Family Tenerife Hiking Highlights

A Canary Islands walking holiday for active families







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Holiday Overview


  • Walk to the top of Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak
  • All aboard for a whale and dolphin-watching cruise
  • Stay at the cosy Refugio Altavista on Teide with great views
  • Learn about vulcanology in the lava tube `Cueva del Viento`

This spectacular family walking adventure holiday offers the very best of Tenerife, the biggest and most varied of the Canary Islands. We explore contrasting trails, from the lunar landscape of Las Canadas and rugged Masca Gorge to the verdant laurel forest and coastal views of Anaga. An undoubted highlight is the night we spend at the cosy Refugio Altavista, followed by the hike to the top of Mount Teide (3718m) as the early morning light casts a giant triangular shadow across the island. Other highlights include a dolphin-watching boat trip, a visit to the Cueva del Viento, one of the world's biggest lava tubes, and the chance to swim in the sea-water pools at the old port of Garachico. With comfortable and characterful accommodation and all meals included, this is a fun-packed experience for all the family!

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 10 yrs old

This family walking holiday has been designed especially for families and includes several days of walking on the island of Tenerife. This is a holiday for active families with children who enjoy regular weekend hill walking adventures. We have 6 nights in comfortable hotels (in 2 locations - Vilaflor and Los Realejos) and a single night at the Refugio Altavista on Mount Teide, at an elevation of 3200 metres. Note that our access to this refuge is facilitated by using the Mount Teide cable car. The optional walk to the top of Mount Teide from this refuge (and the subsequent descent to the road) will take at least 5 hours and is the toughest day-walk of the holiday. Several of the day-walks are much easier, at around 3 to 4 hours of walking on good trails and paths. Descending the Masca Gorge to the sea has short sections of easy scrambling. Otherwise, the walking presents no technical difficulty.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the hotel in Vilaflor. A single transfer from Tenerife South, Reina Sofia Airport is provided.
  • Introductory walk in the foothills of the Las Canadas Ridge. Return to Vilaflor.
  • Masca Gorge walk to the beach. Afternoon boat ride including dophin spotting. Return to Vilaflor.
  • Morning free. Cable car and short walk to Refugio Altavista (3270m) on Mount Teide.
  • Walk to the summit of Mount Teide (3718m). Descend and transfer to Los Realejos.
  • Explore lava tubes at Cueva del Viento, afternoon at beach by saltwater pools. Return to Los Realejos.
  • Walk in the lush forest in Anaga National Park. Return to Los Realejos.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Tenerife South, Reina Sofia Airport is provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Tenerife South (Reina Sofia) Airport. A group transfer from Tenerife South Airport to Vilaflor on arrival and a transfer back to the airport from Los Realejos at the end of the holiday are included in the holiday price. Please refer to Joining Arrangements and Transfers in the holiday dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines which have a service to Tenerife, including easyJet and Ryanair. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively, if you would prefer to book a 'Flight Inclusive' package using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the hotel in Vilaflor. A single transfer from Tenerife South, Reina Sofia Airport is provided.

    We rendezvous at the group hotel in the mountain village of Vilaflor. A transfer will be provided from Tenerife South, Reina Sofia Airport in the early afternoon and the driving time is approximately 30 minutes. KE Land Only package services begin with a briefing from the guide when all guests are present, followed by dinner and overnight at the hotel.
    Swimming: At hotel pool

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals d

  • Introductory walk in the foothills of the Las Canadas Ridge. Return to Vilaflor.

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will use the public bus to take us a few kilometres northwards into the foothills of the Las Canadas Ridge. We are dropped off within sight of the peak of Guajara (2715m), the fourth highest of the Tenerife summits. Our walk today will take us beneath this turret-like mountain on good trails that descend into the pine forest. Our objective is the unusual valley known locally as the ‘Paisaje Lunar’ or Lunar Landscape. Here, accumulations of pale volcanic ash (known as ‘tuff’) have been eroded by the wind and rain into picturesque formations – rather like a mini version of Cappadocia (in Turkey). During today’s introductory walk, which starts out at around 2000 metres elevation, we are in no rush. There is plenty of time to check out the ancient trees and ruined cottages along our route. We have views of the coast and of the island of La Gomera to the west. After 3 hours of easy walking, mostly downhill, we will find a suitable place to stop and eat our picnic lunch. After another hour, the walk ends at our hotel in Vilaflor and we can spend the rest of the afternoon beside the pool.
    Swimming: At the hotel pool

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs walking

  • Masca Gorge walk to the beach. Afternoon boat ride including dophin spotting. Return to Vilaflor.

    We have a lot to do today and make sure we get breakfast over early. Then, a private transfer of a little over an hour will take us out towards the north-western point of the island, to the village of Masca. Reputed to have been the home of pirates, Masca is tucked away within the Teno Mountains and no road served this isolated spot until the 1960’s. Home to just 80 people, Masca is a remarkable settlement, with its houses built into the steep hillsides. Our walk today involves descending the 7.5 kilometre-long Masca Gorge to the sea. This is an exciting walk, with great views to begin with of the rugged Teno Mountains. Then, as we descend into the gorge, we will find ourselves amongst prickly pear, aloe vera, palm trees and dramatic rock formations. Starting out at around 600 metres, it’s downhill all the way, with some narrow sections and places where we are walking on the dry stream bed with boulders underfoot. We will take our time and enjoy this unique experience. Finally, we arrive at the boulder beach in Masca Bay. There is a small pier here and our ‘water taxi’ will be waiting to pick us up. But, first, this is a good place to sit and eat our picnic lunch. Then it’s all aboard for the ride along the coast to Los Gigantes. Our boatman will take us 15 minutes out from the coast to a point where dolphins can almost always be found. If there are whales in the area (the boatmen keep each other informed about this) we may have to go out a little further. Our boat ride lasts around 2 and a half hours and includes the opportunity to do some swimming from the boat in Masca Bay. Disembarking at the popular tourist location of Los Gigantes, we can stop for a coffee, coke or ice cream at one of the harbour-side cafes. It’s worth having a stroll around the harbour – there are usually some very large mullet (fish) to be see cruising amongst the boats. We meet our transport in Los Gigantes and make the 45 minute transfer back to our hotel in Vilaflor.
    Swimming: At the hotel pool and/or in the sea

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs walking

  • Morning free. Cable car and short walk to Refugio Altavista (3270m) on Mount Teide.

    No rush today. We will have a leisurely breakfast and then take the morning off beside the hotel pool. Anyone who wants to take a stroll around Vilaflor can do that, too. Then, after lunch at the hotel, we will take the bus up into the Canadas del Teide National Park (30 minutes ride). Here we are at the centre of an 18 kilometre-wide volcanic crater, with Mount Teide (3718m) rising above us. We drive up to the modern cable car station which is at 2356 metres elevation and climb aboard to transport us close to the top of the mountain. The cable car journey takes just 8 minutes, but provides us with fantastic views of the colourful volcanic landscape beneath us – craters, lava flows and volcanic ash in a range of earth colours. The upper station is at 3555 metres and we need to be ready for a change of temperature when we step outside – carry a fleece, a windproof jacket and a warm hat, just in case. Thankfully, as we gasp a little in the thin air, our walk from the cable car station to the Refugio Altavista is gradually downhill and will take us between 1 and 2 hours, taking our time and admiring the views. The refuge has heating and proper beds and bedding is provided. Overnight at the Refugio Altavista (3270m). The guide will prepare dinner and will appreciate help with this.
    Swimming: At the hotel pool before we leave in the morning.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Meals bld

    • Time 1 - 2 hrs walking

  • Walk to the summit of Mount Teide (3718m). Descend and transfer to Los Realejos.

    We have a big day today and an early start is needed. We will set our alarms for 5am and have a basic breakfast, before setting out on the ascent, following a marked path. The trail is mostly gravel and compacted stones and zig-zags its way to a junction with another path. There are occasional viewpoints with signboards explaining volcanic phenomena – such as the emitting of steam and sulphurous gases from the mountain. An early start will allows us to get to the top of Teide in time to see the sun come up. Watching the mountain’s shadow (‘la Sombra del Teide’) projected across the island and into the ocean is simply amazing. There are views to the ocean in all directions and we can see the islands of La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma. Once the sun has risen, the rocks of the summit crater are brilliantly white, with yellow and green sulphurous staining and there can often be a whiff of sulphur in the air. What goes up must come down and after an hour or so, we set off back to the refuge, where we pick up our bags, before continuing our descent to the road. If we decide that the ascent is too much we can stay at the refuge and await the rest of the group or take the cable car down early. Once again, we take our time on this descent and enjoy the views. Finally, we reach the road, where we meet our transport for the drive to the north coast town of Los Realejos.
    Swimming: At the hotel pool

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs walking

  • Explore lava tubes at Cueva del Viento, afternoon at beach by saltwater pools. Return to Los Realejos.

    We have earned an easier day after our efforts of yesterday. So, we have a leisurely breakfast and then take the short drive along the coast to the ‘Cueva del Viento’, the largest lava tube in the European Union. Here, we can explore underground, see terraces, chasms and other features sculpted by the lava and learn more about the volcanic origin of the island. The Cueva del Viento was formed by lava flowing down from Pico Viejo. There are 3 different levels and 17 kilometres of passageway and our 2-hour visit will show us only the most accessible and impressive features. After our visit, we will drive further westwards along the coast to Garachico, reputedly the oldest town on the island. It was an important port in the 17th century, but an eruption in May 1706 destroyed the harbour and the town’s livelihood. It is an attractive place, however, and there are some fantastic saltwater pools amongst the old lava flows in the bay, made accessible by steps and walkways. We will spend most of the afternoon here, swimming and taking it easy, before returning to our hotel in Los Realejos. 2 hours exploring the Cueva del Viento.
    Swimming: At the hotel pool and/or in the sea

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Walk in the lush forest in Anaga National Park. Return to Los Realejos.

    We have a change of scenery today, as we visit the Anaga Nature Park which is located above the sea cliffs close to the north-eastern tip of the island. This part of the island is more exposed to moist air coming in off the Atlantic and the vegetation is relatively lush and agriculture thrives. Our walk starts at Casa Negrin and takes us through mature laurel forest (once much more widespread and now restricted to small pockets on some Atlantic islands including Tenerife) and through farmland. We walk on a good trail with lots of wild flowers and great views of the coast and of the sharp-edged ridges that run down to the sea from the central crest of the peninsula. From the viewpoint at Roque Taborno, 600 metres above the sea, our walk continues to the village of Las Carboneras, where we hop back on the bus. The landscape in the part of the island is particularly striking and is in contrast to much of what we have seen so far. After the walk we transfer back to spend a third night at the hotel in Los Realejos.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 hrs walking

  • Departure day. A single transfer to Tenerife South, Reina Sofia Airport is provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after an early breakfast. A transfer to Tenerife South, Reina Sofia Airport is provided after breakfast.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • A professional English-speaking local leader
  • Group airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 8
  • All accommodation as described in the holiday dossier
  • All meals
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Boat transfer and dolphin-spotting cruise on Day 3
  • Mount Teide cable car costs on Day 4

  • Travel insurance
  • Aiport transfers other that the group transfers on Day 1 and Day 8
  • Tips for support staff and guide
  • Miscellaneous expenses drinks souvenirs etc

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A single group transfer will be provided from Tenerife South - Reina Sofia Airport on Day 1 of the holiday. This transfer has been set up to work with the majority of the incoming flights and will be at approximately 1 pm. The driving time to the hotel in Vilaflor is 30 minutes. At the end of the holiday a group transfer will be provided from the hotel in Los Realejos back to Tenerife South Airport. This transfer will arrive at Tenerife South Airport at approximately 9.30 am. If your proposed flight schedules do not enable you to take advantage of the group transfers, please contact the KE office. We will advise you on the best alternative arrangements.

The first 3 nights of the holiday are at the Hotel La Montana in the village of Vlaflor. We then have a night at the Refugio Altavista on the slopes of Mount Teide. The final 3 nights are the Rural Bentor Hotel in Los Realejos.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Breakfasts at the hotels that we use are 'continental' in style, with tea and coffee, orange juice, porridge and cereals as well as bread, eggs, fruit, jam, honey and cheese. We will have packed lunches which we will carry with us and eat together at a suitable spot during the walk. These lunches will normally be a sandwich of meats or cheese, a piece of fruit and some biscuits or cake. Evening meals are usually taken at the hotel and may be buffet style, with a choice of food or we may have a set meal with vegetarian and meat options. There is usually a choice of dessert, too.

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.

Approximately €400 per family (mum, dad and 2 kids) should be sufficient for miscellaneous expenses, including bar bills and ice cream expenditure. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly. ATM's are available at Tenerife South Airport and in the bigger towns. Debit and credit cards can be used in most places on this holiday.

The group will be accompanied throughout the holiday by a local English speaking tour leader.

You may wish to tip your guide and driver at the end of the holiday. Please remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We recommend that you give any tips from the group as a whole rather than individually. The group should decide collectively on a level of tipping that everyone is comfortable with.

There is no weight restriction on this holiday other than that of your international carrier. However, we do ask you to restrict your luggage to one main bag and a small daypack. In general you will always have a more pleasant travel experience when you travel as light as possible.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your holiday you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Passport holders from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any EU countries do not require a visa. Other nationalities should check with the respective consulate in their own country.

Whilst we keep our information up to date, you should be advised that visa requirements can change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent amendments.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Lightweight hiking boots
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers
  • Light waterproof overtrousers / rain pants
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket

    Thermal baselayer shirts (1 short sleeve, 1 long sleeve)

    T-shirts and/or casual shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Fleece gloves or mittens
  • Warm hat
  • Sunhat
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Sheet sleeping bag (for the night in the mountain hut)
  • Daypack 25 - 40 litres (depending on how much of the kids’ stuff you are carrying)
  • Head torch / flashlight with spare batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit - refer to trip notes for details
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Swimwear
  • Small travel towel
  • We request that you keep the weight of your main baggage to less than 15kgs for the baggage transfers.

The following items are optional:

  • Training shoes / sneakers (for evening use)
  • Shorts
  • Spare laces
  • Trekking poles
  • Wet wipes
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Travel clothes

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

This is a moderately-paced walking holiday but it does involve a fair amount of ascent and descent and it makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on any active holiday, getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Regular family hiking is the best preparation and before setting off we recommend that you make time to fit in several 5 – 6 hour walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The islands of the Canaries are a year-round holiday destination with what is often described as eternal spring conditions. In common with other islands in the archipelago, Tenerife has a range of micro-climates. The north of the island tends to hold more cloud and has higher rainfall than the drier south and western parts. During the May and October half term holidays, we can expect daytime temperatures ranging from 18 to 25 degrees centigrade, becoming progressively cooler as we gain height in the mountains. At the end of August, the daytime temperatures at low levels can be as high as 30 degrees centigrade. When on Mount Teide, temperatures can be 10 degrees lower than those shown above and some warmer clothing (than traditionally required for the Canary Islands) will be needed.

Canary Islands Travel Guide. Lonely Planet. Tenerife and La Gomera. Rough Guide. Rother Walking Guide. Tenerife. Walking on Tenerife. Paddy Dillon. Cicerone Press.

Teneriffa - Kompass-Verlag

Part of a Canary Islands series specifically designed for walkers. This is a double-sided map with contour lines at 100m intervals, relief shading, spot heights and plenty of names of peaks, mountain ranges and other geographical features. Boundaries of the national park and other protected areas are marked. Overprint for hiking trails indicates steep sections and paths suitable mostly for experienced climbers. Local bus stops are marked. The map has a 2km UTM grid. Street plans show Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Los Cristianos, La Orotava, Playa de las Amricas, Puerto de la Cruz and San Cristbal de la Laguna.

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