Tenerife is a wonderful place for walkers and hikers. There are a great variety of dramatic walks on this island which are easily accesible. During the winter my walking partner Terry (of Rochdale fame) and I love getting up into the mountains and stretching our legs.
Terry points the way in the pine forests.
Once above the tree line which is at about 3,000 feet there are many miles of forest. Mainly constituted of Canarian Pine, this unique pine tree evaporates a great deal of moisture out of the clouds. When the water condenses on it's needles they drip great volumes of water onto the ground under the tree. This allows vigorous growth in what would normally be a dry environment.
This shot is looking down from about 3,000 feet over Playa De Las Americas and Los Cristianos.
The sheer height of Tenerife, with Mount Teide running up to 12,000 feet, makes sure that we have spectacular and dramatic views from almost everywhere.
Paths are usually clearly defined and well signposted.
There are several books in English which map out the best walks on the whole island. One of the best is "35 Tenerife Walks" by David and Ros Brawn, this comprehensive book includes GPS waypoints, excellent drawings and photo's and is very handy.
Looking down into the famous 'Barranco Del Infierno', this shot shows how deep these chasms or Barranco's can be and this is by no means the biggest.
Of course, no walk is complete without a decent pit-stop or two. Some rough bread, Chorizo sausage, goat's cheese, a tin of Heineken, a nip from a hip-flask, mountain air and good company make an outstanding pic-nic!
Many people are not aware that Tenerife has much more to offer than sun, sea, sand and sangria. This particular walk is only about a 20 minute drive from Club Olympus in Garden City.
As I said, pathways are usually clearly marked!
If you need any assistance with going walking in the mountains, simply ask any member of the Club Olympus team and we will point you in the right direction. So make sure you pack a pair of decent walking boots when you are next out here on holiday!
You won't be disappointed!