The island of Tenerife is a kind of Eden for lovers of trekking. They are rails and more rails that cross the volcanic landscape of the Teide National Park; the steep cliffs and forests of the Anaga National Park; the mountains of the Masca region. And all the other rails scattered all over the island. Tenerife is not a beach destination, it is an island to be explored on foot!
Next post, ready, then, the best trekkings of Tenerife. It is my opinion - and just that - according to my experience. I went through many of the rails I wanted to do, but there were, of course, so many others left out. At once the majestic Barranco de Masca, which was temporarily closed.
Here, then, are the best rails that I have treaded on Tenerife.
Trekking in Tenerife: the best rails
#1 Trail (9) Pico Viejo - Nosides do Teide
What to say about Trail Pico Velho - Nosides do Teide? I have written that "few times the tears came to my eyes when observing a landscape, but that was exactly what happened in Teide National Park, 9 Path (9 Path) ". The route goes from the viewpoint of Pico Velho to the viewpoint of Narices do Teide, always descending along lava paths and loose rocks. Hardest - but one of the most beautiful walks I've done so far. It is undoubtedly the best trekking of Tenerife!
These words are worth what they are worth, and each one falls in love with different things. A stunning landscape for some can be a waste of time for others. Like the beaches of Tenerife, which travelers revere and others dispense. For my part, I love walking in volcanic island of Tenerife - and the Teide National Park in particular - is a kind of paradise.
Note that I am not at all a hiker hardcore. Of those who make hundreds of kilometers in autonomy and with accentuated differences. But I really like trekkings, preferably do not involve many sharp rises (this is where I experience greater difficulties).
The trail from Pico Velho to Narizes do Teide - done in the downward direction - seemed, therefore, the perfect walk to do in Tenerife. It is certainly classified as "extreme difficulty", but this is fundamentally due to the dangerousness of the floor (much of the course is literally lava).
#2 PR-TF 8 Afur - Taganana - Afur (Anaga Rural Park)
With captive place in the list of the most beautiful walks of the island, the PR-TF 8 traverses part of the sweeping Anaga Rural Park, in the northeast of Tenerife. Officially, the trail begins - and ends! - next to the car park of the village of Afur, easily accessible from the historical village of San Cristóbal de la Laguna, one of the best places where to stay in Tenerife.
Being circular, the trail can however be started in other places, such as the village of Taganana or the main road through Anaga. I chose to do the PR-TF 8 rail from the official start, in Afur - even by the ease in there leave the car. And I went clockwise.
It is an advisable course for those who are accustomed to walking and do not have mobility problems - but perhaps too difficult for the rest. If you feel capable, do not hesitate!
For me, it is undoubtedly one of the best trekkings of Tenerife!
#3 PR-TF Rail 6 Chamorga - Roque Bermejo - Chamorga (Anaga Rural Park)
After going through the fantastic PR-TF 8 Afur rail - Taganana - Afur, there grew in me the desire to explore the Anaga Rural Park in greater depth. Hence the trekking PR-TF 6, from Chamorga to Roque Bermejo, was a small step.
It is a rail of intermediate difficulty, harder in the second half of the way, almost always to climb. Regardless of the direction you choose to make the trail, you will always have to go from sea level to the village of Chamorga, 500 meters high, in a few kilometers. It is nothing for those who are accustomed to walking in mountain environment, but can be demanding for the less accustomed. For my part, it cost me but I got along well (with several stops to
rest enjoy the views, of course!).
One of the most beautiful sections of the trail runs along the escarpment, with the sea always visible in the background, providing an increasingly spectacular landscape as it rises. All in all, it was well worth it. They are four well deserved stars!
#4 Rail (3) Roques de García (Teide Natural Park)
Roques de García is a small but beautiful trail - a sort of introduction to the Teide Natural Park. It is easy and accessible to all travelers. From young children to more mature adults, everyone can do what is considered by many to be one of the best trekkings of Tenerife.
Exaggeration or not, the truth is that the Roques de García trail is a very beautiful and peaceful walk - and I recommend it to everyone. A kind of democratization of the walks, since it allows to cross the volcanic landscapes of the Teide without great effort. There is even a course suitable for people with reduced mobility. To do!
#5 Masca Ravine
Surely one of the best trails in Tenerife, the Barranco de Masca was closed for maintenance during my visit to the island. Still, and from all I've read and seen about it, I'm sure it's worth it. Although he did not (unfortunately), that's the suggestion!
Note that, in addition to the Masca Ravine, there are several other rails that look very inspiring in the Masca and Tedo. Taking time, it is certainly worth investing a few days exploring this region of Tenerife (staying overnight in Masca).
Other small rails of Tenerife
Trail of Senses
Far from being a trekking demanding by the mountains of Tenerife, the Trail of the Senses is before a short walk, without any difficulty, among a forest vegetation at the beginning of the Rural Park of Anaga. It is very simple and accessible to everyone.
That is, taking extra time, can make the track of the Senses. But do not go to Anaga on purpose to do so; even because, as you know, there are rails in Anaga that are much more spectacular.
Rambla de Castro (Los Realejos)
The so-called Water Path is a short walk through one of the largest concentrations of palm trees in Tenerife, in Rambla de Castro, Los Realejos (north coast of Tenerife). It is not, in fact, a trekking; but I found it well to mention it in this article, do not go there if you want to do a short and easy hike in an environment landscaped distinctly from the rest of the island.
How to get to Tenerife
Currently there are at least three airlines with direct flights between Portugal and Tenerife. These are Ryanair, with flights from Porto to Tenerife South Airport (TFS); and Vueling and TAP, with flights from Lisbon to Tenerife Norte Airport (TFN). Look how to buy cheap flights and search for the best rates using link below.
Where to stay
I wrote a text to help you choose the best region where to stay in Tenerife, in which I recommend, with special emphasis for those who like to hike, to stay in the northern part of the island. I suggest you read it carefully; or, if you prefer, search for a hotel in Tenerife using the link below.
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