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The highest mountain in Spain is Mount Teide, the volcano that "is" the island of Tenerife. The mountain cuts the island in half forming a barrier between the wet, green northwest side, and the drier, desert side of the island. The climbing here is as varied as the weather and history. With crags at sea level to 9,000 feet, and located in all parts of the island, one is sure to find the weather they desire.

The rock is a wide range of igneous substance including; basalt, volcanic tuff, and sandstone. Most routes are bolted.

The island of Tenerife has many faces. In the south, Las Americas, and Los Christianos are the resorts that attract the holiday goers who are looking for British and German food with a Las Vegas feel. In the south the sun always shines, which is the reason for the resorts and sunburned northern Europeans. Mount Teide is in the center of the island and rises to an elevation of 12,198 ft. The northern side of the island is forested and holds the small historical towns of Tenerife. The majority of the climbing is in the drier south, near the town of Granadilla.

A new (as of 2016) guide has also recently been published: Tenerife-Escalada Deportiva. You can get it here: roxtar.es/topoprint.htm

Getting There

There are two airports on the island, norte and sur. Which one you fly into depends on the airline. There are many different options for lodging from giant, all inclusive resorts to small apartments. Car hire is mandatory for getting to the crags, but not for getting around the island.

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D. Durrant
Utah, USA
D. Durrant   Utah, USA
The information for climbing on the island is incomplete, however we did get enough from the nice guys at Tenerife Outdoor to get going in the right direction. We stayed in a basement apartment in La Orotava that came with a car, and preceded to put almost 3,000 kilometers on the 12 year old Fiat, driving from historical sites, to the beaches, to the bodegons, and of course the climbing areas. The island is beautiful, and the food and wine are outstanding. We found the scuba diving to be great also. Jul 16, 2010
Ryan Williams
London (sort of)
Ryan Williams   London (sort of)
Just had a wonderful trip to Tenerife and hope to post up some info soon. Until then, anyone feel free to PM me if you have any questions. Mar 6, 2013
scoTt Millbern
Langenfeld, Germany
scoTt Millbern   Langenfeld, Germany
We had a nice trip here in January (2013). Awesome place for some winter climbing.

A tip for lodging: We stayed in a furnished apartment for about 40 euro/night in El Medano with a large room, kitchen, and patio right on the beach. We were within an hour (often less) of some crags.

A tip for rental car: Read the fine print! Most rentals on the island require you to pay for a full tank of gas, there are a couple that do not. This can be an unwelcome surprise when you pick up a car. May 26, 2013
Pune, India
Chitro   Pune, India
The guide book for Tenerife is Tenerife Escalada Deportiva, but some newer crags are not in the guide. You can get the topos for some of these crags at the Roxtar climbing store at Granadilla.

There is also a climber's hostel at Arico Rasclat basecamp . They sell handmade hats and climbing trousers if one is interested. Dec 31, 2013
Melinda Ching
Boston, MA
Melinda Ching   Boston, MA
There's also a new climbing hostel in Villa de Arico, the Tenerife Climbing House . and also a climbing school where you can get a guide at Ocho Escalada . :) Sep 23, 2015
Cres Simpson
Cambridge, MA
Cres Simpson   Cambridge, MA
Just got back from an awesome trip climbing in Tenerife. I strongly recommend buying the guidebook (can be found at any of Roxtore's locations on the island [roxtar.es/roxtore.htm]); however, if you stay at the Climbing House they have a couple copies you are welcome to peruse / photograph for free.

Happy to answer basic questions re: Tenerife climbing based on my experience via PM.

Amazing location and great climbing! Apr 29, 2019