Walking on Tenerife

45 walks including El Teide and GR 131

By Paddy Dillon

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

Guidebook of 45 day walks and treks ranging from 3.5 to 29.5km (2-18 miles) in length on Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. The routes described are made up of 40 one-day walks, including routes covering the slopes of El Teide (the highest mountain on Spanish territory), plus the GR131 is described as a 5-day long-distance walk from Arona to La Esperanza. The routes range from easy to strenuous with options to suit all abilities.

Tenerife has beautiful natural scenery ranging from the lush laurisilva forests of Anaga to the lava landscapes of Parque Nacional del Teide. The guide makes the most of this scenery with routes across the island that are accessible via public transport. Details of the island's local facilities are provided along with information on how to get there, when to go and notes on local geology, wildlife and habitats. The detailed route descriptions are illustrated with 1:50,000 map extracts and colour photographs.

The guide is split into seven sections - Anaga, Teno, Arona/Guia, Valle de la Orotava, Parque Nacional, El Teide and GR131 - covering all the best walking to be had on the island.

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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. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.

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