The Tenerife Walking Festival Returns to the Island Again With the Participation of 200 Hikers From All Over Europe

Tenerife, Spain

Complementary activities such as conferences, workshops and a great weekend party on Saturday [day 25] complete an event that has already become a benchmark

The Tenerife Walking Festival (TWF) has returned to Tenerife to reaffirm itself as one of the most outstanding hiking events in Europe. Tours between the most spectacular natural environments of the island, varied and attractive complementary activities for the local population such as conferences and workshops, in addition to its characteristic spirit of respect for the environment, are once again the hallmark of an event that has already become a benchmark.

The vice president and insular councilor of Tourism, Alberto Bernabé, yesterday [Tuesday 21] welcomed the participants accompanied by the president of the European Hiking Federation (ERA), Boris Micic, and the Councilor for Tourism of Puerto de la Cruz, Dimple Melwani.

The fifth edition of the festival has the participation of about 200 walkers from 10 countries. Among the attendees are the members of the women's mountain team of Pakistan, Sudiqa Hussein and Amina Hanifque, who are part of a social project promoted by the Spanish adventurer Sebastián Álvaro, sponsor of the TWF, who face the Tenerife Walking Festival as a challenge not only sports but also life.

A total of 17 international media will report this year on the TWF, including the agency Efe, Aire Libre, El Ecoturista or Wandermagazine, among others. In addition, 11 specialized tour operators participate, who will have the opportunity to 'discover' Tenerife as an ideal destination for tourists who practice hiking.

The event is organized by the Cabildo, through Tenerife Tourism, the ERA (European Hiking Association), EUMA (European Union of Mountain Associations) and FEDME (Spanish Federation of Mountain Sports and Climbing). The Porto City Council and the Urban Development Consortium for the Rehabilitation of Puerto de la Cruz also collaborate.

Activity program

For this edition, the organization of Tenerife Walking Festival has established a total of 15 different routes that combine the coastal, green and volcanic landscapes. As usual, these routes are combined with a series of complementary activities related to hiking, mountaineering or nature.
On Friday the 24th, at 8:00 pm, the first of the two presentations of the event will take place at the Archaeological Museum of Puerto de la Cruz. Its title is Hiking and new technologies. Interpretation of nature en route and will be presented by Alfonso Polvorinos, biologist and disseminator of tourism in nature. The second of the talks, scheduled at 21:00 in the same place, will be borne by Sebastián Álvaro and has been named "Chicas en la Cumbre".

The "zero footprint" agreement is maintained during this year as one of the key bets of the festival. It is a commitment to the environment, offsetting CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases that are caused during the event: electricity, flights, transportation. The way in which this deterioration is balanced is through the calculation of the environmental impact, to then carry out a plantation of autochthonous forest species and, as a novelty this year, the recovery of agricultural areas in disuse.

Closing party

During the whole day of Saturday 25, in the Plaza de Europa (Puerto de la Cruz), a series of leisure activities will be carried out. In the morning gastronomic workshops of tapas, wines, gofio and healthy cooking will be developed. At 16:00 hours a carousel of musical performances will begin, which will end around 23 hours. Groups of batucadas, a DJ and the participation of the Vandals or Bad Grass are some of the planned activities.