Best Hikes in Picos de Europa
Walk along the best hiking trails in Picos de Europa and discover incredible mountain landscapes
The island of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands (Spain) offers a plethora of paths that you cannot miss. These incredible trails cross the whole island through its changing landscapes which will surprise even the most adventurous.
Discover our picks for the best hiking trails to do in Tenerife in this guide: from climbing the Teide from Montaña Blanca, go deep into the Anaga Country Park, and even see the Canary laurel forest or discover paradisiacal beaches.
The Teide is Spain’s highest peak (3,715 m). The climb to the top of the volcano on path number 7 is known by many as the best hiking trail in Tenerife. This popular trail starts on the slopes of Montaña Blanca and ends at La Rambleta (3,555 m) where the La Fortaleza Lookout Point is, just a few meters from Teide’s peak. To continue the walk to the summit, go along path number 10, which requires an access permit.
The trail to the peak is a continuous climb and, due to its elevation gain and its altitude, it is solely recommended for those who are used to walking with this type of physical demand.
If you want to see one of the most beautiful sunrises in Tenerife, you can sleep in the Altavista Refuge and get up early to see the sun come up from the volcano’s peak. Remember to check beforehand to see if the refuge is open and make a reservation.
By the way, did you know that the Teide is an active volcano? If volcanoes are your thing, do not hesitate to check out our guide on the top active volcano trails, among them is undoubtedly this trail going up Mount Teide.
The Masca Gorge Trail is one of the most popular trails in Tenerife. This ravine is located in the Teno massif, one of the first rock formations to come from the ocean which the island of Tenerife comes from. Through this ravine, you will discover a part of this geological gem until reaching Masca Beach. If the pier is open, you can finish up your journey by taking a boat to Los Gigantes. If it is closed, you have no choice but to walk the whole way back.
Before heading to the Masca Visitors’ Center (the starting point of this trail), keep in mind that you need to make a reservation in order to have access to the path. Furthermore, do not forget to bring the mandatory equipment and look into how to get to the remote town of Masca.
El Alto de Guajara, located in the Teide National Park, is a mountain of volcanic origin that goes up to 2,718 meters, which makes it the third tallest in the national park and in Tenerife. From here, on the border between the north and south of the island, you can enjoy one of the best panoramic views in Tenerife, with views of volcanoes like Mount Teide, el Pico Viejo or the Montaña Blanca and Las Cañadas Caldera. The landscape is unforgettable.
At the summit, there are still remains of the Jean Mascart cabin, a French astronomer that stayed in El Alto de Guajara to study Halley’s comet while it passed near Earth in 1910. Not only did Jean Mascart choose this mountain as the place for some observations, but there were also others such as the Scottish astronomer Charles Piaazzi Smyth, who settled here in 1856 to demonstrate that the study of the sky in the high mountains is more precise.
El Alto de Guajara is an ideal place to enjoy stargazing, just like the Roque de lo Muchachos in La Palma is, one of the best places for stargazing around the world. Moreover, in summer, the clear skies of the Teide National Park are perfect for seeing the Milky Way!
The Barranco del Infierno is located in the Adeje municipality, in the south of Tenerife. The area is considered to be a Special Natural Reserve for its high geological value and its great archeological interest with its aboriginal caves and rock carvings. Re-tracing a path that was used by shepherds ages ago, you will discover magnificent lookouts as well as unique flora and fauna. Once you reach the river banks, the vertical walls lead you all the way to the ravine’s waterfall.
Be on the lookout while you are on your way since some of the birds you may see flying overhead are the common kestrel, the eagle or the sparrowhawk.
As is common among other natural spaces on the island of Tenerife, you must make a reservation to have access if you want to go to the Barranco del Infierno Gorge Walk, which is a measure that aims to preserve the environment and the animals that live there.
One of the trails to do in Tenerife with the most history is the hike to El Roque del Conde. At the end of the 15th century in El Roque del Conde, the Ichasagua (the last Mencey) resisted the conquerors of the island of Tenerife. This is why the other name the meseta is called is the Roque de Ichasagua. In what was the last refuge for the aboriginal guanche from Tenerife, you will be able to enjoy a trail along which ancient cereal crops intertwine with beauty and history.
From El Roque del Conde (1,101 m) you will be able to see one of the best aerial views of the Caldera del Rey and, if visibility allows for it, the islands of La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro as well.
If you want to make the trail last longer, instead of going back to the starting point, you can continue the hike onto the Roque Imoque.
If you want an easy hiking trail in the Teide National Park, the Fasnia Volcano is a good option. The path goes along part of path number 20, along volcanic cones which were part of the eruption which kept the island of Tenerife in suspense in January 1705. The landscape stands out for its very intense black tones and during the flowering season it contrasts some flowers like the red and blue Tenerife bugloss. This circular trail starts at the parking lot of the Corral del Niño Lookout Point.
Before getting started, we recommend taking a detour on the TF-514 road until the Izaña Lookout Point, where you can observe the very same Fasnia Volcano and the Siete Fuentes Volcano, to name a few.
In the Arico municipality, there are various fascinating hiking trails. One of them passes through the high part of the gorge Barranco del Río and its Canarian pine tree forests. After the initial 3-km climb to enter the ravine, the water steals the show and it guides you on the path until the final waterfall, at which point you will go back to the starting point on the same path. The river flows all year long, which you can take advantage of to cool off if it is hot.
After that hike, get closer to the southern Tenerife coast to have one of the island’s typical dishes, among which there is a great variety of fish, is an excellent option.
One of the best hiking trails in Tenerife is the one that joins the ancient cross path Cruz del Carmen and the town of Punta del Hidalgo. Taking off from Cruz del Carmen, in the Anaga Massif, you will go along a path full of changing landscapes that go from leafy laurel forests to the steep coast of Punta del Hidalgo, where its impressive cliffs facing the Atlantic Ocean await you. It is mostly a downhill path.
The Anaga Massif is considered to be one of the greatest natural paradises in the Canary Islands. Before starting the hike, we recommend you get closer to see the scenery the Cruz del Carmen Lookout Point has to offer, in the heart of the Anaga Country Park.
Do not forget to save this trail to your list, since it is one of the trails in Tenerife that, without a doubt, you should consider doing.
Another of one the most popular trails in Anaga Country Park (and Tenerife) is the circular trail that joins the towns of Afur y Taganana passing Tamadite Beach. Flanked by mountains, you will start the walk along a trail in which the first kilometers will take you to the sea by way of the Barranco de Afur. Once at the Tamadite Beach, rough and wild for its usual strong waves, a fishermen’s home welcomes you. Later, the path goes, among cliffs, to Taganana until you finally return to Afur.
If you want to discover one of the most isolated places in Tenerife, you cannot miss out on the coastal village Roque Bermejo. This remote paradise only accessible on foot, by sea or by air does not have any permanent residents. The walk starts off in the town Chamorga and after four kilometers, it reaches the Anaga Lighthouse, built between 1861 and 1863. At its foot lies Roque Bermejo and its beaches, the best reward before getting back on the trail that returns you to Chamorga.
Along the path, you can enjoy endless views of beaches and the two islets that form the Roques de Anaga Integral Nature Reserve. They are two emblematic formations (Roque de Tierra and Roque de Fuera) rich in nature as well as geological and landscape interest.
One of the most surprising places near Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the Tahodio Pond, known as Charca de Tahodio. This dam was built to store water intended for watering banana farms in the valley and nearby gardens in the Tahodio Ravine. Nowadays, the total capacity of this reservoir is about 400,000 m3. On the hike, you can see waterfalls and one of the best panoramic views of the pond, as well as some herons on the water if you are lucky.
The Tahodio Ravine comes from the Hoya de las Palomas and flows into the Anaga dock of the Puerto de Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Its waters flow some 8 km through the Anaga Country Park, coming across the reservoir halfway on its trajectory, 5 km from the coast. This hiking trail around the Tahodio Pond allows one to appreciate the use that people made of it for irrigation for many years.
If you travel to Tenerife, add a visit to Santa Cruz de Tenerife to the list, the island’s capital. In the founding nucleus of Santa Cruz, you can discover the architectural patrimony and the historic essence of the area. Other places to see in Santa Cruz de Tenerife are the Plaza de España, San Cristóbal Castle or the Auditorio de Tenerife, facing the Atlantic Ocean. This building is a 20th century Canarian architectural landmark which closely resembles a majestic wave or even a sailboat.