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Secrets of Tenerife Walk

from $3,049.00

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.

  • Reviews 39 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    6 - 12
All about the Secrets of Tenerife Walk.

Crowned by the volcanic Mount Teide with its impressive volcanic landscapes and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and is often known as the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’ due to its temperate climes. The traditional, picturesque villages and dramatic coastline with idyllic beaches give a fascinating contrast of landscapes to explore.
Using minibus transfers, our expert local guide will ensure you make the most of your time on this captivating island. An area rich in heritage, we’re based in the ‘Isla Baja’ on the quiet north-west corner of the island where traditional towns and villages proudly guard the wild beauty of its dramatic, volcanic mountains and spectacular coastline. We walk along ancient trails with incredible panoramic views linking tiny whitewashed villages and towns. The dramatic volcanic landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Teide National Park contrasts with the lush green of the cool forests of pine, cork and the enchanting sub-tropical ‘laurisilva’ of the Anaga Rural Park.
A listed building, the elegantly restored **** San Roque Hotel is superbly located just a stone’s throw from the old port and the beautifully preserved cobbled streets of Garachico. It boasts just 20 beautifully appointed air-conditioned rooms and suites. Perfect for relaxing after a day’s walking, each room has a jacuzzi bath, and customers can enjoy the heated swimming pool and sauna. In the stylish dining room, Chef Danny Nielsen creates a fusion of Canarian and Mediterranean cuisine using first class organic ingredients, complimented by a superb wine list.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 nights center based accommodations
  • All buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches and all evening meals
  • Management by our  local -appointed agent
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Elegant boutique run hotel with heated pool and spa facilities
  • Excellent food; innovative cuisine; wine included with dinner
  • Soaring volcanic cliffs, snow-capped Mount Teide, stunning ocean views
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site – Teide National Park
  • Paradise for ornithologists, botanists and geologists
  • Perfect out-of-season walking climate
  • Traditional Garachico with C17 palaces and pretty cobbled streets
  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive in Garachico

    Arrive at your **** hotel in time for dinner. (Staying at San Roque Hotel, Half Board)

  2. Day 2 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, Breakfast and dinner included)

  3. Day 3 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, Breakfast and dinner included)

  4. Day 4 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, Breakfast and dinner included)

  5. Day 5 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, Breakfast and dinner included)

  6. Day 6 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, Breakfast and dinner included)

  7. Day 7 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)

  8. Day 8 Day 8 Leave Garachico
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Where you stay
Hotel San Roque
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.
Eating and Drinking

Canarian dishes tend to be simple and elegant, owing much to sunripened tropical fruits such as paw-paw, prickly pear and bananas, local vegetables such as sweetcorn and potatoes, and fresh fish such as moray and snapper.
Specialities include conejo al salmorejo (slow cooked rabbit with garlic, paprika and chili); rancho canario (a chickpea meaty soup), ropa vieja (chicken, pork and or beef stew); chocos (cuttlefish); and crema de puerros y bubangos (cream of leek and prawn stew). The most popular fish are members of the sea bass family – cherne, cabrilla or merluza are common, and you may find grilled swordfish (espada a la plancha), as well as calamares (squid), gambas (prawns) and pulpo (octopus).

Walking Conditions
Classification: Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 10km (6.5miles).
No. of days walking: 5
Terrain and route:  This guided walking holiday follows mainly well marked paths and trails. You should be a sure footed walker. Some sections of the ridge walks require a head for heights. In order that you see as much of this varied region as possible, transfers (typically 4-70 minutes) are built into the beginning/end of most walking days.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 26/02/2013
4/5

Mr Clarke

A most enjoyable holiday with a lovely group of people walking through impressive landscapes.



Roger, the guide, was excellent and took us to visit beautiful places after the walks. This was a bonus. He also adapted the itinerary according to the weather.



Rogers partner made very nice salad pack lunches and made sure mine were gluten free.



The hotel and food were excellent.

Reviewed On 01/04/2019
5/5

Mr Kirk

Excellent walking - Juan Miguel juggled the schedule to make the most of the variable weather. Lots of volcanoes! Hotel San Roque is a gem - very peaceful, and the staff are the most helpful I've ever experienced. The swimming pool's a bit odd - bordered by dining tables (though it was too cold to make the moat of it, so not a big issue). Only one problem - at the end of one walk, instead of the bus being there waiting for us, we were told it would be arriving in 15 minutes. An hour later it turned up. No idea who screwed up, but someone did. Especially since it was the one afternoon it WOULD have been warm enough to go in the pool, but not by the time we got back.

Reviewed On 19/03/2019
5/5

Mrs Liebster

Headwater are expert in planning walking holidays to suit all levels of fitness in a wide range of countries. We have travelled with them many times and never been disappointed.

Reviewed On 25/02/2019
5/5

Mr Lee

Good walking in a range of landscapes with a very knowledgeable guide who also provided excellent shared picnics.

Wonderful food in a quiet hotel that was full of character.

Reviewed On 20/11/2018
5/5

Mrs Baron

An excellent holiday discovering the secrets of Tenerife.Superb guide, excellent accommodation and great regional food.We were well looked after from start to finish.Our opinion of Tenerife has changed dramatically. It is an excellent destination for winter walking .

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