Even during your arrival, you can see it clearly: Teide, Spain's highest mountain, pierces through the clouds. Rising over 12,000 feet (3,700 meters) out of the Atlantic Ocean, the view is a pretty breathtaking one. Around Tenerife, the mountain dominates the landscape, feeding, sheltering and supporting life on the island. And as its keeper, it has turned Tenerife into a diverse island never void of a natural surprise: You'll find wide volcanic deserts, bizarre tuff formations, and dark lava rocks. You'll discover barren lunar landscape in the Caldera des Teide, mystical laurel forests in the Anaga Mountains, black beaches and steep coasts — and some of the bluest waters you've ever seen.
There's no better way to experience this diverse landscape than by hiking. To help you discover the best of it, we have chosen the ten most beautiful hiking adventures on Tenerife. They lead you through quiet forests, to remote beaches, to deserted villages and of course up to the highest peak. Thanks to the warm temperatures, you can hike here at any time of the year, although it is especially beautiful in autumn.
All of the Tours are easily accessible by public bus. For each hike, we have indicated the appropriate bus lines that will take you to the starting point and back to your accommodation.
The bus timetables are available in English and Spanish at titsa.com/index.php/en.
Without a doubt, the ascent to Teide is the most famous, exciting and challenging trek in Tenerife. This tour takes you up the Montaña Blanca on the eastern slope of the Teide up to the lookout Mirador de la Fortaleza just below the crater rim. From there you have a spectacular view over the caldera of the Teide, over the whole of Tenerife and up to the neighboring islands in the Atlantic. Although the Teide is the most popular destination on Tenerife, there is rarely crowding on the trail - most visitors take the cable car up to the summit.Your hike to the Teide starts at the hiking car park Montaña Blanca. At first, the trail winds its way through the barren scree desert until it reaches the summit of Montaña Blanca. You will also pass the famous black teide eggs, huge lava stone blocks lying in the middle of the reddish brown desert. After enjoying the view from Montaña Blanca, a side volcano of the Teide, the actual ascent begins. The hiking trail leads you steeply up the vegetation-free, scree-covered mountainside - a unique, dramatic landscape. When you reach the refuge Refugio de Altavista, more than half of the ascent is behind you. After a short break we continue. Once you arrive at the viewpoint you will be fully rewarded for all your efforts, as the view is simply breathtaking.If you've had enough of the view, you can decide: are you going the same way back to the starting point or are you taking the cable car? From the valley station of the cable car you can then take the bus lines 342 and 348 back to the hiking car park Montaña Blanca.You can easily reach the starting point of the hike with the rental car. However, since only a few parking spaces are available, it is worthwhile to arrive by bus. Bus 342 takes you from Adeje on the south coast and bus 348 from Puerto de la Cruz on the north coast right to the starting point of the tour.
South of the Teide, in the middle of its huge caldera, you will find the Roques de García. It is a sprawling valley dotted with impressive rock formations. The bizarre forms and enormous dimensions of the rocks have inspired early human imagination and therefore many of them carry names. The most famous are probably 'The Finger of God' and 'The Cathedral'. The Roques de García can be explored on a well-developed circular walk.Your hike starts at the hiking car park at the Mirador de la Ruleta viewpoint. From here you can admire the impressive landscape. In front of you lies the wide valley and directly behind it the summit of Mount Teide rises into the blue sky. The circular route takes you counter-clockwise through the valley of the Roque de García. After only a few steps, you are standing in front of the Roque Cinchado, 'The Stone Finger of God', which points seemingly admonishing towards the sky. You will leisurely stroll along the rocks along the hiking trail and enjoy the alien nature in the caldera. Small bushes and cacti sprout among the reddish brown and yellow rocks, and in the rock niches you can always spot lizards. At the northernmost point of the tour, it's a bit downhill and into the valley of the Roque de García. Just before you reach the starting point of the tour, you will see the mighty rock 'La Catedral' in front of you. From there it is only a few steps uphill until you have reached the starting point of your hike.You can reach the starting point of the hike both by your own rental car and by bus. Bus 342 will take you from Adeje on the south coast and bus 348 from Puerto de la Cruz on the north coast directly to the 'Parador del Teide' stop at the starting point of the tour.
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The GR131 is a fantastic long-distance trail that takes you through the unique nature of the Canary Islands. Of course, you can also hike only individual stages of the GR131 and dive into these day tours in the strange and unspoiled nature of Tenerife. This section takes you from the trail parking lot 'Parador del Teide' over the edge of the caldera and then through pine forests down to the mountain village of Vilaflor.Thanks to well-developed hiking trails, the tour on Tenerife is classified as 'moderately difficult'.Starting point of the hike is the trail parking lot next to the cafeteria Los Roques. From there, a trail meanders through a bleak, impressive volcanic desert to the edge of the Caldeira. On the way you pass the Piedras Amarillas, in English 'The Yellow Rocks'. The bizarre tuffaceous rocks are very popular not only with nature lovers, but especially with climbers. At the pass Degollada de Guajara you finally reached the edge of the caldera of the Teide. Below you there is a magnificent panorama of the south coast of Tenerife. Over the slope of the caldera, it is now leisurely downhill. The landscape is still barren and you can only discover a few plants. This area is also called Paisaje Lunar - 'The Moon Landscape'. After a while, the environment changes. First small, then larger pines and pines line the trail. Descend along exciting cliffs and green trees until you reach the destination of your trek in Vilaflor. Here you can stop in one of the cafes before you start the journey home.Both start and finish point can be easily reached by bus. The starting point 'Parador del Teide' is served by the 342 bus from the south and from the 348 bus coming from the north. In Vilaflor, the destination of the hike, bus 342 stops daily and on weekdays bus 474. Alternatively, you can park your rental car in Vilaflor and take bus 342 to the starting point of the hike.
The lunar landscape Paisaje Lunar is a barren, almost vegetation-free area on the southern slope of the caldera of the Teide. Only small shrubs and plants grow here between rocks and on wide boulder fields. From the mountain village of Vilaflor, a circular walk takes you through quiet pine forests to the edge of this strange landscape.From the tranquil mountain village of Vilaflor you hike through a sparse pine and pine forest uphill in the direction of the lunar landscape. Already during the ascent, you will not only enjoy the untouched mountain forests, but also wonderful views of the south coast of Tenerife. The trail winds up the hillside and slowly the area becomes barren until only a few trees grow on the rocky slopes. At the viewpoints Paisaje Lunar you have a particularly beautiful view of the strange rocks and the steep cliff face of the caldera. Here you finally turn west and start your way back. After a few meters you will reach an intersection with the GR131 long distance hiking trail that will take you back to Vilaflor. Soon more trees are growing along the way, while you are hiking downhill. The trail crosses a dusty, barely traveled road and here you meet again on your already known ascent route. You continue downhill through the sparse forest and reach Vilaflor, the destination of your hike.Vilaflor, the starting and ending point of this hike, can be reached both by bus and by rental car. The bus stop Castaños is served daily by the bus line 342 and on weekdays by the bus line 474.
The northern slopes of the Caldeira of the Teide are covered with dense jungles. South of the city of La Orotava you explore a particularly beautiful section of the jungles and at the same time enjoy some wonderful panoramic views. Especially exciting are the narrow, densely wooded valleys that you roam on this hike.Starting point of the hike is the rest area La Caldera. From here, the trail meanders without any significant difference in altitude through the dense jungle on the slope of the caldera. You cross small streams and soon reach the shelter Pedro Gil. On hot days you can freshen up here at the spring and replenish your water bottles. Again and again, the huge trees give the view of the coast, on the densely wooded slopes and even on the summit of the Teide free. Take a little time for this tour to enjoy the tranquility of the forest to the fullest. Shortly before the end of your hike you leave the forest behind you and walk between terraced fields down to the center of Pinolere, the destination of your tour.La Caldera, the starting point of your hike, is served daily by the 345 bus from La Orotava. Pinolere, the destination of the tour, however, is approached only on weekdays and Saturdays from the bus line. On Sundays you have to walk about 1.5 kilometers from there to Barroso. From there you can then take the 345 bus home.
Malpaís means directly translated wasteland, but the Spanish word has a different meaning. On the contrary, Malpaís refers to a landscape shaped by volcanic activity, which is shaped by petrified lava flows, underground caves and black lava rock for many years after the last eruption. The Malpaís de Güímar nature reserve on the east coast of Tenerife is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful of these landscape forms worldwide. On a simple circular walk you can discover this special nature for you.Your hike starts on the edge of the small town of Puertito de Güímar. From there, walk in a clockwise direction towards the extinct volcano Montaña Grande, which rises prominently out of the rocky plain. At the foot of the volcano there is a viewpoint. Here you have a magnificent view of the black-clad plain, of the green bushes and plants, and especially of the rugged coastline where glowing lava once hit the Atlantic. The circular walk leads you down to the coast, where you can admire the bizarre shapes created by the cooling of the lava from close proximity. Then along the coast back to the starting point of the hike.Puertito de Güímar, the starting point of the circular walk, can be reached not only by rental car but also by bus. From Santa Cruz de Tenerife the bus line 120 runs daily to Puertito de Güímar.
If you enjoy panoramic views of hiking, then this is the tour for you. From the tranquil town of Los Silos, the route climbs steeply up to the green mountains of Tenerife. Above, you will enjoy first-class views over the north coast, the surrounding ridges and up to the summit of Mount Teide.This promising tour is classified as 'moderate' in Tenerife.Starting point of your hike is the center of Los Silos. After taking a look at the famous white church, you leave the city. Along fields you wander south - always in the direction of the mountains. On a rustic serpentine path it goes uphill on a slope. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with a view: Below you is Los Silos and the north coast of Tenerife. Continue over the ridge to the abandoned Casa Talavera farm. The path now meanders through a light forest, but you can not take the view. Rocky peaks, green slopes and the Teide dominate the way. After about half of your walk, the trail leads you slowly downhill. Along terraced fields you continue to El Palmar, the destination of your hike.Los Silos, the starting point of your hike, is served on weekdays by bus 107 and daily by bus 363. To get back to Los Silos from El Palmar, either take bus number 355, 365 or 366 to Buenavista del Norte and change to line 107 or 363.
The walk from Garachico to the volcanic rock fields at the foot of the Chinyero is a tour for real hiking professionals. Over 1,500 meters, it goes through mountain forests and finally up rocky plains. But you will be spoiled with sleepy mountain villages, untouched forests, dramatic views and unique volcanic landscapes.Your hike starts in the picturesque coastal town of Garachico. From here you walk south. From the city limits a serpentine path leads you steeply uphill along terraced fields. Already during the ascent you should turn around now and then, because the view of Garachico and the Atlantic Ocean is really wonderful. Arriving at the top of the serpentine path, you will reach the village of Juan del Reparo. You cross the village and follow the trail uphill through a wide landscape of shrubs and small trees. The trail will lead you steadily uphill until you cross a narrow road at the Chapel of Ermita de San Francisco. Now the pine forest becomes denser and you enjoy the shade of the trees. The trail winds through the forest and between the trees you can already see the rocky slopes of the Montaña Negra, the black mountain. Soon the trail leads you directly along the black rocky desert at the foot of the mountain. Only a few trees grow around you, and soon after you reach the strange lava fields at the foot of the Chinyero volcano. On the hiking trail you circle the volcanic cone and wander over vast fields of solidified lava - a unique sight.After you have rounded the volcano, the way back is on. When you go back all the way to Garachico, the whole hike is about 30 kilometers long. Alternatively, hike back to the Ermita de San Francisco and from there take bus 360 to the Icod de los Vinos Estación. From there you can easily take the bus back to Garachico or directly to your accommodation.Garachico, the starting point of the hike, you can easily reach by car or bus. From Santa Cruz de Tenerife on weekdays the bus 107 goes to Garachico. There is also a daily bus line 363, which runs from Puerto de la Cruz to Buenavista del Norte.
In the Nature Park Anagana in the extreme northeast of Tenerife are the largest laurel forests in Tenerife. On the steep slopes above the coast, clouds often gather and cover the trees and plants with fine drops of water. As a result, a mystical jungle has developed here, which is permeated by clouds of fog. From the small village of Afur you can explore the lonely rocky coast and the enchanted fog forests of Anagana on a circular walk.From Afur the trail leads you first down the gorge of the same name towards the coast. A small stream has created a wildly romantic valley landscape, which is characterized by exciting rock formations and many plants. On the coast you will find the black beach Playa de Tamadite. After a break in the black sand, it goes up the coast. High above the water you can enjoy a magnificent view over the rocks and the Atlantic Ocean. In Taganana you can then take a break before you follow the trail uphill in the laurel forests. The path winds steeply uphill through a densely wooded valley. As through a green tunnel, you wander through mystical laurel forest. At the forester's lodge at Cruz de Taganana you finally reached the highest point of your hike. From here you hike down forest trails to Afur, the starting point of your hike.Afur, the starting point of your hike, can be reached both by rental car and by bus 76 from San Christóbal de Laguna. The bus goes daily to the small mountain village. Alternatively, you can start the trek in Taganana, which you can take with the 946 bus from Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
From the Cruz del Carmen view point on the north coast of Tenerife, an exciting trail leads down to Punta Hidalgo. On your way you will wander through pristine jungles, along rocky ridges and through small mountain villages. In many places you can enjoy a great view of the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains on the north coast of Tenerife.At the viewpoint Cruz del Carmen begins your hike. After enjoying the view over the north of Tenerife and the distant Teide, you can start. First, the trail leads you through dense laurel forest. Especially on days when the clouds or the fog are hanging in the trees, a magical mood comes up here. After a while, the jungle opens and gives way to some terraced fields. With fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and the Atlantic, you continue your hike. Open, scrubby meadows and small forest alternate, before you reach the tiny hamlet of Chinamada. Stop for a rest at the Restaurante La Cueva and enjoy the views of the terraced fields. Equally promising, your hike continues: as you wander along hollowed-out rock walls, you can enjoy views of the sea and the mountains of Tenerife. Satisfied, you will reach your destination Punta Hidalgo. If you like, then you can make a detour to the Playa de los Troches and keep your feet in the sea there.You can take the number 76 bus several times a day from the San Cristobal de la Laguna bus station to Cruz del Carmen. From Punta Hidalgo, the destination of your tour, bus numbers 50, 105 and 224 will bring you back to your accommodation.