The south of Tenerife is one of the best parts of the island to go walking. Some of the most spectacular routes on the island are right on the doorstep of the popular holiday resorts of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. The scenery is varied and includes rugged coastline, rugged mountains, rural farmland, spectacular lava flows and lush pine forests.
A great walk for beginners is a walk across Guaza Mountain from Los Cristianos, either to Palm mar and along to the coast to Las Galletas or simply on to Guaza for lunch in a tapas bar. The summit of Guaza Mountain (430 metres) is purely optional, but offers great views up and down the coast.
Other nearby walks start from Arona – which is very accessible via the number 342, 480 or 482 buses from Los Cristianos or Playa de Las Americas, these include, Roque del Conde (table-top mountain), Arona-Ifonche a picturesque rural hamlet. Arona – Adeje which offers two routes, one down the side of the barranco del infierno (the valley of hell), and the other through the pine forests and descending down a steep mountain track on the far side of Adeje, emerging near Othello’s restaurant which is famed for its Canarian Chicken and overlooks the Barranco del Infierno.
Vilaflor also offers some great walks (Buses 342 & 482 from the south). This pretty mountain village is one of the last rural areas in the south of Tenerife and at altitude 1400 metres (4600 feet) often offer much cooler walking conditions than on the coast. The most popular walk from Vilaflor is a saucepan shaped circuit out to a magnificent pumice rock formation known as the Paisaje Lunar (Luna Landscape). But there are many other varied and intersecting routes which offer great rewards to the intrepid explorer.
Most of these routes involve hiking or walking on well trodden or well maintained paths and will not pose any difficulty for the regular walker. And when you consider the scenery, wildlife and all around life experience you are missing out on, its amazing that more people aren’t already hiking in Tenerife.