At GF Victoria ***** GL, we have always seen holidays as an opportunity to take on new challenges and, of course, climbing in Tenerife is the perfect example. We can’t think of a better place than this island to take your first steps as a climber, either on a climbing wall or in a natural setting. Our landscapes offer ideal places to disconnect and, what better way to do it, than by choosing an active holiday. Get ready to discover the most incredible areas of Tenerife from elevated positions, with an activity that will hook you completely.
Since the National Geographic documentary Free Solo won the Oscar in 2019, the world of climbing has been on everyone’s lips. The story focuses on the figure of Alex Honnold, a world-famous climber specialized in in Free Solo – that is, climbing without ropes or protective equipment – and shows his ascent to the top of the El Capitan rock formaton in Yosemite National Park.
While this risky technique is not recommended for those who are just beginning, the influence that this production has had on the climbing boom in Tenerife is undeniable. On an island that has so many perfect places to practice, we could not miss the opportunity to follow this trend. Here, we suggest a brief review of the best places to start during your holiday in Tenerife.
Climbing in Tenerife: where to go
From north to south, our island has interesting places for all types of climbers. Whether you are just starting, or if you are looking to stretch your technique to the limit, Tenerife offers you very interesting locations, often with great views of the sea or even volcanic areas which are unusual for foreign visitors. These are some of our recommendations:
Las Vegas (Granadilla de Abona)
Beginners tend to start in places such as this, where it is suitable even for children and whose altitude does not exceed 50 metres. The type of rock is limestone, which guarantees a fairly stable grip; and rain is not frequent, thus minimizing the risk of slipping.
Guaría (Guía de Isora)
Also in the southern area, not too many kilometres away from our hotel, we find this basaltic wall, whose profile is completely vertical. Its height does not exceed 40 metres, but it is quite dangerous to go with children.
Cañada del Capricho (Vilaflor)
Located within Mount Teide National Park, this ravine has several climbing areas and its main attraction for climbers from outside the island is the possibility of climbing on volcanic stone. Its maximum height is 20 metres and it has profiles suitable for many proficiency levels.
San Marcos (Icod de los Vinos)
It is worth approaching this zone of the island to practice climbing in greener places, overlooking a more rugged area of coastline. A short distance from the beautiful San Marcos Beach, we find a climbing area up to 25 metres high and with good options for beginners. The environment is suitable to go with children, although don’t forget that it is always important to exercise caution and always go with the appropriate equipment.
It’s no wonder that many of our guests are attracted to activities such as climbing in Tenerife. Families who have these preferences, encourage their children to practice for the first time in our adventure zone. This fun environment, completely safe and perfect for making new friends, has passageways, zip lines, tree houses and an area with a climbing wall where the little ones have a great time.
It is also important to know that our qualified staff is responsible for supervising the use of these facilities, which will help the children develop their technique in the most appropriate way. Who knows, perhaps one of your children will decide to follow in the footsteps of Alex Honnold and become a climbing enthusiast. In any case, we are sure they will have a great time while they are discovering it.