There’s a lot of uncertainty out there at the moment but there will always be our travel dreams to keep us going.
We can’t wait to get back out on the trails but and at times like this, we remember the best Canary Islands hiking trails we experienced in 2019.
As we put more emphasis on the importance of nature and fitness, getting outdoors and the benefits of an active holiday will be more apparent.
4 Best Canary Islands Hiking Trails
So with that in mind, we look at our Top 4 Hikes on the best Canary Islands hiking trails:
“Pauline’s Favourite” Hike 1: Hiking at the Foot of Mount Teide
The highest point in all of Spain, it stands at 3,718 m above sea level and is the 4th highest volcano in the world.
The area around the volcano is the Teide National Park which has 47,000 acres and is a UNESCO world heritage site.
This is probably our favorite hike that we have done so far with 6 of our team on 3 separate occasions exploring the different hikes around the foot of Mount Teide.
It is busier than the rest of the hikes for sure as it is more well known, but it is also a highly spiritual experience, where the scenery is the best that you will see in all of Tenerife.
Top Tip: Bring warm clothing and rain gear as the weather will change the higher you climb. This is a medium to challenging hike but there are some easier routes to choose from.
“Maria’s favourite” Hike 2: Anaga Tenerife
This hiking holiday is perfect to combine coast, forests and Tenerife culture all in one.
Tenerife is home not only to the mighty Teide but also to lush green forests and spectacular coastal scenery.
The Anaga Rural Park is home to spectacular laurel forests and provides stunning panoramic views of the mountainous landscapes.
The Anaga Walking Short Break gives visitors to Tenerife an experience of the stunning scenery the island has to offer but also a taste of the culture of Tenerife with stays in the laid back Punta del Hildago and the enigmatic Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Top Tip: Tenerife gets super busy in March and April with the Tenerife Carnaval, now rescheduled for 2021. If this is your thing, we advise you to book early or if you are looking for a less busy time to go, autumn and winter are recommended.
“Pedro’s Favourite” Hike 3: La Gomera (Hidden Gem)
We call La Gomera the “Hidden gem of the Canary Islands” with very good reason. The island is a paradise for hikers and adventurers.
Pedro traveled here for the first time in October 2019. Pedro is a very experienced hiker and has hiked in many places around the world. However, La Gomera has to be one of his top destinations of all time!
What Pedro loved about La Gomera was that the island was completely serene in its quietness and unspoiled beauty.
Tenerife and Gran Canaria have their fair share of tourists but on La Gomera, it is all about hiking so you won’t see many tourists or much beach culture.
Our Hiking in La Gomera package encompasses mountains, forests and the wonderful Parque Nacional Garajonay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. You will discover many species of flora and fauna completely unique to this region.
Top Tip: The hiking on La Gomera is generally more challenging than on Tenerife and Gran Canaria as the island is shaped a little like a giant orange segment. Expect steep climbs and sharp descents but the best scenery the Canaries have to offer.
“Karl’s Favourite” Hike 4: Gran Canaria – Roque Nublo
Roque Nublo is to Gran Canaria as Teide is to Tenerife.
This ancient site of pilgrimage is a giant monolith located roughly in the centre of the island to which the ancient Canaria people would pay homage.
Karl’s hike to Roque Nublo through the Caldeira de Tejeda, the European Grand Canyon was awe-inspiring with the most spectacular views he has ever seen.
He also got to experience one of the most beautiful villages in all of Spain and the Canaries, the village of Tejeda.
Karl wrote more about his days hiking in Gran Canaria and the benefits of an active holiday on our blog.
Top Tip: Traveling here in August, the weather was quite warm for hiking. So if like us, you would prefer a cooler hike, it’s best to go later in the year.
If there are any Canary Island Hiking trails you would like to see added to our website, please get in touch!