Tenerife Road Trip Itinerary

Tenerife Itinerary: 7 Day Road Trip for Hikers

Tenerife is one of the most striking islands in the world. People come here for a variety of reasons. Some want to escape the Northern European winter. Others want a quintessential beach holiday. And, a growing number are passionate about exploring Tenerife on foot.

If you belong to the latter group, you’re going to love this Tenerife itinerary. In one week, you’ll experience the most dramatic and remote corners of the island. You’ll also hike in Tenerife’s most spectacular regions, including Anaga Rural Park, Teide National Park, and Teno Rural Park.

This Tenerife road trip isn’t for everyone. We’ve purposefully cut out all major tourist hubs and developed areas (e.g. Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos, Playa de las Américas, etc…), with the exception of Los Gigantes. If you’re like us and you cherish the outdoors and local places to eat, this route is for you.


Driving in Tenerife

Driving in Tenerife isn’t difficult. The roads are in great condition and signage is pervasive. However, many locals quite haphazardly. On a number of occasions, oncoming drivers would whirl quickly and negligently around corners (e.g. cutting into our lane), causing us to break unexpectantly. If you want to be safe, drive defensively.

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Tenerife Road Trip Itinerary

Tenerife Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Tenerife (North or South Airport), San Cristóbal de La Laguna
  • Day 2: Anaga Rural Park, La Laguna
  • Day 3: Anaga Rural Park, La Laguna
  • Day 4: Northern Tenerife, Punta de Teno
  • Day 5: Santiago del Teide to Masca, Los Gigantes
  • Day 6: Teide National Park, Vilaflor
  • Day 7: Teide National Park, Arona
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Tenerife Road Trip Itinerary: 7 Days

Tenerife Road Trip Map

One Week in Tenerife
Tenerife Road Trip Destinations
  • Day 1: La Laguna
  • Day 2: Anaga Rural Park
  • Day 3: Anaga Rural Park
  • Day 4: Northern Tenerife
  • Day 5: Teno Mountains
  • Days 6 & 7: Teide National Park
  • Day 7: Arona
Mirador De Jardina, Anaga Mountain Road, Tenerife

Day 1: Arrive in Tenerife, Drive to La Laguna

Arrive in Tenerife

There are two international airports in Tenerife. You’ll either arrive in the Tenerife South Airport (Tenerife South–Reina Sofía Airport) or the Tenerife North Airport. After picking up your rental car, drive to San Cristóbal de La Laguna (La Laguna). It’s a 40-minute drive to reach La Laguna from the South Airport and a 5-minute drive from the North Airport.

Explore La Laguna

San Cristóbal de La Laguna, endearingly referred to as “La Laguna,” is a city in Northern Tenerife, located 11 km (15 min) inland from Santa Cruz, the capital of Tenerife. We recommend making La Laguna your home base for the first 3 nights of your trip.

The historical center of La Laguna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its Spanish colonial style, beautifully-preserved buildings, a charming city center, an animated marketplace (Mercado Municipal De La Laguna), and a plethora of dining options, La Laguna is the loveliest place to stay in northeastern Tenerife. Most importantly, La Laguna is located at the foot of the Anaga Mountain Range. From the city, you’re well-positioned to drive to trailheads and tackle all of the best hiking trails in Parque Rural de Anaga (Anaga Rural Park).

Learn More: How to Visit Anaga Rural Park

Dinner in La Laguna

Here are two excellent options for dinner in La Laguna:

Stay in La Laguna

Budget | Casa Lagunera is a newly renovated apartment-style accommodation in the quiet neighborhood of El Coromoto. The owners offer a free shuttle service from the Tenerife Norte Airport. With its small, but mighty kitchenette, you can prepare your own breakfast and lunch supplies for hiking.

Mid-Range | Casa Del Casco Historico is a centrally located guesthouse in La Laguna, walking distance to many restaurants and cafés in the historic center. Guests have access to a shared kitchen, lounge, garden and terrace. Coffee, tea, and cookies are provided.

Luxury | Sogno Di Gio is a comfortable bed and breakfast located just 1 km from the city center (15-minute walk). A continental breakfast featuring homemade cakes is included in the room rate. Guests also love eating dinner in the hotel’s Italian restaurant.

Find a place to stay in La Laguna:  |   Airbnb

Roque de Taborno, Tenerife Road Trip Itinerary

Day 2: Hike in Anaga Rural Park

Benijo - Taborno - Anaga Mountain Road

Day 2 of your Tenerife itinerary takes you deep into the Anaga Mountains. Get an early start, because parking is limited at your first stop.

Drive to Benijo

You’ll start the day by driving to the tiny hamlet of Benijo. To get to Benijo, you’ll drive first to Santa Cruz. From Santa Cruz, take TF-11 along the coast to San Andrés. At San Andrés, head inland on the TF-12. This narrow and windy road cuts through the Anaga mountain range. After about 30 minutes (18 km), you’ll turn right onto TF-134, which you’ll take all the way to Benijo. This is one of the most beautiful roads in Tenerife.

Benijo Loop Hike

At Benijo, you’ll embark on your first hike in Anaga Rural Park.

To start the hike, head to Restaurante El Frontón and follow signs to El Draguillo along Trail PR – TF 6. The trail hugs the coastline along a flat road. As you progress, you’ll see two striking rocks jutting out of the ocean, known as Roques de Anaga. It takes about 30 minutes to walk 2 km to El Draguillo.

From El Draguillo, you’ll turn right in the direction of Chamorga. You’ll hike uphill for almost 1 km (270 m elevation gain) to an intersection. From here, turn right, and start the glorious return journey to Benijo. The views of the Anaga coastline and Taganana village are spectacular.

If you’re interested in a longer loop hike, you can continue to the Faro de Anaga lighthouse and return to Benijo via Chamorga. We’ve outlined this hike in our Benijo to Faro de Anaga trail guide.

Another nearby hiking option is to walk from Taganana to Playa de Tamadite. You can read more about that option in our guide to the Best Hikes in the Anaga Mountains.

Lunch in Benijo, or Taganana

Here are a few eating options close to Benijo. When we visited, every restaurant was closed. Hopefully, you’ll have better luck than us. But, definitely bring hiking snacks with you just in case.

Hike around Roque de Taborno

After lunch, drive back up TF-134 and then turn right onto the Anaga Mountain Road (TF-12) in the direction of Cruz del Carmen. Your next destination is the tiny hamlet Taborno.

From here, a short (1:30 hours), but extremely pleasant hike circuits Roque de Taborno, a distinct thumb-shaped rock that rises 706 meters above sea level. As you circuit the rock, the views of the Anaga coastline unfold spectacularly. Read more about this hike here: Best Hikes in the Anaga Mountains.

Anaga Mountain Road

After your hike, continue driving the Anaga Mountain Road back to La Laguna. There are a few viewpoints you shouldn’t miss:

  • Mirador Cruz del Carmen – This viewpoint can be accessed from the parking lot at the Anaga Park Visitor Center. You’ll see the city of San Cristobal de La Laguna and Mount Teide in the distance.
  • Mirador de Jardina – Beautiful view of the fertile valley of La Laguna and Mount Teide.

Stay in La Laguna

Budget | Casa Lagunera

Mid-Range | Casa Del Casco Historico

Luxury | Sogno Di Gio

Find a place to stay in La Laguna:  |   Airbnb

Punta de Hidalgo Hike, Tenerife Itinerary

Day 3: Hike in Anaga Rural Park

Punta de Hidalgo - Chinamada

Today, you’ll head to Punta del Hidalgo and hike to Chinamada and Carboneras. We decided to drive to the trailhead and do a return (out-and-back) hike. Alternatively, you could take a bus to Cruz del Carmen and hike down to Punta del Hidalgo, and then take the bus back to La Laguna. Of course, the latter option is easier but requires a bit more planning.

Hike from Punta del Hidalgo to Chinamada and Carboneras

It’s a 28-minute drive from La Laguna to Punta del Hidalgo. To find the trailhead, head to the lookout and traffic circle: Mirador Punta Del Hidalgo. We’ve described this hike in detail in this Hiking in Anaga Mountains post. Here’s a quick summary:

  • Total Distance: 16.1 km
  • Elevation: 800 m ascending / 800 m descending
  • Difficulty: Moderate – Difficult
  • Time Needed: 6 – 7 hours

Highlights of this trail included rugged mountain scenery, the terraced fields around Chinamada and Carboneras, and lunch in the cave-restaurant Restaurante La Cueva (Open Wednesday – Sunday) in Chinamada.

Take a Dip in the Natural Pool at Punta del Hidalgo

After your hike, head to the natural swimming pool at Punta del Hidalgo (marked on the map). You can savor the sea safely in a large sheltered natural pool.

Stay in La Laguna

Budget | Casa Lagunera

Mid-Range | Casa Del Casco Historico

Luxury | Sogno Di Gio

Find a place to stay in La Laguna:  |   Airbnb

Punta de Teno, Tenerife Road Trip Itinerary

Day 4: Northern Tenerife

La Orotova - Icod de los Vinos - Punta de Teno

Drive the North Coast of Tenerife

Day 4 of your Tenerife road trip takes you to some of the Tenerife’s most charming villages. You’ll follow TF-5 along the north coast. There are a few notable places to stop on your route, including Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava, and Icod de Los Vinos.

Puerto de la Cruz is the tourist hub of the north and it can easily be skipped. However, if you can look beyond the tacky tourist shops, Puerto de la Cruz harbors some of Tenerife’s most beautiful black sand beaches: Playa Jardin and Playa Maria Jiménez.

Eat Lunch in La Orotova

La Orotova is an exceedingly lovely town with beautiful architecture and a distinct local atmosphere. We recommend eating lunch at Bar Los Castillos (Address: Calle Cólogan, 10, 38300 La Orotava). Featuring Canarian homecooking, this authentic restaurant was one of the culinary highlights of our trip.

Stop at Mirador de San Pedro

As you continue west on TF-5, make sure to stop at the lookout point Mirador de San Pedro. You can take a walk through banana plantations and along the coast if you follow the Rambla de Castro walking path. Or, simply grab a coffee at Restaurante Cafetería Mirador San Pedro, the restaurant located at the view point. We don’t recommend eating here.

Visit Icod de los Vinos

The city of Icod de los Vinos is another worthy stop on your drive today. People flock here to see the famous thousand-year-old Dragon Tree, reaching a lofty height of 22 m. While the tree can be admired at a distance, there is a fee if you want to see it closely.

Beyond the impressive umbrella-shaped tree, Icod de Los Vinos is a tranquil destination filled with verdant plazas (e.g. Plaza San Marcos) and alluring places to eat. We had a delectable meal at El Mortero (Address: Calle San Sebastián, 7, 38430 Icod de Los Vinos).

Walk around Garachico

Your drive continues to Garachico, a picturesque coastal town known for its beautiful lava rock pools. The Piscinas Naturales el Caletón was formed as a result of a massive volcanic eruption that destroyed the town completely in 1706. When we visited in January 2020, the pools were closed (temporarily).

Visit Punta de Teno

Punta de Teno is a rocky headland that forms the northwestern tip of Tenerife. Marked by a lighthouse, this cinematic location in Teno Rural Park (Parque Rural de Teno) delivers godly views of the Los Gigantes cliffs (Acantilado de Los Gigantes). There are a few ways to visit Punta de Teno. We’ve outlined all your options in this guide to visiting Punta de Teno. Note: the road to Punta de Teno is restricted during most of the day. Depending on when you visit, you may need to take Bus 369.

Stay in Buenavista del Norte, or Los Silos

Budget | B&B Buenavista del Norte is a charming and economical B&B located in an 18th-century house in Buenavista del Norte. Guests have access to a shared kitchen and garden. Note: bathroom facilities are shared.

Mid-Range | Luz Del Mar is a lovely hotel in Los Silos. It’s nice to unwind in the hotel’s sauna or take a dip in the outdoor pool, before treating yourself to dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Luxury | Melia Hacienda del Conde is an adults-only, luxury hotel in Buenavista. When you want a peaceful place to stay with access to top wellness facilities (fitness center, sauna, Turkish bath, pools), this is the #1 place to stay in Northwestern Tenerife.

Find a place to stay in Buenavista del Norte:  |   Airbnb

Masca Village, Tenerife Road Trip Itinerary

Day 5: Teno Rural Park

Santiago del Teide to Masca

Hike from Santiago del Teide to Masca

From Buenavista del Norte, or Los Silos, drive the TF-82 to Santiago del Teide. The drive takes about 40 minutes. This point-to-point hike from the town of Santiago del Teide to the village of Masca was our absolute favorite hike in the Teno Mountains. For trail directions, read: Hiking in the Teno Mountains.

Eat Lunch in Masca

Masca is one of the crown jewels of Tenerife. After your hike, walk around the village and pick out a place to eat.

Take the Shuttle Bus back to Santiago del Teide

To get back to your car in Santiago del Teide, take the shuttle bus line 355. This bus schedule was accurate when we visited in Jan 2020. Please double check bus times before setting off.

  • Weekdays: 9:25 am, 10:25 am, 12:30 pm, 3:15 pm, 4:10 pm, 4:15 pm, 6:25 pm
  • Saturdays: 10:00 am, 12:30 pm, 4:15 pm, 6:25 pm
  • Sundays & Holidays: 10:00 am, 12:30 pm, 4:15 pm, 6:25 pm

Stay in Santiago del Teide

Stay in Santaigo del Teide if you crave local, authentic places to stay, and you want to avoid huge tourist hubs.

Budget | Casa Fina is an exceedingly charming and peaceful place to stay in Santiago del Teide. With its private courtyard, cozy beds, and a communal fully equipped kitchen, you have everything you need to feel right at home.

Book your stay at Casa Fina.

Find a place to stay in Santiago del Teide:  |   Airbnb


Or, Stay in Los Gigantes

Stay in Los Gigantes if you want to end your day on the coast. Though highly touristic, Los Gigantes boasts staggering views of Los Gigantes Cliffs and divine places to swim, like the natural pool Piscina Natural Acantilado De Los Gigantes.

There are tons of tourist traps in Los Gigantes, but we can wholeheartedly recommend the no-frills Bar-Restaurante Paraiso for Canary cuisine and Restaurante Pizzeria Mamma Lucia for Italian classics. If you can’t get a reservation at Mamma Lucia, you can always order pizza to go.

Luxury | If you are looking for comfort, relaxation and ocean views, we recommend you Royal Sun Resort in Acantilado de los Gigantes. The hotel features outdoor swimming pools with fantastic views of the coast. Each apartment offers a private terrace, kitchen and big bath tub. Next time we will stay here!

Book your stay in Royal Sun Resort.

Find a place to stay in Los Gigantes:  |   Airbnb

Teide National Park, Tenerife Itinerary

Day 6: Teide National Park

Explore Teide National Park

From Santiago del Teide or Los Gigantes, take TF-38 into Teide National Park. There’s a lot you can do in Teide, including summiting Pico del Teide (permit needed), hiking across the Las Cañadas caldera, and driving across the park. Read our How to Visit Teide National Park to figure out what to prioritize during your time in the park.

With one full day, we recommend combing two of these hikes:

  • Montaña de la Botija and Montaña Samara Circuit Trail – Easy, 2 hr Circuit Trail
  • Roques de García Loop Trail – Easy, 1:15 hr Circuit Trail
  • Parador Nacional to Montaña Guajara Circuit Trail – Moderate, 4 hour Circuit Trail

If you want to summit Pico del Teide, read how to get permits and how to pick your ascent route in our Teide National Park guide.

Learn More: Best Hikes in Teide National Park

Stay in Vilaflor

Tonight, you can stay directly in the park at Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide, or head to the town of Vilaflor.

We loved eating dinner (twice) at Fuente Hermano Pedro, a causal restaurant in Vilaflor serving regional Canary dishes. They also have a tantalizing selection of cakes, which are worth sampling more than once, especially when paired with espresso.

Mid-Range | Hotel Spa Villalba is the perfect place to end your trip in Tenerife. Surrounded by forest and located in the mountains below Teide National Park, this peaceful hotel encourages you to unwind and relax. Guests have access to a wellness area featuring saunas and an indoor/outdoor pool. Bedrooms are comfortable and spacious. But, our favorite thing about staying here was the breakfast buffet, featuring local specialties and everything else you’d ever want. It’s possible to eat dinner at the hotel, but we’d recommend eating in the town of Vilaflor instead.

Book your stay at Hotel Spa Villalba.

Find a place to stay in Vilaflor:  |   Airbnb

Teide National Park - One Week in Tenerife

Day 7: Teide National Park

Morning Hike in Teide National Park

Your Tenerife itinerary concludes with one final hike in Teide National Park. Use our Teide National Park hiking guide for inspiration.

Another option is to explore the nearby Paisaje Lunar (Lunar Landscape). This 12.9 km loop hike takes about 4 hours.

Or, simply have a luxuriously slow breakfast at Hotel Spa Villalba

Lunch in Arona Town

If you’re flying out of Tenerife in the late afternoon, or evening, head to the small inland town of Arona for lunch. Here are two places we particularly enjoyed:

Depart Tenerife

From Arona (town), it’s a 20-minute drive to the Tenerife South Airport and a 1 hour drive to the Tenerife Norte Airport.

How to Expand this Itinerary

If you have more time in Tenerife, definitely stay another night in Buenavista del Norte/Los Silos. That way you can hike the Camino Risco Path to Punta de Teno Circuit (learn more: Teno Mountains).

I’d also add another night in Vilaflor or Teide National Park, so you can have 2 full days exploring the park.

When we visited Tenerife (Jan 2020), the Masca Gorge was closed. If it’s open during your visit, then consider adding another night in Los Gigantes, or Santiago del Teide.

Tenerife Road Trip: 1 Week Tenerife Itinerary
  • Happy Thanksgiving! This year, I’m grateful more than ever for my health and safety, my friends who are like guardian angels, the dawning of a new chapter (I’ll tell you about this soon), and Kati - the kindest and the most loving and non-judgmental human I know.
  • Seceda, Italian Dolomites.

Seceda is one of the most popular destinations in the Italian Dolomites, partially because it’s so easy to get to. There’s a cableway connection from Oritsei in Val Gardena, which means you don’t have to hike more than 10 minutes to get to this viewpoint.

A more interesting approach to the Seceda ridgeline is from the Resciesa Plateau. Starting in Ortisei, take the Resciesa funicular up to the plateau and descend to Malga Brogles in Val di Funes. From the hut, you can ascend to Seceda via the Panascharte notch or the Mittagscharte notch.

Another option, is to forego a cableway ascent altogether and hike from “the bottom.” Starting at the Praplan car park above Santa Cristina, hike to Seceda via Baita Gamsblut and Rifugio Fermeda. You can make this a circuit hike by combining the ascent to Seceda with the summit to Monte Pic (highly recommended).

You’ll find more details on these two Seceda hikes on the blog (link in bio).
  • A month ago, we re-visited the Dolomites, intent on seeing the changing colors and hiking as much as humanly possible. In preparation, I spent hours pouring over Tabacco trail maps, charting out new routes to hike.

Alas, the weather didn’t care about my thoughtful planning. In fact, the conditions were so dreadful, we cancelled the first four days and the final five. When we did arrive, we were welcomed by a blanket of snow. After a few dry days, we experienced another storm leaving us knee-deep in snow for the next six days.

This trip obviously didn’t go as planned. But, the silver lining was our accommodation. Bad weather isn’t so bad when your hotel has an integrated wellness & sauna area, or an in-house patisserie.

As we’ve learned more than once, the weather is often unpredictable in the Dolomites. Our recommendation is to choose a lovely place to stay, so your time spent inside is just as enjoyable as your time outside.

We’ve summarized our favorite hotels in the Dolomites (link in bio), based on five independent trips. Take a look.
  • Only gratitude, relief and joy today.
  • Sunrise in the Karwendel Mountains.

The weather forecast predicted early afternoon thunderstorms, so we woke up extra early and started hiking at 5:30 am. Seeing the sunrise as we crested the Mandlscharte was like entering heaven.

After a long and difficult 9-hour stage, we arrived at @solsteinhaus in rain. Luckily, the thunder never came.

The highlight of this incredible day was meeting @clarazijlstra and @jaqi_sta - two brilliant and talented women who radiate passion and warmth! Hope to see you both again! 💛💛💛
  • Italian Dolomites Tip:

Skip Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee) and Lago di Sorapiss and hike to Lago di Coldai instead for a crowd-free alpine lake experience.