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The Tenerife Walking Festival, from 29 March to 2 April offers visitors the chance to get the most out of the island through a series of 15 group hikes along 3 coastal, 6 volcanic and 6 forest routes that celebrate the diverse scenery and natural beauty of Tenerife. We've picked five of the best walks to be held during the 2016 festival...

Montaña Blanca – Pico Teide

30 March, 18.8km, very tough
This volcanic route is the most popular trail in Teide National Park, leading to the peak of the volcano, at 3,718m. The hike starts at 3pm and finishes at noon the day after, and includes some hard 60% gradients. You stay overnight in the Altavista refuge just 500m below the summit, and complete the ascent as the sun rises.

 

Agua García The Century-Old Guard’s Route

1 April, 4hrs, easy
This forest route explores an untouched place, where you will find the richest natural ecosystem in the Canary Islands: the Monteverde (cloud forest). This is a forest composed of more than 20 types of trees, such as the laurel and the viñátigo.

 

Roques de García, by night

April, 3.5km, easy
Volcanic route offering an opportunity to get the most out of the Mount Teide National Park’s unique flora and fauna. You might catch the ‘alcaudón’ (small birds which love eating insects) and beetles such as the ‘pimelia’ (small, black and with spiky bellies). And, if the sky is clear, the canopy of stars is unforgettable.

 

Malpaís de Güímar

2 April, 7km, easy
One of three coastal hikes, this route explores a small strip of volcanic rock landscape used for sea salt collection, and offers the chance to see lava formations and basking lizards as well as enjoy the sounds of the sea. It continues to the fascinating pyramids of Güímar.

 

Cruz del Carmen – Punta del Hidalgo

2 April, 10.4km, medium difficulty
This forest trail offers an insight into the botanical history of Tenerife. The path starts among thick laurisilva forests and drops 1,000m down to the coastline. Along the way you’ll see cave dwellings and deep green ravines before enjoying a swim in the pools of Punta del Hidalgo, formed by one of the last eruptions that took place here.