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Best Hiking Trails in Canary Islands

Overview

A group of seven islands just off the coast of Morocco, the Canary Islands belong to Spain and while a popular destination for sunbathers/beachgoers, there’s a lot of great hiking to be had on these islands.  While all of the islands contain hiking trails, Tenerife, La Palma, and La Gomera have the most developed network of trails.  But do not overlook Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, El Hierro and Lanzarote as there are spectacular trails here as well.  Popular areas include Teide National Park on Tenerife, Garajonay National Park on La Gomera, and Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente on La Palma.  Read below for more details on where to hike in the Canary Islands.

The best times to hike are year round although that varies depending on the island.  Read below for more information on when to hike in the Canary Islands.

Capital: Madrid

When To Hike in Canary Islands?

Year Round: For the western islands (Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera, Gran Canaria) there’s some rain Nov – Mar but not a lot and it’s cooler; for eastern islands (Lanzarote, Fuerteventura) winter is perfect

Climate: Subtropical oceanic for some islands; arid for others – hot and dry.  For Tenerife: the main mountain areas tend to be spots where there’s more rain in winter (ie. Anaga & the high altitude of Teide). Beware of trade winds in general.

 

Canary Islands Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy – Medium: There are many guidebooks and websites with information, but some areas might not have well marked trails and maps.

Where to stay:

  • Tenerife: Punta del Hidalgo; Santa Cruz de Tenerife (for big city)
  • La Palma: Santa Cruz de la Palma (for big city), Los Llanos, El Paso
  • Gran Canaria: Agaete, Cruz de Tejeda, Tejeda
  • La Gomera: San Sebastian de La Gomera, Hermigua
  • Fuerteventura: Betancuria, Jandia
  • El Hierro: Valverde, La Frontera
  • Lanzarote: Arrecife (capital), Puerto del Carmen

 

Most popular hikes in Canary Islands

There is great hiking to be found on all the islands. The most popular areas on Tenerife are Teide National Park and Anaga Mountains; on La Palma, the Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente, Ruta de los Volcanoes, Parque Natural Cumbre Vieja and Los Tilos; on Gran Canaria, the Aegete Valley, Parque Natural Tamadaba and Pico de las Nieves; on La Gomera, Parque Nacional de Garajonay, Parque Natural Majona and Valle Gran Rey; on Lanzarote, Parque Natural de los Volcanoes, Parque Nacional de Timanfaya; on Fuerteventura, Parque Rural de Betancuria; and all of the island of El Hierro. Highest Mountain: Mt Teide (3718 m), on the island of Tenerife.

Filter out hiking places of Canary Islands by month

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El Hierro

  • One of the smallest of the islands; plenty of hiking trails here
  • El Hierro Hiking

Fuerteventura

  • 2nd largest island, closer to African coast, hotter and windier than others so that you have desert-like landscapes
  • Fuerteventura Hiking
  • Parqe Rural de Betancuria – main mountainous part of island where you can hike
  • Mount Tindaya – hiking trail to the top

Lanzarote

  • Flattest of the islands, you want to avoid heat of summer, Oct – June
  • Lanzarote Hiking
  • Parque Natural de Los Volcanes – great volcanic hikes
  • Parque Nacional de Timanfaya
  • Caldera Blanca is a highlight
  • Hikes in northern Lanzarote

Gran Canaria

  • 3rd largest island, beautiful mountain scenery, established trails, but not as well known as Tenerife
  • Gran Canaria Hiking
  • Gran Canaria Senderos
  • Can get a map of walks from tourist offices
  • Pico de las Nieves
  • Sand dunes at Maspalomas are popular (but not mountainous)

La Gomera

  • Known as the hiking island, La Gomera doesn’t have the beaches of the other islands
  • Map of Hiking Trails – use the menu on left hand side
  • Parque Nacional de Garajonay – one of the most popular areas
  • Parque Natural Majona
  • Valle Gran Rey
  • GR 132 – GR 132 – Circular Hike La Gomera

La Palma

  • Arguably the best island for hiking, dubbed the “Beautiful Island” and its entirety recognized as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, greenest of the islands, 850 km of trails – Senderos de La Palma
  • Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente
  • Ruta de los Volcanes
  • Parque Natural Cumbre Vieja
  • Los Tilos

Tenerife

  • Largest of the Canary Islands
  • Tenerife Hiking
  • Parque Nacional del Teide – home of Mt Teide
  • Anaga Mountains (northern part of island) – map from visitor’s centre may not be helpful so have a good idea of where you’re going
  • Barranco del Masca

Long Distance Trails of Canary Islands

Canary Islands's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Canary Islands Hiking Books: Many books

  • Trekking in the Canary Islands: The GR131 island hopping route: Cicerone Guide, by Paddy Dillon, 2020, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/4c1zsYx
  • Canary Islands Walks Sunflower Guide: 90 Long and Short Walks on the Canary Islands, by Noel Rochford, 2022, Sunflower Books – https://amzn.to/4cQunTn
  • Walking on Tenerife: 45 Walks Including El Teide and GR131: Cicerone Guide, by Paddy Dillon, 2023, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/3uRXAMA
  • Tenerife: The finest walks on the coast and in the mountains, 6th Edition, 2024, by Klaus & Annette Wolfsperger, Rother Walking Guide – https://amzn.to/3v5k4JY
  • Walking on La Palma: the world’s steepest island, including the GR130 and GR131 long-distance trails: Cicerone Guide, by Paddy Dillon, 2019, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/3wVqlIz
  • La Palma: The finest coastal and mountain walks, 4th  Edition, 2020, by Klaus & Annette Wolfsperger, Rother Walking Guide
  • Walking on Gran Canaria: 45 Day Walks Including Five Days on the GR131 Coast-to-coast Route: Cicerone Guide, by Paddy Dillon, 2020, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/4c8SsUN
  • Gran Canaria: The finest coastal and mountain walks, 2nd Edition, 2015, by Izabella Gawin, Rother Walking Guide
  • Walking on La Gomera and El Hierro: 45 Day Walks and Treks for All Abilities, by Paddy Dillon, 2020, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/4a79KjE
  • La Gomera: The finest coastal and mountain walks, 6th Edition, 2020, by Klaus & Annette Wolfsperger, Rother Walking Guide – https://amzn.to/438jKGK
  • Walking on Lanzarote & Fuerteventura: Including Sections of the GR131 Long-distance trail, by Paddy Dillon: Cicerone Guide, 2015, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/48NVAm8
  • La Palma & El Hierro: 4 Car Tours & 48 long and short walks, by Noel Rochford, 2020, Sunflower Books – https://amzn.to/4aC53iq
  • Gran Canaria: 6 Car Tours & 60 long and short walks, by Noel Rochford, 2020, Sunflower Books – https://amzn.to/4aUDKPX
  • Lanzarote Guide: 68 long and short walks with detailed maps and GPS; 3 car tours with pull-out map, by Noel Rochford, 2022, Sunflower Books – https://amzn.to/3UiaMnC
  • Fuerteventura: 4 Car Tours and 40 walks, by Noel Rochford, 2018, Sunflower Books – https://amzn.to/49Dmo9p
  • Lonely Planet Canary Islands, 7th Edition, 2020, by Isabella Noble and Damian Harper, Lonely Planet Publications – https://amzn.to/4a2696g

 

Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hiking Trails in the Canary Islands:

  • Pico del Teide – on Tenerife
  • Pico de la Nieve – on La Palma
  • Caldera de Taburiente – on La Palma
  • Cruz del Carmen, Chinamada and Punta del Hidalgo – on Tenerife
  • Caldera Blanca – on Lanzarote
  • Roque de los Muchachos – on La Palma
  • Alto de Garajonay – on La Gomera
  • Camino de Jinama – on El Hierro
  • Betancuria to Morro de la Cruz – Fuerteventura
  • La Cruz de Tejeda – Gran Canaria

Easy hiking trails in Canary Islands:

  • Roque Nublo
  • Taganana to Tamadite

 

Canary Islands Hiking Websites:

 

Canary Islands Weather Website:

  • Agencia Estatal de Meteorologia – Aemet 

 

Canary Islands Official Tourism Site:  

 

Canary Islands Hiking Apps: 

 

Canary Islands Hiking Maps: 

What Else To Do

  • Watersports (windsurfing, etc)
  • Beaches

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