Tenerife walking - Walking in Tenerife - Hiking in Tenerife

Walking in Tenerife is an eye opener for walkers from the more Northern European climes, the combination of the mountainous terrain and the many different micro climates means that the walking in Tenerife can be incredibly varied. Tenerife provides the opportunity for walkers to try walking at altitude, from the tough ascent of mount Teide to the very pleasant, virtually flat walk around the Las Cañadas from the visitors centre to the Parador or something in between such as a walk up to the ice caves and back via “La Catedral” to the starting point at Los Roques de Garcia, the most photographed rocks in Tenerife.

The most popular walk in the South of Tenerife is the ‘Barranco del Infierno’, a walk that starts at the top end of the town of Adeje and winds its way along a gorge to a small waterfall at the end. This is one of the few places in the south where the Canary bellflower flourishes. Due to its popularity the local town hall has restricted the number of visitors allowed to 220 each day and charges a fee of 3 Euros for guided tours. Access is only permitted with suitable footwear (no high heels or flip flops). Reservations can be made by ringing 922 782 885

There are various walking guides with varying degrees of accuracy but experienced walkers should have no problem following the routes as way marking is quite reasonable and the growing number of walkers discovering Tenerife walking means that the paths are becoming well defined by the volume of bootmarks.

Due to the mountainous, sparsely populated nature of many of the walks they do require transport to reach but there are quite a number that can be reached by bus. The Cañadas national park which has several walks is served by one bus going up from Playa de las Americas at 9 AM calling at Los Cristianos on the way, leaving visitors centre at 3.15 and the Parador at 4 PM, getting back to Las Americas at around 5.15 PM

There are numerous simple coastal walks once you get away from the heavily built up tourist areas or for the strollers who enjoy people watching while they walk, there’s the geranium walk, a wide paved promenade that stretches from Los Cristianos to the old fishing village of La Caleta.