The 11 most beautiful walks in Tenerife

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Are you in the Canary Islands and want to discover the natural beauty of the island of Tenerife? Then discover the best hiking trails in Tenerife!

Located off the coast of Morocco and renowned for their beaches and festive atmosphere, the Canary Islands offer an escape from our daily routine and a breath of fresh air.

Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura… all these names make you dream and want to jump on the first plane! But the activities on the Canary Islands are far more varied than popular belief. Gran Canaria and Tenerife, for example, boast some superb hiking trails.

Generation Voyage has put together a guide to the best hiking trails in Tenerife. Whatever your level, you’re bound to find a trail that’s just right for you. Just follow the guide!

1. Pico del Teide

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  • Duration: approx. 6 hours
  • Distance: 16.3 km
  • Height difference: 1,362 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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Of course, this hike in Tenerife is long and difficult. The temperature variation between the foot and the summit can also be considerable. Nevertheless, it is probably the most beautiful trail in the country and a magical discovery.

This trek in Tenerife takes you to Spain’s highest point, the Pico del Teide, an active volcano. Some hikers make the ascent in two days so they can admire the sunrise from the summit.

Along the way, the scenery changes from classic to unreal. The approach to the summit jostles us into another world. The panorama is lunar, as if a cataclysm had ravaged everything. From the refuge, the last 700 meters are difficult, the slope is rough… but the reward at the summit is so exceptional and the view of the other islands so unique that we soon forget the pain!

2. Chinyero volcano circuit

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  • Duration: 1h30
  • Distance: 6.6 km
  • Difference in altitude: 200 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Located close to Pico del Teide, the Chinyero volcano is a pleasant hike in Tenerife to reach the crater of a volcano that last erupted in 1909. This Tenerife trek passes through landscapes as diverse as a pine forest followed by lava trails from previous eruptions.

The trail is a circular route, rather easy and not very steep. It is therefore accessible to all, and is a good alternative for those who are not physically fit enough to climb Pico del Teide.

3. Roques de García

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  • Duration: less than 1 hour
  • Distance: 3.5 km
  • Difference in altitude: 181 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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This Tenerife hike is also located close to Pico del Teide, and is a short trail, which reduces its difficulty. Here, too, you’ll have the opportunity to admire the magnificent and desolate landscape caused by previous volcanic eruptions.

There are also some famous rock formations such as El Torrotito, El Burro and Roques Blancos.

4. El Bosque de los Enigmas – Mirador de Zapata

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  • Running time: 1h15
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Height difference: 198 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Another easy hike in Tenerife for those who want to see sublime landscapes without making too much effort. Located near Santa Cruz in the north of the island, the circular trail consists of a downhill section and an uphill section to Cruz del Carmen.

Sublime landscapes open up before your eyes, overlooking the ocean and the other islands of the archipelago. This Tenerife hike is recommended for beginners and families, as it presents no major difficulties.

5. Callejón de Teno – Cumbre de Baracán (PR-TF 57)

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  • Running time: approx. 2 hours 50 minutes
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Height difference: 573 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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A well-marked hike in Tenerife, this trail in the north of the island is one of the most popular on the island. Passing through the El Palmar valley, the circular route is divided into two parts.

The first, which is difficult, passes through Tenerife’s only laurel forest. The second, easier route offers magnificent views of the ocean and surrounding peaks. The panorama from the Baracán is the best reward for your efforts.

6. Monte Guajara

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  • Running time: approx. 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Distance: 10.1 km
  • Ascent: 771 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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Another volcano and another hike in Tenerife near Pico del Teide. But this one is a dormant volcano. The trail is difficult and steep, especially in the first part. More than the slope, it’s the sun that makes you suffer! Shade is rare on this Tenerife hike.

The reward for your efforts is the second part of the trail, close to the volcano’s crater. From the top, the view of Teide is sublime and, if the cloud cover is absent, the view of the islands of Gran Canaria and La Gomera is fantastic!

7. La Caleta – El Puertito

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  • Duration: about 1h30
  • Distance: 6.4 km
  • Height difference: 123 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Located in the south of the island, this simple and accessible Tenerife hike is very different from the others. It follows the coastline, giving you the chance to swim in one of the coves along the way. You’ll even come across a naturist beach!

An ideal Tenerife hike for those who want to walk and bathe in the ocean (and even in the simplest of clothes, if you like!).

8. Benijo – El Draguillo vía Camino del Hediondo

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  • Running time: approx. 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Height difference: 473 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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This Tenerife hike is located on the northern tip of the island and offers sublime panoramic views over the ocean and towards the surrounding hills, notably the Macizo de Anaga. It’s an original hike, on a cliff face, with many pebbles along the way.

The first part of this Tenerife trek is difficult, mostly uphill to the village of El Draguillo. The second part is generally downhill, and offers the best views of the ocean at every turn, characteristic of this part of the island.

9. Barranco del Infierno

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  • Duration: approx. 1h45
  • Distance: 6.3 km
  • Height difference: 494 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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This Tenerife hike is located on the opposite side of the island, at its southern tip. The nickname « infernal » comes from its wild, steep terrain. Rest assured, this Tenerife trek is infernal in name only! Along the way, you’ll pass some of the island’s highest waterfalls.

Along the way, you’ll enjoy coming across the sublime landscapes characteristic of the area, and a view of the ocean in the distance. For your information, this hike in Tenerife is located in a protected natural park, for which a fee of around €10 per person is charged.

10. Chabuco Canal

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  • Duration: 2h30
  • Distance: 7.2 km
  • Difference in altitude: 430 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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The Canal de Chabuco hike is an incredible, adrenalin-pumping trail! The start is quite difficult, as you’ll be doing almost all the positive ascent at the beginning of the hike. But the rest is well worth the effort: the trail takes you along cliffs with breathtaking views of the Parque Rural de Anaga.

The walk is designed to be fun, with a dozen bridges spanning streams and a dozen tunnels dug into the rock. You’ll need to be careful on the final stretch, as the trail is unmarked.

11. Afur – Playa de Tamadite – El Chorro

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  • Duration: approx. 6 hours
  • Distance: 11.9 km
  • Difference in altitude: 654 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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For the last Tenerife hike in our selection, we return to the north of the island. This is a difficult hike, with many steep slopes and paths close to the ravine. So it’s best suited to seasoned hikers.

The reward for these difficulties is wonderful views, especially of the ocean on the second part of the route. If you wish, you can stop off at Tamadite beach for a rest, or take a swim with caution, as this is the home of the Tenerife eel!