Tenerife is a fantastic holiday location for walkers and hikers. Fascinating routes course through dense forests, plunging ravines, ‘other worldly’ volcanic landscapes and unspoiled coastlines; in some places it’s possible to walk all day and never encounter another living soul.
Tenerife has a world of natural beauty within its shores. With microclimates that change every ten kilometres, Tenerife is a landscape of contrasts: a volcanic island, with stunning beaches and coastal paths that run alongside mountain tracks, woodland paths and watercourses that cross the lush terrain.
The island brings together an enormous variety of landscapes and ecosystems and over 47% of the territory is classified as protected in one way or another. These protected natural spaces have a rich legacy of history and natural beauty, and each footpath offers surprising insights into the heritage of the island and each step, brings visitors closer to discovering the real Tenerife, whether meandering along ancient watercourses, treading woodland paths, or enjoying a variety of spectacular views.
The network of footpaths on the island is growing daily. New routes are rehabilitated and put back into use, offering an increasing variety of opportunities to experience the natural world first hand. Many of these footpaths have been improved to meet the European standards of the ERA (European Ramblers Association) which guarantees the quality of the signage and levels of safety. As time goes on, the island becomes more populated with local footpaths, short routes and longer routes which will soon make it possible for visitors to walk from one side to the other, or complete a circuit of the island.
This network of footpaths means that visitors can increasingly enjoy the natural treasures of Tenerife in safety.
Tenerife is a mountainous island characterised by valleys and ridges rising to high mountain plateaus and 3km peaks. Most walks are on trails and footpaths which can be rocky and steep in places, but offer spectacular views and stunning scenery.