Tenerife has some great hill and mountain walks to enjoy and many of them are in the south. Looking out from Hotel Paradise Park two popular peaks offer challenges for the casual walker and more experienced adventurers.
Looking down over the pools and sun beds, Montaña Guaza seems almost in touching distance but the peak is the climax of a ridge that rises up from the sea at the eastern end of the Los Cristianos beaches. The most challenging part of this is the start just beyond the Sunday Market site, steep stone steps spiral up but once reached the plateau is flat and easy going. There are two routes to the aerials at the top, one skirts the cliff top and looks down on Palm Mar and passes through the old stone quarry. The other cuts across the old banana and tomato plantations and is full of birds like the chiff chaff. The peak is 428 metres high with great views inland and across Los Cristianos.
Roque del Conde is the taller table top peak and the highest in the south at 1001 metres high. The starting point is in Arona town (on the bus route) and it’s a medium difficulty steady climb with two ravines to climb down and up. The old rural route features goats, partridges, ancient cottages, and a wide range of plants and cactus. The views of the southern coast are amazing and history and culture are all around.
Both walks take just over four hours and attract lots of walkers so keep another group in sight, wear strong shoes, take water and snacks, have your mobile and let others know where you have gone.