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Mount Teide Short Break

5 Days & 4 Nights
  • Stay in the iconic Parador Hotel at the foot of Mount Teide
  • The lunar-like volcanic landscapes of Mount Teide National Park
  • Explore the bizarre rock formations of the Roques Garcia
  • Enjoy spectacular views from the summit of Mount Teide
  • Relax in the swimming pool and enjoy delicious Canarian cuisine at the Parador
A short walking break based in the volcanic centre of Tenerife, Mount Teide National Park. Stay for four nights in the colonial style Parador de Cañadas del Teide hotel in its fantastic location at the foot of Mount Teide, and enjoy a choice of walks ranging from a short walk to the iconic Catedral rock formation to a challenging summit of Mount Teide. At the end of the day sit back and relax on the terrace enjoying views of Mount Teide, enjoy a dip in the swimming pool, feast on fine Canarian Cuisine, and enjoy the absolute tranquillity of this wonderful location and the amazing clear night skies.

What To Expect

Perfect if you are short of time but would like to fit in some walking during your holiday to Tenerife and of course visit the wonderful Mount Teide National Park. Daily walks are between 4 and 13 km with ascents of between 150 and 1350m (if you choose the longer walk to the summit of Teide). You will be based in the iconic Parador de las Canades at the foot of Mount Teide.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.


Single Centre Walking | The accommodation on this holiday is in one main location, meaning you can unpack your bags for the duration of your trip

This trip is suitable for:

Mixed Abilities

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • National Parks & Trails

Grade & Terrain

This walking tour is graded moderate overall. Walks are between 3-7 hours on a mixture of rural tracks, footpaths and animal trails. Some of the terrain is quite rocky and you may encounter some loose rocks or muddy/slippery sections in wet weather.  The higher areas may even have a dusting of snow during early spring or winter so warm clothing should always be taken with you. Ascents are between 400 and 900m (with a long descent of 1350m if you choose to do the longer loop walk to Mount Teide). This tour is not suited to anybody who suffers from vertigo as some of the paths do have steep drop-offs and narrow paths and therefore require a good level of sure-footedness.

As Mount Teide is located at 3718m there is the chance that you may feel the effects of altitude if you choose to do this option. 3 nights in the Parador gives you time to acclimatise to the high altitude and that is why we recommend doing the summit of Mount Teide on your last day there.


The routes on this trip are generally well way-marked but we will also provide detailed route notes and maps. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone’s GPS so using this combined with the provided route notes and maps means you should have no problems finding your way.

Accommodation Information

4 nights in the Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide is included in your trip. The accommodation we normally use is detailed below. We may sometimes have to use alternative hotels subject to availability but if this is the case we will always let you know when confirming your booking.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is not available to solo walkers due to the remote nature of some of the walks. Single rooms are available and a single supplement is payable.


4 breakfasts are included and usually consist of breads, fruits, cheeses and meats. Lunches are not included but there is a small shop at the Parador where you can pick up sandwiches for lunch or if you are back early enough to enjoy lunch at the hotel. 4 dinners are included. Expect Canarian specialities which include grilled meat dishes such as puchero canario (a meat-based soup) and papas arrugardas con mojos (boiled potatoes with dipping sauces).

  • 4 Nights in the Parador de las Canadas del Teide
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
  • Transfer from the airport to the Parador
  • Detailed route notes, maps and pre-departure information pack
  • GPX tracks and access to our smartphone app
  • 24/7 emergency telephone support
  • Travel to and from Tenerife
  • Transfer to airport for departure
  • Lunches, snacks and drinks
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Personal equipment
  • Additional nights before, during or after the tour

When To Go

You can start this tour on any day of the week subject to availability between November and April. Tenerife experiences a year-round dry, and sunny climate. We do not offer this tour in the summer months as it would be too hot for comfortable and safe walking then. You can expect average temperatures of between 16 and 25 degrees between September and March, with it beginning to heat up a bit in the springtime. There can be some rainfall and winter storms in the winter months of November to February but the showers do not usually last long. 

NOTE: Please note for any bookings travelling over the Christmas and New Year period, there may be additional supplements to pay. 

Being at a high altitude of 3718m, there can be snow on Teide any time between October and May so you should always be prepared with warmer clothes if you do plan to summit Teide.

We do not offer this tour in May and October due to the fact that mouflon hunting takes place during these periods in the national park and access to a couple of the walks is restricted at that time.

Getting to the Start

By Air: Tenerife has two airports in the north and south of the island. Tenerife South Airport (TFS) is slightly closer to the Parador (approx 1h) and there are regular flights here from across the UK and Europe with airlines including British Airways, Thomas Cook and TUI as well as the low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet.

Tenerife North Airport is not much further. There are no direct flights to Tenerife North from the UK, but you can fly there with various airlines from the rest of Europe including Iberia, Vueling and Air Europa.

You will be collected from either airport and an included transfer will take you to the Parador. Alternatively, if you are coming from elsewhere on the island please let us know and we can arrange other transfers. Transfers are not included back to the airport to keep it flexible if you are perhaps moving on to another part of Tenerife. However, we can book an onward transfers for you at an additional cost if required.

General Information

The reviews for this tour up until December 2018, are based on a previous itinerary. As of December 2018, minor changes and improvements have been made including getting the routes all checked and route notes re-written as well as some of the accommodations having been upgraded. 

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Mount Teide

If you would like to visit Mount Teide you will need to book cable car tickets and/or a permit to ascend to the summit in advance. Details of this will be included in your information pack.


Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Rental Car

10 days compact group car hire (similar to a Seat Leon) is included in the cost of your tour as this is a drive and hike itinerary. You will be able to park your car at all of the accommodations and the walks detailed all have parking areas where it is safe to leave the car. The car rental includes airport surcharges, a zero excess insurance, road tax, unlimited mileage and a sat nav.

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Day 1 Arrive Parador Las Cañadas del Teide Day 2 Choice of Walks from The Parador 8 miles / 13 km Day 3 Choice of Walks from The Parador 2 miles / 4 km Day 4 Choice of Walks from The Parador 6 miles / 10 km Day 5 Onward Travel

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