Tenerife Anaga views

Walking in the Canary Islands: An Island, a Volcano and an Auditorium


The subtropical island of Tenerife has an appealing climate all year round. It is dominated by the great volcano Mt. Teide at 3,718 m, the highest point of the Canaries and the whole of Spain.

The unspoilt interior of the island has good paths and mule trails in dramatic mountain scenery, ideal for a winter sunshine walking getaway. Our 10-day itinerary comprises five half-day walks in the Teno Mountains, Mt. Teide National Park and the Anaga Rural Park.

In addition, we explore some of the rich heritage of well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture and Tenerife’s striking contemporary cultural icon, the remarkable auditorium, designed by the renowned Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava Valls.

HIGHLIGHTS of our Tenerife walking tour include:  

  • Five half day walks in magnificent scenery in the Teno Mountains, Mt. Teide National Park and the Anaga Rural Park
  • Discover flora endemic to Tenerife and the Canary Islands
  • Explore the Spanish colonial architecture of Garachico, La Orotava and La Laguna
  • Enjoy fresh fish and seafood and hearty island traditional dishes, accompanied by Tenerife and mainland Spanish wines

 

Guests’ comments on this trip:

Once again Kudu demonstrated why travelling with them is so special: a well thought out itinerary, nothing was too much trouble.

The north of Tenerife was a revelation with stunning scenery and interesting walks on good trails.

Interesting island, we saw a lot of it. Great company, good meals and accommodation.

 

Day 1

D included
After meeting at Tenerife South airport, we have a 1.5-hour transfer round the coast to the historic village of Garachico, which has some of the best preserved colonial architecture on the island. Garachico was the main port of the island for produce export to Europe and the New World, until a 1706 lava flow filled the harbour and destroyed the town’s livelihood. Ironically, this misfortune resulted in preservation of its charm. The central Plaza de la Libertad and the surrounding streets are picturesquely lined with colonial mansions and churches. Our four-star hotel for five nights is a centrally located converted historic house. An optional walk (3 km, 1.5 hrs) down steep paths to the town below introduces guests to the authentic architecture and exquisite views of the area.

Day 2
B, L, D included

This morning’s circular walk (9 km, 3.5 hrs) in the hills above Garachico follows a mixture of trails and we picnic en route. A mix of vegetation provides ample opportunity to familiarise ourselves with local species such as Canary lavender, Canary pine, Tree Heather and Tree sow-thistle. Tonight we dine in a restaurant specialising in fresh fish and seafood. We may enjoy prawns with garlic, grilled vieja (parrot fish) or cherne (wreckfish).

Day 3
B, L, D included 

A spectacular drive takes us high up onto the Teno massif. We follow a ridge path with long views down to the sea (4 km, 1.5 hrs). In the afternoon, we walk (4 km, 2 hrs) on a forest trail, looking for the red Canary Bell-flower and some of the 8 species of houseleeks which occur on the island. We return to our hotel for some free time to relax and read, in the library or the pretty interior courtyard with its fountain and palms. A fino sherry provides a fitting aperitif on the plaza before a fresh fish dinner.

Day 4

B, L, D included
We travel by road to visit La Orotava, a charming and well-preserved colonial town. We spend the morning exploring the historic centre with its fine 16th and 17th century mansions, churches and gardens with fine specimens of the Canary Islands Dragon Tree, locally known as Drago. In the afternoon, we visit the nearby Botanical Gardens. Originally laid out in 1788 to acclimatise plants being brought from the New World, they contain an impressive variety of species from around the world and Canary Islands endemics.

Day 5

B, L, D included
We drive into the Mt. Teide National Park where we walk (8 km, 2 hrs) across a lunar landscape of subtle orange, black and grey lava fields with views towards the mountain above us, with snow perhaps glistening in the sunshine. After lunch in the traditional restaurant of the Mt. Teide Parador, we descend through Canary pine forest to San Cristobal de La Laguna. This former colonial capital, founded in the early 16th century, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and arguably the most beautiful town on Tenerife. We stay in an historic four-star hotel for the next 4 nights.

Day 6

B, L, D included
This morning we explore La Laguna on foot. There are fine examples of Spanish colonial architecture, including the 16th century mansion housing the Tenerife History Museum, the church of Nuestra Señora de la Conceptión, reputedly the oldest on the island, and an array of other churches, convents and historic family homes and palaces. Later, we drive to the magnificent Auditorio, situated beside the Atlantic Ocean in the island’s capital, Santa Cruz.

Day 7

B, L, D included
We walk in the Anaga Rural Park in the north-east of the island, characterised by sharp peaks and deep valleys carpeted by native vegetation of laurel forest. Our walk (6.5 km, 3 hrs) takes us over a low col and offers sea views as we traverse several barrancos (ravines) and descend to our seafront seafood lunch.

Day 8

B, L, D included
We return to the Anaga mountains, starting our walk (9 km, 4 hrs) from Taganana, one of the first settlements on the island built by the Spanish conquerors. We discover a remote wine-making village, a beach inaccessible by car and are surrounded by dramatic coastline landscape. This walk, though challenging, provides a thrilling finale to our exploration of the other side of Tenerife. An easier alternative walk is also offered.

Day 9

B included
Following a leisurely breakfast, we drive to Tenerife South airport for flights home.

November 2022
Trip Price, per person sharing:
£2,395.75 until 17th February 2022
£2,460.50 until 17th May 2022
£2,525.25 until 17th August 2022
£2,590 after 17th August 2022
https://www.kudutravel.com/faq#discounts
 
£500 deposit per person
£250 double for single room supplement
 
January 2023
Trip Price, per person sharing:
£2,460.50 until 19th July 2022
£2,525.25 until 19th October 2022
£2,590 after 19th October 2022
https://www.kudutravel.com/faq#discounts
 
£500 deposit per person
£250 double for single room supplement
 

Please note that the double for single use room supplement is imposed by the hotel (which does not have any single rooms) and not by Kudu Travel. If you are willing to share but no other suitable guest books on the trip, we regret that the supplement will be payable.

Price includes

  • accommodation for Days 1 to 9 on a twin shared basis
  • meals (with wine at dinner) as listed in the daily notation
  • land transportation in a private vehicle, as described, except during free periods
  • entrance and sightseeing fees except during free periods
  • gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff (please note that appreciation for tour guides is at your discretion)
 
Price does not include

  • flights to and from Tenerife South airport
  • trip cancellation, medical or other insurance
  • immunisations, prescriptions or other medical requirements
  • passport, visa and health documentation
  • personal expenses (laundry, alcohol other than wine with group lunches and dinners, free time activities, etc.)
  • transport and transfer of excess baggage
  • Spanish departure tax, if any
 

VALUE FOR MONEY - SO MUCH IS INCLUDED
On Kudu trips you will only need money for postcards, presents to take home, the odd G & T or an irresistible ice cream. Festival and opera tickets, museum and gallery entrances, National Park fees, all meals (with a very few exceptions specified in individual itineraries), wine with lunch and dinner, access to specialist books carried by the guides, gratuities for porters and hotel and restaurant staff, boat rides, train trips, internal flights, wine tastings, 4WDs with drivers, the services of skilled local guides and trackers etc are ALL INCLUDED in the cost of your holiday.

We are confident that, like previous very satisfied guests, you will discover that our tours give you excellent value for money.

  • 4 nights in Garachico, in a four-star centrally located converted historic house
  • 4 nights in La Laguna, in a central historic four-star hotel

Visa and Health Requirements
Visitors from the UK, EU, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand require a valid passport, but not a visa, for entry to Spain. If you are a national of any other country, please check visa regulations with your nearest Embassy of Spain.

Normally, there are no specific and compulsory health requirements for entry to Spain. British visitors can claim emergency medical treatment in Spain by presenting their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or the new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC).

You may also wish to check the advice given to travellers by the Department of Health and the FCO.

Insurance
It is essential, and a condition of booking, that you protect yourself with a suitable travel insurance policy as soon as you book a trip. We can arrange comprehensive cover for UK residents. Follow this link for a quote for a policy available to UK residents. 

If you are already insured or a non-UK resident, please inform us of your policy at the time of booking.

Size of party 
This trip will run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 14 guests.