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El Hierro – the Last Outpost

Journey to the 'Ends of the Earth'
Explore Europe’s furthermost outpost and UNESCO biosphere reserve on this self-guided walking holiday, with luggage transported. Revel in the tranquillity and welcoming hospitality, and discover dramatic landscapes on challenging, varied routes as you journey through the heart of the island.
El Hierro – the Last Outpost. 7 nights
El Hierro – the Last Outpost. 7 nights

Holiday information


A walking holiday on El Hierro

Furthermost from mainland Europe, little El Hierro is the least-known and least-visited of the Canary Islands. For centuries, it was seen as the 'Ends of the Earth' before adventurers and intrepid explorers began to use it as a jumping-off point for even greater discoveries. Such was its importance that the prime meridian was placed here right up to the end of the 19th century, giving rise to the island's nickname Isla del Meridiano. Today, it remains largely untouched and unspoiled by the trappings of modern tourism and is rich in folklore, making it an ideal destination for those wishing to spend time well off the beaten track.
The joy of this quiet and unassuming island is the magnificence of its varied landscapes and geography.
A cataclysmic landslip 50,000 years ago saw a huge section of the land fall into the sea, leaving an immense bay, El Golfo, dominated by a towering escarpment. The steep slopes of this bay are characterised by ancient laurisilva forest, watered by trade winds which blow cool clouds in before coming to a halt beneath the cliffs. The high ridge clearly marks the change in scenery, for, on the drier leeward side, you find stands of tall pine trees and rough moorland leading, sometimes very steeply, down to the rocky shore. The varied terrain is both beautiful and dramatic, and home to a fascinating, often endemic, array of wildlife – such as a giant lizard, once thought to be extinct – so special that 60% of El Hierro is designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve.


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The best time for flowers is April.

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  • Arrival in Mocanal
    Night 1: at Hotel Villa El Mocanal (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.

    Please note: If your international flight arrives after 1200, you will spend your first night on Tenerife at La Laguna Gran Hotel. This is located in San Cristóbal de la Laguna, a World Heritage town close to Tenerife North airport.
  • Linear walk from Valverde to Mocanal: 12.5km, 4hrs; ascent 610m / descent 695m
    We suggest a linear walk for your first day, which begins after a short transfer to the charming capital, Valverde. You have time to explore this small town before setting off along a section of the Camino de la Virgen – a pilgrimage route that runs the full length of the island. The route takes you to a viewpoint and you also pass the famous sacred tree, the Garoé, which was worshipped by the pre-colonial Bimbache people due its propensity to provide water on an island where fresh water is scarce. Moisture from the clouds condenses on its leaves and the droplets collect in pits around its trunk. The original tree was destroyed by a hurricane in 1610 but another was planted here in 1949 as a tribute to the original. From here, you descend back to Mocanal, enjoying views across the sea towards La Gomera and Tenerife, and with the option of extending your walk to the shanty coastal settlement of Pozo de Las Calcosas.

    Please note: If your travel arrangements mean you have to spend your first night on Tenerife, you will travel to El Hierro first thing in the morning. You will be collected from the airport by taxi, and then dropped off at the start of this walk while your luggage is taken on ahead to the hotel.
    Linear walk from Valverde to Mocanal: 12.5km
    Walking path Valverde to Mocanal
  • Mocanal to Frontera: 17km, 6hrs; ascent 845m / descent 1085m
    Setting off from the door of the hotel, you walk through the village to reach the start of the route that will take you along a flower-rich path, traversing the valley above the road. Crossing through tiny hamlets, you reach the superb Mirador de la Peña from where you gaze down upon the El Golfo basin. Ascending the valley, your route takes you across the plains of the Meseta de Nisdafe where fields lined by dry stone walls are grazed by sheep and cattle. Reaching the Mirador de Jinama viewpoint, your descent into Frontera takes you down an ancient path which has been used to move livestock from high pastures to low (and vice versa) for centuries. Arriving alongside the iconic bell tower of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, set atop Montaña Joapira, you descend to reach the Apartamentos Los Verodes, where you stay two nights.
    Mocanal to Frontera: 17km
    Mocanal to Frontera - Mirador de la Peña
  • Choice of walks from Frontera: 9.5km or 15km

    Circular walk via Las Puntas: 15km, 4hrs; ascent / descent 370m
    This, our recommended walk, explores the fertile El Golfo valley, famed for its pineapple production, giant lizards and ancient village. It takes you along quiet roads to the coast at Las Puntas. Here you can dive into the natural seawater pools before a relaxing lunch in one of the seafood restaurants near the former ‘smallest hotel in the world’. On the way there or back, stop off to visit the fascinating eco-museum of Guinea, a small village comprising houses illustrating the development of post-Bimbache culture over the centuries; and a small reptile house dedicated to breeding the island's endangered giant lizard (it can grow up to 75cm long) for re-introduction into the wild.

    Shorter, out-and-back option to El Charco Azul: 9.5km, 3hrs; ascent / descent 220m
    Alternatively, follow a linear route out along the course of an old water pipe before descending an ancient path through terraces to reach the coast where a series of stone steps take you to the Charco Azul. Named for the remarkable colour of its water, a small decking area allows you to soak up the sun or dry off after a dip before returning along the same route.
    Charco Azul ©Promotur Tourismo Canarias
    Circular walk via Las Puntas: 15km
    Out-and-back option to El Charco Azul: 9.5km
  • Frontera to Sabinosa: 17km, 6hrs; ascent 920m / descent 1145m
    You begin by walking into town to reach the start of the Camino San Salvador, which takes you high above the valley into forested and mossy terrain. As your route levels out, you traverse the valley with views to the coast below before a final ascent brings you to the attractive picnic area of Hoya del Pino. Descending through lichen-covered laurisilva forest, you emerge onto a wide track which traverses the remainder of the El Golfo basin before beginning the descent into the pretty village of Sabinosa and down its volcanic cone face to reach the Balneario Pozo de la Salud. Situated on the coast, alongside a natural well famed for its health-giving properties, this serves as your base for two nights.
    Frontera to Sabinosa: 17km
    Frontera to Sabinosa
  • Choice of walks from Sabinosa: 9km or 16km

    Circular walk via juniper forest (starting by bus): 16km, 6.5hrs; ascent 930m / descent 1200m
    We recommend a superb walk which begins with a short bus ride from the hotel to the village of Sabinosa. From here you ascend the face of the El Golfo escarpment along the Camino La Dehesa, frequently ascending into mists and clouds, to then traverse a narrow path lined by dry stone walls to reach the lovely Ermita de la Virgen de Los Reyes and some ancient cave dwellings. Continuing through the area known as La Dehesa, characterised by the wind-sculpted wild juniper trees which thrive in this area and which are an iconic emblem of the island, you are rewarded with impressive views over the El Golfo Bay. A short ascent brings you to the edge of a ridge where you return to Sabinosa by retracing your steps down the Camino La Dehesa. From Sabinosa you return to the hotel by a steep path which descends a volcanic cone.

    Linear walk across the Punta de la Dehesa: 9km, 2.5hrs; ascent / descent 150m
    This shorter walk leads through the Punta de la Dehesa ‘badlands’ – an area of volcanic lava on the island’s north-west corner.

    Alternatively, if you fancy a break from walking, you may choose to simply relax around the hotel and take advantage of its spa facilities.
    Sabina forest
    Circular walk via juniper forest (starting by bus): 16km
    Linear walk across the Punta de la Dehesa: 9km
  • To Las Playas: 13km, 3.5hrs; ascent 90m / descent 1410m
    The day begins with a scenic 90-minute taxi transfer, during which you may like to stop to take photos or simply enjoy the landscape. Your drive begins along the road hewn from volcanic rock which winds its way up the north-west cliff face to cross climate zones into the drier south. Continuing around the south-westerly tip of the island, you travel above the Morcilla lighthouse which stands alongside the monument to the former zero meridian, considered the end of the world until Columbus sailed west. Volcanic ‘badlands’ give way to pine forests as you travel southwards, passing above the cliffs that sit high above the southern coast of Restinga.

    Having now seen most of the island, you are dropped off on its spine, from where you set off on foot through an atmospheric forest to the Bailando de Brujas (Witches Dancing) picnic area and then make a short ascent to the rim of the Fireba volcano at the volcanic axis of the island. From there you join the Camino de la Virgen and follow it across the spine of the island where the scenery morphs from volcanic to bucolic meadows with fine views across your south east coast destination and to the profiles of La Gomera, La Palma and Tenerife on the horizon. Passing through a hamlet, you then descend a dramatic rocky path to reach the coast at Timijiraque, where a taxi will collect you for the short drive to Las Playas and the Parador de El Hierro, set at the foot of the cliffs.
    To Las Playas: 13km
    Route to Las Playas


You stay in a delightful mix of accommodation.

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  • 7 nights: 01 January 2022 - 31 May 2022, 01 September 2022 - 31 December 2022, 01 January 2023 - 31 May 2023 & 01 September 2023 - 31 December 2023

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 31 Jan 2022 £975 £220
    1 Feb - 8 Apr 2022 £995 £225
    9 - 14 Apr 2022 £1015 £225
    15 - 24 Apr 2022 £995 £225
    25 Apr - 24 May 2022 £940 £205
    1 Sep - 31 Oct 2022 £1015 £245
    1 - 30 Nov 2022 £985 £235
    1 - 9 Dec 2022 £965 £230
    10 - 24 Dec 2022 # £1015 £245
    1 - 31 Jan 2023 £1075 £245
    1 Feb - 5 Apr 2023 £1095 £250
    6 - 11 Apr 2023 £1120 £250
    12 - 24 Apr 2023 £1095 £250
    25 Apr - 24 May 2023 £1035 £230
    1 Sep - 31 Oct 2023 £1120 £270
    1 - 30 Nov 2023 £1085 £260
    1 - 9 Dec 2023 £1065 £255
    10 - 24 Dec 2023 # £1120 £270
    3rd & 4th person discount -£70 to -£80
    Single traveller supplement £70 to £80

    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.

    # Add £55pp in 2022, £62pp in 2023 for New Year's Eve dinner if staying at Parador on 31 Dec

    If your flight arrives after the latest arrival time shown in the 'connecting travel' section below, you will spend your first night on Tenerife instead (on a bed-and-breakfast basis) and transfer to El Hierro the following morning. There is no additional cost for this EXCEPT during the Tenerife Carnival, which is on request – please call for details.

    Included travel: return flight between Tenerife North and El Hierro and transfer to first hotel and from last hotel on El Hierro
    Not included: transfer from Tenerife South to Tenerife North airport or, if spending first night on Tenerife, from Tenerife South to Santa Cruz (in both cases, pay locally for taxi or bus – call for details)

    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.

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

    Balneario Pozo de La Salud, Sabinosa (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Jan - 31 May 2022 £62 £92
    01 Sep - 31 Dec 2022 £66 £96
    01 Jan - 31 May 2023 £70 £104
    01 Sep - 31 Dec 2023 £74 £108
    Parador de El Hierro, Las Playas (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Jan - 06 Jan 2022 £138 £178
    07 Jan - 14 Apr 2022 £122 £156
    15 Apr - 20 Apr 2022 £138 £178
    21 Apr - 30 Apr 2022 £122 £156
    01 May - 31 May 2022 £116 £148
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2022 £130 £180
    01 Nov - 17 Dec 2022 £134 £188
    18 Dec - 31 Dec 2022 # £145 £204
    01 Jan - 06 Jan 2023 £152 £196
    07 Jan - 05 Apr 2023 £136 £174
    06 Apr - 11 Apr 2023 £152 £196
    12 Apr - 30 Apr 2023 £136 £174
    01 May - 31 May 2023 £128 £164
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2023 £144 £200
    01 Nov - 17 Dec 2023 £148 £208
    18 Dec - 31 Dec 2023 # £160 £226
    # Add £55pp for New Year's Eve dinner if staying at Parador on 31 Dec
    Tenerife South

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via 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) easyJet,  jet2 
    Belfast Intl. - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) TUI,  Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2,  Ryanair,  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,  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,  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,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  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 via 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 for any of the options listed above except those operated by Ryanair. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. 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.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Tenerife Reina Sofia (South)

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    bus or taxi Tenerife South to Tenerife North (1h, pay locally), Binter flight Tenerife North to El Hierro (1h check-in + 0h40 in air), taxi El Hierro airport to hotel (0h20) some elements included 1200 (1000 Tue, Fri & Sat)
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to El Hierro airport (0h20), Binter flight El Hierro to Tenerife North (0h40 check-in + 0h40 in air), bus or taxi Tenerife North to Tenerife South (1h, pay locally) some elements included 1400
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 5 dinners
    2 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • return flight from Tenerife North
  • taxi from/to El Hierro airport

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least proving your vaccination status or taking a test in order to travel.
    Entry requirements for non-UK destinations & for re-entering the UK >
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, 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.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    You don’t have to take out a policy with our recommended provider (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; Catalan, Basque and Gallego have equal status in Catalonia, the Basque Country and Galicia, respectively. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) 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.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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