14-Night Tenerife & La Gomera Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 15 nights
Type: European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4

Two fantastic holiday destinations in one holiday! Explore Tenerife: The Atlantic island of Tenerife contains a wealth of different landscapes. The most dramatic being the lunar scenery of the Teide National Park in the centre of the island. Rising above is the summit of Mount Teide itself, the highest mountain in the whole of Spain. Explore La Gomera: A walker's paradise, with exhilarating routes spreading out across the dramatic landscape of this rugged island. Experience breathtaking barrancos, laurisilva forest and the wonderful Garajonay National Park.

Holiday Highlights

Tenerife

  • New improved walking programme explores lush forests, beautiful coastlines, exotic flora and fascinating volcanic scenery
  • Enjoy our 4-star hotel, located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage town of La Laguna
  • Discover the unspoilt Anaga Peninsula
  • Remarkable volcanic landscape dominated by El Teide

La Gomera

  • Conquer high cliffs and walk along a ridge with incredible views
  • Experience La Gomera's whistling language and look out for dolphins following your ferry
  • Discover breathtaking barrancos and the stunning Garajonay National Park
  • Explore the island capital of San Sebastián

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
  • "With flight" holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 14 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Transport between the two destinations
  • Half Board - continental breakfast and evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

Welcome to Hotel Laguna Nivaria. Unpack and settle in.


Today we travel East to the Anaga Peninsula where we begin our day at the Visitor Centre at Cruz del Carmen.

Option 1 - Cruz del Carmen Mirador

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

Total descent: 1,680 feet (500m) 

In summary: We start our day at the Cruz del Carmen Visitor Centre. We then descend through laurel forests and farmland, catching spectacular views of barrancos before continuing on to Los Carboneras for a refreshing drink.

Highlight: The short walk out to the Mirador de Aguide is rewarded with stunning vistas of the rugged coastline.

Option 2 - Taborno

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)

Total descent: 2,550 feet (780m)

In summary: The first part of the day covers the same ground as the easier group. On reaching Los Carboneras we continue towards the village of Taborno through the Barranco de Taborno on old pathways. 

Highlight: The Matterhorn-esque Roque de Taborno dominates the landscape towards the end of our walk.

 


Today we head west to the small hamlet of Montaneta. These walks explore an area of comparatively recent volcanic activity and we will be accompanied by local guides who will inform us about the volcanic history. The last major eruption here was in 1706. This intriguing landscape is accentuated by the backdrop of black ash which sparkles in the bright sunlight and gives the area its name.

Option 1 - Erjos to San Jose de los Llanos

Distance: 5 miles (7.5km) 

Total Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

Total Descent: 980 feet (300m)

In summary: From our walk start, we ascend gently with interest from a local guide through the pine forest to the Las Arenas Negras. The black ash here provides an insight into the island's volcanic nature, with views to El Teide on a good day. We then descend to meet our transport in San Jose de Los Llanos.

Highlight: Walking through black lava with the local guide bringing the island to life.

Option 2 - Through the Lava from Erjos

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

Total Descent: 1,100 feet (320m)

In summary: This walk explores the landscape of Las Arenas Negras in more depth; with the areas fascinating past brought to life by a local guide. We have time for lunch among the black ash, with gorgeous views to El Teide on a good day, before descending to our walk's end in San Jose de Los Llanos.

Highlight: The alien landscape of Las Arenas Negras is unmissable - the black ash glitters in bright sunshine.

 


We will travel to the far east of Tenerife for todays walks, where we walk along the dramatic ridge line road through Anaga peninsula with stunning views both to the north and south.

Option 1 - Villages of Punta de Anaga

Distance: 3½ miles (6km)

Total Ascent: 1,100 feet (320m)

Total Descent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In Summary: We begin our walk in the pretty hamlet of Las Bodegas, stunningly located on a spur between 2 barrancos, we visit a variety of remote villages as we follow the ancient trail to the village of Chamorga, once in the village we finish our walk by exploring Chamorga's lanes and dragon tress.

Highlight: Spectacular views of the north coast from Cruz de Draguila.

Option 2 - The Chamorga Loop to Roque Bermejo

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km)

Total ascent and descent: 2,200 feet (660m)

In summary: We too start from Chamorga, exploring upland areas of Anaga. Our walk undulates along and over ridges with great views of the Atlantic, the Roque de Dentro and the Punta Anaga lighthouse. We then descend to Roque Bermejo before heading back to Chamorga.

Highlight: Spectacular views of dramatic ridges sweeping into the sea.

 


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. Options for your free day may include:

La Laguna: This colonial town is considered to be the cultural capital of the island. Explore its old quarter and visit the historic mansions, open to the public.

Hotel: You could simply relax in the hotel and talk advantage of its spa facilities.

Santa Cruz: Take the short tram ride to Santa Cruz, the port city which is the capital of Tenerife. Wander the old town and visit the Palmetum – a large botanical garden containing one of the biggest collections of palm trees in the world. Santa Cruz also has a large waterpark with many different saltwater pools plus a lively bazaar and food market – the Mercado de Nuestra Senora de Africa. You could also visit the Museum of Nature and Man which contains the cannon which shot off the arm of Admiral Nelson! 


Today, we head to Teide National Park, with Teide, an active volcano and Spain’s highest mountain dominating the lunar landscape.

Option 1 - Through the Lunar Landscape

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

Total descent: 900 feet (280m)

In summary: We cross the crater through an amazing array of rocks and lava, a truly unforgettable experience. Passing the Sanatorio which was originally built inside the Teide crater in the 19th century because doctors believed that the climate of Teide was good for respiratory illnesses. Our route continues to the Parador and visitors centre. In the afternoon we visit the Roques de Garcia.

Highlight: Look out for the rock formations of the Roque de Garcia, which include the ‘Roque Cinchado’ (or ‘finger of God’) the ‘White Tower’, and the 'Cathedral'.

 

Option 2 - Montana Guajara

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Total ascent: 2,200 feet (680m)

Total descent: 2,650 feet (800m)

In summary: Starting at the Parador hotel, we'll head for the highest point on the crater rim, Montana Guajara. Our ascent will wind its way around the flanks of the mountain, reaching the broad summit plateau with plenty of time to take a breather and revel in the views.

Highlight: The views from the summit are breathtaking; Teide and Las Cañadas dominate the panorama. 

 


Our final day takes us just north of La Laguna, with both walks ending in the stunning coastal resort of Bajamar, with it's sea water swimming pools, but taking very different routes to get there. A great way to end the week.

Option 1 - Mesa Mota to Tegueste and on to Bajamar

Distance: 8miles (15km)

Total Ascent: 790 feet (240m)

Total Descent: 1,550 feet (480m)

In Summary: We begin our walk on the outskirts of La Laguna where we walk through the woodland to Mesa Mota. We then follow the ridge and ancient camino to Tegueste, giving us the chance to explore the old quarter. We then catch a bus to the outskirts of Bajamar following the coastal walkway to the beach and pools.

Highlight: Exploring the pretty town of Tegueste

Option 2 - Mesa de Tejina and Bajamar

Distance: 9½ miles

Total Ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

Total Descent: 2,800 feet (860m)

In Summary: We start at the village of Pedro Alvarez, heading into the Anaga forest and traversing the plateau known as La Orilla, before heading up to the stunning viewpoint of Mesa de Tejina. We then return to the pass, descending through barrancos to reach the sea. From here we follow the coastal walkway to reach Bajamar beach and pools.

Highlight: Views from Mesa de Tejina


You will be transported back to Tenerife South airport where you will meet with your fellow guests for the onwards travel to Los Cristianos and the ferry to La Gomera.

Welcome to Parador de La Gomera. Unpack and settle in.


Both groups will start the day with a stroll down the hill and an exploration of San Sebastián. We then board our transport for the ride up to the Garajonay National Park, in the centre of the island.

Option 1 - Exploring Garajonay

Distance: 6 miles (9½km) 

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m) 

In summary: This walk follows a broad contouring track around Garajonay, to reach a viewpoint and pick up the GR 131. Our path then descends to tiny Igualero and another mirador. Here we find a monument to Silbo, the unique whistling language of La Gomera. Below the village we join a high terrace path in a spectacular location to traverse round the hillside and pass beneath the rocky stronghold of Fortaleza. We continue to the large village of Chipude where we finish our walk at one of the bars in the square.

Highlight: Igualero's monument to Silbo, La Gomera's unique whistling language.

 

Option 2 - Fortaleza

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (350m)

In summary: This walk follows the same route as the easier walk as far as the col beneath Fortaleza. Here we follow an airy path on a winding route up through the cliffs to reach the top at 1,243m. After circling the summit plateau, we retrace our route down to the col and continue to Chipude.

Highlight: The views from the summit of Fortaleza are excellent.

 


Today we will use hired transport to make our first visit to the northern side of La Gomera, with its small fields of bananas and the village of Agulo.

Option 1 - Agulo & the Mirador de Abrante

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m) 

Total descent: 2,800 feet (870m) 

In summary: We begin at the visitor centre high above Agulo, where you can learn more about the flora, fauna, history and traditions of the island. Starting our walk, we follow a good track along the ridge before striking out across vivid red earth to reach the cafe and skywalk at Mirador de Abrante. Returning to the ridge, we begin the steady descent to the attractive settlement of Agulo. Here there will be time to look around and pause for a drink, before continuing our descent to the coast and a stroll above the seaside rocks to the wild bay of Playa Hermigua, before ascending to the road for the bus back to the hotel.

Highlight: The skywalk at the Mirador de Abrante is a spectacular experience.

 

Option 2 - Inland from Agulo

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 2,200 feet (660m)

In summary: We leave our transport in Agulo to ascend a seemingly impossible route through the cliffs behind the village. We ascend on a steep stepped path to a mirador above the coast. The route then follows a valley inland before a further ascent takes us to the visitor centre where our easier group started their walk. We follow the easier route back through Agulo to finish at Hermigua.

Highlight: The ascent of the cliffs is on good paths and is a stunning start to our day's walk.

 


Today we visit the Garajonay National Park to ascend the highest point on the island (1,487m). It provides an opportunity to see at close hand the unique laurel and tree heather forest that once covered much of the centre of the island.

Option 1 - Forest Tracks to La Gomera's heart

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

Total Descent: 1,900 feet (575m)

In summary: We start this walk just beyond Pajarito and take tracks and paths to the summit of Garajonay for views across the island. This route then meanders through the famous laurel and tree heather forest to the Visitor Centre and Cafe at Laguna Grande before descending through farmland to the village of El Cercado.

Highlight: El Cercado is renowned for its characteristic brown pottery, made only by women.

 

Option 2 - The Roof of the Island

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (130m) 

Total descent: 4,100 feet (1,250m) 

In summary: This group alights at Pajarito to directly ascend Garajonay summit, with good views to neighbouring islands. After admiring the view, we descend through the forest to Ermita de Lourdes, and the village of El Cedro, where we may choose to sample the watercress soup for lunch. The most dramatic part of our walk is the descent by a stepped path down the cliff, before continuing down to the lower valley and finishing at El Convento.

Highlight: On a clear day we'll be able to spot the other Canary Islands from the summit of Garajonay.

 


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

San Sebastián: Wander down to San Sebastian and visit the excellent little archaeological museum, sit and people watch in the shady square or even visit the sheltered black sandy bay for a swim. Hire a boat from San Sebastián for a fishing or whale watching trip (max five people.

Hotel: Spend the day at the hotel, perhaps taking advantage of the swimming pool, sauna or massage facilities, or wander through the hotel gardens improving your knowledge of the local fauna. Stroll out from the hotel through the town to the remote beach at Playa Guancha or in the other direction for a shorter walk to the lighthouse at Punta de San Cristobal.

La Gran Rey: Take a bus ride from the town to La Gran Rey, one of the main beach resorts, for a meal, swim or even a trip on one of the whale watching boats.

For information on La Gomera please visit www.lagomera.travel


Both groups will have a short bus journey to the start of these walks and finish at the Parador. This area has wild and remote countryside with excellent views.

Option 1 - San Sebastián

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

Total descent: 2,400 feet (735m)

In summary: This walk starts by ascending an ancient trail towards Enchereda, we then take a good track to a col where we stop to admire the fine views before continuing the ascent on a rocky path (GR132). This track zigzags down just below Jaragan and then a ridge walk takes the group back into San Sebastián.

Highlight: Walking a ridgeline means we're accompanied by great views for much of the day.

 

 

Option 2 - Ayamosna and the deserted south

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

Total descent: 3,200 feet (960m) 

In summary: We start at the mirador at the Degoilade de Paraza, just 15km from San Sebastián. A few steps lead to a cliff path to the settlement of Ayamosna and onto a wild rocky ridge before descending into a steep valley. The group then ascends again to the GR131 coastal footpath that winds down to a deserted beach. There are headland views and distant San Sebastián. The group arrives back at the Parador after making their way through the town.

Highlight: The beach at Playa de la Guancha is an idyllic spot for a swim on a calm day.

 


For our final walks of the week we make our first visit to the valleys to the southwest of San Sebastián. Our road branches off the high road at the Degollada de Peraza and heads down towards Playa Santiago.

Option 1 - The Benchijigua Valley

Distance: 6 miles (9km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m) 

Total descent: 2,300 feet (690m)

In summary: This group takes a broad track winding along the hillside to the attractive restored hamlet of Benchijigua. Taking a narrow path we follow the valley southwards through terraces, along a rock shelf and past a disused gofio mill. We then descend to cross a dry stream bed, before ascending to the bar at Pastrana. We continue to meet our transport at the road junction just beyond which will take us to visit Playa Santiago.

Highlight: There's an excellent tapas bar in Pastrana; a perfect place to wait for our coach.

 

Option 2 - The Guarimiar Barranco

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)

Total descent: 3,100 feet (950m)

In summary: We initially follow the same route as the easier walk to Benchijigua, before picking up the rising track over the ridge and descending to Imada, a village nestling near the top of the neighbouring valley. Here we take the path through the famous Guarimiar barranco, walking beneath and above high cliffs, to the hamlet of Guarimiar. The route then continues down the valley with the option to climb to a higher road and welcoming bar.

Highlight: The Guarimiar barranco is famed for a reason; it's one of the most spectacular parts of La Gomera.

 


We hope to see you again soon.


Tenerife Itinerary Map
La Gomera Itinerary Map

Hotel Laguna Nivaria - Tenerife

Our holiday on Tenerife is based in one of the main squares of the UNESCO World Heritage town of La Laguna. This was once the main capital of the Canary Islands and has many cobbled streets, historic merchant buildings with beautiful courtyards, churches and convents. The 4-star Hotel Laguna Nivaria is a central meeting place for the locals and is a historical 16th Century building furnished with traditional furniture but with contemporary comfort. The hotel owns an organic farm with sustainable ethics which provides produce for the restaurant. 

Parador de La Gomera

The stylish Parador de la Gomera is perched over the town of San Sebastián and the harbour, with incredible coastal views. There is a tropical garden surrounding the hotel with an outdoor pool, as well as a relaxing enclosed central courtyard. The hotel’s restaurant has a great local reputation and offers hearty Canarian fayre.

Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 3 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/.

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

Duration:
15 nights
Type:
European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

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