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To the Top of Spain

Journey to Tenerife's iconic mountain
 
challenging and rewarding journey to the heart of Tenerife, with the option to ascend Spain's highest peak, Mount Teide. This is a combination of exhilarating self-guided walking (with luggage transported), spectacular scenery, superb accommodation and excellent dining.
To the Top of Spain . 7 nights
To the Top of Spain . 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in Tenerife

To the Guanche people, Tenerife’s earliest inhabitants, El Teide was a sacred place, where the Earth held up the sky and where the demon Guayote lived, spewing forth fire when he was angry. Spain’s highest peak and the third largest volcano on the planet, Teide rises 3,718 metres above sea level from the floor of a crater 17 kilometres wide in which ‘rivers’ of russet and ochre flow between volcanic cones flanked by black obsidian rocks beneath an impossibly blue sky. It’s a landscape beyond imagination.
Beginning in a lovely rural hotel in a traditional hill town on the southern slopes, this holiday journeys upwards through starkly contrasting landscapes. From the cactus terraces of the south, paths traverse fragrant pine forests to a charming alpine spa village and elegant, boutique spa hotel before taking you on your final push to reach Teide National Park, home of the mighty volcano. In this extraordinary setting, from the comfort of Las Cañadas Parador, you explore the surreal landscape of Teide National Park with its myriad trails, including the option to take your journey to its ultimate high (weather permitting) by travelling to the very peak of Mount Teide, the top of Spain, from where an entire archipelago spreads at your feet.
 
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Itinerary

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  • 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 San Miguel
    Night 1: at Hotel Rural San Miguel (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.
  • Circular walk from San Miguel: 11km, 4hrs
    From your base in one of the oldest settlements in the south of Tenerife, whose old quarter includes several good restaurants and a small museum, we suggest a circular walk that takes you along an old merchants’ trail which was used by agricultural workers and their camels en route to the fields to plough, sow and harvest and to trade their goods with neighbours. The path traverses the flank of the mighty Roque de Jama and returns along another ancient trail which was once used for carrying the dead down to San Miguel for burial.
    Circular walk from San Miguel: 11km
  • San Miguel to Vilaflor: 9km, 4hrs
    Leaving San Miguel, you ascend steadily above the village into its agricultural heartland alongside cultivated terraces on paths lined with prickly pear, the presence of pine trees and green hills becoming ever more prevalent as you progress towards the forest crown that circles the heart of the island. In mid to late January and early February you'll find the way lined with pink almond blossom as you enter the pretty mountain village of Vilaflor. A final short climb above the village takes you to the splendid Hotel Spa Villalba, your base for the next three nights.
    San Miguel to Vilaflor: 9km
    The route to Vilaflor
  • Choice of walks from Vilaflor: 9km or 14.5km
    From your pine-scented base, we suggest two routes to make the most of your days here and still leave you time to enjoy the hotel's facilities.

    Circular walk via Camino de Chasna: 14.5km, 5.5hrs
    Head along 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.

    Circular walk via vineyards: 9km, 3.5hrs
    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.
    Paisaje Lunar route
    Circular walk via Camino de Chasna: 14.5km
    Circular walk via vineyards: 9km
  • Vilaflor to Las Cañadas: 16km, 7hrs
    A challenging ascent of over 1,000 metres awaits. You head through the forest above Vilaflor and alongside the abyssal ravine of Barranco del Cuervo before rising steeply, sometimes out of the cloud, to emerge at the lovely picnic zone of Las Lajas, hopefully beneath a brilliant blue sky with the peaks of El Sombrero and El Sombrito on the horizon. Your ascent then continues to reach the crater wall where the magnificent panorama of Mount Teide and the Las Cañadas crater opens up before you. After traversing the crater ridge with El Teide on one side and a sea of clouds, or views down to the south coast, on the other, a final descent takes you to Las Cañadas Parador.
    Vilaflor to Las Cañadas: 16km
    The route from Vilaflor to Las Cañadas
  • Circular walk to El Teide via cable car: 14km, 4.5hrs (plus detours to viewpoints)
    Having journeyed to this, the very heart of Tenerife, we suggest that, weather permitting, you take your journey to its ultimate high by following a level route through the kaleidoscopic landscape of the Teide National Park to reach the cable car (pay locally) which will take you to within 200 metres of the very peak of the volcano. From the upper cable car station paths lead off to the north with views over the remaining north crater wall of Fortaleza and Montaña Blanca from where those wishing to climb to the peak from 'base' level begin their ascent. To the south, the path leads to the perfect crater of Pico Viejo, the lower of the two volcanic peaks, from where you can see the islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro on the horizon, as well as the southern coast of the island.

    If you wish to go to the summit of El Teide, you will need to obtain a free permit, available online in advance of your trip. Permits become available six months in advance, and are very popular, so we recommend reserving yours as soon as possible. The ascent to the peak takes an additional hour due to the altitude, which makes progress slow. (NB: In the event of heavy snowfall, which is not uncommon between November and February, the summit path will be closed, although the cable car may continue to run. The latter, however, does not operate in high winds, in which case it is impossible to access the peak.)

    In the event of bad weather, and as an alternative, we offer two additional routes within Teide National Park.

    Out-and-back walk to Mount Guajara: 12.5km, 5hrs
    This challenging option leads from the Parador to the peak of Mount Guajara, the highest point of the remaining crater wall and site of the world's first high-mountain observatory, and returns along the same route.

    Circular walk via Roques de García: 4.5km, 1.5hrs
    This is a short but unforgettable walk past the various weird and wonderful rock formations of the Roques de García, including the shillelagh-shaped Roque Chinchado which used to grace the 1,000-peseta banknote. Many of these striking natural monuments resemble fingers pointing into the sky, and another looks like a cathedral, with several tower-like formations.
    Circular walk to El Teide via cable car: 14km
    Montana Guajara
    Circular walk via Roques de García: 4.5km
    Out-and-back walk to Mount Guajara: 12.5km
 

Accommodation

You stay in a delightful mix of hotels. (The term ‘rural’ refers to a class/type of hotel in Spain, rather than to its geographic location.)
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 September - 15 December 2019 & 09 January - 31 May 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 20 September £795 £285
    21 - 27 September £850 £290
    28 September - 27 October £895 £290
    28 October - 30 November £925 £285
    1 - 8 December £895 £290
    9 - 31 January £925 £285
    1 February - 3 April £945 £290
    4 - 10 April £995 £280
    11 - 17 April £945 £290
    18 - 28 April £890 £280
    29 April - 24 May £795 £285
    3rd & 4th person discount -£25
    Single traveller supplement £25

    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.

    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)

    Hotel Spa Villalba
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 15 Dec 2019 £15
    Junior suite: 09 Jan - 31 May 2020 £12
    Suite: 01 Sep - 15 Dec 2019 £34
    Suite: 09 Jan - 31 May 2020 £30
    Parador Las Cañadas
    Superior with mountain view: 01 Sep - 15 Dec 2019 £15
    Superior with mountain view: 09 Jan - 31 May 2020 £15

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

    Hotel Spa Villalba (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £82 £118
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £98 £134
    01 Nov - 15 Dec 2019 £115 £153
    09 Jan - 12 Apr 2020 £115 £153
    13 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 £98 £134
    01 May - 31 May 2020 £82 £118
    Parador Las Cañadas (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 15 Dec 2019 £108 £158
    09 Jan - 09 Apr 2020 £112 £164
    10 Apr - 15 Apr 2020 £124 £169
    16 Apr - 31 May 2020 £112 £164
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Tenerife South

    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 
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    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 
    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 
    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 hotel (0h15) £14 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi Parador to Tenerife South airport (1h) £38 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 5 dinners
    2 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
 
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FAQs

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.
  • 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.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. 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. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted 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.
  • 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 cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • 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 travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). 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 can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • 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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