El Hierro Self-Guided Walking Holiday
Self-Guided | 8 days | 7 nights | From £509 per person
El Hierro, the most western and smallest island of the Canary Islands, is a genuine paradise for hikers and people looking for a quiet refuge. Once marked on sea maps as the ‚End of the World’ due to the zero meridian running through the most western point of the island, might be a the reason why this 278 square meter island has so far been completely unspoiled by mass tourism.
Due to that fact, a lot of ancient walking trails, untouched nature and the original island way of life with friendly inhabitants had a chance to survive. On this weeks walking tour you will not only be able to discover this island with all its amazing facets but also enjoy intense peace and quiet, breathtaking views over mountains and valleys and over the endless horizon of the Atlantic Ocean.
For the daily hikes between 3,5 and 6 hours you need a good basic fitness condition. You will walk on marked paths and forest trails through 4 different zones in vegetation on the island of El Hierro. Surefooted for walking tour on day 7 required. This week offers a perfect combination of nature and typical Canarian way of life
Walking Tour Highlights
• Visit the island known as the ‘End of the World’
• A part of the Canary Islands unspoiled by tourism
• Discover an original way of life
• Moderate to tough walking days through mountain landscapes
• Easy to reach from Tenerife
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
1st Day: Individual journey to Valverde
2nd Day: From Valverde to Mocanal
Along an ancient pilgrims’ path and past the little village of Tiñor, the tour leads along with views onto the sea to the replanting of the historic ‚Rain Tree Garoe’, which the legend says, saved the indigenous people from dying of thirst. After that the walk continues through bizarre trass landscape via Betenama to Mocanal.
Details: approx. 3,5 hours | 13 km | Up 530 m Down 620 m.
3rd Day: From Mocanal to Frontera
On your way from Mocanal to Guarazoca this walk leads you to the fascinating stone structure of ‚César Manrique’. Swiftly followed by an area resembling the Scottish highlands around San Andrés and then an ever green descent down to the ‚orchard’ of the small village ‚Frontera’. Amongst other fruit, pineapples are grown here and are exported to the other islands.
Details: approx. 6 hours | 17 km | Up 690 m Down 850 m.
4th Day: Circular walk into the Southwest
After a short transfer the deserted south western part of the island. Visit an exposed lookout, the ‚leaning’ juniper trees of Hierro and the treasured shrine of the island, a modest chapel, home of the miraculous statue of Mary ‚Virgen de los Reyes’. You reach full circle and the old shepherds’ path leads you back downhill.
Details: approx. 5,5 hours | 15 km | Up 750 m Down 750 m.
5th Day: From Frontera to El Pinar
A fascinating change in vegetation: Initially caught up in the Baumerika- and Gagelbaum forest, and heading through a pine forest to the highest point of the island, before reentering the fragrant pine forest via pitch black ashfields along the Golf valley ridge. Visibility permitting you can make out La Palma on the distant horizon.
Details: approx. 6 hours | 17 km | Up 750 m Down 850 m.
6th Day: Circuit walk to Tacorón or day off
Across young lavafields the trail leads to the most significant diving haven and fishing habour of the island, La Restinga. It was here in 2011 where only five kilometres off shore the latest lava erutptions of the Canaries were documented. From here you can either return to Pinar or proceed to one of the most amazing beach spot of ‚Cala de Tacorón’ and then finally across ancient cultural areas walk back to El Pinar.
Details: approx. 5 hours | 17 km | Up 880 m Down 890 m.
7th Day: From El Pinar to Las Playas
This walk offers spectacular views of the ragged cliffs of the East coast and the deep blue Atlantic Ocean. After leaving Taibique, then via Las Casas which will blow you away with its two impressive outposts with great views into the oldest part of the island complete with ancient shepherd’s trail.
At the end of your walking holiday you will spend a night in the outstanding Parador-hotel, situated directly at the beach of Las Playas.
Details: approx. 5 hours | 14 km | Up 430 m Down 1.220 m.
8th Day: Individual departure or extra days.
For the daily hikes between 3.5 and 6 hours you need a good basic fitness condition. You will walk on marked paths and forest trails through 4 different zones in vegetation on the island of El Hierro. Surefootedness for walking tour on day 7 required. This week offers a perfect combination of nature and typical Canarian way of life.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The El Hierro tour stays in 5 x simple but nice B&B’s or country hotels, 1x nice 2**-country hotel and 1 × 3***-Parador hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
- 7 overnight stays as mentioned, breakfast included
– If half-board: min. 3-course meal
– Luggage transfer
– Personal tour information
– Transfers as stated in itinerary
– Transfer from airport or habour
– Carefully elaborated route description
– Detailed travel and tour documents
- Visitor taxes
Airport Tenerife or Gran Canaria airport. Short flight (www.binter.es) to El Hierro (just under 1 hour), depending on airport from EUR 36 to 132 per person and flight. Flight from Tenerife change to airport North ‚Los Rodeos’ (www.titsa.com), public transport bus connection nr. 343).
Calculate approx. 1,5 hours transfer time from one airport to the other. Alternatively, by boat from Los Cristianos/Tenerife-South (www.navieraarmas.com), duration approx. 2.5 hours to El Hierro, approx. EUR 50 per person (no boat ride on Saturdays).
Organised transfer from harbour or airport El Hierro to initial hotel as well as return transfer to airport or harbour at the end of tour is organized and included in price.
Extra nights in every stage finish upon request
El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 days, 7 nights
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Holiday Price: From £509
Single Supplement: £259
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