(87) Los Cristianos-Mesas de Guaza Circular (Arona)

Route Summary
This is a deceptively energetic hike, with many ups and downs, giving an overall ascent of 400+ m over 8.2 km. Since Los Cristianos is one of the sunniest parts of Tenerife, it makes a good choice, giving clear, open views, when the higher areas of the island are under cloud.

Duration: 4 hours


Route Overview
Duration: 4 hours.
Transport/Parking: The start-point is less than 25 minutes walk from Los Cristianos bus-station. Good on street parking near to start of walk.
Length: 8.170 km / 5.11 mi
Height Gain: 416 meter
Height Loss: 416 meter
Max Height: 167 meter
Min Height: 12 meter
Surface: Rough.
Child Friendly: Yes. But only if children are used to hikes of this distance and overall ascent on rough surfaces.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: Callao Beach Club, near to walk start-point.

This walk is easily accessible from the eastern end of the Los Cristianos holiday resort. Indeed, despite being a stiff climb, the initial section (1.5 km return) to the view point for Los Cristianos is clearly popular with some holiday-makers. Unlike our Walk #15 (“The Heights of Montaña Guaza”) this route does not go to the summit of the mountain but instead takes a circular route around the now abandoned agricultural area on the Llanos (plains) del las Mesas (tables) de Guaza underneath the hill on the sea side. This area slopes gently to the cliffs between Los Cristianos and Palm Mar, and is, in itself, fairly easy walking. However, having reached the point where you have a bird’s eye view over Palm Mar, approaching the coast, the cliff-top return route to Los Cristianos involves some strenuous walking in and out of coastal ravines. Although never ascending higher than 170 meters, the walk provides many pleasing views of the surrounding area, principally the Los Cristianos bay and harbour, Palm Mar, and over the sea to La Gomera. You may wish to time your walk to take in the ferries arriving or departing the port.

Photos from walk
Download Route Guide  (PDF with illustrated Waypoints)
Download GPX file  (GPS Exchange Format)
Access Walk on Viewranger
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2 thoughts on “(87) Los Cristianos-Mesas de Guaza Circular (Arona)

  1. I did this walk last year and would just like to make one observation.

    You need to note exactly where you climb the path onto the mountain plateau. I hadn’t and found it difficult to find the start of the path back down to Los Cristianos


    1. Yes, good point, David. There are so many paths on the plateau it can certainly be confusing, And, there are 2 or 3 very steep paths down that aren’t to be recommended. We hope that if people follow our instructions to get back to what we’ve called the “Los Cristianos Viewpoint” (Waypoints 4 and 13 in our downloadable walk description) they will find the main path down very easily from there. Thanks.


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