The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
23 nights exploring the volcanos of La Palma, lush Gomera and the heights of Tenerife.
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 no 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.
After our one night stay back on Tenerife in Costa Adeje we have a transfer up to the far North of Tenerife, an island of contrasts, with dramatic and beautiful landscapes. We are based in San Cristobal de la Laguna, near Santa Cruz in the north of the island. Small enough to explore on foot, it’s packed with interesting architecture including its cathedral. Outside of the town you’ll explore the rugged Anaga Peninsula, a landscape of sheer ridges and green mountains with views across the open sea.
Although Tenerife is one of the most popular of the Canary Islands with 43% of inhabitants living there, don’t be discouraged there are still plenty of lesser known trails for us to take advantage of. The islands history has helped create interesting and varied paths through its successive eruptions of Mount Teide through the years, leaving a rugged and volcanic landscape.
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