Walking in Tenerife - now there's a novelty! Yet more and more Brits are realising that the diverse and breathtaking scenery of this sub-tropical island offers much in the way of hiking trails and coastal walks.
The beauty of it is, you can choose mountain routes if you're quite fit and want to test your stamina, or stroll along the coast for a more leisurely experience.
It's possible to see sights that most residents haven't set eyes on...and you're not tied to an itinerary. If you happen across a picturesque restaurant, you can take a break and some refreshment, lingering as long as you want.
The best way to be truly independant when walking in Tenerife is, paradoxically, to hire a car. That way, you don't have to rely on buses, which, although generally providing an excellent service, don't cover the more out-of-the-way places you'll be going.
When walking in Tenerife, it's possible to explore forests, steep ravines, volcanic, "moonscape" areas and awe-inspiring coastlines and, quite often, the areas you pass through will be totally deserted. You'll have the place all to yourself.
This, of course, is an essential resource during your walk. Take plenty along with you, as you'll be surprised how thirsty you get. Obviously, you can top up in any bars you come across, but there are also places called zonas recreativas, where you'll find drinking fountains dispensing pure spring water.
It is advisable to wear clothing in layers. The temperature can change dramatically, or, if walking at altitude, you could be suddenly enveloped by a thick, cold, damp mist. Having the layers helps you to adapt what you are wearing to the environment.
Sunscreen and Hat
You are most emphatically advised to use these two items. Some walks can provide little or no shade and acute sunburn is a distinct possibility.
This is pretty much a matter of common sense. For mountainous regions or the pine forests, especially in winter, you need proper hiking boots. Coastal walks are a little easier on the feet and you'll get by with a good pair of sandals.
Here are a few suggestions for walking in Tenerife, ranging from the reasonably easy to quite arduous.
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