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Imagine an endless summer, a timeless place where beaches mingle with the neighboring mountains, the sun is not afraid of shade, and the sea meets the rock in an incredible laid-back scenery. While the rest of your friends are fighting the cold in the middle of February, picture yourself lying on a black sand beach, watching the sun set over the Atlantic, resting after a full day of rock climbing.
Rock climbing in Tenerife
Climbing Las Canades, Tenerife – Photo credit: hellocanaryislands.com
Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands and an exotic place for rock climbing. There are over 900 sport climbing routes and 20 crags to choose from, set all around the island. Nature’s games chiseled impressive basalt canyons, offering reddish crags filled with pockets and cracks.
Climbing in Arico, Tenerife – Photo credit: tenerifeclimbinghouse.com
The largest climbing area in Tenerife is Arico, with as many as 250 routes. Located in the south of the island, Arico is set along a valley so you’ll surely find shade on one side or the other during the day. There are mostly easy routes, thus making this area suitable for beginners or for tourists looking for an escapade. Nevertheless, the lower Arico Gorges offer everything a climber can dream of, with plenty of harder routes to choose from.
La Canada del Capricho, also known as Las Canades, is the perfect location for the warm season, located at an altitude of 2000 m in Mount Teide. Therefore, the climate is similar to that of high mountains. This is Tenerife’s first rock climbing area, with towers, vertical slabs, face climbing, overhangs and cracks. In short, pretty much anything you’d look for in a high-quality crag. There are over 140 sport climbing routes and also quite a few boulder problems worth working on.
Guaria is an area with over 100 routes, to the west of the island. This is also the tallest crag in Tenerife, offering some multi-pitch routes as well. The sport climbing routes often reach 35 m in length and pose power endurance challenges. Make sure you bring an appropriate climbing rope along, minimum 70m to be sure. The walls are south facing so it’s best to come here in the winter.
Tenerife is called the “Island of Eternal Spring”. The climbing season is thought to start in October and end in May, but you can easily find a cooler place all through the year. The weather is indeed constant and warm. There’s not much of a difference between the seasons and offshore winds make winters warm and summers cool.
Mount Teide (3718m), the third largest volcano on Earth, dominates the arid landscape of Tenerife. Located in the center of the island, it is a National Park that offers many activities from sightseeing and birdwatching to climbing the volcano itself.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the island, is home to the famous Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the second most popular carnival after the one in Rio de Janeiro. With a different theme each year, it lasts 10 days in a row and attracts tourists from all over the world.
Photo by Luca Mauri
Cueva del Viento-Sobrado or the Wind Cave is the largest lava tube in the European Union and the fifth largest on the planet. The complex passageways are 17 km long and are set on three levels. Fossils and archaeological remains have been found inside the tube.
Take your time to visit some of the most spectacular beaches and surfing Tenerife has to offer. Playa Grande and Playa Mejor are the largest natural beaches on the island, separated by a volcanic cone dominating the landscape, The Red Mountain. If you’re trying to get far away from the crowds, Tenerife’s rocky coast is sometimes interrupted by smaller black sand and pebble beaches with only quiet and remote fishing hamlets as neighbors.
There are two airports, Tenerife North and Tenerife South, from where it is relatively easy to reach any part of the island by car and takes approximately one hour to get from top to bottom.
Whether you’re here for the wonderful view the climbing crags have to offer, explore the volcanic mountains and lava tubes, or just to chill by the sea on the black sand and pebble beaches, Tenerife will prove beyond your expectations – a paradise of endless summer.