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The Island

El Hierro is the least known, and most westerly, of the Canary Islands. In fact it was the most westerly point of the ‘old world’. Hitherto it has escaped mass tourism, and is free of  giant hotels and apartment complexes. The population is only 10,000, giving a very different feel to the other Canarian islands.

The Herrenõs are fiercely proud of their island and although they are generally against mass tourism they are very welcoming towards visitors who come to appreciate the environment, such as walkers, naturalists and divers. 

Like its neighbours, El Hierro was formed by volcanic activity along an offshoot of the mid-Atlantic ridge. There has not been an eruption since the 18th century but the cones of ash and old lava flows are a prominent feature of the island. The small central plateau at over 1000m is a mixture of volcanic scenery, pastures (cattle, sheep and goats provide fine cheeses), and the beautiful Canarian pine woodlands. To the north the lowland of El Golfo resembles a huge bite taken out of the island, and the impressive bordering escarpment, reaching 1500m in altitude, features in our walks. On the lower land of El Golfo vines, bananas and pineapples are grown.

The islanders have preserved a number of local traditions and some of their sites are included in our routes. Overall, there is a surprising rich variety for such a small area!

The population is principally Spanish, and the relative isolation means that other languages are rarely used. However, most hotel and restaurant staff have a little knowledge of English.

The Walking

El Hierro has an excellent network of well-waymarked paths, all shown on the map of the island we provide. We also provide detailed walking notes for a selection of easy to moderate walks, and even the highest point, Malpaso at 1501m, is an easy stroll. Some more challenging routes feature  long and steep ascents and descents, but as these are on ancient, well-conceived, paths  there are no exposed vertiginous sections.

All walks offer superb views and include a variety of landscapes on this unspoiled island, as well as the significant cultural sites. Among these are the Sacred Tree – El Arbol Santo, the abandoned village of La Albarrada, the Ermita de la Virgen, and the amazing twisted Junipers at the western extremity – the farthest western point of the ‘old world’. Some of the walks, such as El Pinar – La Restinga – Tacoron, provide sea bathing opportunities.

 

Guided - Independent Walking

On our guided independent holidays you will be collected from your hotel and transported to the beginning of the walk and collected at the end.  Distances vary with walking time between 3 – 7 hours.

We arrange 4 walks per week which range from easy to challenging – they will be tailored to your needs. The walks are selected to enable you to enjoy the island’s superb variety of landscape and spectacular views. You can take additional walks on your ‘days off’.

You will have an experienced guide who is a local resident, knows the paths well, and will be very informative regarding the landscapes, plants and local culture.   These holidays are available throughout the year.

 

Self-Guided

Available year round using our exclusive Walk Booklet containing 11 of the best walks El Hierro has to offer. We give full directional notes, average walking times and distances, the extent of ascents and descents and points of interest. The walks range from short and easy to challenging, but all are on good, waymarked paths.

We also provide public transport details for each walk. We can arrange for a local driver to take you to and from the walks if you prefer; payable locally.

As the bus service to the Parador hotel is inconvenient, a hire car is essential for the guests staying here. Even so, some linear walks require a bus or taxi to return to the car.

 

Walk Grading

Guided- Easy, Moderate & Challenging

Self Guided- Easy, Moderate & Challenging

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Multi-Centre

Why not combine a trip to El Hierro with some time in Tenerife or La Gomera, both offering different walks to enjoy? We are happy to arrange a multi-centre holiday of any duration. Please send a request with your preferred option.


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Parador El Hierro *** - 3 Star

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Located in a superb heavenly setting where the sea and the volcanic mountains meet, this modern Canarian Parador is ideal for rest and tranquility. Its elegant colonial interior and fascinating gardens are cheerful and friendly.

Dinner and breakfast are served in the elegant restaurant and are highlights of the day.

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Hotel Villa El Mocanal ** - 2 Star

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Conveniently situated in the main street of the village of Mocanal on the plateau, Hotel Villa El Moconal, based in three adjoining buildings, offers a warm welcome. Most of the rooms - some with a spacious balcony - have a view to the north coast and the Ocean. Breakfast is taken just across the road in the Mesón del Norte, a simple, genuine,  Spanish bar-restaurant offering good wholesome food and welcoming service.

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Best to Go:

El Hierro is blessed with good walking weather all year round temperatures averaging 20°C at lower altitude. The island’s sub tropical climate is however influenced by the trade winds which particularly in winter may bring cloud and rain to the north.



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How to Get There:

There are no direct flights from the UK. The gateway for El Hierro is Tenerife, which has direct flights from many British airports. From there, you can either transfer to the port of Los Cristianos (20 minutes) for a ferry crossing to El Hierro, which takes about 2¼ hours, or transfer to Tenerife North airport (40 minutes) for a flight (40 Minutes). Some flight/ferry timings might require an overnight stay in Tenerife.

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El Hierro

Self Guided and Guided Independent

Included:

·         7 Nights accommodation with half board* (B&B only at Vila El Mocanal)

·         Transfers between Tenerife South airport and Tenerife port

·         Ferry between Tenerife and El Hierro

·         Transfers on El Hierro to/from Hotel El Mocanal

·         8 days Group A car hire when staying at the Parador

·         Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

*Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:

·         Transfers between Tenerife North airport and Tenerife port are available at a supplement

·         Villa El Mocanal –7 days Group A car hire available from £32 supplement per person

·         Guided walking includes transport to/from nearby collection point or hotel at a supplement

·         Flights between Tenerife and El Hierro as a substitute for the ferry (exact prices for your dates are available on request)

·         ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* from London Gatwick to Tenerife South. Flights from many local airports are also available (exact price for your dates available on request)

* For important details of our flight price policy click here

Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

Please note these prices will differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices

All prices valid for 2017/18

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 7 nights half board* in a shared twin/double standard room.  

Hotel Vila el Mocanal **

 Dates

With Flights*

Own International Flights

Extra Night B&B  Per person

Single Supplement per night

Guided supplement for 4 days guided walking

All Year

734

539

45

23

145


*   For important details of our flight price policy click here
** Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Supplements may apply for Easter, Christmas and New Year POA

Parador ****

Dates

With Flights*

Own International Flights

Extra Night half board** Per person

Single supplement per night

Guided supplement for 4 days guided walking

01 Sep - 27 Oct

1074

879

97

34

185

28 Oct - 14 Dec

1094

899

101

36

185

15 Dec - 06 Jan

1194

969

112

42

185

07 Jan - 30 Apr

1094

899

101

36

185

01 May - 26 Jun

1070

875

97

35

185

27 Jun - 27 Jul

1094

899

101

36

185

28 Jul - 31 Aug

1164

969

112

42

185

01 Sep - 31 Oct

1094

899

101

36

185

*   For important details of our flight price policy click here
** Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Supplements apply for Christmas and New Year POA. 

Easter supplement of £11 per person per night (28/03-01/04).

Room supplements:

·         Sea View £12 per person per night

·         Gala Dinner 31st Dec £46 (compulsory on half board)

Multi Island holidays can be arranged, please contact us for details

 

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