From north to south, Tenerife is a perfect island for lovers of water sports and mountain. A paradise in which to practice free diving, catch a piece with deep-sea fishing, surf the seas in kayak, sailing or on a surfboard, windsurf, bodyboard or paddle, fly over the waves with kitesurfing or simply swimming.
Not forgetting other natural spaces on land where canyoning, climbing, caving, cycling (through the mountains or across the roads) and up to eight golf courses where you test your swing and put a few holes.
The lovers of extreme sports have in the canyoning their best ally to explore the most natural face of Tenerife. An island full of ravines and canyons through which to descend, walk, jump, climb, swim and rappel like Los Carrizales, in the Natural Park of Teno, one of the few in Tenerife with permanent waters in most of its course and low difficulty that novices and experienced people will enjoy.
The latter will surely find the Barranco del Marrubio or the Atajo more interesting, a high difficulty descent for which it is necessary to have knowledge of canyoning and adequate equipment. For this reason, you will find many companies specializing in canyoning on the island that will advise you and guide you on your adventure through Tenerife’s canyons.
In the area of Guía de Isora, we’ll find the Barranco de Erques, one of the most beautiful and with the largest riverbed, the Isorana Cliffs, between the mouth of that ravine and Punta Teixeira; and the Tágara ravine, very important for the municipality thanks to the springs it contains.
Already between Arona and Adeje, the Barranco del Rey, a descent of ravines of medium difficulty through a shallow channel (although after the rainy season you can find pools of water sometimes impossible to avoid) where you will find the aqueduct of the Canal del Sur, the Old Way of Adeje, the Risco Bianchi and the Natural Monument of the Caldera del Rey.
Equally exciting and adrenaline driven is the practice of climbing. Tenerife has a large number of walls with different levels of difficulty for climbing (from beginners to routes from 4th grade to 8c). It is best to contact specialized companies that know the best places and the best time of the year to do so; there are areas especially attractive for climbing.
For example, Las Cañadas, inside the Teide National Park, where you can practice block, classic and sport climbing all year round. One of the favorite walls in this area is the rock La Catedral, a volcanic rock up to 120 meters high. The Tejina Mountain also stands out, with its Guaria cliff, one of the most impressive sport and classic climbs to cover from November to March, where the tazarotene falcon takes refuge.
Within the classic climbing routes, we find them between the mountains and deep ravines of the Anaga Rural Park, with itineraries suitable for intermediate levels, but above all for experienced climbers. Climbing to the Roque Negro or the Roque de Las Ánimas are the most valued walls.
But if there is a popular place among climbers is Arico, a municipality in the southeast of Tenerife full of pine forests and deep ravines perfect for sports climbing (has more than 500 routes of all levels, but predominantly intermediate). Lovers of bouldering or block climbing prefer the Ortiz ravine, while the El Río ravine is perfect for difficult climbing due to its walls made of hard volcanic rock.
Whether you like road cycling or mountain biking, in Tenerife you will find cycling routes for all tastes. Its road network, which reaches an altitude of 2,000 meters, is a good incentive for those who are looking for new sporting challenges on the asphalt. In addition, 200 kilometers of forest tracks await you so that you can come into contact with nature.
The network of tracks consists of four main routes (those of the North, Monte de la Esperanza, Pinar de Chío, Pinares de Sur and Volcanes Negros and Pinares de Vilaflor), which in turn offer variants and derivations depending on the kilometers, the difficulty, the harshness of the terrain and the type of landscape we want to enjoy, allowing you to create your own routes.
There are four areas of Tenerife where you can make this free fall from volcanic cliffs, bridges, and cliffs: Araya, in the northeast; Piedra Hincada, in the west, the highest of its category on the island; Valle Tabares, in the northeast; and El Palmar, in the south of Tenerife, very close to Los Cristianos and Las Americas.
Seeing Tenerife from a bird’s eye view is one of the best ways to live the island and enjoy its volcanic landscapes and the beauty of its coastline. You can practice paragliding in Izaña, in the center of the island; La Corona, in the municipality of Los Realejos; and Taucho, in the mountains of Adeje, to the south, the favorite place for paragliding professionals and where the Canarian Paragliding League competitions are held.
Windsurf, kite, surf, and bodyboard
Tenerife’s mild climate throughout the year will allow you to practice sports such as surfing, body-boarding or paddle surfing. In addition, the presence of trade winds, make the island a perfect place for kitesurfing and windsurfing. You can easily access these places if you stay in places like the great resorts in Tenerife you can find in La Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos, in Adeje, and El Médano, El Cabezo, and La Tejita, in Granadilla de Abona are the most recommended places to practice water sports in Tenerife.
Tenerife has the luxury of having the Buenavista Golf and hotel in Tenerife, designed by golfer Severiano Ballesteros, one of the best in history and with one of the most remarkable palms in the history of golf. Its facilities are a guarantee of quality, but not much less remarkable is its location, on spectacular cliffs and framed by the impressive Rural Park of Teno. An environment that in some holes gives the feeling of hitting the ball against the sea and that will captivate the most experienced golfers.
Equally interesting is the Las Americas golf course on the Costa de Adeje, which stands out for its amphitheater-like layout, with spectacular views of the island of La Gomera. Designed by John Jacobs, it offers 18 holes, has a par 72 and a total distance of 6,051 meters full of water obstacles.