This easy walk in the Teide National Park runs close to a huge lava field. There are opportunities to enjoy stunning views of surrounding mountains and the hillside immediately above you. In May and June expect to see some marvellous examples of the Tajinaste Rojo in flower.
Duration: 3 hours.
(This is National Park Sendero 18)
Duration: 3 hours
Transport/Parking: Titsa 342 from Los Cristianos, once a day service there and back. Parking at Juan Evora museum car-park, at start of walk.
Length: 7.020 km / 4.39 mi
Height Gain: 238 meter
Height Loss: 238 meter
Max Height: 2085 meter
Min Height: 2048 meter
Surface: Moderate. There is a 500 m section through the lava field where the surface is very rough.
Child Friendly: Yes.
Dog Friendly: No. The National Park rules prohibit the introduction of dogs to the whole area.
Refreshments: Cafe at Parador.
This is an easy but hugely satisfying walk surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. It starts and finishes at the car-park of the Juan Evora ethnographic museum just off the TF-21 road up to the Teide National Park from Vilaflor. Driving there from a coastal resort in the South only takes an hour or so. At a height of 2,000 metres, if the weather on the island is generally settled, you can be almost guaranteed to be above any clouds, under crystal-clear blue skies. The walk runs close to the huge lava flow emitted from the side of the Pico Viejo volcano. At the turning point for the walk you have a clear view of the vents where the lava flowed from just over 200 years ago in 1798. These are called Las Narices del Teide (Teide’s nostrils). There are many opportunities on the walk to enjoy stunning wide-open views around the mountainous perimeter of the Teide Caldera. On the aspect away from the lava field there is an almost Alpine feel, with steep hillsides peaked by rocky precipices, covered with open sections of Canarian pine, billowing grasses, and flowering plants and shrubs. If you are lucky enough to do the walk in May and June you are bound to see a number of majestic Tajinaste Rojo bugloss specimens (a plant unique to this area in the island) close to the path, in various stages of their biennial life and flowering cycle, with blossoms covered in honey bees.