Updated 22 May: The Tenerife Walking Festival starts tomorrow, and as usual, the public is invited to some free events that are taking place in addition to the walks themselves. In preparing for the start this morning, Tenerife vice president and Tourism councillor Alberto Bernabé said that the event was one that had matured over time and was now something of which the Tenerife Cabildo was very proud. Bernabé confirmed that in this growing niche market, this year will see 210 participants of 12 nationalities in the festival, all of whom “will be able walk a selection of 20 of the most striking routes in Tenerife”.
Bernabé was accompanied by the mayor of Puerto de la Cruz, Lope Afonso, who expressed his gratitude for his town being chosen as the focus venue for the festival for the third year running. Afonso said this was “because Puerto de la Cruz is the destination that many nature-loving tourists choose” and which has in turn meant that the municipality and many of its hotels has committed specifically to this type of tourism.
In addition to the walks, supplementary activities will include talks on Thursday 25th in Teatro Timanfaya, a photo exhibition starting tomorrow in the Castillo de San Felipe, and on Saturday 27th the grand finale will take place in the town with an active tourism fair, cooking demonstrations, local produce tastings, and much more. Saturday will be a good day to be in Puerto de la Cruz!
Updated 4 April 2017: Turismo has made the official presentation of this year’s Tenerife Walking Festival, which will be held throughout Tenerife between 23 and 27 May. Introducing the event as one of the most notable hiking events in Europe, Cabildo Vice President and tourism chief Alberto Bernabé said that even after just three years the annual festival has shown that it fuels the promotion of Tenerife generally, not just as a perfect walking environment but also as a rich and diverse holiday destination that is about much more than beaches and sun.
Turismo councillor Vicente Dorta reiterated that the festival was open to all walkers from the whole of Europe whether they are members of a formal group or not. There are nearly 200 already registered to attend, he confirmed, a number similar to last year. Puerto de la Cruz tourism councillor Dimple Malwani said that her own municipality had a grand opportunity to promote itself as a multi-experience destination given its position as official HQ of the event.
Pedro Millán of the Federación Española de Deportes de Montaña (FEDME) (Spanish Mountain Sports Federation) said that one couldn’t overestimate the great effect the festival has throughout Europe, and announced that two of FEDME’s most important annual meetings would be held in Tenerife to coincide with the event.
This year’s festival will see a greater number of routes – some twenty or so – all in some of Tenerife’s most spectacular scenery like the Teno and Anaga Rural Parks, and the Teide National Park, and some will occupy two days with the walk including a stay overnight in a mountain refuge. And in addition to the walking itself, there will again be a great number of associated activities and events to which participants (and locals in some cases) can take part, including stargazing, gastronomy, and entertainment.
There are details below of the official website and registration information for those who would like to take part.
The Tenerife Walking Festival is organized by the Tenerife Cabildo through Turismo de Tenerife, with collaboration from ERA (Asociación Europea de Senderismo), Fedme (Federación Española de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada) Fecamon (Federación Canaria de Montañismo), the Ayuntamiento de Puerto de la Cruz, and the Fundación Santa Cruz Sostenible.
Original post 10 August 2016: The Tenerife Cabildo has announced the third Tenerife Walking Festival, which will take place between 23 and 27 May 2017. Registration for next year’s festival opens this month on the dedicated website www.tenerifewalkingfestival.com, which has the full programme of walks, accommodation, routes, and excursions. Those interested can sign up HERE in English.
The last two years have been a great success (link and link), and it seems that the event continues to build on its own success. The Cabildo says that the festival offers “routes among Tenerife’s most spectacular natural surroundings, varied and appealing complementary activities, and its characteristic spirit of environmental respect will again be the identifying mark”.
Tenerife tourism councillor Alberto Bernabé said that one year more the Cabildo was showing its utmost commitment to walking and nature. “Participants will enjoy some of the best walks in Tenerife”, he said, “which has some 1,500km of routes in an enviable all-year-round climate along with enormous diversity, whether laurel or Canarian pine forests, coastal paths, or incredible volcanic spaces.”
Organizers expect some 200 participants next year, a number that previous years have shown can be accommodated and organized with comfort. The routes on offer in 2017 will be increased to 20, including some of the most outstanding in Tenerife, in the Teno and Anaga parques rurales – the latter now a Biosphere Reserve, and in the Parque Nacional del Teide – now a Unesco World Heritage site. The farewell party on 27 May will again be held in Puerto de la Cruz, the de facto official location for the entire festival, and will provide a final chance to sample local food, wines, and an active tourism fair.