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Walking on Tenerife

AuthorPaddy Dillon
PublisherCicerone Press
ISBNISBN-13: 978 1 85284 599 5 (First Edition)
ISBN-13: 978 1 85284 793 7 (Second Edition)
ISBN-13: 978 1 78631 069 9 (Third Edition)
ISBN-13: 978 9 51236 108 3 (Finnish Edition)
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Walking through the deep and rugged Barranco del Infierno.

Walking through the deep and rugged Barranco del Infierno.

A dusting of winter snow in the Valle de Ucanca.

A dusting of winter snow in the Valle de Ucanca.

Walkers follow the GR 131 through the national park.

Walkers follow the GR 131 through the national park.

This is one of three guidebooks that replaces Walking in the Canary Islands - West. An update to the original guidebook was planned, then shelved, as the authorities in the Canary Islands embarked on an ambitious plan to signpost and waymark a splendid network of trails across the entire archipelago. After a series of visits to keep a check on the developing trail network, all the routes were walked, photographed and mapped for this new guidebook.

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, and home to the highest mountain on Spanish territory - El Teide - at 3718m (12,198ft). The centre of the island is a vast caldera, protected as a national park, boasting a splendid network of waymarked trails, ranging from easy to exceptionally rugged, and always wonderfully scenic. The extreme eastern and western peninsulas of Tenerife, Anaga and Teno, feature deep and rugged barrancos, along with uplands covered in laurisilva forest. Since the Spanish conquest of the island, a number of volcanoes have erupted, and some of these are visited on walks.

In recent years new trails were signposted and waymarked on Tenerife. These include the GR 131, which runs across the island from Arona to La Esperanza, passing through the national park in plain view of El Teide. This is one of seven stages of a route planned to cross all seven of the Canary Islands, and the trail across Tenerife can be completed in five days. Other stages of this long-distance route are marked across the islands of Lanzarote, FuerteventuraLa Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. Shorter ‘PR’ routes, based on traditional paths and mule tracks, have also been cleared, restored and marked.

Tenerife is of course very popular with summer holidaymakers, but for walkers it offers a splendid winter destination, with enough walking routes available to cover several visits, with fine weather almost guaranteed. However, the high, central parts of the island do catch occasional snowfalls, completely transforming semi-desert landscapes.

A number of walking routes were removed, and new routes added, when Tenerife was visited and checked for the third edition of the guidebook.

GPX tracks are available for the walks in this book. They can be downloaded from the Cicerone website.

Walk Contents


Walk 1 Mirador del Pico del Inglés to Valleseco
Walk 2 Igueste de San Andrés to Chamorga
Walk 3 Chamorga, El Draguillo and Almáciga
Walk 4 Taganana, Afur and La Cumbre
Walk 5 Afur, Taborno and Pico del Inglés
Walk 6 Cruz del Carmen, Chinamada and Punta del Hidalgo
Walk 7 Cruz del Carmen, El Batán and Punta del Hidalgo


Walk 8 Cueva del Viento to La Vega
Walk 9 Los Poleos and Montaña de Chinyero
Walk 10 Garachico to San José de Los Llanos
Walk 11 Santiago del Teide, Chinyero and Erjos
Walk 12 Erjos to Punta de Teno
Walk 13 Erjos, Las Portelas and Masca
Walk 14 Barranco de Masca


Walk 15 Boca Tauce to Guía de Isora
Walk 16 Camino de Las Cocinas
Walk 17 Las Lajas to Adeje
Walk 18 La Escalona to Adeje
Walk 19 Barranco del Infierno
Walk 20 Roque del Conde and Roque Imoque
Walk 21 Vilaflor and Montaña de la Vica
Walk 22 Vilaflor and the Paisaje Lunar

Valle de la Orotava

Walk 23 Las Raíces and Las Lagunetas
Walk 24 Camino de Candelaria - Aguamansa to Arafo
Walk 25 La Caldera and Camino El Topo
Walk 26 La Caldera and Ruta de Agua
Walk 27 El Portillo to Realejo Alto

Parque Nacional

Walk 28 Izaña and Volcán de Fasnia
Walk 29 El Portillo and Alto de Guamaso
Walk 30 El Portillo and Arenas Negras
Walk 31 El Portillo and Montaña Blanca
Walk 32 El Filo to Parador
Walk 33 Parador and ascent of Guajara
Walk 34 Parador and Roques de García
Walk 35 Parador and Montaña Majua
Walk 36 Parador to Las Lajas
Walk 37 Parador to Villa de Arico

El Teide

Walk 38 El Teide via Montaña Blanca
Walk 39 El Teide via Pico Viejo
Walk 40
El Teide via Roques de García

GR 131 - Arona to La Esperanza

Walk 41 GR 131 - Arona to Vilaflor
Walk 42 GR 131 - Vilaflor to Parador
Walk 43 GR 131 - Parador to El Portillo
Walk 44 GR 131 - El Portillo to La Caldera
Walk 45 GR 131 - La Caldera to La Esperanza