Walking Trails of Tenerife

Volcanic landscapes and winter sun

December 7 - December 14, 2024

Welcome to Tenerife

When the winter chills kick in, where better to head than the beautiful, volcanic island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands for some leisurely walking in the sunshine. Pass through valleys, mountain ranges and national parks on a variety of trails and absorb the wonderful scenery, which contrasts between volcanic terrain, lush landscapes, and calming coastlines.

Discover the real Tenerife as you encounter traditional farmsteads, trek by prehistoric cave settlements as well as get a chance to appreciate the local culture by sampling the delights of traditional rustic Canarian cuisine… well-earned after a day of exploring! 

Tour Highlights

  • Trek through the Orotava Valley, surrounded by fascinating flora and fauna
  • Enjoy the sounds of the crashing waves along Tenerife's rugged coastal trails
  • Explore the charming seaside town of Puerto de la Cruz and wander its beautiful botanical gardens
  • Feel underfoot the lunar-like landscapes of the volcanic Teide National Park and home of Mount Teide which stands at 3,715m
  • Visit the UNESCO-listed old town of La Laguna
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  • Dates & Prices

    The prices shown below include return transport from a specified UK departure point. If you are travelling from outside of the UK, please .

    December 7 - December 14, 2024 (8 days)


    Standard Blind Price: £1899 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £1349 Book Now

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return transport and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 1749 GBP Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: 1199 GBP Contact us for availability

    A dirt track with parched grass on either side lead up to Mount Teide ahead with blue skies above.
  • A sun sets to the left over a black sand beach with rolling waves and people in the water. In the foreground are bright purple flowers, green shrubs and palm trees.

    What's Included

    • Flights & transfers from the UK
    • 3 star accommodation
    • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Five days guided walking
    • Wine tasting at a local bodega
    • Botanical Gardens (optional)
    Person in blue jacket stood in tufts of green flora at the bottom of a valley in Tenerife. The Sun sets behind the brown valley rocks.

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Saturday 7th December

Fly to Tenerife South airport and transfer to our hotel in the port city of Santa Cruz which is just a short walk from the northern coastline and beaches. This will be our home and base for all of our adventures in the week. 

Dinner included. Overnight in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Sunday 8th December

Distance: 6km (3.7 miles)

Total Ascent: +300m (1,000ft)

Total Descent: -225m (750ft)

For our first day we’ll ease in gently with a coastal walk from the hotel. The sound of the sea will travel with us today as we follow a trail across the north coast of the island. The old, paved path takes us to La Rambla de Castro palm grove where, a long time ago, an old fortress protected this area from pirates and corsairs. We’ll explore the endemic coastal vegetation and enjoy the sounds of birdsong along the way. We pass banana plantations and ascend to the Mirador de San Pedro which offers stunning panoramic views of the coast. After a short drive and delicious lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll walk another, smaller, section of the north coast from Las Aguas to Barranco de Ruiz where we find examples of traditional rural homesteads.  

Breakfast & lunch included. Overnight in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Monday 9th December

Distance: 7km (4.3 miles) 

Total Ascent: +350m (1,150ft) 

Total Descent: -350m (1,150ft) 

Today, we drive to the heights of La Orotava valley for a gentle introduction to the Tenerife pine forest and all the wonderful scents that come with it. Native to the Canary Islands, this unique pine tree species has special rejuvenating abilities following wildfires and hanging lichens which certify the air quality. We’ll also discover how water is collected from the area and distributed across the island.  

We’ll descend into the laurel forest near La Caldera, a defunct volcanic fissure which has been turned into a recreational area. After a picnic lunch, we’ll then drive downhill and stop in the charming town of La Orotava where we explore the heritage and history of the buildings, churches and gardens. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Tuesday 10th December

Distance: 8,5km (5.2 miles) 

Total Ascent: +325m (1,075ft) 

Total Descent: -550m (1,800ft) 

Travelling towards the northwest of Tenerife we’ll drive to the Teno Mountains and start our walk from the village of Erjos. The Teno Massif is one of three volcanic formations that make the island of Tenerife.  We take a trail that passes near ponds where wildlife can be spotted, and the calls of the birds enjoyed. We will also catch the scent of the fragrant plants in Monte del Agua Laurel Forest. The Teno Mountains are steeped in ancient traditions and offer great contrasts and diversity of landscape, climate and vegetation, from lush forests to deep canyons. 

We continue along a wide, undulating mountain ridge which offers fantastic views over the fertile north El Palmar valley and into the deep ravines of the barrancos. We learn about lava dykes and the geological origins of the Canary Islands as we trek across one of the oldest areas of the island. The descent takes us to the picturesque Masca hamlets where we will stop for a refreshing drink before heading back to the hotel. 

Breakfast & lunch included. Overnight in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Wednesday 11th December

Today is at your leisure for you to either enjoy a day by the pool, head to the coast or explore the local town of Puerto de la Cruz.  A short taxi or bus ride away, Puerto’s boardwalk is a wonderful place to enjoy the fresh air, or its sandy beaches and the perfect place to enjoy that winter sun.

You might choose to visit the local botanical gardens, parks or piazzas and be sure to find a typical Canarian restaurant, or guachinche, to try some of the delectable local food and wine. 

Breakfast included. Overnight in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Thursday 12th December

Distance: 8,7km (5.4 miles)

Total Ascent: +525m (1,725ft)

Total Descent: -225m (750ft 

Today, the Teide National Park awaits us. Situated in the centre of the island, it is the oldest and largest of four national parks in the Canary Islands, and the home of Mount Teide (3,715m), an active volcano and Spain’s highest mountain.

We’ll set off from the El Portillo visitor centre and journey into the island’s volcanic landscape feeling the light and porous pumice stone crunch underfoot on the way up to Montaña Blanca. We’ll walk inside Mount Teide’s Caldera, a paradise for geology lovers and learn about the aboriginal Guanche people’s use of this region including expeditions to the top of Mount Teide over the last centuries. We’ll explore the rest of the National Park by bus enjoying magnificent panoramic views of the three-milllion-year old lava flows, ancient rocks, volcanic cones and, of course, the impressive Mount Teide itself. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Friday 13th December

Distance: 9,0km (5.6 miles)

Total Ascent: +425m (1,400ft)

Total Descent: -750m (2,450ft) 

On our last day of walking, we head to the Anaga Mountains, in the northeast of the island. This protected area is home to one of the most varied native wildlife in Europe, but also to many villages and inhabitants. Listed as a UNESCO Biosphere reserve, we’ll learn about the importance of sustainability in this rich but fragile environment.
From Cruz del Carmen, we descend through the laurel forest until Chinamada, a hamlet known for its old dwelling caves and where we’ll stop for lunch.

After the walk, we’ll visit the old town and former capital of the island, La Laguna, which is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here we will end our day with a visit to a local bodega where we will have the opportunity to sample (and maybe take away!) some local wines. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Saturday 14th December

After breakfast and a leisurely morning, we’ll return to the airport for our flight home. 

Breakfast included

 

 

Please note a reasonable level of fitness is required for this trip as, although distances are relatively short (longest walk 5.6miles), there are some lengthy ascents and descents.  Hill walking experience would be advantageous, or a willingness to acquire some before you travel. Paths will generally be good, but will, on some days, be rough and rocky underfoot. 

In the interests of your safety and the rest of the group’s enjoyment if, at any time, the tour manager or walking guide feels that you are not suited to a walk or are not able to complete a walk for any reason, they may, at their discretion, request you to stay behind or return to the hotel.