- How to easily find your hiking tours on the Seven Islands – today: Hiking in the Teno Mountains
- The Teno Mountains – a paradise for hikers
- Teno Mountains and the different hikes
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How to easily find your hiking tours on the Seven Islands – today: Hiking in the Teno Mountains
By now I have presented many hiking tours on Tenerife and many of them in the Teno Mountains on the Seven Islands. It is no coincidence that my personal focus is on the Teno Mountains. I live in Los Gigantes and this small town lies directly on the cliffs of Acantilados de Los Gigantes. So I have the Teno Mountains right on my doorstep. So I undertook and still undertake many hiking tours in the Teno Mountains.
As a result, one hike led to the next. And now there is a good reason to bring some order into the many tours in the Teno Mountains. I have not only divided the hiking tours on Tenerife into different categories (regions), but will also introduce the individual categories in a little more detail in the following blog posts. For you, this means that in the next few articles you will get all the important hiking tours summarised in one category (region).
This should give you a good overview of walking tours in the individual regions. If I have new and up-to-date information, I will add it. There are also many small and large tours that I have not yet published. I will also refer to these tours and tracks in the categories and will upload the tracks. I have already tidied up the download area on Tenerife. There you will find all tracks in new folders, which are assigned to the corresponding categories and region. Today’s “Overview” article starts with the Teno Mountains.
The Teno Mountains – a paradise for hikers
Teno Mountains in the northwest of Tenerife belong – like the Anaga Mountains – to the oldest parts of the island. The highest mountain is the Great Gala with a height of 1345 metres. The Teno Mountains were formed 17 million years ago as an independent island. It is criss-crossed by a large number of deep gorges (barrancos) of volcanic origin, which drop steeply to the coast. The most famous gorge on the island is the Barranco de Masca. Formerly visited by many hundreds of tourists daily, it has now been closed for several years and is awaiting reopening.
The gorges of the Teno Mountains drop steeply into the sea in the west at about 600 metres (Acantilados de Los Gigantes). For hikers, the many gorges or ridge walks are therefore particularly interesting. But there are also many attractive hikes on the north side of the Teno Mountains, some of which lead through the cloud forest covered with ferns. In addition, there are numerous tunnel or canal hikes. The Teno Mountains extend from the towns in the north (Buenavista del Norte, Los Silos) to Santiago del Teide and Los Gigantes in the southwest. Within the mountains are many small villages whose inhabitants mainly practise traditional Canarian agriculture. Here, too, there is a lot to discover on the hikes in terms of culture, agriculture, flora and fauna.
Teno Mountains and the different hikes
In the following, I have attempted to classify the different hikes in the Teno Mountains. You will find ridge walks, gorge walks, tunnel walks, canal walks, waterfall walks, village and countryside walks, small walks and the special area of Erjos. If a walk meets more than one criterion, I have sometimes included it twice.
Ridge walks in the Teno Mountains
Attention: closed since March 2018 by the owner of the goat farm Casas de Arazas.
Soon I will present another impressive circular hike on the Seven Islands, which leads you from El Molledo over the Risco Blanco over exposed paths and steep rocks back to Santiago del Teide. You can already find the track for the hike in the download area.
Gorge hikes in the Teno Mountains
Attention: this Barranco is closed at the entrance “Guergues Steig) since March 2018 by the owner of the goat farm Casas de Arazas. Alternatively, you can still cross the White Channel to reach the Barranco Natero.
Adventurous hikes in the northern Teno Mountains – circular to special Barranco Itobál and a walk to a rock gate
This hike, which together with the Masca hike is a large circular hike, cannot be done at the moment because of the closure of the Masca Barranco. Nevertheless, part 1 of the hike is possible up to the village of Masca. From there you can either walk back to Santiago del Teide or take the bus. Due to the construction of the motorway, the access route to the Gala Saddle is currently not possible on the former path, but you have to bypass the construction site at the construction fence on the right.
Tunnel hikes in the Teno Mountains
Villages and landscape
Small circular hikes
The forest area around Erjos occupies a large place in my personal hikes. Because in the extensive cloud forests it is wonderfully cool in the hot summer months on Tenerife. In addition, there are always interesting hidden paths and impressive views to discover. The area is also particularly suitable with a dog, as dogs have their shade there and a wooded surface to run on. So it happens that in the area around Erjos – apart from the two tours mentioned above – I have collected a lot of hiking tours and tracks that I have not “yet” presented all on Seven Islands. But from today on you will find these tours in the special folder Erjos. Have fun browsing.
I hope that this overview will help you a little bit to orientate yourself in the Teno Mountains. Soon I will publish more overviews of the other categories (regions) on Tenerife here on Seven Islands. When that is finished, I will also describe individual tours again. But a blog like this takes time. And besides work, it is not so easy to “squeeze” too much of it for the blog. That’s why I’m all the more pleased about your feedback and the fact that hiking enthusiasts can find their personal hiking tours here. Have fun with your hikes,
Dagmar from Seven Islands