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Highlights of El Hierro Walk

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  • Holiday code
    W07CH
  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    and
  • Activity level
  • Call usfor dates and prices
  • NEW FOR 2023  
  • Departures
    Daily Departures except Saturdays from 5 Feb '23 to 31 Dec '23
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Suitable for
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, swimming opportunities, coastal routes, high peaks, island exploring
      from 1 reviews

Dr Shea says...
Wonderful location, amazing walks and landscapes, friendly helpful locals.
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Spain: The Canary Isles

Highlights of El Hierro Walk

  • 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

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.



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Day-by-day itinerary

Walking information

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 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 Casaña in Valverde, (evening meal).

Day 2: Valverde to Mocanal 11 KM /7 MI /3.5 HRS

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.
You stay at Hotel Villa El Mocanal in Moconal, (breakfast and evening meal).

Day 3: Moconal to La Frontera 17 KM/ 11 MI/ 6.5 HRS

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.
You stay at Apartmentos Los Verodes in La Frontera (breakfast and evening meal).

Day 4: Sabinosa Circular 15 KM /9.5 MI /6 HRS

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.
You stay at Apartmentos Los Verodes in La Frontera (breakfast and evening meal).

Day 5: La Frontera to El Pinar 16 KM /10 MI /6 HRS

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.
You stay at Apartamentos Caracol in El Pinar (breakfast and lunchl).

Day 6: El Pinar to La Restinga 9 KM /5.5 MI /3 HRS

Today you head to the south coast harbour village of La Restinga, using ancient paths, returning by the same route. 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.
You stay at Apartamentos Caracol in El Pinar (breakfast and evening meal).

Day 7: El Pinar to Las Playas 12KM/7.5MI/6HRS

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 swim in the hotel’s excellent pool, or by relaxing on the beach.
You stay at Hotel Boomerang or the Parador El Hierro (depending on the time of year - please enquire at time of booking) in Las Playas (breakfast and evening meal).

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.
(Breakfast is provided).

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Hotel Boomerang, Las Playas

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Hotel Boomerang is located in a peaceful and tranquil location in Valverde, the capital of El Hierro. There are 17 rooms and a 24-hour reception should you need anything. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and a TV and private facilities. Breakfast is provided at the hotel, and your evening meal will be at a local restaurant, which is included. Staff at reception can provide information about what to see and do on El Hierro. The island is a popular destination for scuba diving in particular as it is a UNESCO world heritage dive site.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Parador de El Hierro , Las Playas

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Situated right on the edge of the sea with a stunning mountain back drop, this secluded hotel has an exclusive position looking out over the Atlantic Ocean from its setting in Las Playas. The location is peaceful and charming, the perfect place for an extended stay on this volcanic island paradise. The Parador is Spanish state owned, one of a chain of boutique hotels, and is surrounded by a lush garden and outdoor swimming pool. (Please note due to sea erosion, the pool, gym and sauna are currently not in use - please enquire further upon booking).

The interiors have a colonial-style, whilst the rooms are modern and extremely comfortable with air conditioning, TV, Wi -Fi, mini bar and private balcony. The Parador has a fabulous restaurant on site serving local, regional specialties as well as international cuisine. There is so much to do in this area including world renowned diving, more hiking, even paragliding for the more adventurous! We recommend a couple of extra nights here at the end of your trip.

Please note the Parador will be closed until 16th May 2023.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Travel

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

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Dr Shea, 09/01/2023

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



Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 evening meals

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

Route directions and maps

Luggage transfers between hotels


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Holiday details

Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures

Meals
All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 evening meals

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the appropriate 'Check availability' button above to complete our holiday enquiry form, we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you.

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links above to complete our holiday enquiry form.