31st January – 7th February 2025 (Friday to Friday)
Following an absence of winter sun walking holidays in recent years, it is time to return to Tenerife for the first time since 2015.
This is an unspoiled island with warm winters and plenty of varied walking. The north of the island has wooded slopes with good views while the Anaga peninsula in the north-east is quite different with rocky inlets. Teide is the highest mountain in Spain with a cable car up to the Miradors (viewpoints).
We will be staying in Puerto de la Cruz (the old capital) at the Hotel H10 Tenerife Playa, half board with buffet meals. Flights are available from Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. Cost including flights is about £770 sharing a twin room or £940 for a single. Hotel and flight details can be found on https://www.tui.co.uk/.
Transport in Tenerife
Although there is a good bus service in Tenerife, hire cars are required to reach many of the walks. Assuming up to 15 people go, we will need 3 cars, so will need at least 3 willing drivers but would prefer to have two drivers per car (i.e. 6 drivers) as in previous years. Car hire prices will be about £200 per car plus petrol. This is likely to be in the region of £60 to £70 per person including fuel.
Most walks are circular and will be taken from Walk! Tenerife (4th edition), published by Discovery Walking Guides, including:
- Los Organas – an amazing woodland and ravine trail traversing the south-east wall of the Orotava Valley. 11km with 750m ascent.
- Taganana Circular – a walk with spectacular landscapes, ridge-top views, a ravine known as ‘small Masca’ and a beach. 13km with 925m ascent.
- Saddle Up Laurel & Hardy – a combination of 2 walks with breath-taking views in a floriferous environment to produce one of the most enjoyable routes in western Tenerife. Including an optional ascent onto Pico de la Mesa (1,321m). 11km with 675m ascent. Shorter option: 8km with 500m ascent.
- Mighty Guajara – a spectacular walk in Teide National Park, starting from Parador (2,100m). Montana Guajara (2,717m) dominates the sharp escarpment which encloses the southern wall of Las Canadas. 11km with 670m ascent.
A linear coastal walk with great views is also planned from our hotel in Puerto de la Cruz via an excellent German café on the cliffs, Café Vista Paraiso. Out and back 12km with 500m ascent.
Places are limited to 15 so please check with me before booking. Anyone booking who is able to drive or wishes to lead walks, please let me know.