Paragliding in Tenerife: when the sky is not the limit
Welcome to Tenerife, the largest island in the Canary archipelago, known as the island of eternal spring due to its climate, which is characterised by sunshine almost all year round and temperatures of between 17 °C and 25 °C. Its orography allows for a diversity of different climates in the different areas of the island, which means that it offers a wide range of activities for adventure lovers.
Home to the Teide National Park, Tenerife is a dream destination for paragliding enthusiasts (and perfect for those curious to try paragliding). The aerodynamic island with its arrow-shaped structure and orientation, deflects the north winds causing the air to flow sideways, creating areas that allow paragliding almost all year round.
This activity will be a thrilling experience for you, as it combines adventure with the natural beauty of the island. If you are a fan of paragliding or simply want to try something new and exciting, these areas in Tenerife offer you the perfect opportunity to live an unforgettable experience.
The Best Places to Fly Paragliding in Tenerife
Northern Zone: Tierra del trigo, Icod, La Corona and Izaña.
Eastern Zone: Guimar, Fasnia and Barranco Honda.
South Zone: Taucho, Los Pinos and Ifonche.
Anaga Park: La punta, Taganana and Las Teresitas.
Izaña: Where Your Hands Reach the Sky
Izaña is a magical place for paragliding lovers located in the Teide National Park and offers you the unique opportunity to fly from one of the highest paragliding spots in Europe. Located in the centre of Tenerife and with a take-off altitude of approximately 2,200 metres above sea level, Izaña allows you to experience an unforgettable flight. From the take-off you will have a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and valleys, while you feel the gentle breeze caressing your face and the thrill of floating through the clouds.
Thanks to this flight you will be able to observe the majestic Teide accompanied by a sea made up of waves of clouds and the Orotava valley where the brick colour of the houses blends with the blue sea creating a perfect picture.
- Landing points: Puerto de la Cruz lighthouse, the esplanade or Ladera de Güímar and the beach of Puertito de Güímar.
La Corona: flying over a unique nature
La Corona take-off point is located in the municipality of Los Realejos in the north of Tenerife. With a height of 765 metres above sea level, this 420 square metre carpeted take-off point will be the starting point for a new adventure.
You will fly over the Orotava valleys, the cliffs of La Culta and enjoy landscapes full of endemic flora that you will only find in a few specific places in the world.
From La Corona you will be able to try calm, acrobatic or high performance flights depending on your level. After discovering these amazing landscapes you will land to continue your adventure in this area of the island.
- Landing points: Finca Los Quintos, Playa del Socorro or Los Realejos.
Taucho: The Encounter between the Sky and the Sea
No matter what month you're looking for a paragliding adventure in Tenerife, Taucho is the perfect place. Located on the south coast of the island, this paragliding area offers take-offs from impressive cliffs that descend towards the sea. With a take-off area of between 700 and 1000 metres above sea level and 5600 square metres, Taucho is one of the most popular spots on the island for paragliding. The particularity of Taucho is its geographical location protected from the winds, where you can paraglide almost all year round.
Taucho invites you to float in a sea of white waves formed by clouds. As you soar into the sky, you will enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Adeje valley, the Infierno ravine and the south coast of Tenerife. On landing you can relax and enjoy the riverside atmosphere after your adventure in the air.
- Landing points: La Caleta beach or the esplanade of Taucho-Armeñime depending on the season.
Ifonche: Where Adrenaline Meets Nature
Located in the municipality of Adeje, in the south of Tenerife, Ifonche is another incredible spot to enjoy paragliding. After climbing up winding roads surrounded by the purest nature, you will arrive at the take-off point in Ifonche. With an altitude of 1,000 metres above sea level and a take-off platform of 750 square metres surrounded by trees and large challenging mountains, you will be immersed in breathtaking scenery that will prepare you for an exceptional paragliding flight.
From the sky, you will be able to contemplate impressive landscapes of the south of Tenerife such as the marvellous Barranco del Infierno Special Nature Reserve, the Montaña de los Brezos, the Roque del Conde, and waterfalls that will take your breath away.
Anaga Park: Fly between Mountains and Enchanting Forests
Located on the northeastern tip of Tenerife, the Anaga Park is a natural paradise full of breathtaking landscapes of lush reliefs and magical vegetation. Anaga is home to rainforests that boast one of the most important diversities of the Canary Islands made up of laurel forests, ravines and trails. It will be an opportunity for paragliding enthusiasts to fly between majestic mountains and fantastic forests.
The most popular take-off is at Taganana, from where you can appreciate the beauty of the park and its mountainous surroundings. Whether from La Punta, Taganana or Teresitas, as you soar through the sky, you'll enjoy panoramic views of rugged cliffs and emerald valleys.
You will fly over the valley of Taganana and the coast of Anaga where you will be delighted by the unique combination of mountains, forests, black sand beaches and a sea of white waves meeting the relief of the island. Please note that in this area of the island the landing points may vary depending on the weather conditions, as it is a more challenging area, so you should always be accompanied by experienced pilots.
Güímar: a flight from the ocean
On the east side of the island and only 20 minutes away from Puertito de Güímar you will find take-offs where you will have a view of the sea that you will never forget. Just waiting for your paragliding flight at the Güímar take-off you will feel the sea breeze and the smell of salt water inviting you to adventure.
With take-offs of around 400 square metres and at a height of between 700 and 800 metres above sea level, you will be able to observe the valley of Güímar, the Teide and Arafo. As it is located in the east of the island, the winds vary the difficulty and the most suitable time for a beginner flight would be in the morning, as the level at midday ranges from intermediate to high.
You must take into consideration that the town of Güímar is close to these take-off points, so care must be taken when landing. It is always advisable to go with instructors who know the area.
- Landing points: the esplanade of Güímar and the beach of the puertito de Güímar.
Fasnia Volcano: towards another Planet
Located in the southeast of the island, 400 metres above sea level and with a take-off base of 400 square metres, the Fasnia take-off will give you the sensation of being on another planet.
The contrast of Tenerife's blue skies and black volcanic sand will create vivid memories during the flight that you won't forget. As you enjoy the experience you will be able to observe its lunar landscapes adorned with winding roads, blue waters and perhaps even a colourful spectacle if other adventurers are flying. If you are a beginner it is recommended that you fly in the morning or late afternoon.
- Landing points: esplanade at the base of the volcano.
The extraordinary thing about paragliding in Tenerife lies not only in the thrilling flying experiences, but also in the diversity of landscapes you can appreciate from the heights. From majestic mountains, valleys made up of all shades of green, steep cliffs and even seas of vibrant blues. Paragliding in Tenerife offers you a unique perspective and a deep connection with nature that will produce sensations in your body and fond memories in your memory.
If you are a paragliding enthusiast or simply want to try something exciting during your visit to Tenerife, these areas offer you the opportunity to live an unforgettable experience. Remember that it is essential to fly with an experienced instructor to guarantee your safety and make the most of these wonderful adventures in the air.
Don't miss the opportunity to discover paragliding in Tenerife and enjoy its captivating landscapes!
If you have an insatiable thirst for adventure, don't hesitate to visit Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote or further explore Tenerife.