Hiking in Tenerife convinced us that the Canary Islands are one of the best hiking destinations in Europe, especially in winter. From sweeping volcanic landscapes evocative of Mars to rolling verdant mountains that unfurl into the sea, this island enchants at every turn.
The most impressive hiking trails in Tenerife are concentrated in the Anaga mountains, Teide National Park, and the Teno mountains. We recommend spending at least one week on the island to sample each of these regions, as outlined in this Tenerife road trip itinerary.
This Tenerife hiking guide provides an overview of our favorite trails on the island, with links to more in-depth posts.
Important: Access to these trails keeps changing due to landslides and construction. We highly recommend reaching out to local tourist offices to confirm whether these trails are open during your visit.
- Santiago del Teide to Masca in the Teno Mountains – This trail is currently closed due to construction. Please reach out to the local authorities for trail updates.
- Roques de García in Teide National Park
- Parador Nacional to Guajara in Teide National Park
- Benijo to Faro de Anaga Loop Trail in the Anaga Mountains
- Taganana to Playa de Tamadite in the Anaga Mountains
- Punta del Hidalgo to Chinamada in the Anaga Mountains
- Roque de Taborno Circuit Trail in the Anaga Mountains
Tenerife Hiking Map
The most efficient way to travel between hiking destinations in Tenerife is with your own car.
We recommend using the Discovercars.com car rental reservation platform to search for and book car rentals in Tenerife. This easy-to-use booking platform compares car rental deals from 500+ trusted providers, so that you can choose the best option for your trip.
Tip: If you can only drive automatic transmission cars, as opposed to manual transmission cars (stick shift), book your can rental as early as possible.
Tips for Hiking in Tenerife
Taganana to Playa de Tamadite
1. One of the most popular hikes in Tenerife is Pico del Teide (Mount Teide Peak). If you want to summit Teide, you need a permit. We’ve compiled everything you need to know about this hike in our guide to Visiting Mount Teide National Park.
2. Purchase a Tenerife hiking guidebook like the Tenerife Rother Walking Guide before you arrive in Tenerife. It’s really difficult to find helpful trail guides once you’re on the island.
3. Pack hiking snacks and sufficient water for every hike. Even though there are restaurants scattered across the Tenerife mountains, they’re not always open.
4. Wear Grade B/C hiking boots like the women’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX / Meindl Schuhe Island Lady (what Kati and I wear) or the men’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX. You need sturdy shoes to tackle steep and slippery terrain (e.g. scree and wet leaves)
5. Use Maps.me (offline maps app) to locate trailheads.
6. Base yourself in La Laguna for hiking in the Anaga Mountains, Buenavista del Norte or Los Gigantes for exploring Teno Rural Park, and Vilaflor for hiking in Teide National Park. Learn more in our guide to Where to Stay in Tenerife for Hiking.
1. Santiago del Teide to Masca
Trailhead: Santiago del TeideDistance: 8.5 km point-to-pointTime Needed: 3 hoursDifficulty: Easy Where to Stay: Casa Fina in Santiago del Teide, or Royal Sun Resort in Los Gigantes
The point-to-point hike from Santiago del Teide town to Masca village showcases the majesty of the Teno Mountains. It’s a walking route that we’d have gladly done again and again.
You’ll initially ascend 388 meters to the Degollada de la Mesa col. From here, take a quick detour to Pico Verde, which serves up unbeatable views of the sinuous TF-436 cutting through the mountains to Masca.
Returning back to the col, you’ll follow the ridge trail and ultimately descend through laurel forest to the Mirador de Cruz de Hilda lookout point. The last stretch takes you to Masca village, where you can grab a bite to eat before shuttling back to Masca on Bus 355.
2. Roques de García
Teide National Park
Pico del Teide gets all the press. After all, it’s Spain’s highest mountain. However, if you look beyond the imposing volcano, you’ll find a plethora of hiking trails that traverse Las Cañadas caldera. One short and easy walk everyone should do is Roques de García.
With Mount Teide in full view, you’ll circuit the park’s most striking rock formation in just over an hour. The hike starts at the viewpoint Mirador de la Ruleta, directly across from Parador Nacional.
From the Mirador de la Ruleta lookout point, you’ll see the impressive La Catedral rock jutting out of the Caldera floor. In the background, the caldera rim looks like a wall of stone.
3. Parador Nacional to Montaña Guajara Circuit Trail
Teide National Park
Trailhead: Parador Nacional (bus stop, hotel, gift shop, and cafeteria)Distance: 10.1 km circuitTime Needed: 4:30 hrsDifficulty: Moderate – Difficult Where to Stay: Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide in Teide National Park, or Hotel Spa Villalba in Vilaflor
Montaña Guajara is the highest mountain along the caldera rim in Teide National Park.
While there are a few ways to summit Montaña Guajara, we recommend starting at Parador Nacional. From here, it’s a slow and steady ascent to the Guajara plateau. Follow the circuit trail clockwise.
At the top, you’ll have a brilliant birds-eye view of the caldera landscape and Mount Teide. The whole circuit hike takes 4:30 hours.
4. Benijo to Faro de Anaga Lighthouse Circuit
The Anaga massif is the oldest part of the island and, in our opinion, the most beautiful range in Tenerife. The Anaga mountains feel like a living being, eternally gliding into the sea.
To get a substantial overview of this Tenerife mountain range, we recommend hiking this 6-hour circuit trail.
This Tenerife hike begins in the tiny hamlet of Benijo, close to Taganana. The trail follows the coast all the way to the Faro de Anaga lighthouse. From the lighthouse, you’ll hike inland to the village of Chamorga, which is located at the very end of the Anaga Mountain Road. The trail then continues all the way back to Benijo.
It’s also possible to shorten this hike. When you reach El Draguillo, turn right and hike uphill in the direction of Chamorga. After about 270 meters of elevation gain (1 km), you’ll reach an intersection. Turn right and follow this scenic trail to Benijo.
5. Taganana to Playa de Tamadite
Trailhead: Taganana Distance: 8.4 km out-and-backTime Needed: 4 hours Difficulty: Moderate Where to Stay: Trailhead: Taborno Distance: 3.7 km circuitTime Needed: 1:30 hours Difficulty: Moderate Where to Stay: La Laguna Gran Hotel, or Hotel Boutique San Diego – Adults Only in La Laguna (San Cristóbal de La Laguna), or Casanaga in Almáciga
The pleasant Tenerife walk from the remote village of Taganana to the beach Playa de Tamadite delivers nonstop brilliant views of the Anaga coastline in both directions.
This is an easy walk with little grade variation. The only tricky part is locating the trailhead. We used Maps.me to find it.
Early on, you’ll hike through the small wine-producing village called El Chorro. Before arriving at the Tamadite beach, you’ll descend to Barranco de Afur and cross a stream. Playa de Tamadite is the perfect place to eat lunch and take a break, before starting the return journey back to Taganana.
Note: it’s possible to extend this hike, as seen on the map. We weren’t able to do this circuit, because the trail between Afur and Playa de Tamadite was closed. Get updates on the trail at the Cruz del Carmen visitor center.
6. Punta del Hidalgo to Chinamada and Carboneras
Trailhead: Punta del Hidalgo Distance: 16.1 km out-and-backTime Needed: 6 – 7 hoursDifficulty: Moderate – Difficult Where to Stay: Punta Paradiso in Punta del Hidalgo
This Tenerife hiking trail is invariably the most popular walk in Parque Rural de Anaga. Most hikers will start at the Cruz del Carmen Visitor Center and descend all the way to Punte del Hidalgo. That’s probably the best way to do it, especially if you’re based in La Laguna. You can take a bus to the trailhead, and then return to La Laguna with another bus from Punta del Hidalgo.
We did an out-and-point hike starting in Punta del Hidalgo to Chinamada and Carboneras because we wanted maximum flexibility. From the coast, the trail steadily climbs up above Barranco del Río to the Troglodyte (cave) settlement Chinamada. People still live in caves here, though they are modernized. When you arrive, head to Restaurante La Cueva for heartwarming Canary food.
You can continue to Carboneras (not a must-do), or head back down to Punta del Hidalgo after lunch. For more details, read Best Hikes in the Anaga Mountains.
7. Roque de Taborno Circuit Trail
Endearingly referred to as “Tenerife’s Matterhorn,” Roque de Taborno is a thumb-shaped rock that rises 706 meters above sea level on the north coast of the Anaga peninsula.
A short trail circuits Tenerife’s Matterhorn, delivering godly views of the Northern Anaga Coastline. DO NOT MISS THIS HIKE!
This Tenerife hiking trail begins in the hamlet of Taborno in Anaga Rural Park. When you arrive, locate the chapel. You’ll walk along the right side of the tiny church and descend a few meters to a viewpoint.
Continue following the trail to Roque de Taborno. As you circuit the rock clockwise, the views dramatically crescendo.
Source: moonhoneytravelers blog
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