Holidays in The Canary Isles

Lying off North Africa, the Canary Islands are renowned for their sunny climate, extraordinary landscape and friendly people. Mountainous Tenerife, lush La Gomera, dramatic Gran Canaria and the strikingly beautiful island of La Palma are spectacular destinations for discerning walkers with an eye for abundant flora and natural beauty.

Home of the indigenous Guanche people, the islands were conquered by the Spanish in C15 - La Gomera was Columbus' departure point for the Americas in 1492. Beautiful colonial buildings and historic towns dot Tenerife, while traditional farming life remains unchanged for centuries in La Gomera's remote hamlets. A veritable paradise for bird-lovers and botanists, the flora on these islands is unique. Look out for curious indigenous shrubs and stonecrops, extinct elsewhere but on La Gomera, or hardy alpine vegetation on the slopes of Mount Teide. The terrain is rocky, volcanic and lush providing a superb habitat for 200 species of bird from falcons to the native canary.

Tenerife's appeal lies in its soaring volcanic cliffs, snowcapped Mount Teide, and fertile valleys abundant with cork and splashes of yellow mimosa - and all can be explored on our guided and independent walking holidays here. La Gomera is home to ancient protected laurel forest and precipitous palm-lush ravines. La Palma boasts verdant forests, volcanic craters, a mountainous national park and rich vineyards which produce the sweet Malmsey wines, while Gran Canaria offers incredibly varied landscapes from lush forests and towering mountains, to beautiful white beaches and the cosmopolitan capital, Las Palmas.

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Walking on Gran Canaria

From Gran Canaria to Tenerife

From $1270 per person

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Less than 100 miles off the northwest coast of Africa, in the centre of the Canaries Atlantic Archipelago, the volcanic island of Gran Canaria – roughly the same size as Greater London – is often referred to as “a continent in miniature” with its extraordinarily varied landscapes ranging from lush green forests and valleys in the north, to the towering mountainous interior, to the desert-like dunes and beautiful white beaches of its southern shores.

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  • All buffet breakfasts and evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Explore the high peaks.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Highlights of Tenerife Walk

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From $1255 per person

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Most visitors know Tenerife for its south coast tourist resorts, but head inland and you have an incredible variety of landscapes to explore: plunging valleys, protected forest and tiny white villages where locals welcome walkers with open arms!

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  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Walking on La Palma

View from the top of La Palma

From $2185 per person

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For anyone who loves walking, the beautiful island of La Palma packs the cleanest and greenest punch in the Canaries! From verdant lush forests in the north to dramatic volcanic craters further south, and from mountainous national park to the crashing Atlantic coast, La Palma has natural beauty in abundance - the entire island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve - yet because of the lack of any mass tourism development, it retains a calm and relaxed atmosphere reminiscent of a bygone era.

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  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Expert-led holidays.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Explore the high peaks.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Secrets of Tenerife Walk

Solo traveller

From $2260 per person

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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.

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  • All buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches and all evening meals (including wine) included
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  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Explore the high peaks.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Walking on La Gomera

Walking tour on The Canary Islands.

From $2275 per person

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Enjoy varied guided walking on the sub-tropical island of La Gomera. Stay in the **** Parador in the island capital of San Sebastian. Excellent cuisine, and spectacular gorge and coastal walks. Finish off the day with a dip in the pool overlooking Mount Teide on Tenerife.

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  • All buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches all evening meals including wine included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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