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8 Days Hiking in Tenerife Including Rental Car

Bookatrekking.com Trips - 8 days

    Regular days with
  • 10 - 15 km per day
  • 250 - 500m ascent per day
  • T2 Trails / no difficulty markings
Overview
Route
What's included
Accommodation
Rental Car
Packing List
FAQ
Safety
COVID-19
How to Book

Overview

> Discover Tenerife's best-kept hiking secrets
> Hotels and rental car included
> Choice of hiking routes in the surrounding area every day

Welcome to Tenerife, the Canary Island of eternal spring. Spring? Absolutely, temperatures here never actually dip below 20 Celsius. That is why everyone knows someone who regularly flies to Tenerife or one of the other Canary Islands. There is a remedy for any kind of blues in Tenerife. For you, that is in the form of the ideal walking holiday. Hiking in Tenerife including accommodation, rental car and a choice of trails that you make all your own. At Bookatrekking.com, we not only know the most popular trails but also hike the secret gems.

You just need to book your own flight and we will do the rest. Our trekking experts know the nicest hotels in Tenerife and know the starting points of both the island's most popular and locals-only hiking trails. Explore the island by hire car, discovering Teide National Park, the famous Masca Gorge, the rugged coastline of Puerto de la Cruz and the sheer rock formations in the Orotava Valley. Nothing is a must, everything is allowed and a lot is possible. That's the motto of this 8-day package for a walking holiday in Tenerife. Walking holidays we might say, but that can really include a bit of beach holiday too. ¡Vamos a la montaña y la playa!

Why book with us?

You can perfectly well fly to Tenerife yourself and go hiking. However, finding the right routes, either flattened or just known only to locals, and pairing that with a nice hotel nearby can be a complicated affair. Bookatrekking.com has years of experience in self-guided walking holidays and our trekking experts will gladly take that burden off your shoulders. Hop on a plane, grab that rental car, rest in the nicest hotels and discover both the most popular and the most secret walking routes.

Route

What's the plan?

Nothing is a must, everything is allowed and a lot is possible. That's the motto of this 8-day package for a walking holiday in Tenerife. Walking holidays we might say, but that can really include a bit of beach holiday too.

Day 1: Arrival on Tenerife

No matter whether you fly into Tenerife-Norte or Tenerife-Sur, a rental car will be waiting for you. You'll pick this up today and drive to your first place of stay, Puerto de la Cruz, an atmospheric town where the options are many. We have suitable walking routes for you, but if you want, you can also go straight to the beach or order a mojito somewhere. We don't blame you! 

Accommodation: Hotel in Puerto de la Cruz

Day 2: Hiking in the Orotava Valley

It's not necessary, but we recommend it. On the programme today is a tough but beautiful hike in the Orotava Valley. A walk of easily 15 kilometres and 1,000 metres altitude through fantastic forests and stunning rock formations. Rather not? Then you can also enjoy shorter walks from the pavement of your hotel in Puerto de la Cruz. The choice is endless. 

Accommodation: Hotel in Puerto de la Cruz

Day 3: Parque Rural de Teno

On the way to your next place of stay, Santiago del Teide, you can still check out the gorgeous town of Garachico. It looks a lot like Puerto de la Cruz but is a little more rustic. Once it was the island's main port - those days are clearly over. If you drive on, you'll come to Parque Rural de Teno. It is worth walking the Callejón de Teno here. A walk of say 4 hours that lets you discover the rugged side of this part of the island. Alternatively, drive through Santiago del Teide, rent a bike and explore the area around your new address. 

Accommodation: Hotel in Santiago del Teide

Day 4: Exploring West Tenerife

And explore West Tenerife you do. Today, the Masca Gorge is on the programme. Although, that depends on the day of the week. Currently, the Masca Gorge is only open on weekends. If it is open, you can hike up and down this fantastic gorge in about six hours. If this is not for you, we have some brilliant alternatives in store for you. Whatever you do, a visit to the village of Masca is always worthwhile. Disfruta! 

Accommodation: Hotel in Santiago del Teide

Day 5: Vilaflor and Teide National Park 

Over the past few days, you've already noticed what the whole island literally revolves around, so to speak. Right: Teide, you always have to go around it. Pico de Teide is almost 4,000 metres high and today you are getting closer and closer. Your new base of operations is the romantic village of Vilaflor. Today there is no time to climb the summit but you can warm up your legs on the relatively easy but extremely interesting Roques de Garcia trail. Once here, you will see, that La Guaraja is also a very nice option. More on that tomorrow. 

Overnight stay: Hotel in Vilaflor

Day 6: Pico del Teide or La Guaraja 

Yesterday you no doubt spent some time on the Roques de Garcia and at "Finger of God". Today you can head in that direction again for a hike up and around the La Guajara volcano, easily 2,730 metres high. Or you can go even higher and go for a climb up Pico del Teide. Please note: You need a permit for the last bit to the summit, which you can book yourself online via the authorities' website. The climb via Montana Blanca is worthwhile. You can always take the cable car back down or, vice versa, go up. 

Overnight stay: Hotel in Vilaflor

Day 7: North-east Tenerife and Anaga

Things are moving fast. That's why it's a good idea to get up early today because there is still a lot to explore. Indeed, the options for today could well give you that final push to travel to Tenerife once more. Parque Rural Anaga offers you several options for the hit of the week. Mountain and beach, small farming villages or the fascinating Chamorga circuit on the tip of Tenerife. Whatever you do today, tonight's final beers or wines will taste good. 

Overnight stay: San Cristóbal de la Laguna

Day 8: Departure from Tenerife

Late flight?How very fortunate. Then you might be able to explore La Laguna's old town centre this morning. Or, if you get up early, there's still some time for a walk along Punta del Hidalgo beach and a very last swim. ¡Hasta luego!

What's included

Included:

√ Accommodation
We will take care of arranging accommodation for you. This is always according to the programme and a short distance from some nice daily trekking routes.

√ Rental car
In Tenerife, a rental car will be waiting for you. The rental car is suitable for the number of people taking part. You can find more information about this under rental car.

√ Breakfast
Breakfast is included every morning during your trip, where possible. Keep in mind that lunch and dinner are your own responsibility.

Hiking guide with hiking options
We send you on your way with a walking guide containing hiking options that will complete your Tenerife walking holiday. Long, short, popular or just a well-kept secret. Google Maps locations for accommodation addresses and Komoot maps are included in the hiking guide, so you can explore the island on your own.

Excluded:

× Transport to Tenerife
This package does not include flights to and from Tenerife.

× Fuel
Deliver your car refueled at the airport. If it is not full, the car rental company may charge for the missing fuel. Fuel during the trip is, of course, at your own expense.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

× Lunch and dinner during the day
Breakfast is included if applicable in the price of this package. Lunch and dinner, however, are not included. Keep lunch and snacks in mind for your day hikes. You will always find an option for dinner in or around the hotel.

× Permits, cable cars, and admission tickets
This package does not include any hiking permits, the cost of using, for example, a cable car or bus and any admission tickets.

× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During this walking holiday, you will always stay in pleasant hotels situated away from mass tourism wherever possible. Accommodation is always subject to availability. If one of the options below is not available, a similar option will be found. In Tenerife, we always find something! 

Puerto de La Cruz: Hotel Monopol

The family-run Monopol Hotel was built in the 19th century and was used as the local dance hall. It still has the original wooden balconies and the typical central courtyard, filled with palm trees and plants. Hotel Monopol is a 5-minute walk from the sea and less than 15 minutes' walk from Playa Jardin beach. Just 150 m away is the lively Plaza del Charco full of bars and restaurants. The hotel also has its own restaurant, 2 bars and a spacious courtyard lounge.

hotel monopol tenerife

Santiago del Teide: Hotel La Casona del Patio

It doesn't get much better than Hotel La Casona del Patio. Overlooking Teide National Park, this 17th-century hotel is conveniently located and an ideal base for Masca, Chinyero and, for example, Baracan. The hotel is also equipped with all modern amenities. The bright rooms with simple décor feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a bath. The hotel offers a fitness centre and a bar-restaurant with a terrace. Bicycles can also be rented.

hotel santiago del teide
Villaflor: Hotel El Tejar

As a base for walks to Pico del Teide or over the Roques de Garcia, for example, Hotel El Tejar in Vilaflor is perfect. The hotel is basic but located in the village, has an excellent restaurant, a bar and is of course equipped with all modern comforts. From the pavement you can explore the trails around Vilaflor in no time, hop in the car and be at the highlights of Teide within 20 minutes. Want to rent a bike? No problem.

hotel vilaflor wandelen tenerife
San Cristóbal de la Laguna: La Asomada del Gato

Located in the historic centre of San Cristóbal de la Laguna, La Asomada del Gato is a listed building with a charming central courtyard. It offers rustic-style rooms, all with a balcony overlooking the central patio. All rooms have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Bars, restaurants and shops can all be found in the surrounding streets.A great base for a final stroll in Anaga, for example.

la laguna la asomada del gato

Rental Car

Rental Car

A walking holiday in Tenerife is not complete without a rental car. Unfortunately, the best hiking trails cannot be reached by public transport. A rental car allows you to explore the island on your own and quickly switch from walking holiday to beach holiday. Surf 'n turf!

The rental car will be waiting for you at the airport. Depending on how many people you are travelling with, it will be one of the following fixed options:

1 person: Fiat 500 or similar
2 people: Opel Corsa or similar 
3 or 4 people: Opel Astra or similar
5 persons: Peugeot Rifter or similar
6 or more people: Two cars

The rental car requires a credit card in the name of the primary driver. The car should be collected from the airport (TFN or TFS). Hotel delivery or address delivery is unfortunately not possible. Please note that the minimum age is 21 and the driver must have held a valid driving licence for at least one year. Always deliver the car fully refuelled. The rental car always includes unlimited mileage, delivery costs, third-party insurance, full insurance without excess. The conditions of the car rental company apply.

huurauto tenerife

Packing List

Packing List

No matter where you go hiking or for how long: Carrying the right equipment with you is paramount. For hiking in Tenerife, the first thing you need is a comfortable daypack. It makes a difference that you always do day hikes. That way, you really only need to take into account an unexpected change in weather, food and drink. We have compiled a packing list with some essential items you should bring and some extras you might find useful. We will leave out your beach gear for now :)

Essentials:
- Walking shoes (broken in)
- Walking socks
- Base layer
- Mid layer tops (e.g. fleece)
- Trekking trousers
- Hat or cap
- Gloves
- Waterproof jacket
- Water bottle
- Sunglasses & sun cream
- Sunglasses
- Nuts, (dried) fruit and energy bars

Extras:
- First-aid kit
- Blister plasters
- Camera and charger
- Map and compass
- Whistle
- Walking poles
- Buff

FAQ

FAQ

Hiking in Tenerife: what and where?

With an area of 2,034 square kilometres, Tenerife is the largest of the six Canary Islands and, with almost a million inhabitants, also the most populous Spanish island. It is about 83 kilometres long and 54 kilometres wide. Although the archipelago belongs to Spain, it is far away from the Spanish mainland, more than 1,200 kilometres. Tenerife is 'only' 280 kilometres from the Moroccan coast in the Atlantic Ocean. Topologically, the island belongs to Africa - but due to a complicated history, it is still part of the European Union. You can pay for your holidays in Tenerife with euros and your identity card is sufficient for arrival. From the UK and Ireland, you can fly to the eternal spring in say three and a half hours.

At Bookatrekking.com, we always have to consider the seasons when putting together our itineraries, but on Tenerife, we can stretch our legs all year round. This is quite different in Scotland, for example, or, indeed, in the Alps and the Spanish Pyrenees. Really the only thing that is a bit different in Tenerife is some time difference left or right. Other than that, you can always go to Tenerife for a walking holiday. And of course, you may also combine these with some relaxing hours on the beach. Surf 'n turf!

The best season for hiking in Tenerife
In Tenerife, it really is always spring: little rain and mild temperatures all year round. An autumn dip is out of the question. And yet there is also a best season for your hiking holiday in Tenerife. This is completely in line with the other Canary Islands and even applies to Madeira. The islands owe this fantastic climate to their geographical location and the Gulf Stream. The spring and autumn months have proven to be the best time to go hiking in Tenerife.

Because in many places it can get too hot in summer and too cold in winter, these months are less suitable for an active holiday. In spring and autumn, on the other hand, you can expect many hours of sunshine and a pleasant breeze. There are absolutely no thick rain clouds, so you can safely leave your umbrella at home. In the north of the island, however, it gets a bit chilly now and then, so a jacket or jumper is still recommended. Not bad, right? 

Getting to and from Tenerife
Tenerife has two airports, one in the north, aptly called Tenerife Norte (TFN), and one in the south near Los Christianos, Tenerife-Sur (TFS). The northern airport is also known as Los Rodeos, the southern also as Reina Sofia. Tenerife is a popular holiday destination and so you can fly to eternal spring with ease from any airport. From Amsterdam, you fly with TUI Fly, EasyJet or Transavia, for example. From Tenerife-Sud it's an hour to your first destination. From Tenerife-Nord 10 to 20 minutes.

Safety

Safety

Tenerife is a safe holiday destination. In the towns, though, keep an eye out for petty crime. This means pickpocketing and muggings can occur. This is relative to any other holiday destination in Western Europe. On beaches, always keep a close eye on warning flags and watch out for currents. Don't swim too far into the sea, drownings certainly occur in the Canary Islands.

Remote hiking trails are not without risk. Make sure you bring enough water, your phone is charged and you don't set off without a (hiking) map. On Tenerife, you are never far from civilisation and you will always meet several people on the hiking trails.

An emergency exists when a human life (yours or someone else's) is in danger and there is nothing you can do to resolve the matter. Call for help if there has been an accident, if someone is trapped, if you are lost or in trouble and cannot continue because of the time of day or weather conditions, or if you are trapped because of technical climbing challenges beyond your capabilities.

mountain rescue tenerife

Useful emergency phone numbers: 

General Spanish Emergency number: 112

COVID-19

COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has had its grip on us, and accommodations around the world have had to take several preventive measures over the past two years. In the meantime, most of the measurements are not taken into consideration anymore, yet it is definitely still a factor to take into account. Some restrictions that are worth mentioning:

- Don't go on your hiking trip if you have symptoms.
- Not all the accommodations are allowed to operate at full capacity yet, so make sure you book your stay in advance.
- Keep your distance and hygiene.
- Use disinfectants and hand sanitizers.

Stay informed about the current rules per country. Make sure you know before you leave which measures you need to take during your stay. The best thing to do is to check the websites of the government.

How to Book

How to Book?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking your match? In that case, you can proceed with your booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 30% of the total amount. In the case of this trek, we will check the availability at the respective accommodations for you. There are two possible outcomes:

 There is availability 
We go ahead and make all necessary arrangements for your trip. Once confirmed, we will send you a confirmation and your personal hiking guide. The remaining 70% must be paid at least two (2) weeks before the start of the trekking.

X There is no availability 
If there is no availability, we will look for other starting dates or another trekking in agreement with you. Are there no other options for you? Then your deposit of 30% will be refunded.

Cancellation Policy
If all the accommodations of this trekking are booked and confirmed, you will lose your deposit of 30% at all times. If you cancel within 14 days of your start date, you will lose your full booking amount.

Is it not quite clear yet or do you have questions? Please contact us via support@bookatrekking.com. We are happy to help you.

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