The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife, has been a popular tourist destination for the last few decades. Reliable weather, easy access and beautiful beaches draw millions of tourists to the isle each year. But there’s a lot more to Tenerife than package holidays and beach days. We think it’s the perfect adventure destination. Take rugged coastlines, black sand beaches and volcanic mountains that rise out of the ocean, and you’ve got unlimited potential for adventure.
The island also boasts a whole heap of hiking options. The diversity of the landscape means that you could go on four or five different hikes and feel like you’re in a different country every time. There are trails that weave through pine forests, others that cut through ancient laurel forests, and then those that head deep into vast ravines.
Here we’ve rounded up a handful of activities you could get stuck into:
Climb the highest mountain in Spain
Pico del Teide (Mount Teide) is a volcanic peak which stands at 3,718m above sea level. Any trip to Tenerife wouldn’t be complete without summiting. Climb above the clouds through stark lava fields, scattered with volcanic boulders to the highest point in Spain for an incredible view.
Top tip: Try to be on the summit for sunrise to see the shadow of Teide cast across the landscape.
Hike through one of the oldest regions in Tenerife, Macizo de Anaga
Anaga is a mountain range in the northeast of the island. The sharp volcanic peaks rise abruptly from the ocean and deep ravines drop thousands of feet below. This region of the island has a very specific microclimate and hosts significant diversity of flora and fauna. The mountain range is one of the oldest regions on the island with rocks dating back to nine million years ago! UNESCO included the area into the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Take a hike through the clouds and marvel at this unreal landscape where mountains meet the ocean.
Climb in Las Canadas
La Canada del Capricho (commonly known as Las Canadas) is situated at 2000m in the Mount Teide National Park. It was the first climbing area to be developed in Tenerife and has over 120 routes, most of which are sport climbing routes. You’ll find some serious overhangs, delicate slabs and interesting boulder problems, all within a small area. A lot of the routes are in the shade too so you won’t have to endure the beating sun. Perfect!
Walk through the Masca Gorge
Take a hike along an 8km trail which weaves through the narrow volcanic valley. The unique geology and imposing scenery make it the perfect place to take a short stroll and take in the views. Be warned, it’s a popular trail so try to visit first thing in the morning or late in the day for less traffic.
With such a diverse landscape and favourable climate, there’s an endless list of adventures you could embark on in Tenerife. So next time you’re looking for a cheap last-minute get-away, why not consider flying to the Canary Islands?