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Walking on Tenerife

45 walks including El Teide and GR 131

Guide to 45 varied walks on Tenerife: 40 day walks - including ascents of El Teide, Spain's highest mountain - and the 5 Tenerife stages of the long-distance GR131. Routes range from 3.5km to 29.5km and showcase the island's diverse landscapes, from coast to mountains, from lava fields to laurisilva 'cloud forests'.


Ideal in early spring, but may be too hot for summer or autumn visits. Winter can be pleasant, but expect some cloud and rain, with the possibility of snow on the very highest mountains.


Santa Cruz, Puerto de la Cruz, Costa Adeje, Garachico, Santiago del Teide, Arona, Vilaflor, La Orotava, La Esperanza


The routes range from high and remote mountains to easy paths wandering from village to village. Many feature rocky or stony paths, though none of them are technically difficult. El Teide is the highest mountain on Spanish territory and requires cardiorespiratory fitness and a permit to reach the summit.

Must See

The peaks of El Teide, Pico Viejo and Guajara; the Parque Nacional del Teide and Corona Forestal; the peninsulas of Anaga and Teno; the long-distance GR131 trail; Barranco de Masca and Barranco del Infierno
16 Jan 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.35cm

A guidebook to 40 day walks on Tenerife plus a 5-day section of the GR131. Exploring the varied scenery of the largest Canary Island, the walks are suitable for beginner and experienced walkers alike. 

The day walks range from 3 to 26km (2–16 miles) and can be enjoyed in 2–10 hours. The GR131 trek crosses all seven of the Canary Islands, and the Tenerife section between Arona and La Esperanza is described in 5 stages covering 94km (58 miles).   

  • 1:50,000 maps included for each walk 
  • GPX files available to download 
  • Detailed information on planning, facilities and public transport 
  • Highlights include an ascent of El Teide 
  • Part of a 5-volume Cicerone series on the whole of the Canary Islands 

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Paddy Dillon Cicerone author DILLON

By Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer, with over 100 guidebooks to his name and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television.Paddy uses a tablet computer to write as he walks. His descriptions are therefore precise, having been written at the very point at which the reader uses them.Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain's National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US.

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