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Self guided walking holiday Best of Tenerife
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Highlights

  • Drive from coast to coast, ticking off all the best hiking areas of the island
  • Exhilarating walks through the mountainous Teno Rural Park on the west coast
  • Walk through the lunar-like landscapes of Teide and Chinyero volcanoes
  • Stay in the Parador hotel at the foot of Mount Teide
  • Discover the lush green hills and deep ravines of the Anaga Rural Park

Tenerife is an island of contrasts— from the mountains of the Teno Rural Park in the west, to the lunar-like landscapes of Mount Teide National Park, and the lush green laurel forest of Anaga Rural Park on the east coast. Ticking off all the best hiking areas, this tour uses car hire to enable you to discover the island in full.

Start in the colourful town of Garachico on the rugged north coast, and enjoy a walk in the dramatic Teno mountain range. Continue to Santiago del Teide, via the volcanic landscapes of Chinyero volcano, and walk to the tiny mountain hamlet of Masca on an exhilarating ridge walk.

Head to Mount Teide National Park, where a choice of walks lead you through bizarre rock formations and lava flows. And finally, for a complete contrast, finish your tour with hikes through the laurel forests and along the rugged coastline of Anaga Rural Park.

Day 1: Arrive Garachico

After arriving into either Tenerife North or Tenerife South airport pick up your rental car and make your way to Garachico—approx 45min or 1h15min respectively. This colourful town on the north coast has a fascinating history. It was the island’s most important port until 1706 when a major volcanic eruption buried the town in lava. Nowadays it is home to pretty cobbled streets and exudes typical Canarian charm. During the warmer months, a dip in the natural pools are very refreshing or simply relax in the bustling plaza with restaurants serving fresh fish and seafood.


Overnight: Garachico


Day 2: Loop Walk to Teno Alto

A quick 20 minute drive brings you to the village of El Palmar, the ‘capital’ of Teno Rural Park. Life moves at a slower pace here with locals mainly working on agriculture, wickerwork and the production of gofio, a delicious roasted grain flour. A lovely walk takes you through the tranquil El Palmar valley and into the Monte del Agua forest. Arriving at the traditional village of Teno Alto, we highly recommend stopping for lunch at one of the little bars serving the delicious local goats cheese.


Continue onto the ridgeline of the Cumbre de Baracan where far reaching views down the deep barrancos and on to the coast are quite spectacular, before finishing your walk back down in El Palmar.


Walk: 9.6km, 545m Ascent/Descent, 4-5 Hours


Overnight: Garachico


Day 3: Loop Walk to Chinyero

Today you drive to the town of Santiago del Teide, stopping off to walk around the volcanic landscapes of Volcan Chinyero.Chinyero is Tenerife’s youngest volcano with its latest eruption dating back to just 1909 and your walk will take you through contrasting landscapes from bright green pine forests to the solidified black ash and lava flows of the 1909 eruption, with Chinyero itself tipped in orange.


Finishing your walk, continue to the traditional town of Santiago del Teide, located in the Valle de Santiago, where you will stay overnight in a beautiful ranch-style hotel.


Walk: 10.7km, 340m Ascent/Descent, 3-4 hours.


Overnight: Santiago del Teide


Day 4: Walk to Masca

From Santiago del Teide, an exhilarating ridge walk over the Cumbre de Bolico (the meteorological divide between the north and south) leads you to the colourful mountain hamlet of Masca, deep in the heart of the Teno mountains.Quite often referred to as the most beautiful village in Tenerife, the stone houses here cling to the cliffs of the mountainside, looking down on rich green forests filled with exotic flora. Enjoy a coffee taking in the views before taking the bus back to Santiago del Teide. 


Walk: 8.3km, 387m ascent, 712m descent, 3- 4 hours 


Overnight: Santiago del Teide


Day 5: Drive to Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide

A 45 minute drive brings you to the wonderful Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide, located at the foot of Mount Teide. Evenings spent here are quite an experience, with the clear and clean night skies providing wonderful star-gazing opportunities and the restaurant serving Canarian specialities such as Canarian Puchero, a tasty stew.On arrival, you may choose to take it easy or an easy 4km walk is available to the pinnacles of the Roques Garcia and the iconic Catedral.


Walk: 4.2km, 175m Ascent/Descent, 2 hours 


Overnight: Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide


Day 6: Linear Walk to Mount Guajara

The great hulk of a mountain behind the Parador, Guajara is your goal today. Rising to 2715 metres, this walk should not be underestimated but is within most keen walker’s abilities as you start from 2200m at the Parador and an evening there will have given you the chance to acclimatise to the high altitude. Reaching the plateau on the top, enjoy views over Mount Teide, the caldera and cloud-cover permitting, the neighbouring islands of  Gran Canaria and La Gomera.


Walk: 13.4km, 698m ascent/descent, 4-5hours 


Overnight: Parador Las Cañadas del Teide


Day 7: Mount Teide

There are a couple of different ways to experience Mount Teide—which one you take depends entirely on how energetic you are feeling! The first is to take the teleferico (cable car) to cover nearly 2000m of ascent from the base to the upper station. From here, the Telesforo Bravo trail leads you steeply uphill to the summit at 3718m, taking approx 1 hour. Enjoy the most extraordinary views from the “top of Spain”  over a sea of clouds,  the Teide crater and its fumaroles spouting sulphur before heading back down on the cable car.


Or the other option is a longer loop walk, taking the cable car up to the summit before walking back down via the Altavista Refuge.


Loop walk to summit: 12.5km, 160m Ascent/1350m Descent, 5-6 Hours


Walk from upper cable car station to summit: 1.5km, 150m Ascent/Descent, 1 Hour


Overnight: Parador Las Cañadas del Teide


Day 8: Drive to Cruz del Carmen, Loop Walk to Chinamada

A slightly longer drive today (1h 30m) brings you to the north east of the island and one of the islands best areas for hiking, the Anaga. For a complete contrast of landscapes to the previous days, park up at Cruz del Carmen where a trail leads you through lush laurel forest before emerging onto a narrow path with expansive views of the rolling green valleys below.


Traditional life is still very much alive in the Anaga mountains, evident as you pass by small goat farms perched on the edge of the mountainside, and when you reach Chinamada, where local people to this day live in cave houses.


Your base for the next few nights is a spa hotel in the quiet coastal town of Punta del Hidalgo. Relax in the sauna or steam room at the end of a long days hiking, or for something even more refreshing take a dip in the sea in one of the natural seawater pools.


Walk: 11.2km, 545m Ascent/565m Descent, 3-4 Hours


Overnight: Punta del Hidalgo


Day 9: Loop Walk from Chamorga

Your walk today has an “ends of the earth” feel to it, starting in the village of Chamorga in the far eastern tip of the Anaga peninsula. Narrow paths lead you along steep barrancos leading down to the sea, with colourful wildflowers and cactus trees lining the trail. Walk along an ‘airy’ ridge to a lighthouse and then to the tiny isolated hamlet of Roque Bermejo. Having descended most of the way so far, it is inevitable that a steep climb will lead back to Chamorga, where you can reward yourself with a refreshing drink in the village bar.


Walk: 9km, 656m Ascent/Descent, 3-4 Hours


Overnight: Punta del Hidalgo


Day 10: Loop walk from Afur

A final walk in Anaga leads from the hamlet of Afur to the secluded sandy beach of Playa Tamadite, passing small waterfalls and shallow ponds. Take a rugged  path along the wild north coast before continuing through vineyards  and passing small hamlets to reach Taganana.


Take a wander round this historic village with its cobbled streets and 16th century church and enjoy lunch in one of the restaurants before returning to Afur. A final night spent relaxing in Punta del Hidalgo completes your coast to coast journey of the island of Tenerife.


Walk: 11.2km, 829m Ascent/809mDescent, 4-5 Hours


Overnight: Punta del Hidalgo


Day 11: Onward Travel

Check out after breakfast and return to the airport where you can drop your rental car.

Accommodation

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.


Please note that if you are travelling over the Christmas and New Year period at the Parador a supplement will apply for compulsory evening meals.


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).



 

 

 




Gara Hotel - Garachico

The Gara Hotel is a charming rural hotel located right on the seafront, built in a Canarian house from the 17th century. As well as it’s idyllic location, you can be sure of a warm welcome from the friendly owners, who love to make you feel at home.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Casona del Patio - Santiago del Teide

A charming rural hotel with a distinct Mexican ranch feel, the Casona del Patio is a lovely place to stay in the heart of Santiago del Teide. Relax in their terracotta tiled interior courtyard or small spa and enjoy delicious meals in their restaurant serving tasty Canarian specialities.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Parador de las Canadas - Mount Teide National Park

An overnight stay at the amazing Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide is an experience you will never forget. With panoramic views of Mount Teide, its location cannot be bettered, and on top of that you can enjoy their swimming pool and terrace as well as a fantastic restaurant.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Oceano Hotel - Punta del Hidalgo

The Oceano Hotel in Punta del Hidalgo has a slightly different vibe from the rest of the hotels on this tour, being a very nice larger spa-type hotel. However, its fantastic location right on the ocean with its own natural seawater swimming pools make it a great place to relax after some wonderful hiking in the Anaga region. It is also in a great location to access the walks in the Anaga.


 

 

 

Availability


You can start this tour on any day of the week subject to availability between September and June.


Please note that this tour is only available for departures from March 2019.


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 and winter storms 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.


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, there are restrictions on which walks you can gain access to. This will be detailed in your information 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.


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.


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.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

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.


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.


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.


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.


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 Garachico

By Air: Tenerife North Airport (TFN) is the closest airport to Garachico. 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. After collecting your rental car at the airport, it is approx a 45 minute drive to Garachico.

Alternatively you can fly into Tenerife South Airport (TFS) which has better connections from the UK with airlines such as Ryanair, TUI, Easyjet, Jet2 and British Airways. From here it is approx 1h 20min drive to Garachico.


Getting from Punta del Hidalgo:

By Air: Tenerife North Airport (TFN) is the closest airport to Punta del Hidalgo and is approx a 20 minute drive away.  From Punta del Hidalgo to Tenerife South Airport is approx an hour’s drive.

Included

  • 7 Nights in 3 and 4* rural hotels
  • 3 Nights in a 4* spa hotel
  • 10 Breakfasts
  • 10 days compact group car hire
  • 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 and from Tenerife
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
  • Single room supplement if required

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the accommodations we use have limited rooms and therefore fill up quickly. However, we will always try our very best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

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 1350m (1350m if you choose the longer walk up to the summit of 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.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This 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.

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