From volcanic peaks to pristine beaches – A hiking paradise in Tenerife
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Impressive volcanoes, mystical cloud forests and black lava deserts – Tenerife is a paradise for hikers. The island has amazingly diverse landscapes considering its small size. We will lead you through quiet laurel forests to remote dream beaches, traditional villages, and up to Spain’s highest peak, the eye-catching Teide Mountain (12,198 ft), which rises from the centre of the island. With an annual average temperature of 23 degrees and a constant cool breeze, Tenerife is the perfect location for hiking adventures.
In this Collection, you will find 15 routes spread across all corners of the island.
Find peace in the forests of the Anaga Mountains, hike through rocky gorges such as the Barranco de Roque Bermejo or enjoy fantastic panoramas from the Cruz del Carmen viewpoint. Let yourself be enchanted by the wild Atlantic coast at Taganana or discover the bizarre lunar landscape of the Montaña Negra. A special highlight is the ascent of the Pico del Teide Mountain with an overnight stay below the summit.
You can reach the start and end points of the hikes by rental car or bus. You can find more information in the stage descriptions and here: titsa.com/index.php. We recommend bringing sufficient water and sun protection as well as warm, water-repellent clothing even in the summer months. This way you are well prepared for the diverse landscapes and climate zones of Tenerife and can enjoy your hiking adventure to the fullest.
Without a doubt, the climb to Teide is the most famous, exciting and challenging hike in Tenerife. This tour takes you over the Montaña Blanca on the eastern slope of the Teide up to the viewpoint Mirador de la Fortaleza just below the crater rim. From there you have a spectacular view over the Caldera des Teide and up to the neighboring islands in the Atlantic.Although the Teide is the most popular excursion destination in Tenerife, there is rarely a crush on the hiking trail - most visitors take the cable car to the summit. We only recommend this challenging tour at lofty heights to experienced hikers.Your hike to Teide begins at the Montaña Blanca hiking car park. At first, the hiking trail winds through the barren scree desert up to the summit of the Montaña Blanca, an extinct volcano. You will also pass the famous black Teide eggs, huge lava stone blocks that lie in the middle of the red-brown desert.The tour takes you steeply up over the vegetation-free, rock-strewn mountain slope - a unique, dramatic landscape. You have reached your destination at the Refugio de Altavista mountain hut, because you will only climb the 3,718-meter summit of the Teide the next day.After a relaxing night in the refugio, the next day you start early in the morning to the summit, which you reach at sunrise. The scenery is bathed in a fairytale light and the entire island is at your feet. When you've had enough of the view, you hike back to the starting point on the same route that you climbed the day before.Bus line 342 takes you from Adeje on the south coast and bus line 348 from Puerto de la Cruz on the north coast directly to the starting point of the tour.
The Teno Rural Park Tour is a varied hike through an area characterized by traditional hamlets such as El Palmar, Masca or Erjos. Along the way you will come across old bread and brick ovens, some of them are still in use. Typical customs and traditions have survived to this day in this remote region.
You start in the village of Erjos and walk south to the Charcas de Erjos. These pools are considered one of the most important wetlands in Tenerife and were created when fertile soil was extracted for the coasts. Countless rare plants line the bank and the path. The path leads upwards from the charcas and the higher you climb, the thicker the vegetation. You enter a light pine forest that welcomes you with its typical spicy fragrance.
At the highest point of the hike near the Cruz del Gala summit, you have a wonderful view that extends to the village of Masca and Teide. The slopes of the striking mountains are covered with a carpet of plants that glow in countless shades of green. It goes along the edge of the forest through the impressive landscape. After almost ten kilometers you will reach the destination of this tour at the Mirador La Cruz de Hilda. There is a modern café with a wonderful panoramic terrace, where you can finally stop off.Bus lines 325, 392 and 460 take you to Erjos, the starting point of this hike. The Mirador La Cruz de Hilda is served by lines 355 and 365.
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Malpaís means directly translated wasteland, but the Spanish word has a different meaning: Malpaís rather means a volcanic landscape that is still characterized by petrified lava flows, underground caves and black lava rocks many years after the last eruption. The Malpaís de Güímar nature reserve is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful of these landscapes worldwide.
Your hike starts at the Plaza de las Indias in Puertito de Güímar. From there you hike clockwise towards the extinct volcano Montaña Grande, which rises prominently from the rocky plain. There is a lookout point right at the foot of the volcano. Here you have a wonderful view of the plain covered with black rocks with its green bushes and above all of the furrowed coastline, where glowing lava once met the Atlantic Ocean.
The circular hiking path now leads you down to the coast, where you can admire the bizarre shapes that formed when the lava cooled down. Along the rough coast, it goes back to the starting point of the hike. In Puertito de Güímar you can jump into the water on the beach or stop at one of the bars.Puertito de Güímar, the starting and ending point of the circular hike, can be reached from Santa Cruz by bus line 120.
This varied circular hike combines nature and culture. The starting point is in the village of Las Vegas, which means “floodplain”, and from here you hike north. You will come across old stone ovens that used to be used not only for baking but also for drying fruit. This region has been shaped by agriculture and forestry for centuries. The hiking trail winds upwards and you can look forward to wonderful views.It goes through rocky gorges and along small streams that supply the fields with water. A nice place to rest is at the old fountain Fuente del Guirre, where there is also a huge Canarian pine tree. You continue hiking through the shady forest and meet the Vejas Casas Cueva, small cave dwellings that are still partially used as a shelter today.You can get back to Las Vegas through the Barranco del Seco gorge. In the last section, the landscape is characterized by terraced fields on the slopes, where predominantly nutrient-rich, organic jable sand is used.You can reach Las Vegas by rental car or take bus 34, 36 or 111 to La Pedrera or Chimiche and start there.
The focus of this hike are the promising mountain slopes of the Baracán and the fantastic coast at Punta de Teno. The tour starts with the impressive view from the Mirador Altos de Baracán and then takes you along the slopes of the Baracán at an altitude of almost 1,000 meters. Your gaze wanders over the surrounding peaks, terraced fields and small mountain villages. There is often fog at these heights and the landscape is therefore rich in countless plant species.The idyllic mountain village of Teno Alto is ideal for a break with Café con Leche. Then it goes past small settlements with traditional brick kilns and so-called Tagoros - stone circles that were used by the inhabitants of Tenerife as councils or meeting places.You reach Las Cuevas and descend from here into the Barranco de las Cuevas. In the rocky gorge you will discover unique cacti and interesting rock formations. The path is partly covered by old paving stones and at the foot of the Barrancos is the inclusion of Las Casas with its old architectural remains.The last section of this hike is on a road that ends at Punta de Teno. From the westernmost tip of Tenerife you can enjoy a magnificent view of the entire peninsula, the coastline and the red and white striped lighthouse, which is surrounded by volcanic rocks.You can reach the starting point at the Mirador Altos de Baracán by rental car or you can take the bus line 355, 365 or 366 to Las Portelas and start from there. Punta de Teno is served by bus line 369 and takes you to Buenavista del Norte.
The starting point of this tour is in the small town of Afur, which is surrounded by a wonderful mountain world. The traditional cave and stone houses that are covered with a thatched roof are special here. You follow the rocky Barranco de Afur gorge downhill, which carries water all year round. Here you are in one of the most remote and fascinating areas of Tenerife. This becomes even clearer at Playa de Tamadite - you mostly have the secluded beach to yourself. The waves of the deep blue Atlantic meet the dark sand and the cliffs covered with bushes.
The second section of the path runs along the picturesque coast and has countless photo opportunities ready for you: the rocks rise sharply and sharply into the sky and defy the sea. You come to the village of El Chorro with remains of the old vineyards, presses and wineries, where winegrowing once flourished. From El Chorro it is only a short distance to your destination in Taganana, where you can try the wine mentioned. The houses nestle on the green slopes of the surrounding mountains like swallows' nests and offer an impressive sight.The starting point in Afur can be reached from San Cristóbal de La Laguna with bus line 76. To get from Santa Cruz to San Cristóbal de La Laguna, you can take line 15 and Taganana is connected to Santa Cruz by bus line 946.
An exciting hiking trail leads from the Cruz del Carmen viewpoint down 1,000 meters to Punta del Hidalgo. On your way you hike through untouched primeval forests, along rocky ridges and through small mountain villages. In many places you can enjoy a great view of the Atlantic and the mountains on the north coast of Tenerife.Your hike begins at the Cruz del Carmen viewpoint. After you have enjoyed the view over the forests and on the distant Teide, you can start: First the hiking path leads you through dense laurel forest. Especially on days when clouds or thick fog hang in the trees, there is a magical atmosphere here. After a while, the jungle opens and gives way to cultivated terrace fields. You will be surrounded by deep valleys and wild meadows and small forest areas will alternate. In the tiny hamlet of Chinamada, you can take a break at the La Cueva restaurant.You come closer and closer to the deep blue Atlantic Ocean and look down on impressive bays. Past the futuristic lighthouse of Punta del Hidalgo, we continue to the Tesesinte settlement. If you want, you can then take a bath in the natural swimming pools of the Charcos de Punta del Hidalgo - ideal for relaxing your body after your beautiful hike.You can take bus 76 several times a day from the bus station in San Christóbal de la Laguna to Cruz del Carmen. From Punta Hidalgo, the destination of your tour, bus lines 50, 105 and 224 bring you back to your accommodation.
This route takes you all the way to the north of Tenerife and is characterized by the wild Atlantic coast. You start on the beautiful beach of Benijo, whose fine sand is framed by rugged rocks. A staircase connects the dreamlike bay with the settlement of Benijo, which consists of only a few isolated houses.From there it goes steeply uphill, over rocky slopes and terraced fields. In countless hairpin bends, the path winds up to Cruz del Draguillo, where two hiking trails meet in the forest. A detour to the summit of the Cabezo del Tejo is worthwhile - above you will be rewarded with a fantastic panorama over the Anaga Mountains with its nature reserves.
Then you descend to the village of Chamorga. Because of the many streams and the mild climate at the sea, you will find many agricultural businesses in this region. The population comes from pre-Hispanic times, here lived the "Guanches", the indigenous people of Tenerife. Through the rocky, breathtakingly beautiful gorge of the Barranco de Roque Bermejo you walk down towards the coast. Meter-high cacti, flowering bushes and small pools line the path. With a view of the Atlantic, the route takes you to Roque Bermejo - a place that can only be reached on foot or by boat. The village is known for the striking rock in the form of a shark fin.You can take bus line 946 from Santa Cruz to the starting point in Benijo. From Roque Bermejo you can either hike the same way back to Chamorga, which is served by bus line 947, or you can take the boat taxi from the beach to Las Teresitas, for example.
The hike follows an old commercial path that used to bring pigs, goats, fish and all kinds of food from Taganana to La Laguna, the capital of Tenerife at the time. The starting point is at Plaza de la Nuestra Señora de las Nieves in Taganana, a mountain village with a core of white houses. You hike up the slope through terraced fields and the view gets better with every meter you overcome.
The path leads steeply in part through the millennia-old laurel forests: tree trunks covered with lichen and huge ferns convey a unique atmosphere as if from a fairy tale. Clouds and fog often stick to the forested mountains and immerse the scenery in an even more mystical mood.We continue through the National Park of the Anaga Mountains and after a good four kilometers you reach the Pico de los Pasos. You will pass magnificent viewpoints high above the Atlantic. The last part of this hike you march along a winding road that takes you to the Mirador El Bailadero.Bus line 946 runs from Santa Cruz to Anaga as well as your destination at the Mirador El Bailadero viewpoint. You can also take bus 947 back to Santa Cruz or spend the night in the traditional hotel "Montes de Anaga".
This hike impresses with unique lava landscapes and takes you through one of the youngest volcanic areas on the island. The starting point is the small church Ermita de San Francisco south of the village of Montañeta. At first you hike through shady coniferous forest, but soon the rows of trees clear up - you enter the inhospitable plain, which is covered by the ash and lava of the Chinyero. The last eruption on Tenerife took place in 1909 and lasted ten days.
At the Arenas Negras rest and camping site you can take a break and enjoy the view of the black mountain Montaña Negra. The lush green of the individual pines contrasts with the black stone. You hike through the nature reserve "El Chinyero" and look up to the Teide and the Pico Viejo.The rocks and volcanic cones rise abruptly to the sky, but as the valley of Santiago approaches, the valleys and hills become increasingly gentle. You have reached your destination in the relaxed village of Santiago del Teide and can finally stop off in one of the bars. After a hike, the sangria tastes twice as good.You can reach the starting point at Iglesia San Francisco from Icod de los Vinos with bus line 360. Santiago del Teide is served by lines 325, 355, 460, 461 and 462.
This hike starts in the idyllic village of El Palmar. Pass the church on a side street to the abandoned Las Cuevas quarry, where innumerable species of cacti and succulents have settled on the stony terraces. You cross wide fields and the small settlements Las Portelas with their traditional houses. During this tour you can enjoy wonderful views of the Chinyero volcano, which last erupted in 1909. The eruptions continued for ten days.
You hike steadily uphill and soon leave civilization behind: the hike takes you over deep green slopes to the lookout point Casas de la Cumbre, from which you can enjoy an impressive panorama to the Atlantic. In spring, the path is lined with colorful flowers and blooming shrubs.It continues with great views and below the Cruz de Gala summit you reach the highest point of this hike at 1,227 meters. Then you zigzag down a stream to Santiago del Teide, your destination today. In the photogenic place you will find a beautiful church, narrow streets and traditional restaurants.You can reach the starting point in El Palmar with the bus lines 355, 365 and 366. In Santiago del Teide you can get on the lines 325, 355, 460, 461 and 462.
This hike is an experience, especially in the late afternoon or early evening, when the low-lying sun makes the red tones of the rock shine even more intensely. The shadows of the volcanoes, the special vegetation and the colors of the sky are unique in the world and give you the feeling of being on a distant planet.
The starting point of this hike is at the Mirador de las Narices del Teide, which is surrounded by a surreal, stony landscape. Plan enough time for the way back and take a headlamp with you. You walk across open, barren lava and pumice fields to the Cuevas Negras. There are smaller and larger caves that are worth a closer look. On both sides of the path there are peaks over 2,000 meters high and offer an impressive sight. The sun can still shine strongly in Tenerife in the late afternoon, so don't forget to bring enough water and sun protection with you.
In the Teide National Park you can encounter a variety of birds that are under protection. A breathtaking panorama awaits you at the Sámara volcano: Your gaze wanders over the reddish rock of the rocky mountain landscape, which contrasts with the green splashes of color of the Canarian pines and cedars. At sunset you will experience a colorful spectacle that will be replaced by the glittering starry sky.You can reach the starting point of the hike at the Mirador de las Narices del Teide by rental car. The way back is the same as you came.
This route begins in Lomo de las Bodegas and ends on one of the most beautiful, pristine beaches in Tenerife. On the way there you can look forward to a wide variety of landscapes, from green mountain slopes to volcanic sandy beaches. Alternating it goes over promising heights and through calm forests.The path leads you to Las Casillas, an abandoned mountain village in the Anaga massif - only one permanent resident defies nature. The partially collapsed houses and empty huts nestle on the slope between the impressive gorges of Igueste de San Andrés and Ijuana. You walk downhill through the green valley of the Barranco de Antequera.A very special highlight of this hike is Playa de Antequera, which is surrounded by steep cliffs: the beach can only be reached by sea or on foot and is protected by the majestic Roque de Antequera. This wonderful place gives you the opportunity to enjoy the clear and calm waters of the Atlantic at the end of this hike.You can reach Las Bodegas from Santa Cruz with the bus line 947. From the destination in Roque de Antequera you can either take a taxi boat along the southern coast of the Anaga Mountains to the beach of Las Teresitas or you walk the route back to Las Bodegas.
This route offers a varied mix of botanical and cultural elements from the island of Tenerife. You start at the church in Las Mercedes and initially follow the path along the street. Passing traditional houses and terraced fields, you will soon turn into the forest. In the Anaga Mountains, the mountain slopes are covered with primeval cloud forest: gnarled, lichen-covered laurel trees line the path and give nature a mystical character.
You hike up to Cruz del Carmen, a wonderful viewpoint. There is also a small church, a visitor center and a restaurant. After a short break, continue on the natural path that shows you the scenic beauty of Tenerife. After you have crossed the Barranco de la Goleta, the rows of trees clear up. You step out onto a plain covered with flowering shrubs and bushes and after a good eleven kilometers you reach the mountain village of Tegueste with its distinctive church.You can reach Las Mercedes from San Cristóbal de La Laguna with the bus lines 270, 271, 273 and 274. Back from Tegueste take line 52.
The hike runs through wonderfully shady forest and is therefore also suitable for sunny summer days. The starting point is on the road below the Morro de Isarda peak. On soft forest floor you hike through the mountainous landscape. A wonderful pine scent surrounds you and you come across small streams again and again. That is why the first hydroelectric power station in the Canary Islands was built in La Orotava.
The path winds in countless hairpin bends towards the southwest. In some places the rows of trees clear up and you can enjoy a fantastic view that extends to Teide. Shortly before you reach your destination, you will pass the unique rock formations Los Órganos, the organ pipes. We continue to an old volcanic crater, which is now used as a recreation area: The La Caldera rest area is a barbecue and picnic area popular with locals. You can also enjoy nature here and stock up on snacks at the kiosk.You can reach the starting point of the hike at the Mirador de las Narices del Teide by rental car. The way back is the same as you came.