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La Palma & La Gomera

Two weeks discovering two superb islands for hiking.

From£1,995

Moderate

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 5

Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent.

The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.

Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding.

Grade 6

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.

These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.

Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy the flexibility of choosing from two grades of walking each day on La Palma.
  • Walk the Ruta de los Volcanes – one of the truly memorable walks on the island.
  • Explore the National Park of Caldera de Taburiente which offers walking in stunning surroundings well above the clouds.
  • Enjoy our two seafront hotels.
  • Discover dramatic ridges, rugged scenery and lush green valleys.

This holiday is a great combination of our popular 7 night La Palma and 9 night La Gomera holidays.

Take a walk on the wild side of La Palma, make your way through ancient green laurel forests and fragrant pine woods and climb above the tree line to discover a volcanic landscape like no other. Walk along the dramatic Ruta de Los Volcanes and ascend to over 1800m to the Pico Bejenado rim for a bird’s eye view down into the vast caldera.

La Palma is a green and beautiful island with a temperate climate and an impressive volcanic past. The National Park of Caldera de Taburiente offers wonderful walking in stunning surroundings. Apart from mountains and volcanoes here; the northern part of the island is very fertile, and bananas particularly are grown extensively.

Our walking programme reflects the wide variety of walks, including along parts of the long-distance GR (Gran Recorrido) footpath which takes us to the southern tip of the island with its lighthouse and salt-pans nature reserve, as well as the dramatic Ruta de los Volcanes. Here we see up close evidence of volcanic activity over the centuries, and as recently as 1971 when Teneguia last erupted.

We also visit the 15th century capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, with its picturesque streets, colourful architecture and waterfront cafés. This is just a 15 minute bus ride north from our hotel, which is situated in the district of Los Cancajos. We hire buses and the reliable local bus services to get all around the island on our walks.

Our first week has come to an end where we now head to Tenerife for one night before we take to the seas to Gomera for 9 nights. Days will be spent discovering the wild landscapes, dramatic scenery, deserted beaches and sleepy mountain villages of La Gomera in the best possible way – on foot. La Gomera is a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of other parts of the Canaries, an island that time and mass tourism forgot. Only accessible by ferry, it’s a tranquil island haven filled with a wild natural beauty that casts a spell on all who visit.

First glimpses from the boat from Los Cristianos in Tenerife suggest La Gomera is barren and deserted but this is deceptive. You will quickly discover traditional Canarian ‘white villages’, mountains, pine forests, dramatic cliffs and wildlife endemic to the island – it’s all here to explore and only add to the many reasons why discovering this island is a real pleasure.

Our centre on the island is Valle Gran Rey, a coastal resort about an hour’s drive from the capital of San Sebastian. Our hotel is situated on the seafront, a short distance from the beach and is close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Garajonay National Park. There are plenty of great walks from our hotel, enabling us to see the real beauty of the valleys and wonderful seascapes. Follow the path of mountain streams into fertile valleys bursting with lush vegetation and tropical mountain scenery, and across rugged volcanic mountains for unparalleled views across the island.

Our first and last nights are spent at a comfortable hotel in Costa Adeje, Tenerife. On our transfer days between islands, the planned ferry schedules allow us time to also have a walk, making the most of the hiking opportunities available.

Please note That some of the walks may be a little more challenging if the weather is inclement.

  • Return flights from Gatwick to La Palma and back from Tenerife South (British Airways or Charter)
  • Inter-island ferries and flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Coach and baggage transfers between centres
  • En-suite half board accomodation
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to the Beautiful Island of La Palma!

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Once we land into La Palma we then take a very short transfer by road to our hotel in Playa de los Cancajos where the rest of the day can be used to get to know the local area or relax by the pool.

Day 2 to 7

Sample Grade 5 & 6 Walks on La Palma

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

During our time in La Palma there is a wealth of walking to be undertaken. So much in fact it is impossible to tell you all the options. Below is a selection of walks to give you a taste of what you can expect.

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

San Antonio Volcano (Grade 5)

Today we take a hire bus ride to a tiny village called ‘Montes de Luna’, where we pick up a pathway which gently rises then falls as it contours its way around the south of the island to the town of Fuencaliente. Here, we stop for coffee in one of the charming bars before continuing down to the San Antonio Volcano. Here we watch an excellent short explanatory film in the Visitor Centre before venturing out on to the rim of the volcano which formed in the 1600s. It is now quite safe and the walk is protected by hand rails where needed. Our group looks down on even younger volcanoes (the youngest blew in 1971) before returning to the Visitor Centre. After lunch, we have another short walk, and then visit the ‘Bodegas Teneguia’ for wine tasting with the joint owner ‘Diego’.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    8.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150/850m

San Antonio Volcano (Grade 6)

Our day begins very much the same as the Grade 5 walk however, after lunch, we continue down the island via some even younger volcanoes (the youngest blew in 1971) before reaching ‘Faro’ (lighthouse) where there is a small museum and a bar selling craft beers and cakes from the island.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700m

Ruta de los Volcanes (Grade 5)

Today we get back to business with serious hikes along the ‘spine' of the island. We take a taxi ride up the mountain road to ‘El Pilar' pass at around 1,450 metres above sea level, where we start our walks. Both groups hike (albeit at a different pace) up onto the spine. From the pass, we start off on the GR path, then turn off and climb up our first peak Birigoyo where we have truly amazing views back north to the whole Taburiente caldera. We may see the ‘Mar des Nubes' (sea of clouds) in the foreground, which we, hopefully, will be above by this stage! We continue over the peak of Barquita and down to the ‘Hoyo Negro' crater (it means black hole). From there, we then climb up to Pico Nambroque (our main target for the day) before returning on the main GR footpath all the way back to El Pilar for our return transfer.

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    11.1 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700/1400m

Ruta de los Volcanes (Grade 6)

We walk the same start of the Grade 5 walk before they peel off the GR path at the pass. From the pass, we stay on the GR path, bypassing the first few peaks and past the ‘Hoyo Negro' crater until we reach the dramatic ‘Volcan de la Deseada' – a spectacular volcano which is the highest on the spine. The (safe) climb up the rim is truly memorable and the 360- degree views are awesome. From there, we descend south (staying on the spine) to reach the ‘View of Views' – looking south to the Volcan de St Martin and beyond (on a clear day) out to sea and the islands of Tenerife, El Hierro and La Gomera. A steady descent to Fuencaliente completes this 18km classic walk to our return transfer.

  • Distance

    6.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    280/750m

Laurisilva Forest (Grade 5)

From a drop-off point at 1200m, we enter woodland in a micro-climate with birds and butterflies before reaching our main viewpoint at just under 1500m. Continuing on forest tracks we reach El Pilar leisure area with a Visitor Centre showing a video about La Palma. Having reached El Pilar on a shorter route, we can maintain a slower pace down to our pick-up point near El Paso, seeing a wide variety of terrain and interesting features.

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450/850m

Laurisilva Forest (Grade 6)

The beginning of our day follows our Grade 5 route before going our own way. The longer route to El Pilar will still allow time for the video, and the group has plenty of time to descend gradually on the same terrain as Grade 5 to El Paso.

Day 8

To Tenerife to join La Gomera

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we fly to Tenerife for one night to join the La Gomera holiday and most likely a new leader before we sail to Gomera the next day.

Day 9

On to La Gomera

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We have an early departure to the ferry terminal for the 1 hour crossing to San Sebastian, the capital of La Gomera.

On arrival our transfer bus takes us up into the Mountains and down into Valle Gran Rey. After checking in to our excellent hotel, we have the chance to explore the villages in the valley taking in the most northerly beach and a walk at the bottom of the cliffs at the southern end and walk past one of a small number of beaches where it is safe to swim in the sea. There will be time to stop for drinks and to have lunch and to point out the shops, restaurants and bars.

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Day 9 to 15

Sample Grade 5 walks on La Gomera

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The following walks will normally be included in our walking programme. Day 6 is often taken as a free day on which you can either relax in Valle Gran Rey or possibly walk to the waterfall up the Barranco de Arure or walk beyond the harbour area to a fruit garden.

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650m

GARAJONAY - Our walk today takes us to the highest point on the island, Garajonay at 1487m. After the short climb and time to admire the 360 degree views we complete a circular route via the village of Imada finishing at Pajarito junction for our transport back to the hotel.

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

GARAJONAY NATIONAL PARK - We take transport 20 minutes to the village of Arure. We ascend to the neighbouring village of Las Hayas for a mid-morning break and continue into the Garajonay National Park through lauirsilva and wax myrtle forest to Las Cresces for a picnic lunch. We continue our circular walk back to Bar Conchita in Arure for refreshment before our transport pick-up back to Valle Gran Rey. Plenty of time for swimming in the sea or relaxing by the hotel's rooftop swimming pool.

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650/385m

ERMITA DE GUADALUPE & EL CERCADO - We travel to the village of Chipude at 1050m. We will walk to the Ermita de Guadalupe, a small hermitage set in a stunning location overlooking Valle Gran Rey. Taking a picnic lunch along the way we walk to El Cercado, known for its traditional pottery making. There will be time for a drink and a look at the pottery shops and perhaps the pottery museum before continuing to the end of the walk at La Laguna Grande recreation area.

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/750m

CHORROS DE ESPINA TO ALOJERA - We take transport to Chorros De Epina. Visiting the springs we hear about an ancient legend before continuing through hamlets and palm groves to complete our route to the village of Alojera and a final drink at Bar Perdomo.

Day 16

Return to Tenerife

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

In order to make the most of our time on La Gomera we include a walk on the transfer day back to Tenerife. Our coach takes us to the Camino Forestal de Majona above San Sebastian. The path rises 400m to a ridge passing through remote and rugged scenery, then descends to San Sebastian, with any luck allowing time to explore the town.

Those not wanting to walk can continue from the drop-off point by coach to San Sebastian to spend the day there. Everyone will then meet about an hour before the ferry sails to be reunited with their bags. We take the ferry back to Tenerife and then continue with a short transfer to Costa Adeje and our hotel.

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400/750m

Day 17

Goodbye to the Canary Islands!

Meals

Breakfast

It is time to bid these charming islands a fond farewell as we head back to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

From (GBP)£1,995

Departure dates for your selected tour

18th Feb 2021 - 6th Mar 2021 (16 Nights)

8th Apr 2021 - 24th Apr 2021 (16 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Santa Cruz (La Palma) returning from Tenerife South (Charter)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 15 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

H10 Taburiente Playa Hotel

The 4 star hotel H10 Taburiente Playa with its grand atrium and well appointed rooms is located on the seafront, 300m from Los Cancajos beach and has a wealth of amenities.

Hotel facilities include tennis courts, restaurants, bars, sauna, swimming pools (one heated all year round, towels provided), free wi-fi throughout and evening entertainment on some evenings.

Room facilities include en-suite, hairdryer, television, air conditioning, safe (charge payable locally) and telephone.

Our centre for this tour is the small seaside village of Los Cancajos. Close to the famous black sandy beaches, this area was once dominated by the salt pan industry, but now it’s a well located tourist resort with all amenities available.

There are beautiful views back to the interior of the island, also over to the historic capital Santa Cruz de La Palma and often it is possible to see Spain’s highest mountain, Teide, on the island of Tenerife. It is just five minutes by bus to the bustling capital where there are colonial buildings with tall wooden doors and colourful flower-laden balconies, along with shops selling local produce from the island. Whale watching and astronomy excursions are available from Los Cancajos, and these are often taken on a free day.

Costa Adeje Palace Hotel

Located next to the sea on the Costa Adeje, and with direct access to La Enramada beach, the H10 Costa Adeje Palace is the ideal location. Featuring comfortable en suite rooms with their own terrace, a/c, TV, hairdryer and safe. You will also find a wide range of dining options. Although not our usual choice of hotel, due to its size, we stay at the H10 costa Adeje because it will be a quicker transfer to the ferry.

Hotel Gran Rey

The Hotel Valle Gran Rey has an enviable position directly on the seashore, with views over the Atlantic and surrounding mountains. You can take a buffet breakfast on the top floor with the ocean stretching out in front of you. Another restaurant is where dinner is taken and you can also enjoy a rooftop swimming pool, sunbathing terrace or tennis court.  

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

1st Week - In La Palma  we only operate Grade 5 & 6

2nd Week - In La Gomera we only operate Grade 5

The walker’s haven that is La Palma offers a wide variety of walking which is perfect for our 2 Grade, 2 Leaders, 2 Walks option at a Grades 5 and 6. On the East of the island paths are greener through forests where on the West the island is much more barren.

Each day we will walk up to 6 hours with cumulative daily ascents and descents in the range of 750m depending on the grade of walk you choose to do. Some walks will have longer descents that can be towards 1000m especially on the Grade 6 walk.  The paths we take are rough and steep at times, but will be taken at a pace appropriate to the grade of the walk. The higher the grade walking programmes the higher ascents and duration will be. It is important to note that some walks maybe difficult for those affected by vertigo. The maximum altitude reached on either grade is over 2,400m.

The wild landscapes of La Gomera make for interesting and varied walking. This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descents of 750m with some walks being very much at the top of the grade with longer descents. Our maximum altitude on this holiday is 1,500m, you might find yourself walking above the clouds. Given that the island is on a volcano the terrain is rugged and will require a head for heights. Paths are mostly good, but there will be some steep and rough ground.

Please see our Proposed Itinerary below for more walk examples.

Walks & Excursions

Two Grades, Two Leaders, Two Walks

On ‘2x Walks, 2x Leaders, 2x Grades’ departures, where we provide two tour leaders and offer a choice of easier or harder walks each day, we hope to be able to accommodate your choice of walk. However, safety considerations do govern the sizes of groups in each walking grade; the minimum number of participants for a guided walk at a given grade and the maximum group size will be as indicated for the walk grade.

On most departures we are able to accommodate most clients' first choice of walk most of the time, however some flexibility and co-operation may be required. In unusual circumstances where a disproportionately high number of clients wish to walk at one grade, for safety reasons, we may not be able to provide you with your choice of walk each day. Although we will endeavour to accommodate as many clients’ choices as possible, it may be necessary for you to switch between higher and lower grade walks during the holiday. Any decision regarding group sizes and the participants in the day’s walking programme rests with our tour leader(s).

For safety reasons the minimum number of participants on a walk will be 4 plus the leader.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Spain

The currency in Spain is the euro.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

Flights: London Gatwick to La Palma with return from Tenerife South (Reina Sofia). (Manchester flights may be available on some dates – please check at the time of booking). 

Travel in the Canaries will be by ferry, road and on foot.  Approximate journey times are as follows:

  • La Palma Airport to Los Cancajos - 15 minutes (by road)
  • Tenerife South Airport to Costa Adeje - 30 minutes (by road)
  • Los Cristianos to San Sebastian - 90 minutes (by ferry)
  • San Sebastian to Valle Gran Rey - 60-90 minute (by road)

Travel on Tenerife to and from the airport will take around an hour by private transport.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Regional Transfers

Regional Flights (R3). We offer regional flight options on this holiday and there will be one or two transfer vehicles between the airport and hotel to minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport on the outward or return journeys.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included with dinners being taken in the hotel every night in La Palma and La Gomera.  

Lunches are not included but there are a wide range of supermarkets and bakery's in the nearby town centre to buy lunch provisions. Sometimes a walk will have a nice cafe on route to use for a bite to eat, your leader will tell you more at the evening briefings if this is an option.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Spain

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

La Palma maps & guidebooks:

There is lots of literature that can help benefit your holiday.

Useful websites are:

www.spain.info
www.hellocanaryislands.com/la-palma
www.canaryislandsinfo.co.uk/la-palma/ 

Useful Maps:

1:30,000 Freytag and Berndt Hiking and Leisure map WKE2
1:50,000 Kompass
1:40000 Tour and Trail map (9/2017)

Useful guidebooks are:

  • Sunflower Guide (6th edition published 2010). A very limited selection of walks.
  • Walking on La Palma, the World’s Steepest Island, published by Cicerone
  • Rother walking guide - This detailed guide has 63 walks all over the island and is readily available, including the supermarket by the hotel. (2nd edition published 2008)

La Gomera Maps:

  • Discovery Tour and Trail’ 1:40,000
  • Kompass Map 231 la Gomera 1:30,000

A great book to look at for inspiration is the La Gomera the Rother Walking Guide available from Amazon and other bookstores. The Spain Tourist Office website may also be useful in planning your trip www.spain.info 

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Spain

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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La Palma

  • Capital

    Santa Cruz de La Palma

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    n/a

  • Flight duration

    4.5 hours

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • February

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 57mm

  • March

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 33mm

  • April

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 19mm

  • May

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 7mm

  • June

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 2mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 1mm

  • August

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 1mm

  • September

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 12mm

  • October

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 41mm

  • November

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • December

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

Tenerife

  • Capital

    Santa Cruz de Tenerife

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    n/a

  • Flight duration

    4.5 hours

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    17.4°C

    Avg. Rain: 44mm

  • February

    17.4°C

    Avg. Rain: 38mm

  • March

    18.3°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • April

    19.1°C

    Avg. Rain: 13mm

  • May

    20.3°C

    Avg. Rain: 4mm

  • June

    22.3°C

    Avg. Rain: 2mm

  • July

    24.3°C

    Avg. Rain: 0mm

  • August

    25.2°C

    Avg. Rain: 0mm

  • September

    24.5°C

    Avg. Rain: 3mm

  • October

    22.7°C

    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • November

    20.3°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • December

    18.6°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

La Gomera

  • Capital

    San Sebastián de La Gomera

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    n/a

  • Flight duration

    4.5 hours

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 160mm

  • February

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 148mm

  • March

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 140mm

  • April

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 159mm

  • May

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 132mm

  • June

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 99mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 90mm

  • August

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 105mm

  • September

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 115mm

  • October

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 145mm

  • November

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 165mm

  • December

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 139mm

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