Spain : The Canary Isles

Highlights of El Hierro Walk

Trip code: W07CH 4.9 (10 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2+ & 3

25.0Kg CO2e

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SUMMARY

  • An intriguing island of spectacular escarpments, volcanic ash cones and lava flows
  • Wind around the small central plateau to the lowland of El Golfo, ending on the east coast
  • Walk over Malpaso, the highest point of the island with superb far-reaching views

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 evening meals
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

TRIP DESCRIPTION

El Hierro is the least known, and most westerly, of the Canary Islands. In fact, it was the most westerly point of the 'old world'. El Hierro has escaped mass tourism and with a population of just over 6500 it has a very different feel to the other Canarian islands. The Herrenos are fiercely proud of their island and are very welcoming towards visitors who come to appreciate the environment, such as walkers.

Like its neighbours, El Hierro was formed by volcanic activity along an offshoot of the mid-Atlantic ridge. There has not been an eruption on the island since the 18th century, but the cones of ash and old lava flows are a prominent feature of the island. The small central plateau, at 1000m or more, offers a mixture of volcanic scenery, pastures (cattle, sheep and goats provide fine cheeses), and the beautiful Canarian pine woodlands. To the north the lowland of El Golfo resembles a huge bite taken out of the island, and the impressive bordering escarpment, reaching 1500m in altitude, features in our walks. On the lower land of El Golfo vines, bananas and pineapples are grown. The islanders have preserved a number of local traditions and some of their sites are included in our routes. Overall, there is a surprisingly rich variety for such a small area!

The walking is designed to pass through the variety of landscapes on the island and to seek out the most spectacular views and a number of locations of cultural and historical significance to the islanders. No two days are the same. Your El Hierro experience begins in the small town of Valverde up on the plateau- the official capital of El Hierro. For early arrivals there are short walks locally to help you to get the feel of the island. From Valverde the route winds across the plateau, down to El Golfo and up again, then across to the far west of the island before heading back again across the plateau to descend and finish by the east coast.

You accommodation is a mix of simple and charming apartments and hostels, to 3 star hotels. All have restaurants either on site or very close by and so we have included half board for you on this holiday.

Terrain

Walking on El Hierro generally requires a good level of fitness and stamina as the paths, although well waymarked, can often be rocky or loose underfoot. There are some very steep gradients on the paths which ascend/descend the escarpments, but the paths are so well engineered that they are free of exposed vertiginous sections.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Valverde

On arrival in Valverde, we will transfer you to your hotel for your first evening on the island of El Hierro.

You stay at Hostal Casañas.

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Hostal Casañas, Valverde

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Centrally located on Calle San Francisco in Valverde, the capital of the island of El Hierro, Hostal Casañas is the oldest hotel establishment on the island. This simple but charming hostel has undergone several refurbishments that have made it an ideal place for overnight stays on the island. Your evening meal will also be provided here and the town of Valverde has everything you may need to prepare for your trip including banks, restaurants and shops.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: Valverde to Mocanal (11km/6.8mi)

From Valverde a circuitous route introduces you to the varied volcanic and pastoral landscapes of the plateau area and includes an ancient, abandoned village and the Arbol Santo – the sacred tree.

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You stay at Hotel Villa El Mocanal.

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Hotel Villa El Mocanal, Mocanal

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Located in the north of the island in the village of Mocanal, this small hotel has gorgeous views of the sea, mountains and countryside. The hotel has a reception and lounge, Wi- Fi throughout and a restaurant for your breakfast and evening meal. There is also a lovely terrace, surrounded by gardens where you can enjoy a quiet drink before dinner.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 3: Moconal to La Frontera (17km/10.6mi)

Leaving Mocanal you first make for the Mirador and Ermita de la Pena, emerging onto the crest of the escarpment with the imposing panorama of El Golfo way below. You follow this crest up to 1200m to arrive at the Mirador of Jinama. From here an amazing safe path, superbly conceived, leads down the face of the escarpment to La Frontera.

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You stay at Apartmentos Los Verodes.

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Apartamentos Los Verodes, La Frontera

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In the middle of vineyards, Apartamentos Los Verodes has lovely, spacious and well-equipped apartments, just a stone's throw from the coast. The apartments have stunning sea views and everything you will need for your stay including a living room with a sofa, a fan and a flat-screen TV, with the added bonus of a kitchenette with a microwave, fridge, oven and coffee maker. On site is a chill-out terrace with a barbecue and a handy communal laundry room, where you can use the washing machine free of charge. Los Verodes will arrange your evening meal, which is included, at a nearby restaurant and breakfast will also be served there.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 4: Sabinosa Circular (15km/9.3mi)

You will be transferred to Sabinosa – the most western village of the ‘old world’. A stiff but exhilarating climb up the escarpment brings you to the very different landscapes of La Dehesa, a pastoral plateau open to the full Atlantic. The circuit of the plateau takes in the Mirador dos Bascos, the amazing, distorted trees of El Sabinar – one of which is the emblem of the island – and the Errmita de la Virgen, a site of great importance in island culture. If lucky, you might catch a farmer milking his sheep. The day ends with a descent of the same path to Sabinosa, where your transfer will be waiting.

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You stay at Apartamentos Los Verodes.

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Apartamentos Los Verodes, La Frontera

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In the middle of vineyards, Apartamentos Los Verodes has lovely, spacious and well-equipped apartments, just a stone's throw from the coast. The apartments have stunning sea views and everything you will need for your stay including a living room with a sofa, a fan and a flat-screen TV, with the added bonus of a kitchenette with a microwave, fridge, oven and coffee maker. On site is a chill-out terrace with a barbecue and a handy communal laundry room, where you can use the washing machine free of charge. Los Verodes will arrange your evening meal, which is included, at a nearby restaurant and breakfast will also be served there.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 5: La Frontera to El Pinar (16km/9.9mi)

Again, you will be transferred from La Frontera and taken to a path halfway up the escarpment. Once on the crest you follow this – easy walking – over Malpaso, the highest point of the island, with more superb views. The volcanic ash landscape gives way to the wonderful native pine forests, and then you head across pastoral country to El Pinar.

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You stay at Apartamentos Caracol.

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Apartments Caracol, El Pinar

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Located on the southwest of the island in a quiet secluded location, these family run apartments have their own vineyard and are a fabulous base for your walking holiday. Each apartment has a bedroom, kitchen and outside terrace, with Wi-Fi throughout and everything you should need for your stay. They are simple and lovingly furnished with a rustic feel and in keeping with the sustainable practices of the island, the hot water is powered by solar energy.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 6: El Pinar to La Restinga (9km/5.6mi)

Today you head to the south coast harbour village of La Restinga, using ancient paths, returning by the same route. You will have a delicious lunch here ( included). However, there are other options for the return - one is to take a taxi (not included) to the pleasant cove of Tacoron, have a swim in the Atlantic, and walk back to El Pinar, with little difference in walking time. You can also halve the walk by returning by bus from La Restinga - the choice is yours. This evening, your dinner arrangements are your own.

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You stay at Apartments Caracol.

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Apartments Caracol, El Pinar

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Located on the southwest of the island in a quiet secluded location, these family run apartments have their own vineyard and are a fabulous base for your walking holiday. Each apartment has a bedroom, kitchen and outside terrace, with Wi-Fi throughout and everything you should need for your stay. They are simple and lovingly furnished with a rustic feel and in keeping with the sustainable practices of the island, the hot water is powered by solar energy.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 7: El Pinar to Las Playas (12km/7.5mi)

Leaving El Pinar, the route starts through pleasant rural scenery before emerging on the crest of the eastern escarpment, with dramatic views of the Las Playas coast - and your destination hotel - way below. After following the crest for a while, pass through the village of Isora before taking another magnificent path descending over 1000m to the coast below. Celebrate your completion of the walk with a delicious meal at the hotel or by relaxing on the beach.

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You stay at Parador de El Hierro.

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Parador de El Hierro, Las Playas

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Located in an idyllic setting where the sea and the volcanic mountains meet, the 3* Parador de El Hierro is perfect for those seeking rest and tranquillity. Combining elegant colonial charm with contemporary comfort, an oasis set against the foot of towering cliffs. Listen to the soft murmur of ocean waves as you explore the sub-tropical gardens. Breakfast and dinner are served in the restaurant, with fantastic views of the Atlantic. Indulge in delicious Canarian dishes, showcasing the best of El Hierro Cusine.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, air conditioning, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

Please note due to necessary repair work, the swimming pool and sauna is currently not in use. Please enquire at time of booking for further updates.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 8: Departure

Today you will depart your hotel after breakfast and we will transfer you back to Tenerife, for your onward journey. Enquire at time of booking for extra nights to extend your stay on this fascinating and beautiful island.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £289.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £289.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from London Gatwick to Tenerife South with easyJet
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: EasyJet London Gatwick to Tenerife South then transfer from Tenerife South airport to Los Cristianos Port 20 minutes, Ferry from Los Cristianos to Valverde (2 hours 30 minutes (no service on Saturdays). Transfer from Valverde Port to Valverde Hotel (15 minutes) Return: Transfer from Valverde Hotel to Valverde Port (15 minutes), then ferry from Valverde to Los Cristianos 2 hours 30 minutes (no service on Saturdays). Transfer from Los Cristianos to Tenerife South, then EasyJet Tenerife South to London Gatwick

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 10pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Excellent walks on a picturesque island. Majority of island covered. Fantastic detail in the App. No issues with navigation at all.

The flight times did not coincide with the ferry, necessitating additional hotels, for which transfers should have been included. This is a sparsely populated island with limited service provision, which it is useful to point out to customers. There would have been higher quality eateries in a couple of places, so it would be good to have the choice to upgrade to those. No evening meals, except 1, were in the accommodation. Most breakfasts were also in bars.

Tracey Parkin, 18 Mar 2024

 

Ralf was wonderful - very informative and helpful. Gave us advice and answered our questions. He was very reliable with the transfers and it was reassuring to know that we had his phone number if we needed any help. Transfers from airport to ferry & vice versa were very good too.The app looked very good. We downloaded the info before we left and printed the walk instructions. The directions didn't work with our phone on most occasions, due to loss of signal.


Anne Craddock, 6 Mar 2024

 

An enjoyable experience and the walking instructions were very clear. The local representative Ralph provided excellent support throughout the trip.

Andrew Newbold, 5 Mar 2024

 

The holiday offered all that we wanted. The walking was challenging at times owing to recent landslips, mountain weather, and the exposed & precipitous nature of some paths. To me this was part of the enjoyment. Headwater advised us to be ready for these conditions but there would be obvious hazards for those who did not take the time to read your guidance and to be prepared; perhaps this should be stressed? We made 2 new friends who were also guests of Headwater. Enjoying some of the walks and meals together certainly added to our enjoyment of the holiday. Thank you very much! 🙂🙂

Peter Banyard, 20 Feb 2024

 

Great holiday in a very different setting to all the other Canaries. Without Ralf's expert local knowledge, we would have found things way more difficult. To be honest, the breakfasts were all good but the evening meals are pretty basic. Apart from this, it's an excellent holiday for serious walkers. Walking poles are essential...

Colin Pearson, 19 Feb 2024

 

I have already recommended to friends who like to walk and crave a little more adventure than a circular walk from the hotel or compsite. The Headwater model is ideal and local gents are invaluable. I am looking forward to the next one.

Helen Belton Jones, 28 Jan 2024

 

We have had excellent experience with Headwater and their services. We will use Headwater´s services again for sure.

Vidar Vidarsson, 25 Jan 2024

 

El Hierro is a fantastic walking destination. It is a privilege to walk in this unique biosphere. The people are friendly, the food and local wine is good, the senderos are well marked and there is a a good variety of routes in the 6 days of this trip

James Langtry, 2 Oct 2023

 

The walking on El Hierro was excellent, the paths are very well waymarked and generally in good condition. The local agent Ralf was excellent and looked after us very well. For future trips to El Hierro please note that the path normally taken from Jinama to El Frontera is closed due to a landslip, so Ralf collected us from there and drove further along the escarpment to the next path. Also, please note that when we arrived in Tenerife, there was no taxi arranged to take us to the ferrybport, although a phone call soon sorted that out. Also, although we were told we were staying in Los Verodes in El Frontera, we were actually booked into Apartments Alameda, so that caused some confusion. This may have been due to the changeover from New Experience to Headwater.

Mrs Usher, 9 Feb 2023

 

Wonderful location, amazing walks and landscapes, friendly helpful locals.

Dr Shea, 16 Dec 2022

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2+ & 3

25.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

7 nights from £1099

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