Photo: Tenerife Cabildo.

Updated 8 March 2016: The Tenerife Cabildo says that with the second edition of Tenerife Walking Festival (TWF 2016) just around the corner, the whole Island, and specifically Puerto de la Cruz, will soon be focusing on hiking. TWF 2016 runs from 29 March to 2 April, and the Cabildo stresses that local residents are enthusiastically invited to take part in the parallel activities such as presentations on Wednesday 30 March, Thursday 31 March and Friday 1st April taking place in the San Felipe Castle at 20:30. All are equally welcome to join in the grand closing party on Saturday 2 April in the Plaza de Europa from 12:00 noon. All these activities will be free of charge and open to everyone.

On Wednesday 30 March there will be a talk by José María Nasarre, Head of Nature of the Spanish Mountaineering Federation (FEDME), who will speak about safety on the trails. The next day, Juan Jesús Ibáñez, a member of the International Union of Mountaineering and Climbing (UIAA), will speak about the project Respect the Mountain, which will restore a footpath on Tenerife in June.

On Friday, 1st April Sebastian Alvaro, the legendary adventurer and director of Spain’s TVE programme “Al Filo de lo Imposible, who is once again the festival’s “godfather, will offer one of his keynote talks combining his life story with spectacular photographs and videos of his expeditions.

The grand finale to the TWF 2016 will be a bustling, lively celebration with tapas, tasting the local wines, show cooking sessions and a fair featuring a sample of the wide range of outdoor and adventure activities on offer for visitors to Tenerife.

Original post 18 November 2015: It was a great success on the first occasion last year (link), and now the Tenerife Cabildo has announced that the second Tenerife Walking Festival will be held between 29 March and 2 April next year. As before, attendees will be able to enjoy some incredible walks in Tenerife, where there are some 1,500 km hiking routes. The number of places for next year’s festival is limited to 300, and so those who are interested will benefit from early inscription – and there’ll be a discount as well for those who register before 31 December. For more information, and to register, the official website is www.tenerifewalkingfestival.com.

Some 15 walks will be on offer, including some of the most spectacular that Tenerife can offer, eg the rural parques of Teno and Anaga, the latter now a Unesco Biosphere Reserve (link), and the Teide National Park, now a Unesco World Heritage Site (link). Walks have been classed into three categories – volcanic, coastal and green – and graded for hikers to choose those best suited to their preferred level of difficulty and physical abilities.

Apart from walking, however, the Cabildo says that the Festival will offer complementary activities which have a wide appeal to this niche market, like gastronomy events, volcanic steam bathing, and astronomy nights, as well as heritage sites like La Laguna and traditional touristic resorts. Yet again, the island and the diversity of its offer will be shown off to its best effect, and this year, as a novelty, attendees will be able to calculate the ecological footprint of their participation, and how this type of holidaymaking contributes to the sustainable conservation of the tourism of the future.

Here is a video of last year’s TWF:

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