Secrets of Tenerife Walk

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  • Headwater

A naturalist's paradise, the climate in Tenerife is so perfect for wild flowers, butterflies and birdlife that our walks are an explosive celebration of colour: at sea level, swaying banana palms contrast with yellow cacti, while inland hibiscus and geraniums adorn traditional white villages.

Single Supplement
Add 30 per night for sole occupancy of a double room
Travel
Thomson Airways Gatwick to Tenerife South Reina Sofia 08:10/12:35, 13:40/18:05 April 2019, (transfer to hotel, 75 mins, provided). Return: Tenerife South to Gatwick 13:50/18:05, 19:20/23:05 April 2019.
Meals
All buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches and all evening meals with wine
Accommodation
Hotel San Roque (4 star)
This hotel is one of the very few original Canarian mansions still in private hands. Located in the heart of Garachico, a beautifully preserved traditional town, the building, like so many Canarian mansions seems quite unassuming from the outside. Inside though, the luxurious bedrooms surround two striking central courtyards, each with attractive wooden walkways at first floor level. The hotel has an heated outdoor pool and sauna. Meals are taken in the hotel restaurant or around the side of the pool in fine weather.

Destinations
  • Spain
  • The Canary Isles
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Luxury
  • Small Group
  • Walking
  • Winter
Departure Points
  • London Airport
Day 1 Arrive in Garachico
Arrive at your **** hotel in time for dinner. (Staying at San Roque Hotel, Half Board)

Day 2 Historical Volcanoes 10km/6.5mi/5hr
Today's walk takes us to the Chinyero Reserve to view the dramatic volcanic landscapes of the coal black Montana de Chinyero volcano and the spectacular El Volcan Negro, a jet-black hill of carbon framed by vivid yellow Teide broom, azure blue skies and scarlet poppies. Passing through the Arenas Negras (black sands), the air is fresh with scents of pine resin and giant flows of solid lava offer perfect views of Mount Teide. (Staying at San Roque Hotel, Half Board)

Day 3 Teide National Park 9km/6mi/4hr
Tenerife's dramatic landscape includes soaring volcanic cliffs and snow-capped Mount Teide, which at 7,500m high from its base on the ocean floor, makes it the third largest volcano in the world. Starting at the El Portillo visitors centre where we can learn all about this volcanic landscape, today's walk takes us through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Teide National Park. A mecca for geologists, look out for lava flows in vividly contrasting colours, pumice and obsidian. We drive back through the magnificent landscapes of the Teide caldera as we return back to the hotel in time for a swim before dinner. (Staying at San Roque Hotel, Half Board)

Day 4 Teno Rural Park Walk 10km/6.5mi/5hr
Spectacular views today of the Atlantic Ocean, La Gomera, El Palmar Valley, the Los Carrizales Ravine and the crowning glory of Mount Teide. The Teno Rural Park is rich in natural heritage and preserved in time with abandoned terraces, stone circles, traditional farmhouses and cheese factories. We follow shady forest paths to the hamlet of Teno Alto with its tiny church and where we lunch on regional specialities in a local restaurant. We descend on the Callejon de Teno trail down through the fertile El Palmar Valley, passing in front of a unique volcanic cone, through terraces of golden barley and past remote farmsteads. (Staying at San Roque Hotel, Half Board)

Day 5 Free Day
In the morning perhaps explore the lava rock pools and narrow streets of Garachico, with its C16 churches and their beautiful vaulted ceilings. Lunch in the pretty square then back to the hotel to laze by the pool, you are on holiday after all! (Staying at San Roque Hotel, Half Board)

Day 6 Anaga Rural Park 11km/7mi/5hr
We start our route at the Cruz del Carmen visitors' centre and follow the cool shady paths through the magical sub-tropical laurisilva which colonises the northern part of Tenerife, where the trees tower at up to 1,000m high. Our day also includes a trip to Laguna market to choose our picnic lunch from the local produce available. This is a fabulous day for endemic flora and fauna, with stunning views of Mount Teide and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. (Staying at San Roque Hotel, Half Board)

Day 7 Cumbre de Bolico Ridge 10km/6.5mi/5hr
Today will take us through the Teno Rural Park, along old shepherds' routes and up through rolling hills to the Cumbre de Bolico Ridge, with dramatic, deep ravines and where we'll be rewarded with lovely clear views out across the Atlantic towards La Gomera. Look out for the migratory birds in the ponds of Charcas de Erjos and enjoy the spectacular 360 degree views of the ocean and snow-capped Mount Teide, then descend passing abandoned farmsteads to the pretty village of Masca. There's time for a refreshing drink in the palm-shaded square before heading back to the hotel. (Staying at San Roque Hotel, Half Board)

Day 8 Leave Garachico


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