I regularly receive information from Turismo de Tenerife that gives me access to their image library as well as details on things to do on the island. Recently I saw some interesting details about the many different types of sport you can do here and while I am a bit long in the tooth for some of them, I would like to share the spectacular photographs with you.
I always say that the island offers something for everyone but I didn´t realise just how much it offers the adrenalin junky. Apart from the well-known activities of hiking, diving, horse riding and mountain biking, I for one didn´t know you could go canyoning or climbing and the island is a great place to try out these activities.
Listed below are some activities for the adventurous tourist, I am sure this is by no means a complete list, but you get the idea!! All the photographs have been provided by Turismo de Tenerife.
Canyoning – For those not familiar with the sport it is claimed to be one of the best high adrenaline activities you can do. Made up of a variety of things including walking, climbing, jumping, abseiling, it can combine water and rock activities.
Due to the extensive range of ravines in Tenerife, there are excellent opportunities to try this awesome activity and if you do, it makes sense to use the experts. You can visit the spectacular Barranco de Carrizal in the Teno Mountains where those with some level of skill can experience jumps of about 15 metres to a pool below a beautiful waterfall while surrounded by the huge walls of the gorge. One of the longest and toughest routes on the island is the Barranco del Río that comprises a succession of abseils in beautiful surroundings and an abundance of water. In contrast, the Barranco de Badajoz, in Güímar, is dry and very narrow with some spectacular abseiling. The only time you cannot take part in Canyoning is when the warning signs are displayed between February and June, which is the breeding season of the Osprey that is in danger of extinction.
Caving – Until relatively recently people on Tenerife followed in the footsteps of their Guanche ancestors and lived in caves as can be seen from this photo taken from the beach at Los Cristianos. Therefore, it makes sense that there is a large number of caves to explore on the island. These volcanic structures are without doubt Tenerife’s most impressive natural resources and exploring them gives visitors a unique chance to see the island from the inside.
Tenerife’s volcanic heritage is made up of tubes, potholes, crevices and other underground formations. There are many caving sites, the most famous being “Cueva del Viento” (The Wind Cave) near Icod de los Vinos in the north of the island. With around 17 kilometres of galleries, it is one of the most extensive volcanic complexes in the world. To see what it is like underground have a look at the video of Cueva San Marcos at Icod
Climbing – Tenerife is an absolute must for climbing fans. The excellent year round climate and the large number of climbing areas suitable for all skill levels makes the island a popular destination, particularly, for European climbers.
Hiking – Let´s go hiking!” is one of the expressions heard quite a lot in Tenerife. In recent years, walking has become very popular, as it not only provides a great chance for all the family to enjoy nature; it is something that all ages can take part. Tenerife has numerous tracks and footpaths all with different levels of difficulty. The National Park, the Rural Parks of Teno and Anaga are excellent places for hiking. You can find some of the oldest footpaths on the island here, such as “Camino Real de las Vueltas,” a route that follows an ancient “guanche” trail. Or walk between Teno Alto and Teno Bajo, near the lighthouse where shepherds from the guanche kingdom used to take their flocks to pasture. Hiking is a sport for all ages you can find some walking routes here HERE
Horse riding – In Tenerife the bridle paths cross ancient mountain trails, volcanic beaches and leafy forests. Many companies offer the chance to ride freely or trek into the wilderness with a guide or in small, organised groups whether for a full day or a few hours. It is a different and enjoyable way of getting to know the island. For the little ones and less confident who have not been horse riding before riding schools offer one to one lessons.
Paragliding – With more than 40 launch sites and the exceptional climate that allows flying almost every day of the year, this sport is very popular. Many clubs offer courses and the chance of flying tandem (a good way to get started). Some of the best flying routes are:
Izaña, in the Teide National Park, to the Port of Güimar
El Sauzal to Mesa de Mar (Cross-country flight)
Icod el Alto to the Socorro Beach (Cross-country flight)
Taucho to Adeje (Thermal flying)
Jama to Valle San Lorenzo (Thermal-hillside flight)
So many exciting activities to undertake under, on and above ground, but what about getting wet. I will cover things to do at sea next.