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The Canary Island Experience

La Gomera, Tenerife & La Palma
 
This self-guided walking holiday on La Gomera, Tenerife and La Palma will live long in the memory. Travel between these three different islands is easy, and you discover a variety of scenery. On Tenerife, you can sightsee with a hire car, and take a cable car to Spain’s highest peak.
The Canary Island Experience. 14 nights
The Canary Island Experience. 14 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on the Canary Islands

Any archipelago is worthy of thorough exploration, and this is certainly true of the Canaries. The islands’ spectacular landscapes have been created by volcanic activity over many millennia, and their benevolent climate is strongly influenced by their proximity to the vast continent of Africa. Each island has its own character, flavour and atmosphere, making it a worthy destination in its own right; but by combining two, three or even four of the islands you can experience their striking diversity and gain a wider, more rewarding perspective.
This two-week adventure explores three of the best, beginning on the little-known isle of La Gomera, to the south of Tenerife. The walking here is immensely rewarding – paths traverse deep ravines, lush green valleys and ancient tropical forests, gradually descending to the dramatic coastline, from where panoramic views stretch to the towering peak of El Teide on Tenerife, your next destination. Tenerife is an island of many colours, with expanses of black sand, green pine forests, red rock formations, crimson lava fields and white clouds which sometimes billow like a skirt around the waist of El Teide. On water-rich La Palma, your final port of call, you’ll be struck instead by the intricate beauty of the island capital, Santa Cruz, by the expansive lava fields of the south and by the sheer splendour of the forested central crater – the location of your final breathtaking walk.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. 
Please note this itinerary changed significantly in September 2019; earlier reviews will relate to the previous itinerary.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    On the upper slopes of El Teide, where snow is possible between November and February, temperatures will be cooler than those shown above.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 18 18 19 19 20 22 25 26 25 23 21 18
    mm 68 57 44 34 13 6 1 3 14 43 71 77
  • Arrival in Vallehermoso on La Gomera
    Night 1: at Hotel Tamahuche (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of routes from Vallehermoso: 6km to 19km
    There are four different walks to choose from on your day in Vallehermoso:

    Chorros de Epina: 16km, 6hrs
    This is a great introduction to the landscapes of La Gomera, taking you up through a terraced, palm-clad barranco (ravine) with views back over the valley to Roque Cano, the monolithic rock that presides over Vallehermoso. From here, you continue climbing to the Chorros de Epina, a legendary spot where seven springs meet, before returning via a gentle descent through forest and along an old path with views over the Encantadora Lake and the valley, reaching Vallehermoso along a quiet country lane.

    Around Vallehermoso: 12km, 5hrs; shorter option 10km, 4.5hrs
    This challenging walk climbs steeply above the Barranco del Valle with splendid views back across neatly terraced fields of bananas, avocados, lavender, vines, potatoes and other exotic plants, before crossing another barranco to reach the ridge at Santa Clara. You have a choice of return routes, either a steep descent to a beach, or a gentler descent into the valley with great views over the Barranco de la Era Nueva and Roque Cano.

    The Enchantress Lake: 6km, 2.5hrs
    A gentle route leads up to the Encantadora ('Enchantress') Lake and ascends the crest of Lomo Pelado before a leisurely descent into Vallehermoso.

    Igualero & the Barranco de Erque: 19km, 6.5hrs
    This is a challenging yet hugely rewarding walk that begins after a taxi ride (pay locally) to Igualero. From here you embark upon a lovely, varied walk starting above the deepest and most remote canyon on the island, Barranco de Erque. You pass through a number of hamlets, each with its own watering hole to help you on your way, followed by ancient laurel forest (laurisilva), and finally a cultivated, flowery valley, before dropping back down into Vallerhermoso. You can shorten the walk by starting at one of the intervening villages.
    Enchantress Lake
  • Vallehermoso to Agulo: 15km, 5.5hrs
    The walk to your next hotel ascends above the valley, with views that grow ever more impressive as you gain height, to the base of iconic Roque El Cano. From a tranquil lake in a beautiful valley setting, the route ascends again to the Juego de Bolas visitor centre with its handicrafts and botanical garden before dropping down to the village of Agulo, where you spend one night at Casa Lugo.
    En route from Vallehermoso to Agulo
  • Agulo to San Sebastián: 9km, 3.5hrs
    After a taxi transfer (included), you set off along well-waymarked paths, steadily climbing to reach the broad, undulating ridge of Lomo de las Nieves, dotted with cacti, which you follow towards the sea. You will be rewarded with fine views of the south-east of La Gomera, initially, and then across to majestic El Teide, crowning the distant island of Tenerife, as you continue down to the coast at San Sebastián. Your next two nights are spent at the Parador where you can relax by the pool and enjoy excellent local cuisine.
    Arriving in San Sebastián
  • Out-and-back walk to Playa de la Guancha: 10km, 4hrs
    If you can tear yourselves away from the hotel pool, this final walk on the island ascends out of San Sebastián and rounds the headland before descending into a barranco. As you emerge once more from the ravine, your efforts are rewarded by panoramic views over the remote Playa de la Guancha, your destination. Relax awhile on its pebbly beach before retracing your steps back to the parador.
    Looking down over San Sebastián
  • Travel to Vilaflor on Tenerife
    You are ideally placed to catch the morning ferry from San Sebastián to the port of Los Cristianos on Tenerife (50mins), where your hire car for four days will be waiting. It is a short drive to Vilaflor (50mins) and the Spa Hotel Villalba, where you stay for two nights.
  • Choice of routes from Vilaflor: 4km to 14.5km
    We provide notes for two walks from the door, plus a further walk around the foot of Mount Teide, a short drive away. Alternatively, you can ascend Spain's highest peak by cable car, weather permitting.

    Lunar landscapes: 14.5km, 5hrs
    Follow the ancient 'Camino de Chasna' trail which was the main route connecting the spa town of Vilaflor with Mount Teide and was used extensively by explorers, scientists and well-heeled Victorians over-wintering on Tenerife on the advice of their physicians. Climbing above the village, you ascend to the surreal rock formations of Paisaje Lunar where, over half a million years, the elements have sculpted fantastical shapes from volcanic fallout to create a unique and fascinating landscape.

    Vilaflor wine trail: 9km, 3hrs
    This easier walk incorporates an opportunity to try some of the Hotel Villalba's award-winning wines. Trails through the pine forest lead to Vilaflor's wine country, where you traverse country lanes lined with vineyards and, in early spring, almond blossom. A short detour brings you to the Bodega Reverón, where you can take a tour before trying a selection of wines which are also available to buy.

    Roques de Garcia: 4km, 1.5hrs
    Beginning with a short drive, this easy route takes you through the lunar landscapes of the Cañadas at the foot of Mount Teide. You pass many curious rock formations, including the 'Finger of God', as the path crosses scrubland, lava flows and azure-coloured rocks.

    El Teide
    It is also possible to reach the summit of El Teide by taking the cable car to the station beneath the peak. From here, it's a short but exhilarating and hugely rewarding walk to the top, although you will need to obtain a free permit to access this walk. Permits become available online six months in advance, and are very popular, so we recommend reserving yours as soon as possible. In the event of heavy snowfall, which is not uncommon between November and February, the path will be closed.
    Lunar landscapes around Vilaflor
  • Drive from Vilaflor to Garachico, plus a short walk
    As the drive to the Quinta Roja in the pretty coastal village of Garachico is not long (50km), you could head out on arrival for a short walk - take your pick from the walks recommended for the following day.
    Drive from Vilaflor to Garachico
  • Choice of routes near Garachico: 6km or 18km
    The first walk we suggest can be accessed directly from your hotel; the others are all within easy driving distance of Garachico.

    On the lava trail: 8km, 3.5hrs
    Starting from the hotel door, this route follows the path of the 1706 eruption and takes you high above the town, through the attractive hamlet of San Juan del Reparo and back to Garachico via an ancient path now only used by locals.

    Teno Alto: 11km, 4hrs
    This circuit is a great introduction to the Teno Mountains, revealing a variety of scenery as it rises from the village of El Palmar to the Tabaiba Pass on a flower-lined path for far-reaching views over the Atlantic. It continues along a rocky ridge before dropping gently onto the Teno Plateau and traversing a lush, terraced valley.

    Guerges mountain trail: 6km, 3hrs
    This is one of the most spectacular walks on the island. It leads up to and along the Guerges mountain ridge that separates the two most impressive gorges on the west side of the island, with startling views far down into them both. From the furthest point of the walk you can look across to the mighty sea cliffs near Los Gigantes before retracing your steps back to your car.

    Circular walk from Los Silos: 18km, 6.5hrs
    Another fabulous circuit that climbs from the town of Los Silos following a steep-sided barranco as you pass deserted hamlets and enter pine forests before arriving in the hill town of Erjos. Enjoy refreshments at one of the small bars before descending another dramatic gorge on wide cobbled trails back to your starting point.

    Circular walk from Santiago del Teide: 14km, 4hrs
    A richly varied walk that begins in the sleepy hamlet of Valle de Arriba and ascends through almond tree groves to the Chinyero National Reserve, site of Tenerife's last volcanic eruption in 1909. Traversing lava fields with views of La Gomera and La Palma on the horizon, the route drops down into the hamlet of Arguayo with its working pottery museum before skirting the side of La Hoya Mountain with breathtaking vistas over the west coast and Santiago Valley. The route returns to Valle de Arriba via the village of Las Manchas, which locals claim was saved from the ravages of the eruption by a miracle.
    The Teno Alto circular walk
  • Travel to Santa Cruz on La Palma
    Today you need to be at Tenerife North airport by lunchtime to deposit your hire car and catch the early-afternoon flight to La Palma (30mins). On arrival, you will be transferred by taxi (15mins) to the island’s capital, Santa Cruz, to spend two nights at the Hotel San Telmo.
  • Choose from two short – and very different – walks, or simply combine them for the best of both worlds.

    Circular walk via Los Molinos: 7.5km, 3hrs
    Follow a ridge trail that links a series of 19th-century water mills to reach the Barranco de Las Nieves and the Santuario de Las Nieves, home to the iconic Patron Saint of the island.

    Town Trail – Santa Cruz de La Palma
    A delightful blend of colonial architecture and South American culture, centuries-old traditions and contemporary artistic style flourish in this unassuming capital. Our town trail highlights the best bits and recommends places to enjoy a barraquito coffee and the pick of the town's burgeoning gastronomic scene.
    Explore Santa Cruz
  • Vila de Mazo to Los Quemados: 18.5km, 6.5hrs
    After a taxi transfer to the traditional town of Vila de Mazo, you follow country lanes lined with attractive hedgerows of wild flowers, and with panoramic views across the east coast, before climbing into the tranquil pine forest. Traversing high above the island’s southern tip, you descend into the small hamlet of Los Quemados, set amid volcanic vineyards alongside Volcán de San Antonio, where your next two nights are spent at the inviting Las Casitas Rojas apartments.
    Villa de Mazo to Los Quemados
  • Los Quemados to Los Llanos de Aridane: 12km, 4.5hrs
    A taxi transfer takes you to Jedey on the west coast, from where you begin your steady ascent to the interior of the island. Country lane becomes rocky path and then pine forest track as you finally level out to traverse the black obsidian lava fields of San Juan. Over a vast wasteland of volcanic picón, your route morphs to flower-filled meadows before arriving at the Caldera de Taburiente Visitor Centre, where you can learn about the magnificent crater, the largest of its kind – and which will whet your appetite for the sublime walking to come – before catching a bus (pay locally) into Los Llanos de Aridane to spend your last three nights at the welcoming Hotel Benahoare.
    Los Quemados to Los Llanos de Aridane
  • Choice of walks from Los Llanos: 6km to 14.5km
    Los Llanos is poised on the cusp of the Caldera de Taburiente, and is known as La Palma's 'secret capital' with its cobbled streets, pavement cafés and leafy plazas. We offer three enticing walking options for your final two days.

    Caldera de Taburiente: 12.5km, 5hrs
    This is arguably the most spectacular walk on La Palma, and one of the finest in the whole Canaries archipelago. After taking a taxi into the caldera and then a shared taxi to Mirador de Los Brecitos, you begin your descent into one of the world's largest erosion craters through fragrant pine forest, while surrounded by jagged peaks rising 1,000 metres from the valley floor. Reaching the so-called 'Playa de Taburiente' where a stream runs through the valley, you descend below the emblematic Roque Idafe, detouring to the ‘rainbow waterfall’, Cascada de Colores, before following the ravine back to the car park and taking a taxi home. (Note, taxi journeys are not included – pay locally.)

    Puerto de Tazacorte: 6km, 2hrs
    After a week of challenging walking, you may wish to reward yourself with this easy route from the door of your hotel, taking you through a pretty town park and then alongside extensive covered banana plantations to reach the traditional town of Tazacorte. Walking through its old quarter, where you might like to stop for a coffee while enjoying coastal views, you then descend to the small, black-sand beach and port of Puerto de Tazacorte where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch in one of the beachside restaurants before catching the bus (pay locally) back to Los Llanos.
     
    Pico Bejenado: 14.5km, 6hrs
    For those who want to experience one more spectacular walk on La Palma, Pico Bejenado is the most wondrous of the peaks that surround Caldera de Taburiente. Eroded to 500 metres on all sides, it stands in glorious isolation and provides a truly breathtaking 360-degree panorama over the caldera on one side and the Valle de Aridane on the other – a fitting reward for a challenging, unremitting climb.
    Puerto de Tazacorte walk
    Caldera de Taburiente
 

Accommodation

On La Gomera, you stay in two excellent rural hotels and a 4-star parador; while both your Tenerife hotels are elegant and stylish, offering excellent standards of hospitality and service. On La Palma, your accommodation comprises one 3-star hotel, one 2-star hotel and a rustic apartment (The term 'rural' refers to a class/type of hotel in Spain, rather than to its geographic location.)

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 14 nights: 01 September 2019 - 17 December 2019 & 07 January 2020 - 30 April 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 23 Sep 2019 £1850 £495
    24 Sep - 3 Dec 2019 £1895 £495
    7 - 27 Jan 2020 £1895 £495
    28 Jan - 16 Apr 2020 £1985 £495
    3rd & 4th person discount -£205
    Single traveller supplement £205

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: shared transfer from Tenerife South airport to Los Cristianos; return ferry between Los Cristianos and La Gomera; return taxi transfers on La Gomera between port and hotels; 5 days' category C car hire on Tenerife (eg Opel Corsa or similar with manual transmission); return domestic flight between Tenerife North and La Palma; return taxi transfers between La Palma airport and the first and final hotel.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Parador de La Gomera, San Sebastián
    Superior with balcony/terrace & sea view: 01 Sep - 30 Apr 2020 £15
    Hotel Spa Villalba, Vilaflor
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 17 Dec 2019 £15
    Junior suite: 07 Jan - 30 Apr 2020 £12
    Suite: 01 Sep - 17 Dec 2019 £34
    Suite: 07 Jan - 30 Apr 2020 £30
    La Quinta Roja, Garachico
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 17 Dec 2019 £14
    Junior suite: 07 Jan - 30 Apr 2020 £14

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Tamahuche, Vallehermoso (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 30 Apr 2020 £50 £70
    Parador de La Gomera, San Sebastián (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 17 Dec 2019 £130 £180
    07 Jan - 31 Jan 2020 £130 £180
    01 Feb - 29 Feb 2020 £140 £190
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2020 £125 £170
    01 Apr - 09 Apr 2020 £118 £160
    10 Apr - 15 Apr 2020 £140 £190
    16 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 £118 £160
    Hotel Spa Villalba, Vilaflor (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £84 £122
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £98 £136
    01 Nov - 17 Dec 2019 £115 £153
    07 Jan - 30 Apr 2020 £115 £153
    La Quinta Roja, Garachico (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £78 £108
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £86 £116
    01 Nov - 17 Dec 2019 £76 £101
    07 Jan - 31 Jan 2020 £70 £95
    01 Feb - 12 Apr 2020 £78 £108
    13 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 £70 £95
    Hotel San Telmo, Santa Cruz de La Palma (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 17 Dec 2019 £60 £95
    07 Jan - 30 Apr 2020 £60 £95
    Las Casitas Rojas, Los Quemados (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 17 Dec 2019 £72 £108
    07 Jan - 30 Apr 2020 £72 £108
    Benahoare Hotel, Los Llanos de Aridane (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 17 Dec 2019 £58 £92
    07 Jan - 30 Apr 2020 £58 £92
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Tenerife South
    ALTERNATIVE AIRPORT(S):
    La Palma (return only)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair 
    Belfast Intl. - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Return route Airline
    La Palma - Gatwick easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Return route Airline
    La Palma - Manchester TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) TUI 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Tenerife South

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    taxi Tenerife South airport to Los Cristianos port (0h20), ferry Los Cristianos port to San Sebastián port (0h50), taxi San Sebastián port to hotel (1h) included 1630
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to La Palma airport (0h45 + 1h check-in), Binter flight La Palma to Tenerife North (0h30), bus or taxi Tenerife North to Tenerife South (1h, pay locally) included 1400

    Connecting travel options - flying via La Palma

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    La Palma not recommended for outward travel
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to La Palma airport (0h45) deduct £49 flexible
What is included
  • 14 nights
  • 6 dinners
    4 picnics
    14 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • travel from/to airports & ports, and transfers on Days 3, 11 & 12
  • ferries between Tenerife & La Gomera
  • flights between Tenerife & La Palma
  • 5 days' category C car hire on Tenerife
 
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  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
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  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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