Get your boots on for the 2019 Tenerife Walking Festival
The island is finally ready for the celebration of the fifth edition of the Tenerife Walking Festival (TWF), which will take place from May 21st to 25th. Some 200 participants from more than ten different nationalities, including tour operators, travel agents and media, will take part in the event, one of the most outstanding in Europe related to hiking.
The TWF is organised by the Cabildo, through Turismo de Tenerife, the ERA (European Hiking Association), EUMA (European Union of Mountain Associations), FEDME (Spanish Federation of Mountain Sports and Climbing) and FECAMON (Federación Canaria) of Mountaineering).
On this occasion, a total of 15 different routes have been chosen that are distributed throughout the insular territory and are characterised by the diversity of its landscapes, whether due to its volcanic, coastal character, or to explore green spaces. As a novelty for this edition, the members of the women’s mountain team of Pakistan will have the opportunity to carry out the tests, as a way of preparing for future high-level expeditions.
Puerto de la Cruz will once again be the starting point for the different excursions that take place during the days of the event. It will also be the meeting place where, in parallel with the tours, lectures and the traditional end of the festival will take place in the Plaza de Europa with musical performances, tasting of traditional gastronomy products and a fair of active tourism companies, some activities to which the local population is invited.
The festival constitutes an important promotional action of the island as a place to practice this sport. According to the data prepared by the Department of Tourism Research of Tenerife from surveys conducted to travellers, almost ten per cent of the 5.8 million tourists who visited the island in 2018 (approximately 530,000), practiced hiking, which meant an estimated income for Tenerife exceeding 20 million euros. By nationality, it is the French who carry out this activity the most during their holidays, followed by Ger-mans, Swiss, Austrians and Dutch.
Papa Léguas, Agência Abreu and DNA Aventuras (Portugal); Wikinger Reisen and Studiosus Reisen (Germa-ny); Explore (United King-dom); Alfa Travel AS and Peer Gynt Tours AS (Norway); o Gezinsvakantie Familiatours and Outdoorfan.be (Belgium) are some of the participating tour operators and travel agents. All of them will know first hand the routes for hiking and, in general, the attractions of the Island as a tourist destination.
Seventeen national and international media and bloggers will also be accre-dited, who will monitor the event, including: Retki Ma-gazine, www.periaatteenn-ainen.com or Rantapallo (Finland); www.traveloone-y.dk (Denmark); Vital (France); Trail Magazine and The Independent (United King-dom); Agencia EFE, Staf Magazine, El Ecoturista, El Viajero de El País, Oxygen or Open Air (Spain). This year, the popular Spanish adventurer Sebastián Álvaro, director of the legendary television program Al filo de lo imposible of Televisión Española, will also attend the event again, once again sponsor of the TWF.
The commitment of this event for sustainability is also maintained. To compensate for the carbon footprint caused by CO2 emissions related to the festival, an environmental impact calculation will be carried out to compensate later with the planting of forest species on the island and the recovery of agricultural areas in disuse.
For registration and more information: https://www.tene-rifewalkingfestival.com/