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Travelling in Tenerife

Travel report of Theresa's island hike

Who hasn’t heard of it? The archipelago of the Canaries in the middle of the Atlantic! One of the 7 islands is the beautiful mountainous Tenerife. The special thing about the island is that there are moderate to warm temperatures throughout the year – ideal for a hiking tour in Tenerife. Not only are the weather conditions perfect, but the varied vegetation makes every day quite special!

It quickly became clear to me: my hiking trip this year would take me to Tenerife.

The hikes – breathtaking views and exciting tours

Hardly any other hiking tour offers such varied stages as Tenerife – every day is different! The first small town of Garachico is one of the most beautiful places in Tenerife with its charming black lava swimming pools on the beach. The first circular walk takes you along rocky paths to a hill with fantastic views of the town. The colourful houses and the variety of plants really impressed us.

On the second day from Grarchico to Santiago del Teide you walk mostly through dense laurel forests. Here we were able to catch the first glimpse of the imposing volcano, Teide. The mountain village of Santiago del Teide is located in the middle of the Teno mountains and has the typical flair of a Spanish village.

The 3rd stage started with a taxi transfer. It was unfortunately very foggy and windy, but thanks to the right hiking equipment this hike was a real highlight.

Demanding passages lead along the ridge to the Tabaiba Pass and on to the Pico Gala, where we were able to glimpse the breathtaking mountain scenery. The difference between the north (lush vegetation, humid) and the south (barren landscape, dry) is clear here.

The Masca gorge was unfortunately closed for restoration work. However, the alternative route along the Royal Route is as exciting and beautiful as the canyon walk. The panoramic path leads over numerous mountains tops, which meander close to the sea. In good weather, even the neighbouring island of La Gomera can be seen on the horizon.

The next leg took us from Adeje to the mountainous area of Arona. On this route you will come from the so-called Hall Canyon to an enchanting long-distance path that leads through small villages and secluded areas, until you finally reach the inland village of Arona. I particularly liked the circular threshing floor in the middle of the mountains.

In contrast to the demanding hike the day before, the last stage was very relaxing. Use this day to review the entire journey.

The accommodation and specialities of Tenerife – traditional, comfortable and extra special

The selected Eurohike accommodation was (like the walks) very varied, which I liked. From the basic room to the hotel room on the 15th floor with a fantastic view, everything was there.

Our first two nights in Garachico were spent in the hotel La Quinta Roja, which is located in the middle of the old town. The hotel exudes an interesting Spanish flair with a gallery in the landscaped courtyard. In the old town and along the coast there are numerous opportunities to try typical specialities from Tenerife.

The next two nights were spent at the Hotel Casona del Patio in Santiago del Teide. This hotel is great and in traditional style. You can relax and unwind in the middle of the mountains. The restaurant also offers traditional and unusual dishes, which can be enjoyed with a bottle of good red wine.

In the tourist hotspot of Los Gigantes we spent a night in the luxurious hotel ‘Sensimar Los Gigantes’. The fantastic view of the sea and imposing cliffs is beautiful. This view can also be enjoyed in the hotel restaurant.

At the buffet we could choose from a huge selection of Spanish and international dishes.

We spent the last two nights in Hotel Villalba in the charming mountain village of Vilaflor, the highest mountain village in Spain. The breathtaking views of the vineyards provide a very special atmosphere and the hotel’s spa area allows you to relax in pleasant temperatures after a strenuous hike. Again, we were spoiled with the culinary delights in their restaurant. This hotel was my personal favourite!

Summary: So far, I have said after each Eurohike tour that it is my new favourite (this was my fourth trip). I say it again this time, but I’m sure it cannot be easily topped! My siblings were also absolutely thrilled with the beauty of this island and the perfectly selected hiking trails!


See you soon, your Theresa

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