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Tenerife: from South to North
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Tenerife: from South to North

Tenerife: from South to North

An island of stunning volcanic beauty

  • Bizarre basalt formations and moon-like volcanic landscapes
  • Colourful deserts that contrast with laurel forests and a stunning coastline
  • Friendly family hotels in historical towns 
  • Explore volcanoes, ravines and sculpture-like formations
  • Taste a delicious cuisine with many influences
  • Sleep at the foot of the highest Spanish mountain: el Teide
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Start: Vilaflor                      Finish: La Laguna

Day 1: Arrival in Tenerife
Day 2: Explore the lunar landscape (14 km)
Day 3: Teide National Park (3 - 6 km)
Day 4: Ascent to Pico Guajara (14 km)
Day 5: Aguamansa (12 km)
Day 6: Punta Teno (8 - 15 km)
Day 7: Anaga Natural Park (10 / 12 km )
Day 8: Departure from the Canary Islands

Day 1:    Arrival in Tenerife

A private transfer of 30min leads to Vilaflor. This is the highest village of Tenerife, located at 1414m above sea-level, on the Southern side of the Teide National Park. A quaint mountain village surrounded by Canarian pine forests. Legend says that the current name of the town comes from a Spanish Captain who said "Vi la flor" ("I saw the flower") when he came to conquer the town and saw a beautiful "guanche" native girl. A free afternoon to wonder around the town and then relax at our comfortable Hotel in Vilaflor with its spa and outdoor pool.

Day 2:    Explore the lunar landscape (14 km)

You travel further north in the morning to start a nice walk through a volcanic lunar landscape with strange rock formations. Walking along part of the Camino de Chasna, a five century- old trade trail, discover the dreamlike rock formations called "fairy chimneys". The walk ends in the center of the village of Vilaflor.

Challenge: 14 km, 5 - 5.5 hrs, 475m ascent, 675m descent.

Day 3:    Teide National Park (3 - 6 km)

Moving location, the day starts with a morning transfer to the Cañadas del Teide. This is an 18km wide old crater left after the first volcano eruptions on Tenerife; the ones that originated the upheaval of the island. At the edge an impressive peak attracts your attention: El Teide (3718m),  the highest mountain of Spain and your goal today. Enjoy the cable car drive up to 3200m and walk there and back to the Vista Point of Pico Viejo. If you want to see stunning views overlooking the island and  - on clear days - some of the other Canary islands, you can ask for a special permit (via website of the National park) to extend the walk with another 1,5km to the top of the Pico Teide. Finally, walk 5km, after your cable car drive, to the iconic Parador de la Cañadas. A good option for the afternoon is exploring the surroundings of the Parador, visiting the interesting formations of the “Roques de Garcia” (5 or 6 km)

Challenge: 3km, 1 hr, 100m ascent/descent. Plus 5km to the Parador (1.5h, 20m ascent, 250m descent)

Day 4:    Ascent to Pico Guajara (14 km)

A challenging, but also very rewarding, ascent to Montaña Guajara (2730m), the second highest peak on Tenerife. At the summit, breath fresh air and enjoy the superb views across the huge Cañadas del Teide Crater, towards the peak and across the southern part of the island. After a good hike and back to the Parador you can relax enjoying its swimming pool, sauna and private gardens.

Challenge: 14 km, 5.5 hrs, 500m ascent/descent.

Day 5:    Aguamansa (12 km)

A great walk along the Aguamansa woods. A mountainous route through old Canarian Pine woods and barrancos with lush vegetation. At the end of the walk the taxi will drive you to your charming hotel in the old town of Garachico. This quaint and beautiful historical town was the capital of Tenerife before its was damaged by a lava stream in the important eruption of Volcán Trevejo in 1706. Don´t miss swimming at the natural swimming pools near the harbor! 

Challenge: 12 km, 5.5 - 6 hrs, 725m ascent/ descent.

Day 6:    Punta Teno (8 - 15 km)

After a short transfer to the village of El Palmar, in the barren western part of the island, you enter an area of open woodlands and farmed areas, ascending to a vista point higher up and from there, along steep barrancos to the tiny village of Teno Alto. Traversing a high plateau with bizarre vegetation of giant euphorbia plants, get to Punta Teno and enjoy the lovely views that on clear days show all the way to La Gomera.

Alternative route: for very windy or warm days we suggest doing a circular hike from Las Portelas, which is better protected and has more shade but equally good views.

Standard route: 8/15km, 3.5 - 5 hrs, 400/500m ascent/descent. 

Alternative route:  9/10.5km, 3 - 3.5 hrs, 525/650m ascent/descent.

Day 7:    Anaga Natural Park (10 / 12 km )

During your last day you will explore the rain forest ecosystem in Tenerife; the laurisilva woods in the Nature park of Anaga. Located above the cliffs of the North-Eastern corner of the island it shows  a completely different landscape of lush green vegetation, deep ravines  and steep cliffs. With a choice of two walks today; a shorter and steeper route or a longer but more gentle one. In the afternoon, the taxi will pick you up and drive you to the hotel in San Cristobal de la Laguna. There will be enough time to explore this beautiful historical town founded more than 500 years ago and now a UNESCO World Heritage Centre due to its multicultural roots and influences and its authenticity. Its lively center is fun to visit, with many shops and restaurants.

Short route: 10 km, 4 hrs, 650m ascent/ descent.

Long route: 12 km, 4.5 hrs, 400m ascent/descent.

Day 8:    Departure from the Canary Islands

Your trip comes to an end today after breakfast. A transfer to Tenerife South is included.

'standard' hotels

The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels have SPA service or swimming pool. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra nights: Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hotel & SPA El Tejar (Vilalflor)
Hotel & SPA El Tejar ** (Vilaflor)

Small charming hotel, designed and decorated according to its natural surroundings. This accommodation has a perfect location to discover the landscapes and the hiking routes in Tenerife from Vilaflor. You will not only enjoy nature; but also, the great Canary gastronomy in a family atmosphere that will make you feel at home.

www.hoteleltejar.com/en

Parador Cañadas del Teide
Parador Las Cañadas del Teide *** (Cañadas del Teide)

A 3-star hotel with spacious rooms, large lounge, restaurant, outdoor terrace and swimming pool, private garden and wellnes area. Very well located in the middle of the National Park, with amazing views to the Teide Peak, and a unique place to observe the stars on a clear-sky night!

www.parador.es

Hotel La Quinta Roja (Garachico)
La Quinta Roja **** (Garachico)

A former mansion built in the Baroque style, this is one of the emblematic buildings of the historical town centre, and owes its name to its previous owners, the Marquis of Quinta Roja. The hotel, with only twenty rooms, is very charming. The owners did a careful and well-researched restoration, in which the historical elements, ancient stone walls and wooden structures were perfectly integrated into a cosy and comfortable environment.

www.quintaroja.com

Hotel Nivaria (La Laguna)
Hotel Nivaria **** (La Laguna)

Situated in a charming 16th century mansion, a complex that boasts elegant suits and rooms and an à la carte restaurant to surprise the visitor. The building lived many different experiences before finally being converted into a 4 * hotel, located in the historical centre of San Cristóbal de La Laguna. With all the amenities, a gym and spa. A perfect combination of history and renovation!

www.lagunanivaria.com

'Select' hotels

In this booking option the difference relies on the quality of the accommodations or the category of the rooms booked, being a superior category if the accommodation is the same as in the standard option. 

Extra nights:

Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hotel SPA Villalba (Vilaflor)
Hotel SPA Villalba **** (Vilaflor)

Built with noble materials, wood and stone, to blned with the batural surroundings, Hotel Villalba is located in the Natural Park of  Corona Forestal del Teide, just 25 km from the Teide National Park, the highest Spanish summit and the National Park with more visitors in Spain. With lovely and wide rooms that offer beautiful views. It has a SPA circuit, indoor and outdoor swimming pools. 

www.hotelvillalba.com

Parador Las Cañadas del Teide *** (Cañadas del Teide)
Parador Las Cañadas del Teide *** (Cañadas del Teide)

A 3-star hotel with spacious rooms, large lounge, restaurant, outdoor terrace and swimming pool, private garden and wellnes area. Very well located in the middle of the National Park, with amazing views to the Teide Peak, and a unique place to observe the stars on a clear-sky night!

www.parador.es

La Quinta Roja **** (Garachico)
La Quinta Roja **** (Garachico)

A former mansion built in the Baroque style, this is one of the emblematic buildings of the historical town centre, and owes its name to its previous owners, the Marquis of Quinta Roja. The hotel, with only twenty rooms, is very charming. The owners did a careful and well-researched restoration, in which the historical elements, ancient stone walls and wooden structures were perfectly integrated into a cosy and comfortable environment.

www.quintaroja.com

Hotel Nivaria **** (La Laguna)
Hotel Nivaria **** (La Laguna)

Situated in a charming 16th century mansion, a complex that boasts elegant suits and rooms and an à la carte restaurant to surprise the visitor. The building lived many different experiences before finally being converted into a 4 * hotel, located in the historical centre of San Cristóbal de La Laguna. With all the amenities, a gym and spa. A perfect combination of history and renovation!

www.lagunanivaria.com

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, throughout the year.

Tenerife has two airports: Tenerife Sur in the south (TFS - Reina Sofia) and Tenerife Norte in the north (TFN - Los Rodeos)

Arrival in Vilaflor / Departure from La Laguna

By taxi from/to the airport

Aiport transfers are included from Tenerife Sur airport (TFS) to your first accommodation in Vilaflor and from La Laguna to Tenerife Sur Airport

NOTE: If you’re flying into and from Tenerife-Norte airport (TFN), there’s an extra charge for the taxi transfer to and from hotel

 

 

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 7-nights´ accommodation 
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer on days 3, 5 and 7
  • Private transfers according to program
  • Airport transfers from/to Tenerife Sur airport
  • Teide cable car return ticket
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • 24-hour telephone assistance
  • Routes in digital format (.gpx) for GPS or mobile devices 

Not included

  • Lunches and dinners. 
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist Tax
  • Transfers by public transportation
  • Transfer from Tenerife North airport to first accommodation (the standard one is from Tenerife South)
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, tips, additional transfers, etc. 
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the programme
  • Compulsory dinners at Christmas' Eve and New Year's Eve are not included in the package price. The surcharge will be informed at the time of booking

Extras 

  • Extra nights on Tenerife near either of the airports (Tenerife-Sur airport or Tenerife-Norte)
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Airport transfers from and to Tenerife North, they can be arranged for no extra costs 
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