There are marvellous views on this walk – of the surrounding ancient volcanic landscape, the pleasant rural countryside around Arona, and down to the coast. However, the mid-section is rough walking on an, at times, unclear path, so is not recommended for inexperienced hikers.
Duration: 3 hours
Duration: 3 hours.
Transport/Parking: Titsa 480 from Los Cristianos. Walk from Arona to Vento (500 m). On-street parking in Vento.
Length: 4.730 km / 2.96 mi
Height Gain: 255 meter
Height Loss: 255 meter
Max Height: 648 meter
Min Height: 468 meter
Surface: Very rough in places. The path in the mid-section of the route can be difficult to follow in places although mostly marked by red paint. The return section is on a quiet tarred road.
Child Friendly: Yes, but only if children are used to hikes of this distance and overall ascent on very rough paths.
Difficulty: Hard in places.
Dog Friendly: Yes. On lead in built-up areas and public roads.
Refreshments: Cafes in Arona.
Setting out from Vento, a suburb of Arona that sits directly under the towering mass of Roque del Conde (also called Roque Ichasagua, after a Guanche king who threw himself off its cliffs rather than succumb to Spanish rule), this walk offers some fantastic views in all directions. The highlight of the first section of the route is the descent into and ascent out of the deep and rugged Barranco del Rey. From there, and throughout most of the walk there are mesmerising views of the conical peak of Roque Imoque, between Arona and Ifonche. Passing a ruined finca on the Roque del Conde hillside, and between two eras (stone-floored threshing circles), the walk diverts from the main path to traverse the abandoned terraces under Roque Centinela (not to be confused with the peak of the same name near San Lorenzo), another of the many look-out points for the ravaging bands of pirates that plagued the south coast of the island hundreds of years ago. At the mid-point the route joins the Camino Viejo of Adeje (the old path between Adeje and Arona) as it crosses a couple of barrancos before climbing back up the very scenic minor road to Vento.