Walking in the Canary Islands
Your Canary Islands walking holiday
The Canary Islands have plenty to offer away from the beaches – they are also home to some of the most exciting walking routes in Europe. Read on to learn about the highlights of the five Canary Islands.
Walking In The Canary Islands
They may be better known as beach holiday destinations, but there are plenty of excellent opportunities for walking in the Canary Islands. With their beautiful volcanic landscapes, scenic mountains, and diverse natural wildlife, you can experience some truly spectacular routes on your Canary Islands walking holiday.
Each of the individual islands has something different to offer – here’s an overview of what to expect on each of the five islands…
Famed for its black beaches, Tenerife’s volcanic landscape is a walker’s paradise that sees relatively few visitors – ideal for those who like their peace and quiet whilst hiking! The scenery ranges from dramatic ravines to thick forests and rocky coastal paths, with the Adeje and Anaga Mountains providing some of the best walking country on the island. The centrepiece of any walking holiday in Tenerife will likely be Mount Seide – at 3,718m in height, the volcano is the highest mountain in Spain. Whether you manage to get to the top of it or simply walk in its shadow, it is an unforgettable sight.
If you are interested in a Canary Islands walking holiday, La Gomera is likely to be the first place you consider visiting – it is famed as having the best walking routes out of all of the islands. The verdant valleys are the main highlight of La Gomera, and as you are walking, listen and see if you can hear Silbo Gomera – this strange whistling language is unique to the island, devised by the natives to communicate in the valleys!
The appeal of walking in Gran Canaria is the sheer diversity of the landscape. The island is home to numerous micro climates, meaning you can be walking in an alpine meadow in the morning and a sub tropical valley in the afternoon! The central Cumbre mountain range provides most of the best walking on the island.
The striking volcanic scenery on Lanzarote can be truly otherworldly, and Timanfaya National Park is the best place to see the lava fields, salt marshes and volcanic cones that dominate the landscape. The coast of Lanzarote also provides some wonderful walking opportunities, with the northern coastline being more rocky and rugged and the south coast offering sandy beaches and gentle hills. Some of the best walking routes give you the best of both worlds, beginning up in the mountains and concluding on the coast of the island.
Famous for its pine forests, charming villages, and dramatic volcanic ranges, this island presents plenty of opportunities for great walking. The must see sight on this island is The Caldera de Taburiente National Park. With the colossal crater-like mountain arch Caldera de Taburiente stretching 10km across, the park is rife with excellent walking routes through stunning scenery.
Whether you want to explore volcanic craters, lush mountain valleys, or striking coastal walks, you are sure to find the experience you are after on a Canary Islands walking holiday!
About the author
Tony Maniscalco is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. Operating since 1946, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays now offer over 250 holidays in more than 70 different countries. On a Canary Islands walking holiday with Ramblers you can walk the Canary Islands most scenic landscapes at the best value prices. http://www.ramblersholidays.co.uk