Contrasts of Tenerife Walk

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Renowned as the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’, Tenerife’s wild beauty varies from the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO Teide National Park, capped by the famous volcano itself, to its spectacular coastline with stunning ocean views.

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All about the Contrasts of Tenerife Walk.

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.
Your accommodation is special too. 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.

  1. Day 1 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.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Teno Rural Park Walk 8KM/5MI/3HR or 11.5KM/7MI/5HR

    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.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Arenas Negras Volcano Walk 13KM/8MI/4HR or 15KM/9.5MI/5HR

    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.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Monte del Agua Walk 8KM/5MI/4HR or 11.5KM/7MI/5HR

    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 youre 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.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Teide National Park Samara and Black Caves 5KM/3MI/2.5HR or 9KM/5.5MI/4HR

    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, Tenerifes second highest volcano. Its 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!

  6. Day 6 Day 6: The Moon Landscape 8KM/5MI/3HR or 13KM/8MI/5HR

    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.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: The Best Mirador of Teide 11KM/7MI/5HR

    Savour the best vistas of Mount Teides 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, its a fantastic ending to a weeks walking. The easier option today takes you to Teide’s caldera and the Roques de Garcia (3.5KM/2MI/2HR)

  8. Day 8 Day 8: Leave Vilaflor

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

Where you stay
Hotel La Quinta Roja
La Quinta Roja is a restored nobleman’s mansion right next to the village square in Garachico, so you could not be more central. They have preserved all that is historic and beautiful – ancient wooden boards on the first floor balcony enclosing the central courtyard, and the original stone stairs for example – while modern touches add to the quirky but compelling style. Bedrooms have different room dimensions and come with the original wooden shutters, as well as towelling robes, stereo and all your modern comforts.
Hotel Spa VillAlba
The Hotel Spa VillAlba is the perfect get away from it all, peacefully located on the edge of the highest village on Tenerife and surrounded by pine trees. It is superbly appointed, coming with spa facilities – including Turkish bath, sauna and jacuzzi – as well as both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The bright and comfortable rooms are spacious and with views overlooking the pine forest or the hotel gardens. There is also a cosy lounge – complete with log buring fire – and a TV room.
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