Tenerife: Mount Teide to the Coast

8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Walk through the lunar-like volcanic landscapes of Mount Teide National Park
  • Stay in the Parador Hotel at the foot of Mount Teide
  • An exhilarating ridge walk to the tiny mountain hamlet of Masca
  • The colourful town of Garachico on the rugged north coast
  • Try some mouth-watering goats cheese in the traditional village of Teno Alto
Walk from Vilaflor in the south of the island to the volcanic centre of Tenerife, Mount Teide National Park, before transferring to the dramatic green hillsides of the Teno mountain range and the wild north coast. Start in the traditional town of Vilaflor, surrounded by pine groves and vineyards, and enjoy a walk to the “Paisaje Lunar” on a trail passing bizarre rock formations with fantastic colours. Continue into the volcanic centre of Mount Teide National Park, walking along the Las Canadas crater, to be met by the fantastic sight of the magnificent Mount Teide. Staying in the stylish Parador de las Canades, you have a choice of fantastic walks, including the summit of Mount Teide. Complete your journey with three nights based in the colourful town of Garachico on the rugged north coast. From here, enjoy exhilarating walks in the Teno Natural Park, including a spectacular ridge walk to the tiny mountain hamlet of Masca.
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What To Expect

This tour combines a couple of the best areas for walking in Tenerife, using transfers in the west and north coast to access some of the walks, allowing you to explore without a rental car. Daily walks are between 6 and 16km with ascents of between 300 and 650m (with one tough day involving around 1200m of ascent) Walks require surefootedness and a lack of vertigo. Overnight stays are in a boutique rural hotels in Vilaflor and Garachico, and the iconic Parador hotel in Las Canadas.

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Coastal & Island, National Parks & Trails

Activity Level & Terrain

This walking tour is graded moderate overall with a couple of the walks - from Vilaflor to the Parador, and the optional walk from Montana Blanca to the summit of Teide being graded as strenuous. Walks are between 3-8 hours on a mixture of rural tracks, footpaths and animal trails. Some of the terrain is quite rocky (particularly in Mount Teide National Park) 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 600m on most days, with the long walk between Vilaflor and the Parador involving around 1200m of ascent or if you choose the longer ascent to the summit of Teide this involves around 1300m of ascent. 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.

Navigation

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.

Experience & Fitness

This walking tour is graded moderate overall with a couple of the walks - from Vilaflor to the Parador, and the optional walk from Montana Blanca to the summit of Teide being graded as strenuous. Walks are between 3-8 hours on a mixture of rural tracks, footpaths and animal trails. Some of the terrain is quite rocky (particularly in Mount Teide National Park) 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 600m on most days, with the long walk between Vilaflor and the Parador involving around 1200m of ascent or if you choose the longer ascent to the summit of Teide this involves around 1300m of ascent. 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.

Accommodations

7 nights accommodation in 3 and 4-star rural boutique hotels are 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.

We can arrange extra nights at any point on the itinerary for you. Prices for extra nights at the Parador are on a request basis.

Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in your itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability, there is the option to be accommodated at an alternative location. In the unlikely event that we have to accommodate you elsewhere, we will advise you of this before 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.

Meals

7 breakfasts are included and usually consist of breads, fruits, cheeses and meats. Lunches and dinners are not included but you will find suggestions in your route notes of local places to eat. 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).

Included
  • 7 Nights in 3 and 4* rural hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers as per itinerary
  • Transfer from Tenerife South Airport to Vilaflor
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Detailed route notes, maps and pre-departure information pack
  • GPX tracks and access to our smartphone app
  • 24/7 emergency telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Tenerife South Airport and from Garachico
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
  • Transfer from Garachico to Tenerife North or South Airport

When To Go

You can start this tour on any day of the week subject to availability between September and June. Please note that due to mouflon hunting restrictions in the Mount Teide National Park, at certain times of the year during the spring and autumn months, you will only be able to start the tour on certain days. This will be displayed to you as part of the booking process.

Time of Year

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 in the winter months of November to February but the showers do not usually last long.

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.

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight stay. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.

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.

Equipment

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.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Vilaflor Day 2 Loop walk to Paisaje Lunar 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 3 Walk to Parador de las Canades, Mount Teide National Park 10 miles / 16 km Day 4 Choice of walks from the Parador 6 miles / 10 km Day 5 Transfer to Santiago del Teide, Walk to Masca, Transfer to Garachico 5.5 miles / 8.5 km Day 6 Loop walk to San Juan del Reparo 4 miles / 6 km Day 7 Loop walk from El Palmar to Teno Alto 6 miles / 10 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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