Spectacular rock formations with black sand: Volcanic hikes
With its 3718 m height, Teide is not only the highest mountain in Spain, but also one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Leaving the Orotava coastal valley and wine-growing area, you ascend through the typical Canarian pine forest into a quirky, high-altitude lunar landscape. From the summit plateau you have a fantastic view of other Canary Islands.
Hikes through the cave surrounding the Teide lava landscape of Caldera de las Cañadas or to the more western Montañas Negras are highly recommended.
The Parque Rural Anaga
Far from the tourism centres of Puerto de la Cruz, Costa Adeje or Playas de las Americas, it is mainly the mysterious area around the Parque Rural Anaga in northeastern Tenerife that captivates visitors.
Here you can discover the Laurisilva, part of the ancient (some researchers claim, even over 40 million years old) Canarian laurel forest with its typical giant ferns, as you explore the mountain landscape on the hiking trails.
Hiking trails through the Teno Mountains
In the northwestern part of the island, the Teno Mountains extend up to 1200 metres high. The tour, which runs through the gorge from Masca to the Atlantic coast, is particularly impressive. For smaller but beautiful round trips, the Teno Alto plateau is recommended.
Daring and especially dizzy-free hikers offer great views of rugged rock walls and deep canyons on the Riscosteig (rocky path).