Get to know the real Tenerife with 2018 Walking Festival
Tenerife Walking Festival will take place from May 22th to 26th and registration is still open for all nationalities.
This is an open event for hikers from all over the continent, combining different types of hikes and trails and original supplementary activities. You can come with a group, your family or on your own.
Tenerife Walking Festival is organised by Tenerife Cabildo, Tourism of Tenerife, the European Ramblers’ Asso-ciation, Spanish Mountain Sports and Climbing Federation and FECAMON (Canary Islands Mountaineering Fede-ration).
All routes will depart from Puerto de la Cruz town centre, usually at 8.30am unless the event has a specific starting time.
The official languages of the Tenerife Walking Festival are Spanish, English, German and French.
The groups will have a maximum of 25 people and a minimum of 20. In case there are less than ten people, the organisation reserves the right to relocate participants to another route or cancel it.
You can register on the Tenerife Walking Festival by completing the registration form on www.tenerifewalkingfestival.com where you will find all further information.
Registration costs 30€ per person, plus the cost of each individual walk (you must choose three). The fee incudes a welcome back, daily transport, expert guides and a discount bracelet to be used in participating local shops, museums and restaurants in Puerto de la Cruz and the rest of the island.
Registration also includes guided visit to some points of interest in Puerto de la Cruz, ie the Lago Martiánez – following César Manrique’s footprints – at 9am on Sunday, May 27th and a Puerto de la Cruz garden visit from 11.30am on the same day. These are free.
With the environment very much in mind, the Tenerife Walking Festival is an event which fully understands that climate change is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century.
“We therefore operate an ecological footprint which allows us to calculate human pressure on the planet and come up with results on how our activity affects our environment,” a spokesman explaained.
“Once we have the results, we will organise a tree plantation, using endemic species, with the objective to reach the zerofootprint.”
The Tenerife Walking Festival will also feature some conferences about nature and hiking.
In all, there will be five coastal hikes, 12 volcanic routes and five forest hikes.
As an example, one of them takes in Afur – Taganana (FRI-2) on May 25th. It is over a distance of eight kilometres and will take about four and a half hours, with a total ascent of 550 metres and a descent of 600 metres.
This is a wine trail, showcasting the beauty of Afur which lies on the edge of a rock and is comprised of cave dwellings and small thatched-roof stone houses. It is one of the most remote and beautiful corners in Tenerife.
Then, the trail goes by the coastline and reaches the hamlet of Chorro, with traces of ancient civilisations, wineyards, presses and wine cellars for the production of the local wine.
Later, in the village of Taganana, walkers will taste and experience this wine’s unique flavour and colour.