Tenerife Walking Festival to attract 700 ramblers
Ramblers from all over Europe will be gathering in Tenerife in March, 2015 for the first Tenerife Walking Festival.
Participants will hike along the island’s diverse scenery – including coastal paths, volcanic landscapes and ancient forests – and take part in a full programme of exciting activities including stargazing and dramatised tours.
Aimed at professional hikers who are members of the European Ramblers Association or its national affiliates such as Ramblers, the Long Distance Walkers Association and Mountaineering Ireland, the festival is expected to attract around 700 ramblers.
Based in the northern seafaring town of Puerto de la Cruz, hikers will be able to explore the island during five days of hiking on up to 15 different trails classified into three categories: volcanic, coastal and green tracks.
Some of the areas ramblers will explore include the protected Teide National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and its remarkable volcanic landscape; picturesque coastal towns such as Taganana and San Juan de la Rambla; and the spectacular green laurisilva (ancient laurel forests) of Anaga and Teno Rural Parks. Routes will take up to five hours to complete and a professional guide will accompany ramblers along their way. A wide range of activities such as stargazing, dramatised tours and visits to wineries, museums and the Teide Observatory will also be included in the programme.
Mr. Carlos Alonso, President of the Council of Tenerife, said: “The festival is an excellent opportunity to showcase the quality of the island as a hiking destination. The fact that participants will belong to ramblers associations means that, once they go back to their countries, they can share their experience with other members, becoming the best ambassadors for promoting hiking in Tenerife.”
Registration is open online now on tenerifewalkingfestival.com
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