This is a very satisfying short walk with a fairly gradual initial ascent. Echoes of traditional rural life are all around. The villages of Aripe and Chirche are pretty, with an old world ambience. There are good views up to the mountains, over to La Gomera and down to the coast.
Duration: 2 hours
Duration: 2 hours.
Transport/Parking: There is no longer a Titsa bus from Guia de Isora to Aripe. Parking on road just above Bar Aripe, near the start.
Length: 3.730 km / 2.33 mi
Height Gain: 207 meter
Height Loss: 207 meter
Max Height: 895 meter
Min Height: 729 meter
Surface: Rough old caminos, mostly
Child Friendly: Yes, but only if children are used to hikes of this distance and overall ascent on very rough paths.
Dog Friendly: Yes. On lead in built-up areas and public roads.
Refreshments: Bar Aripe, close to start of walk. Bar/Restaurante Brasa de Chirche, in Chirche.
This short walk encapsulates all that is good about walking in the hills above the West Coast of Tenerife. Over a very short distance, mostly on centuries-old stony caminos, the route passes through extensive areas of abandoned rural terraces, once hugely productive as is evidenced by the many stone ovens and threshing circles. Skirting areas of open pine trees at various times, the upward-looking views of the Corona Forestal and of Pico Viejo, at the centre of the Teide National Park, are particularly striking during the initial uphill section. On the outskirts of the two villages, plots are still worked and you will see numerous orange, almond and fig trees, potatoes and other vegetables. Aripe and Chirche are both very old settlements, with many old buildings that have been sympathetically restored, often surrounded by colourful garden flowers, and with marvellous views down to the coast near Playa de San Juan. The walk passes two fine old village churches, the one in Chirche nestling in a shady spot in the centre of the village, whilst the Aripe church is in an open setting with great views of Montaña Tejina to the east, the Teno Mountains to the west, and over the sea to La Gomera.