Regular readers have often heard us singing the praises of a Tenerife walking holiday on here and are very conversant with the types of terrain they are likely to encounter on the island, from caminos reales to coastal paths. If our waxing lyrical about the island’s paths has tempted you, 2015 is the perfect time to dump the dithering, pick up some nice walking boots in the January sales and take part in the island’s first ever Walking Festival.
Being staged between Tuesday 10th and Saturday 13th March 2015, the Tenerife Walking Festival will take participants on guided walks through some of the island’s most spectacular scenery, every route embroidered with expert knowledge about the flora, the history and the geography of your surroundings. Several routes will be accompanied by cultural activities such as a visit to a banana plantation, to a wine cellar and to star gazing sessions.
Walks are divided into coastal, volcanic and forest and range from 3.5km which is a night stroll around the Roques de García in Teide National Park, culminating in a star gazing session, to 18.8km for those who have the stamina to tackle the island’s ultimate high of climbing Mount Teide. If highs and lows are not really your thing, coastal paths tend to be predominantly flat and you can choose to participate in strolling the fascinating east coast malpaís of Guimar where, despite its barren look, you’ll find some of the island’s best examples of its indigenous spurges, or the ever popular Rambla de Castro walk along the beautiful coast of Los Realejos.
The festival will be based in Puerto de la Cruz and all the local hotels are offering a discount to those participating in the event. As well as the walks and cultural activities there will be social events organised in Plaza Europa for participants to relax and socialise after their day’s exertions.
Participants gather in Puerto on Tuesday 10th March for the opening party and introductions and then the walks take place over the following four days, terminating on Saturday evening with a closing ceremony and a flag parade. Participants can choose four walks out of the 15 on offer which will give them a chance to experience a wide variety of terrain and different landscapes. Walks are scheduled to last for a full day each including travel to and from the starting point, cultural visits and a lunch break, all except climbing Mount Teide which includes an overnight stay at the refuge in order to climb the peak for sunrise.
Registering for the festival costs just €20 which gives you access to a welcome pack, a bracelet offering discounts at hotels and in participating shops, museums and restaurants, and access to the social events in Plaza Europa. You then pay any additional fee for every walk you participate in and those costs range from €15 to €33 and include transport to and from the start points, the services of a guide and insurance. A packed lunch is available at an additional €8.50 per day.
The deadline for registration online is 23rd February 2015.
This is a safe, easy and fun way to get into the beauty that Tenerife has to offer as a walking destination so why not make it your New Year’s resolution? Happy Tenerife Trails 🙂
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