Tenerife New Year Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 8 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 4

The Atlantic island of Tenerife contains a wealth of different landscapes that can be visited on your New Year Guided Walking holiday. Volcanic activity is the major force that has created the landscape with comparatively recent volcanic activity to be seen amongst the black sands of Las Arenas Negras. Richly contrasting landscapes await the visitor who walks the trails of Tenerife. Most dramatic of all is the lunar scenery of the Teide National Park in the centre of the island at an altitude of 7,000 feet. Rising above is the summit of Mount Teide itself, the highest mountain in the whole of Spain. The Anaga region in the northeast of the island, renowned for its laurel forests, affords spectacular views of steep sided valleys as they sweep to the sea. Here cave dwellings are still inhabited today, allowing a view into the island’s history before its colonialisation. In contrast, the island’s old capital, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, allows us to discover the island’s colonial past. Our base for the week, this elaborate colonial city.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walks to explore lush forests, beautiful coastlines 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

What’s included

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

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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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: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

Total descent: 1,600 feet (480m) 

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: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (270m)

Total descent: 1,800 feet (540m)

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 (8km) 

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

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: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (390m)

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.


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: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (90m)

Total descent: 900 feet (270m)

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: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

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. 


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! 

Enjoy walks local to La Laguna and Santa Cruz

Our final day takes us back onto the Anaga peninsula. With it’s unspoilt views and coastline, and its traditional villages, this is a beautiful highlight to end the week with.

Option 1 - Taganana to Tamadiste beach

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

In summary: We start the day in the village of Taganana, a beautiful village framed by steep mountains. We walk up through the village streets, and out into the surrounding vineyards of El Chorro. Our destination is the beach at Tamadiste, a secluded spot perfect for a quiet lunch break. We return to Taganana by the same route.

Highlight: Enjoy your lunch on the remote and peaceful Tamadiste beach.


Option 2 - The Afur circuit

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 2,600 feet (780m)

In summary: The first part of the day follows the route of the easier party out of Taganana, through the El Chorro vineyards and on to Tamadiste beach. From here we follow the Barranco de Afur, heading inland to Afur. From there we climb to the pass of La Cumbrecilla, before descending back to Taganana.

Highlight: The panoramic views from La Cumbrecilla are excellent; and an opportunity to spot lots of places we've visited on our holiday on Tenerife.


We hope to see you again soon.

Tenerife 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. 


There are 60 elegant en-suite bedrooms with telephone, TV, hairdryer, fridge and complimentary toiletries.


There is a central courtyard coffee shop and some outside seating to the rear of the hotel plus a  wellness centre with small swimming pool. One visit to this centre to use the pool and/or the sauna or Turkish room as well as a gym is included in the price of your holiday. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Hotel Laguna Nivaria are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.  Breakfast is buffet style and the evening meal is a 3-course served meal with one glass of wine included.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.  Your leaders will give you information on the area and the choice of walks for the next day and you may want to join your group for a group activity organised by the leaders.  Alternatively, you may prefer to relax in the hotel lounge and socialise with your fellow walkers.

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What to Bring

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.

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