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Walking in Tenerife


  • Bizarre basalt formations, colourful deserts and a stunning coast line
  • Charming hotels of character in historic towns
  • The unique atmosphere of the Parador Cañadas del Teide, at the foot of Spain's highest peak (3718 m)
  • Exuberant and exotic vegetation such as the Dragon Blood tree
  • Beautiful historical villages such as Garachico and La Orotova

Tenerife, the largest, most varied and popular of the Canary Islands and is a perfect year-round walking destination. Walk through moonscapes of intense volcanic colour, lush forests filled with exotic vegetation and dramatic coastal landscapes.

Woods of aromatic bay laurel trees, vast deserts with bizarre basalt formations, humid areas with exuberant vegetation, colourful volcanic slopes, and of course the highest of all Spanish peaks: El Teide.

This is a self drive walking holiday based at four locations throughout the island. Varied and rewarding walking is combined with four hand picked hotels of authentic character. To get the most from Tenerife you will travel around the island by rental car.

Tenerife offers fabulous walking in dramatic and varied landscapes, year round sunshine, a rich cultural heritage and delicious food and drink. Spend a week walking amongst the volcanoes of Tenerife and discover what makes this island so special.

Read about the appeal of hiking in Tenerife in this Telegraph writer's experience of walking on the Island in 2014.

DAY 1:
Arrive Tenerife / La Orotava

Tenerife has excellent flight links to UK and European destinations.

Collect your rental car on arrival and enjoy the 1.5 hour drive to La Orotava.
Your first night is a small welcoming hotel in La Orotava with its lovely historical quarter and lively Plaza de la Constitución.

If you get to Orotava early in the day, you’ll have time take a stroll along the steep and narrow lanes to get better acquainted with your surroundings.

Walk: Optional walk around town (approx. 1.5hrs)

Overnight: La Orotava Small Hotel. Built in the 18th Century as a gentleman’s residence and transformed 100 years ago into an oasis of Arabic flavour this five bedroom hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of La Orotava and offers outstanding views of El Teide.

DAY 2:
Walking in the Orotava Valley

A magical introduction to walking on Tenerife. Your route takes you on a circular walk through the lush vegetation of the Valle de Orotava. You will ascend to Los Órganos, a dramatic series of rock formations whose shapes resemble, as their name suggests, organ pipes. In clear weather you will be rewarded with sumptuous views of the valley and El Teide.

Walk: 10km, 4-5.5hrs, 450m ascent/descent

Overnight: La Orotava Small Hotel

DAY 3:
Wild West of Tenerife

After you leave your hotel you drive to Garachico, where you have a choice of several lovely walks. The walk from El Palmar to Teno Alto crosses deep ravines, wends through lush vegetation and offers spectacular views.

Alternatively you can enjoy a shaded walk in the Teno National Park which has impressive views of the El Teide, the Masca Gorge and La Gomera.

Walk: 8-11km, 3.5-4.5hrs, 400-500m ascent/descent

Overnight: Garachico Hotel. Hiding behind a historic baroque facade in the centre of town is a stylish and modern hotel. No two rooms are alike and they all open off a tranquil courtyard. Excellent food and great service are a hallmark of this fabulous little hotel.

DAY 4: Circular Walk in the Masca Gorge

Today’s walk takes you through the Barranco de Masca, and you also have a chance to stop in the beautifully-situated village of Masca, a tourist destination with lots of shops, cafés and restaurants. This is one of the prettiest spots on the island, where spectacular rock formations and impressive cliffs lead right down to the sea.

There are 2 possible walks: a one-way itinerary with return by boat (payable locally) or a there-and-back route through the gorge. You’ll need the whole day if you plan to walk both. If you have a fear of heights, feel uncomfortable walking near steep drops or are not used to high mountain walks, you can do one of yesterday’s routes. The Masca route is for experienced hikers.

Walk: 5.5-11km, 5-6hrs, 0-600m ascent, 600m descent

Overnight: Garachico Hotel

DAY 5:
Circular walks from Las Cañadas del Teide

Start your day with a one and a half hour drive from Garachico to your next accommodation: El Parador de las Cañadas, situated at the base of El Teide volcano, the highest peak in Spain.

On arrival you can choose from two walks through thoroughly impressive surroundings. Choose from either a circular walk around the Roques de Garcia (3 hours), or a more demanding yet rewarding ascent to Guajara, the second highest peak on Tenerife (5 hours).

Walk 1: 6km, 3 hrs, 250m ascent/descent

Walk 2: 12km, 5 hrs, 500m ascent/descent

Overnight: Parador Cañadas del Teide.

Located at almost 2000m in the heart of the El Teide National Park this imposing hotel offers a unique atmosphere and breathtaking views on all sides.

DAY 6:
Walks in El Teide Park or La Laguna

After breakfast at the Parador, you have a choice of activities for the day. You may wish to spend your time walking in the National Park (4.5 hours) or choose to go straight on to your next hotel in La Laguna. Here you can enjoy an interesting stroll round the historical town centre (2 hours).

Walk: 4-5km, 2 hrs, 50m ascent/descent

Overnight: La Laguna Hotel.

Located in the heart of the World Heritage Site of San Cristobal de La Laguna your hotel was built in the sixteenth century and offers real old world charm and a warm welcome.

DAY 7:
Walking in Northern Tenerife

Start your day off with a beautiful drive to the northernmost part of the island. Here you have a choice of routes to explore arguably the prettiest part of Tenerife - with its coastal footpaths, deep ravines and picturesque white farming villages.

Walk: 9-11km, 3-4.5 hrs, 440m or 650m ascent/descent

Overnight: La Laguna Hotel

DAY 8:
Departure Tenerife or Onward Travel

Your trip comes to an end today after breakfast. Return your rental car at the airport before the flight home. Alternatively why not extend your stay in the Canaries with our walking tour of La Gomera, the botanical paradise of the Canaries, to make a two week holiday.


We specifically select your accommodation to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay in Tenerife. During this trip your stay in Tenerife you will stay at three charming village hotels and one very comfortable Parador Nacional. Each has its own character and history.

Alternate Accommodation

During high season, you might be booked into a different accommodation which is not listed in the description, and the start or end of some of your walking routes may be slightly altered. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


Breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most hotels are happy to provide a packed lunch, this should be requested on arrival, or you can pick up lunch from a local deli or along the trail. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby bars, cafes and restaurants.

Additional Nights and Extensions

You can add additional nights at any point during the trip or before or after the holiday. This trip combines particularly well with our Walking in La Gomera holiday.


You can start this holiday on any date during the year. High season runs from 1st November to 30th April & Low Season from 1st May - 31st October.

Tailor Made Holidays

We are always more than happy to tailor our standard itineraries to suit your holiday plans. Just let us know what you would like and we will be happy to arrange tailor made walking holiday.

Grade & Fitness

This walking tour is graded Moderate to Strenuous. Walks of 4 to 7 hrs a day, some long ascents and descents (max of 1000m in ascent, 1200m in descent). There are some options for easier alternate routes.

The walks follow rural tracks, both surfaced and un-surfaced, footpaths and animal trails. You may encounter some loose rock, or muddy /slippery sections in wet weather. Ascents and descents can be steep and footpaths rough.The higher areas may be covered with snow during early spring and weather conditions up high may be totally different from those experienced in the valleys, so always take extra warm clothing with you. From June till September you should protect yourself against sun and heat.

You should be a regular walker and have a good level of walking fitness to get the most from this holiday.

Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The routes on this trip are generally way marked but you will need to follow the route notes and maps supplied.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.

This holiday is available for solo walkers but we would recommend that you are experienced in walking and navigating alone.

Getting Around

You will need a rental car for the duration of this trip which is included in the price.


Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.


Tenerife has the perfect climate for all year walking. Average maximums range from mid teens in the winter to mid twenties in the summer. For more details view climate guide.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

General Information

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.

Getting to/from Tenerife

Most people fly into Tenerife South Airport as it is served by numerous low cost and charter flights from throughout the UK. These include Thomson Flights, Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2, Monarch and Fly Thomas Cook. Flying time is just over 4 hours. Other airlines fly from throughout Europe and connect from further afield.

La Orotava is 90 km from Tenerife South Airport via the motorway and the journey takes just over an hour.

Getting to/from Tenerife

Most people fly into Tenerife South Airport as it is served by numerous low cost and charter flights from throughout the UK. These include Thomson Flights, Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2, Monarch and Fly Thomas Cook. Flying time is just over 4 hours.
Other airlines fly from throughout Europe and connect from further afield.

La Orotava is 90 km from Tenerife South Airport via the motorway and the journey takes just over an hour.


  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Compact rental car with standard CDW
  • A detailed information pack, route notes and maps
  • Full information pack on local history, culture & traditions as well as advice on restaurants, bars and local attractions
  • 24 hour emergency telephone support and assistance


  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Car fuel and insurance upgrades
  • National Park permit to El Teide summit (not needed for suggested walks)
  • El Teide cable car ticket
  • Flights to Tenerife
  • Airport transfers
  • Note: Anyone can take the cable car to the viewing point situated 500m below El Teide summit. If you plan to walk to the top, you must apply for a permit from the National Park office (request online)


  • Extra nights during, before or after the tour
  • Single room supplement

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How fit do I need to be?

The walking is graded moderate to strenuous so you should enjoy a good level of walking fitness. The paths are rough and exposed in places so a head for height is an advantage.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

Tenerife South, which is served by low cost, charter and scheduled airlines.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this holiday is extremely popular especially in the winter months. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack, warm clothing in the early/late part of the year and hats etc during the summer. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.  

When is the best time of year?

The best months for walking are October to April as the summer can be very hot.

An excellent holiday


First time we'd done a self-guided trip, normally we'd buy a couple of maps, get a flight and work things out for ourselves, but pushed a bit for time to organise we decided to try something different. It turned out to be a good decision. We still had the freedom to do things as and when we wanted. We didn't want to do a group thing as we prefer to be on our own in the hills, so this was a very good compromise. Not having to think about accommodation was a bonus. We'd definitely think about doing something similar again. The walking on Tenerife was varied with a couple of mountain walks, a gorge walk, a coastal walk and a forest walk. We chose to add the week on La Gomera to this and that also worked very well, and was a different type of week - walking from hotel to hotel - no car - we'd recommend that too.


Stratford, Warwickshire


Wonderful scenery, varied walking


Loved the variety of the walks and the dramatic scenery in Tenerife. We feel the itinerary allowed us to see all the bits of the island we would want to; getting away from the crowds and staying in some great accommodation.

Alison B



Highly recommended


Sometimes we discovered that the walks in the Teide National Park are closed on a Wednesday and a Friday for 'mouflon' shooting! This might be useful for other travellers to know when planning their itinerary. We were a bit disappointed - but this is outwith Mac's control.




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