommt, dass ich in unebenem Terrain oft umknicke, wenn ich nicht konstant aufpasse…
My breakout roommate grew up in Tenerife and therefore always has a real ace up her sleeve when it comes to good food, interesting places or beautiful hikes. Today she shows us a really enchanting tour around Erjos.
It is only a few meters from the parking lot until we find ourselves in the middle of…
One of the many great aspects of turning your hobby into a profession is having like-minded colleagues. So I am very happy when my Komoot colleague Hannah gets in touch. She had the same idea in January as I had in February and decided that the lockdown winter could also be spent in a sunny place with…
This tour leads through the middle of the black lava landscape, which makes hiking in Tenerife so special. The elemental forces that must have raged here in the past give nature a surreal appearance that you should definitely have explored on foot.
Attention: This tour is not a round trip. If you are…
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