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The Canary Islands are an African archipelago in the Kingdom of Spain consisting of seven islands of volcanic origin in the Atlantic Ocean. The islands are Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, Fuerteventura and La Graciosa. They are located off the north-western coast of mainland Africa (Morocco and the Western Sahara). The nearest island (Fuerteventura) is 108 km from the northwest mainland African coast. They form an autonomous community of Spain.

Our walking holidays are available on six of the islands: Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and Lanzarote. We also have a walk on La Graciosa accessible from Lanzarote. By visiting several of the islands you will be able to experience a great range of landscapes and enjoy stunning views. We will arrange accommodation, flights and transfers, provide walking notes and maps and if required organise walking guides.

Gran Canaria 

An island of only 600 square miles but a continent in miniature Gran Canaria offers lush forests exotic fauna and flora Sahara-like dunes mountains volcanic craters and sometimes snow on the highest peaks. Two things make Gran Canaria distinct from the other Canarian Islands. Firstly the reservoirs that are abundant in the mountainous region nestling in the valleys giving important water supply to the inhabitants and a refreshing vista for the walker. Secondly there are the ancient settlements and fascinating troglodyte villages built by the deeply religious Guanche about 4000 years ago and many are still occupied!

Tenerife

Tenerife has become a mecca for enthusiastic walkers. Tenerife is an island of contrasts from the volcanic moonscapes of the Teide National Park to the high cliffs ridges and deep valleys of the coastal mountain ranges. The island boasts the highest mountain in Spain Teide at over 3660m. Due to its southern latitude its slopes can be walked for most of the year. All of this is well away from the crowded tourist resorts for which Tenerife is renowned.


La Palma

La Palma a lush mountainous island in the Western Canaries measuring the equivalent of just 24 miles square offers attractive opportunities for walkers. Its diversity of landscapes constantly change as you gain height or vary direction. There are forests of pine laurel and eucalyptus and meadows strewn with colourful wild flowers.Farming remains the bedrock of the economy with a wealth of almond groves tobacco fields banana plantations and vineyards. In contrast the island also features extensive evidence of volcanic activity with much to explore on foot including the enormous crater of the Caldera de Taburiente in the awe-inspiring and scientifically important National Park. The densely forested northern coast features magnificently rugged sea cliffs and spectacular gorges. You can enjoy exploring the picturesque small towns and villages dotted along the coast and inland.


La Gomera

La Gomera is just 35 minutes by fast ferry from Tenerife it remains beautifully unspoilt and is a walker’s delight. Measuring the equivalent of just 20 miles by 20 miles yet packed with a variety of walks it is a tiny friendly island with charming rural villages and a handful of small coastal towns.


El Hierro 

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.


Lanzarote

Lanzarote is the most easterly of the Canary Islands, located just 79 miles off the coast of Africa. As with the other Canary Islands it was formed through volcanic activity. After the eruptions of the 18th and 19th century, and due to the islands dry climate and lack of erosion, many parts of the island look like they come from another world with the lava flows appearing like they did soon after the eruptions.


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Self guided - Easy, Moderate & Challenging

Guided - Easy, Moderate & Challenging

Hotel Tigaiga - 4 Star

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Beautifully located in extensive subtropical gardens in the tranquil Taoro Park, just above the main town of Puerto de la Cruz yet only 15 minutes’ walk from the town centre. Owned by the Talg family since it opened in 1959, Tigaiga is now managed by the third generation. Rooms are very comfortable, you can choose to upgrade to a Teide side room (at a supplement). Breakfast is an extensive buffet offering both hot and cold options and dinner is 5 courses and waiter served. The heated pool and terrace have spectacular views over Puerto and the ocean.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe, air conditioning and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

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Hotel Valle Mar - 4 Star

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Located in a superb setting situated along the pedestrianised sea front of Puerto de la Cruz, this 4* hotel is well placed for our guided walks as the minibus departs just 40 yards from the hotel. Dinner and breakfast are buffet style, offering an excellent choice from four themes. There is a roof top swimming pool and sun terrace or extensive public pools, gardens and sun terraces along the seafront opposite the hotel.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe, air conditioning and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

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Parador La Palma - 4 Star

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Located in an area on incredible scenic beauty, the Parador is built in keeping with traditional Canary Islands architecture - highlights include magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool and extensive botanical gardens within the grounds. The elegant restaurant boasts wonderful traditional Canary Island products, as well as a variety of fresh fish.

There is a bus from the road outside, every 30 mins to  Santa Cruz and also in the other direction which takes you directly to some walks.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe, air conditioning and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.


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Hotel Las Olas - 4 Star

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Set facing the sea in Playa de Los Cancajos, this 4* hotel offers spacious and well-equipped rooms, most of which have a sea view with terrace or balcony. A large swimming pool is set within the gardens also overlooking the sea. Both breakfast and dinner offer an excellent selection from the daily buffets.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

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Hotel Gran Rey - 3 Star

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Set facing the ocean, the Gran Rey offers comfortable, very well-equipped rooms with balcony or terrace. Sea view is optional for a small supplement. Breakfast is an extensive buffet served on the sun terrace and dinner in the main restaurant is a 5 course buffet with ‘vegetarian corner’. The roof top pool and terrace have superb ocean views and the town with the island’s mountains ever present in the background is close by.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe, air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

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Las Tirajanas **** - 4 Star

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Sat at an altitude of 920m in the small mountain village of San Bartolomé, this hotel offers spectacular views across wide valleys to the sweep of mountains beyond. It is built in a mountain inn style, designed to make the most of its position. There are 52 bedrooms all with their own balcony, terrace or panoramic window so you can maximize the views. There are also suites, larger rooms with whirlpool bath. The restaurant will not disappoint with a superb dinner on offer specialising in Canarian and Mediterranean dishes. There is a heated swimming pool, covered in winter, a tennis court and a programme of other activities various days a week. This is an excellent hotel set in a perfect location for walkers. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas.

All rooms feature television, telephone, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.


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Availability Information

Walking is available in the Canary Islands throughout the year. For example La Gomera has a sub tropical climate with an average temperature of 20ºC at lower altitude.

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