We spent Christmas week on Tenerife, one of the Islands which belong to Spain situated off the coast of Morocco. Collectively these Islands are known as the Canary Islands.

The Canary Islands; Islas Canarias, also known as the Canaries (Spanish: Canarias), are a Spanish archipelago located just off the southern coast of Morocco, 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of its southern border. The Canaries constitute one of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities and are among the outermost regions (OMR) of the European Union proper. The main islands are (from largest to smallest) Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. The archipelago also includes a number of islands and islets: La Graciosa, Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, Roque del Oeste and Roque del Este. – Wikipedia.

This was our Christmas holiday break and last trip of the year before we pack all our stuff and head to New Zealand in January 2016.

We arrived in Tenerife late evening via a short flight from Santiago de Compostela, got our rental car and headed to El Sauzal, in the north eastern part of the island, where we had booked a small apartment via Air BnB. There was no particular reason we chose this region, simply it’s what was available at out last minute booking.

Next day we had a quick look around the area and decided to head to Las Lagunetas to explore some trails. We found a fairly easy trail to follow via Wikiloc and headed into the pine forest to explore.

The area around the forest as we saw was zig zagged with many trails. At one point Orsi commented that this would be ideal terrain for orienteering given the open terrain among the pine trees. We found out later that it has indeed been used for orienteering.

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Abundance of Trails in the Pine Forests of Las Lagunetas
Abundance of Trails in the Pine Forests of Las Lagunetas

The next day we headed to Anaga Rural Park, this was another great area for hiking and abundant trails which went over 1000meters in elevation. We decided to do a longer run/hike through this area, apparently not so well-known by tourists. The views across to the one highest volcanoes, El Teide at 3717m, high were spectacular.

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Tegueste, Anaga Rural Park
Tegueste, Anaga Rural Park with views towards El Teide in the distance

On the third day (day before Christmas) we headed to the El Teide National park. The road up to Teide goes from sea level to 3000meters above sea level through spectacular scenery. El Teide is one of the biggest volcanoes in the world rising over 7000meters from the seafloor. We climbed up the Teide via a popular route that started at around 2300m and lead up to 3300meters. Since the whole area is protected the authorities enforce a permit only ascent to the peak at 3717meters. Unfortunately we could not book permits for the time we were there and missed out on getting to the top. Nevertheless the view point and the hike in that altitude was quite spectacular.

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The last few days we did more running/hiking and explored as many parts of Tenerife as time permitted. Here are some more photos.

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At Corona Forestal park which is part of El Teide National Park. Elevation around 1200-1500meters, Orsi is pointing at El Teide hidden in the mist..
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Many trail options for mountain biking, hiking, horse riding and, of course, running!
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A Panoramic view of El Teide National Park from halfway up
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Panoramic view of the El Teide National Park at around 2300m where most hiking trails begin.
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Trails and more trails..

If you are in Tenerife and want to find trails for running check out Wikiloc, which has many user contributed trails. You can download the map/gpx and use your phone to navigate. Make sure you have a map of the area and preferably a compass. Also check out Web Tenerife web site for trail maps and hikes.

We are now getting ready for our next big adventure in New Zealand in the New Year. Wishing every one of you a great New Year and more adventures.

Chan & Orsi