Mount Teide Tenerife

Contrasts of Tenerife Walk

8 days
from
$1,499 USD
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Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 13+
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
W07TN
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
New Walking Holidays
Min age:
13

On Tenerife it is forever springtime and the sunny climate, glorious flowers, balmy temperatures and majestic scenery make it a perfect antidote to a cold winter. A rugged and spectacular island, it has an incredible variety of landscapes to explore.

This self guided walking holiday takes you to the very heart of Tenerife to discover its traditional towns, wild hidden valleys, spectacular coastline and impressive volcanic landscapes. The walking is both spectacular and rewarding, and with a hire car provided, it is easy to discover what the island has to offer.

You begin in 'Isla Baja', where terraced fields and abundant wildflowers form a colourful blanket over deep valleys and plunging ravines, and traditional farms still produce goat's cheese for which the area is renowned. The region's authenticity is fiercely protected and the town of Garachico has won awards for its preservation. From here, head to the UNESCO recognised Teide National Park, with its lava fields, beautiful volcanic chaos and iconic Mount Teide scratching the sky at over 3700m above sea level.

We provide fully detailed route notes with a choice of easier or more challenging circular walks daily, so you can tailor your day's walk to your current energy levels - but with all the walks highlighting the stunning landscapes of this remarkably diverse island.

Highlights

  • Mount Teide and its UNESCO National Park
  • Lunar landscapes, lava fields, dramatic volcanic mountains, rugged barrancos, far reaching ocean vistas
  • Superb for ornithologists, botanists and geologists
  • Choice of easier or more difficult circular walks daily - all within easy driving distance from the hotel

Key information

  • 7 nights twin centre accommodation in 4* hotels
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Car hire included
  • Countries visited: Spain

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Car hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

6

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

This self-guided walking holiday follows mainly well marked paths and trails. You should be a sure footed walker. Some sections of the ridge walks require a head for heights.

Day by day breakdown
Day 2 11.5km/7.0miles
Day 3 15.0km/9.5miles
Day 4 11.5km/7.0miles
Day 5 9.0km/5.5miles
Day 6 13.0km/8.0miles
Day 7 11.0km/7.0miles

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Itinerary

Garachico
to
Vilaflor
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Garachico

    Arrive in the perfectly preserved coastal town of Garachico and your elegant hotel set in a beautiful 17th century mansion.
    You stay at the Hotel Quinta Roja on a B&B basis

  • Day 2

    Teno Rural Park Walk

    Start the day with a short drive through the banana plantations of La Isla Baja to Parque Rural de Teno. Then set off on foot from the village of El Palmar to the mountain ridge and the Mirador de Baracan. There are superb views of deep barrancos snaking down the cliffs to the coast and you can even see as far as La Gomera on a clear day. Continue past abandoned terraces, stone circles and traditional farmhouses.
    Overnight at the Hotel Quinta Roja on a B&B basis

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Arenas Negras Volcano Walk

    Visit the Ecomuseo del Tanque to see how the islanders lived in times gone by, then follow the Canal de Vergara to La Corona Forestal, the green lungs of Tenerife and home to masses of birdlife, including the endemic pinzon azul (Canary blue chaffinch). The landscape changes to black sand and rocks as the Arenas Negras volcano looms into view through the trees. Return across the Chinyero lava field, with its contrasting rich green lichen.
    Overnight at the Hotel Quinta Roja on a B&B basis

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Monte del Agua Walk

    From the tranquil village of Erjos, head to Monte del Agua, a treasure trove of richly diverse flora and birdlife. At Casas de La Cumbre, views over deep ravines spread out before you before you’re rewarded with the sight of snow capped Teide. The last descent takes you to the Charcas de Erjos ponds where local and migrant birds can be spotted.
    Overnight at the Hotel Quinta Roja on a B&B basis

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Teide National Park – Samara and Black Caves

    Today you set out on your discovery of the Teide National Park – comprising of several volcanoes including mighty Mount Teide. Climb to the summit of Samara for an outstanding panorama over the volcanic chaos of Montana Reventada, the archaeological Guanche remains of Cuevas Negras and Pico Viejo, Tenerife’s second highest volcano. It’s a short onward drive to your hotel in the village of Vilaflor - the highest village on Tenerife and famous for its almendrados or almond biscuits!
    Overnight at the Hotel Spa VillAlba on a half board basis

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    The Moon Landscape

    An exhilarating walk today follows the Camino Real de Chasna – an ancient shepherds’ path connecting the north with the south of the island. Pass through protected pine forest to Los Escurriales, or the Moon Landscape, a fragile geological formation carved over centuries by wind and water erosion.
    Overnight at the Hotel Spa VillAlba on a half board basis

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    The Best Mirador of Teide

    Savour the best vistas of Mount Teide’s caldera and its ochre coloured palette of lava flows along the Siete Canadas trail to the summit of Mount Guajara. With views as far as Gran Canaria and La Palma on a clear day, it’s a fantastic ending to a week’s walking. The easier option today takes you to Teide's caldera and the Roques de Garcia (3.5KM/2MI/2HR)
    Overnight at the Hotel Spa VillAlba on a half board basis

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Leave Vilaflor

    Make your way back to the airport in time for your flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

Canarian dishes tend to be simple and elegant, owing much to sun-ripened tropical fruits such as paw-paw, prickly pear and bananas, local vegetables such as sweetcorn and potatoes and fresh fish such as moray and snapper.

Specialities include conejo al salmorejo (slow cooked rabbit with garlic, paprika and chili); rancho canario (a chickpea meaty soup), ropa vieja (chicken, pork and or beef stew); chocos (cuttlefish); and crema de puerros y bubangos (cream of leek and prawn stew). The most popular fish are members of the sea bass family - cherne, cabrilla or merluza are common, and you may find grilled swordfish (espada a la plancha), as well as calamares (squid), gambas (prawns) and pulpo (octopus).

Weather

In Tenerife the weather is superb year-round. The sun shines here for more days of the year than most other places in the world. The weather does depend on the time of year and also the parts of the island that you visit. The south is always the warmest and sunniest with the least cloud, the west also enjoys its fair share of great weather too. The north is also very warm, although there can be more rain and cloud her compared with the rest of the island. Also, the closer you climb towards the Mount Teide National Park, Tenerife’s volcanic region and location of Spain’s highest peak El Teide, the more changeable the weather becomes. The weather cools as the altitude rises and at certain times of the year there is some snowfall here while the coast remains sunny.

Tenerife climate

Is this trip for you?

Walking Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Average daily distance: 12km (7.5miles).
No. of days walking: 6
Terrain and route:  This self-guided walking holiday follows mainly well marked paths and trails. You should be a sure footed walker. Some sections of the ridge walks require a head for heights.

This holiday includes car hire so all walking transfers are also self-guided with directions provided to the beginning of each walk and return to the hotels at the end of the walks. Some of the roads on Tenerife are windy with lots of hairpin bends.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

Your accommodation is special on this trip. Your first 4 nights are at the Hotel Quinta Roja, a beautifully restored 17th century nobleman's mansion, superbly located next to the main square in the traditional old port town of Garachico. Next stop is the Hotel Spa VillAlba, sitting on the edge of the sleepy village of Vilaflor - the highest in Tenerife - and a short drive from the UNESCO recognised Teide National Park.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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