Tenerife – Circular hike high above Candelaria

Blick auf den Teide und Wolken auf der Ostseite der Insel

Candelaria with Virgo and Guanche Kings

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria

The famous town of Candelaria lies on the northeast coast of Tenerife. Today’s hike will take you to the wooded heights above Candelaria. If you don’t know the place yet, you might have the opportunity to visit it before or after this hike. Further information about Candelaria you will find here. The municipality of Candelaria, with a population of just under 28,000, is situated on the coast and is the most important Catholic pilgrimage site in the Canary Islands. 

Candelaria and Guanche kings

Impressive is the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria with the large Plaza de la Patrona de Canarias in front of it. Nine larger-than-life statues of the Guanche kings are placed on this square, from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the sea. The Basilíca houses the figure of the patron saint of the Canary Islands, the Virgen de la Candelaria. The great feast days of Virgin worship and pilgrimages are 2 February and 15 August each year.

Square in Candelaria

Hike over Candelaria with view on all sides of the island

Today’s hike takes you far beyond the coastal town up into the wooded north-eastern slopes of Tenerife. Up there on the main ridge path of Tenerife you have a really fantastic view in all directions. You can look up to the heights of the Anaga Mountains in the north. If you look down to the northwest side of the island, you will discover Candelaria deep below you. 

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high above Candelaria

Also the neighbouring island Gran Canaria can be seen in the distance. The 10 km long hike takes you through forests and sometimes through a few clouds. I was lucky and the clouds passed us, so that finally beautiful views to the coast became free again and again. Of course I wish you the same for your hike.

Track - Hiking circle above Candelaria

General information about the circular hike high above Candelaria

Starting point and approach: 

Starting point is a small parking lot at the TF-523 above Arafo – several possibilities to park the car at the roadside.

Arrival by car: 

Bend parking lot - starting point

Depending on whether you are approaching from the north or south on the TF-1 motorway, take the Candelaria (north) or Güimar (south) exits. On both exits you drive in the direction of Güimar. In the town of Güimar turn off the TF-28 and a short time later take the TF-525, which becomes the TF-523, towards Arafo. You drive through Arafo and continue in serpentines up the slopes on the TF-523. In a wide bend to the right you will find a parking lot. Here the coordinates 28°22’59.93 “N, 16°25’41.68 “W.

Arrival by bus: 

The Titsa line 121 goes to Arafo. There are no other bus connections, so you could take a taxi from Arafo without a car. Details can be found on the Titsa homepage.

Time: 

I don’t like to give general times for hiking tours, because the times are very individual. We needed 4 hours for this round trip with rest times. 

Elevation profile of the hike above Candelaria

Difference in altitude and distance:  

The difference in altitude is a little less than 600 metres. The route is almost 10 kilometres long.

Requirement:

An easy hike, which generally leads along good hiking trails. In some places the paths are quite narrow and not always easy to find. And a little physical condition is of course a prerequisite.

Refreshment: 

There are no restaurants, bars and shops on the whole route. Therefore, take enough water and food with you.

Track - circle hike high above Candelaria

Variants: 

This tour can be combined well with various other hiking and circular walks in the vicinity. I will soon present some more tours on the northeastern slopes of Tenerife.

Blue sky, clouds and pine woods

Circular hike high above Candelaria

Section car park to turn-off from the driveway

You start your hike at the TF-523 and walk a little uphill along the road. At the next sharp left turn, turn right onto a wide road. On this road you will come back later. Now turn right onto a small path. This leads you steeply down the slope into a small forested gorge. At the bottom you cross the Barranco and climb up again on the other side of the gorge.

view on Mount Teide

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Follow the narrow path uphill through the forest. From time to time it is a bit hard to find. Look for markings and cairns. Finally you reach a ridge path. From here you already have a good view, as long as the clouds don’t block your view. At the end of the ridge path you will find a wide driveway. Here you will come back later from the right. But now you go a few meters to the left. Then a very steep path branches off to the right from the road up the hill. Follow this path.

Hiking through dense pine forest

Route section Branch from the driveway to Gratweg

Since this circular hike has the shape of an eight, your second small round starts here. Once again it’s a steep climb on narrow paths. Here, too, the path is a bit confusing from time to time. But since you’re walking on a ridge, you can’t miss the way up in the end. Finally you reach the big ridge, which runs here about in the middle of the island of Tenerife. Now you have views to the north and east coast of the island and in good weather you can also see Gran Canaria.

Hiking high above Candelaria - branch off narrow path from driveway

From here the hike takes you along the main ridge. The views couldn’t be better. On my hike, however, a cloud wall appeared in the east. But above that we had blue sky and sunshine. Also the Teide can be seen in the distance. On the way itself there are some fixed vantage points and terraces. Of course they are also suitable for a small high-altitude picnic.

Gran Canaria on the horizon above the clouds

Route section ridge path to hiking crossroads (middle of the eight)

You can run up to the end of the ridge to enjoy the view. The way back leads you down on the left side about 300 meters before the end of the ridge. The path goes down steeply for a short time. Then it runs along the slope below the ridge. The path leads you underneath a large rock massif. And finally you cross the ridge again at a lower point, so that you circle the end of the whole rock massif.

Panorama - view over the mountain ranges

Then the path on the other side of the slope below the ridge takes you down through the forest again. You cross another small ridge. Then continue through the forest on the hiking path parallel below the ridge path. Finally you reach the crossroads, where you came up to the left on the way there and went on to the right. Now simply follow the wide road straight ahead.

on the ridge path with wonderful views

Follow the hiking trail (Mitte der Acht) to the starting point of the car park.

The road takes you downhill through the pine forest for a while. Then you meet a very wide road. There are a lot of stones and the path is partly very washed-out, so that the descent at this point is sometimes a bit difficult. At the end of the long descent the path meets the place where you turned right on the way to the small path. Now you have completed the eight. After a short time you are back at the TF-523 and shortly after at the starting point of the hike.

Hiking through forests and clouds

And finally

I hope that you enjoyed this “double circular walk” on the ridge path with wonderful views high above Candelaria. I wish you much joy with all your hikes,

Dagmar von Siebeninseln

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