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Secrets of Tenerife Walk

Secrets of Tenerife Walk

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Secrets of Tenerife Walk

  • Elegant family-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
  • Holiday typeGuided walking
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $2260
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Selected dates from 7 Nov '17 to 3 Apr '18
  • All buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches and all evening meals (including wine) included
  • Managed locally by Headwater appointed guide
  • Sustainability rating: 92%
  • Led by experienced local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle


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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 4-star 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.

Typical day-by-day itinerary



Walking information

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 45-70 minutes) are built into the beginning/end of most walking days.


Day 1 - Arrive in Garachico

Arrive at your 4-star hotel in time for dinner. (Staying at Hotel San Roque, 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 Hotel San Roque, Half Board)

Day 3 - UNESCO Teide National Park 9km/6mi/4hr

Tenerife's dramatic landscape includes soaring volcanic cliffs and snow-capped Mount Teide, which at 7500 m 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, todays 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 Hotel San Roque, 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 Hotel San Roque, 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 Hotel San Roque, Half Board)

Day 6 - Anaga Rural Park 'Laurisilva' 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 1000m 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 Hotel San Roque, Half Board)

Day 7 - Cumbre de Bolico Ridge Walk 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 Hotel San Roque, Half Board)

Day 8 - Leave Garachico

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Hotel San Roque, Garachico (****)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Duplex Room Junior Suite Duplex Suite
01/02/2017 - 30/04/2018 £14 £35 £55

All prices shown above are valid from 09/05/2017. Supplement prices are per person per night, based on two people sharing. Duplex Rooms have 2 floors with the lounge and bathroom, with a whirlpool tub, on the lower floor. Stairs take you up to the top floor to discover the loft-type bedroom. The Junior Suite is a larger room with a seating area and Jacuzzi bath. Duplex Suites have two floors. There is a lounge on the lower level with flat-screen TV, DVD and CD player, desk and bathroom with jacuzzi. The air-conditioned bedroom is on the upper level and it has a double bed, flat-screen TV, DVD player, minibar and skylight. If required, a second bed can be put in the lounge area.

Dates Single Double
03/01/2017 - 30/04/2017 £148 £126
01/11/2017 - 21/12/2017 £156 £132
22/12/2017 - 03/01/2018 £186 £156
04/01/2018 - 31/01/2018 £148 £124
01/02/2018 - 30/04/2018 £164 £138

All prices shown above are valid from 09/05/2017. Prices are person per night and include breakfast. Evening meals can be arranged - please call for details.

Please note any extra nights on 24 & 31 Dec will incur a supplement, please call for prices.
Single prices are based on a single room.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel La Quinta Roja, Garachico (4 Acorn)

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La Quinta Roja is a restored nobleman's mansion right next to the village square in Garachico, so you could not be more central.

They have preserved all that is historic and beautiful - ancient wooden boards on the first floor balcony enclosing the central courtyard, and the original stone stairs for example, while modern and luxurious touches heighten the appeal of a stay here. The varied room dimensions, towelling robes in the bedrooms, marbled bathrooms and modern comforts add to the quirky but compelling style. Our rooms here are the 'Doble Plus' ones shown on the hotel website.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Junior Suite
01/11/2016 - 30/04/2018 £18

All prices shown above are valid from 24/05/2017. Upgrade supplement prices are per person per night, based on two people sharing. Junior suites offer more space than a standard room and have an entrance hall. They are situated on the second floor, with views over the town square.

Dates Single room Double room
01/10/2016 - 23/12/2016 £84 £56
24/12/2016 - 02/01/2017 £96 £66
03/01/2017 - 31/01/2017 £94 £64
01/02/2017 - 13/04/2017 £104 £78
14/04/2017 - 30/04/2017 £94 £64
01/10/2017 - 23/12/2017 £102 £70
24/12/2017 - 02/01/2018 £110 £80
03/01/2018 - 31/01/2018 £98 £68
01/02/2018 - 13/04/2018 £106 £68
14/04/2018 - 30/04/2018 £98 £76

All prices shown above are valid from 24/05/2017. Extra nights prices are per person per night including breakfast.

Travel

Transfers included from Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport at 12:35, 13:00 Apr and back to Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport at 10:30.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mrs Perkins
19/05/2017

Always delightful company in spite of a small group


Mr Hall
17/03/2017

Well organized with full-day outings and enjoyable on my own. Excellent and interesting hotel. A bit pricey but worth the extra because I could choose a local airport.


Mr Wilks
27/02/2017

Pleasant way of exploring the country which otherwise could have been quite difficult to access. Walks led by a charming and well-informed guide who did his best to give us interesting local insights and who was very thoughtful and considerate. He was also very patient in trying to resolve people's difficulties.


Mr Brooks
18/11/2016

Ten self selected people on a group holiday.All of whom gelled together well.5 walks guided by experienced knowledgeable local guide.The walks were adapted to suit our group,which the guide described as faster than average.Excellent scenery.Transfers appeared on time.Picnics ,provided by guide,taken mid walk at any suitable site.One visit for lunch to a 'local'mountain café. Experienced rustic food cooked by family.

Rest day my wife and I spent exploring by public bus. Doing a coast li... read morene walk at low level.

The hotel San Roque was described as 'boutique'.Service and food were excellent,although evening meal portion sizes were sometimes on the small side with a general lack of vegetables.Breakfast was a buffet with freshly cooked eggs to go with cold meats and tomatoes. There being plenty of rolls,jam and cheese.

I am Coeliac needing gluten free bread and food.I had notified Headwater and the hotel in advance.I was looked after extremely well.At breakfast I had gluten free ham,rolls and maize cakes provided.At evening meal my food was adapted to gluten free .

The guide did not know that I was gluten free until I informed him.However he acquired gluten free rolls for picnics and advised on gluten free options at the rustic café.

I had booked a duplex room at the hotel.This was quirky.The jacuzzi bath was 'in the living area'.I could have bathed, watched TV and entertained guests at the same time

The bed was on a mezzanine but no external window.The wardrobes and other clothes storage areas were downstairs in the lounge area.All the floors were red coloured Canarian pine.This made the transition from floor to stairs difficult in poor light.Especially as the bathroom was up 3 stairs and there was no hand rail.

Although not needed the room did not have any area specifically to put wet coats or muddy boots.

The guide was excellent.His English improved through out the week .He was very knowledgeable about local flora,fauna and geology.He organised the transfers at the start and end of the day efficiently.He often altered our walk length and route to suit the conditions.


Mrs Auger
04/03/2016

The walks were varied and well within our ability, although we appreciated having a day off on the fourth day. The guides (Andreas and Javier) were very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna, geology and history of the island, which added enormously to our enjoyment. We couldn't fault the hotel (San Roque), and especially liked having a Jacuzzi bath to revive our muscles each evening, before dinner. The chef produced delicious and varied meals both on the set menu and the vegetarian alternative.


Mrs Merry
04/03/2016

This was our first Headwater holiday & we were impressed. The hotel is a real gem with impeccable service & wonderful food. Dietary requirements were known about by both hotel staff & our guides. Both guides were helpful & knowledgeable about the locality, flora, fauna etc. They also provided great picnic lunches. The idea to go to a local market one day to choose picnic items was a good one.

We had not visited Tenerife previously & being situated in the quiet town of Garachico was lovely... read more. There was plenty to occupy us there on the free day. All in all this was a splendid holiday, the walks varied & interesting. We were only a small group, 2 couples only but we seemed to gel which is always a bonus. We really have no criticism to make. Wonderful & we'll book with Headwater again.


Mr Cross
19/02/2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this Headwater holiday, of which I have had many. Luckily our small group all got on well with each other - important for a guided holiday. You can rely on the excellent guide (Javier) and the excellent hotel San Roque, and Garachico is a pretty little coastal town. What you cannot rely on - in mid-February in Tenerife - is good weather for walking every day. Cloud and/or rain, plus high winds, are a real risk. Javier was intelligent and flexible, taking us back to the 'alwa... read moreys dry' Teide National Park more than once, after we got a soaking on one lower altitude walk.Would go walking again - probably to another of the Canary Islands - but in April/May, not February.


Mrs Underwood
19/02/2016

Fabulous weeks walking holiday our guide Javier was brilliant each day was a fun filled day, great walking routes and with an extremely pleasant knowledgeable young guide.

Would recommend 100%


Mrs Harper
19/02/2016

A great experience with a young enthusiastic guide. The only disappointment was the weather.


Mr Mattingly
07/02/2016

Excellent hotel & guides. One or two walks do require a head for heights (this was pointed out in brochure).


Mr Hirst
22/01/2016

Northern Tenerife is dramatic and beautiful. The walks were very varied, with stunning views and much of interest along the way with excellent, knowledgable local guides. Our hotel was charming and after a day of walking it was lovely to relax each evening round the pool and enjoy a delicious dinner.


Mrs Walter
23/03/2015

The best Headwater holiday yet. Fantastic Guide, leading at just the right pace and giving lots of local information about his wonderful country.


Mrs White
20/03/2015

A very enjoyable week at an excellent hotel with delicious food and friendly staff. The local guide was charming, knowledgeable and helpful. The walking was interesting and very varied.


Mrs Mendoza
20/03/2015

Wonderful week spent in Tenerife. Javier was a great guide, He was so knowledgeable about the volcanoes,trees,wild flowers and he bought a wide variety of

food for the picnics!

The Hotel San Roque was a jewel of a hotel. All the staff were so cheerful and helpful.The food was delicious every day. The hotel was so calm and peaceful.


Mr Farebrother
13/03/2015

The combination of a small group (only four of us) and a really enthusiastic young guide in Javi made this a lovely holiday. The weather was disappointingly cool for Tenerife and it is not the cheapest of your holidays but the standard of hotel and cuisine for a walking holiday was much higher than we are used to....


Mr Naylor
20/02/2015

Our holiday in Tenerife was beyond our expectations. Javier, the guide, could not be more helpful. For example he gave up an evening ( and half a night) to take us to the Carnival and provided us with suitable costumes! The walks were a superb balance, each different and of consistent high quality. The hotel was first class. The staff could not have been more helpful and the food was memorably good. There was only one other couple on the holiday and we got on with them very well indeed. All in all a memorable holiday. We will be back.


Mis Logue
24/01/2015

Holiday was a great break in January from depressing UK grey skies. It was also warmer than UK at about 15-16C. Tenerife presented several different landscapes, all of which were fascinating. It did help if you liked the colour black - I had never seen such huge lava flows. Hotel San Roque was really good, v good breakfasts and dinners and the picnic lunches produced by Juan Miguel, our guide, were lovely, comprising local, fresh ingredients.


Mr Lewis
21/03/2014

Great accommodation and food, excellent walking, wonderful company. The guide, though not local, had acquainted himself thoroughly with the walks and looked after us superbly.


Mrs Spencer
10/02/2014

An Excellent winter break despite the unseasonably cool / wet weather in an excellent hotel.


Mr Gair
25/01/2014

Beautiful location, great holel, excellent walks in a varied and magnificent setting.


Mrs Williams
31/12/2013

Very good. Guide coped admirably with adverse weather conditions.


Mrs Stewart
09/03/2013

Good holiday in good location


Mr Clarke
26/02/2013

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.



Roger’s partner made very nice salad pack lunches and made sure mine were gluten free.



The hotel and food were excellent.


Mr Maher
26/02/2013

As always we thoroughly enjoyed our experience with Headwater. The group gelled from the start and our walks were enhanced by Roger, our guide. He chose wisely and well, taking into account weather conditions and the capabilities of the group. This area of Tenerife was a revelation.


Mrs Loken
26/02/2013

Although the overall holiday was very enjoyable, the frequent bad weather (which seems to be normal in the North of Tenerife) meant that some of the walks were not possible. The alternatives of visiting lava caves was interesting, but gave us less walking time. The excellent hotel, however, was located in Garachica on the North coast, which necessitated long drives on precipitous winding roads at the beginning and end of each day. Some people found this problematical, even though our guide was a... read more very safe and careful driver.

The hotel food was of a generally high standard, and elegantly presented, but vegetables of any kind were absolutely minimal. The wine offered was very good.


Pro PruetzelThomas
26/02/2013

A wonderful, expertly guided walking holiday in the varied and dramatic landscapes of Tenerife


Mr Gingell
02/02/2013

Be cautious as regards the grading assessment of walks and be aware that walking profiles in the brochure can be misleading (the Baracan ridge walk in particular omitted a very severe climb at the beginning of the walk).



Also be aware that the current guide does not speak good Spanish so may struggle in an emergency.



Being an old manor house built around 2 courtyards means that hotel rooms are gloomy and can be stuffy, whilst public areas can be very chilly early in... read more the year. Food is very good (though lacking in vegetables!), but there is limited indoor dining space and eating round the swimming pool requires warm clothing.


Mrs Barker
05/04/2012

We had a lovely time, thank you.

The food was the only slight disappointment as the portions were meagre and no choice was offered. Otherwise the hotel was excellent.


Mr Odell
05/04/2012

Great holiday .. good hotel .. excellent guide .. good selection of walks


Mr Thorne
08/03/2012

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and Neil looked after us very well!


Mr Searles
25/02/2012

Very enjoyable - a welcome break from the English winter with stunning views


Dr Jones
10/02/2012

Local guide really knowledgeable and provided superb picnics. Resort (Garachico) was also a very attractive and it was good to have a free day to explore the town


Mr Hindmarch
21/01/2012

Superb, our guide, Neale, paced the walks very well. Was encouraging to member who found last walk demanding. hotel superb.


Mrs Ault
21/01/2012

Just what we needed!

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Holiday details

Minimum group sizes
A minimum of 4 people (in total) are required for each departure.

Children
This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed guide.

Departures
Selected dates from 7th Nov 2017 to 3rd Apr 2018, for 7 nights.

Meals
All buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches and all evening meals (including wine) included

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport at 12:35, 13:00 Apr and back to Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport at 10:30.

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