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Walking the Trails of La Palma

Walking the Trails of La Palma

01606 720199

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • From £1149per person, tour only

    Flight inclusive prices from £1449 per person
  • Departures
    Various dates from 3 Dec '20 to 30 Dec '21
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation
  • Breakfasts daily
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Flights from Gatwick to La Palma with Thomson Airways
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Half Board
  • Transfers available at a supplement for tour only packages
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, coastal routes, high peaks, island exploring
      from 2 reviews

Mr Smith says...
An interesting island for walking with a good network of well signed footpaths. We enjoyed our week and everything went smoothly.
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Spain: The Canary Isles

Discover the diverse scenery on the volcanic island of La Palma

  • Fantastic walking across dramatic volcanic terrain
  • Spectacular views reaching as far as Mount Teide on Tenerife
  • Try local delicacies such as miel de palma (palm honey) and rum made on the island
  • The pretty capital of Santa Cruz
  • Beautiful coastal views and walks through plantations
  • Wonderful flowers all year round

La Palma, nicknamed La Isla Bonita (the pretty Isle), is a relatively unheard of volcanic island in the western Canaries. For its small size it features a vast amount of diverse scenery, from dense cloud forest to volcanic landscapes with twisted rock formations and black sand beaches. This walking itinerary is designed to take advantage of the island's well waymarked paths. These start on the eastern side of La Palma, follow the coast to the north and then finally head south across the great Caldera which dominates the island.



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Day-by-day itinerary



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Day 1: Start Santa Cruz

Arrive into La Palma and take an airport transfer to your hotel in the capital. Have a wander around the pretty town, which is famous for its iconic balconies and its lively cafe and restaurant scene, before stopping for dinner somewhere.

Day 2: Follow the GR130 long-distance coastal path towards the village of San Andrés

After a short 15 min transfer to Puntallana, today's walk follows the GR130 long-distance coastal path that runs across La Palma, through dramatic barrancos (ravines) with stunning coastal views. You will walk through citrus groves, avocado and mango orchards, small vineyards and banana plantations, arriving in the pretty village of San Andrés, one of the first colonial towns on the island. Take some time to explore the cobbled streets and houses in the historic quarter, visit one of the oldest churches on the island, enjoy a side visit to a local rum factory or take a dip in the seawater pools at Charco Azul. Then walk for another 15 minutes up the coast until you reach your apartment where you spend the night.
Distance covered: 15km / 9 miles
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Walk uphill to Los Sauces; ascend to Barlovento

After breakfast, begin to walk uphill to Los Sauces, a small town with a vibrant atmosphere on the north east coast. Enjoy negotiating the dramatic ‘Barranco de Herradura’, and then ascend just over 500m through several small villages to reach Barlovento (meaning ‘fresh breeze’) a village which enjoys breathtakingly beautiful sea views.
Distance covered: 10km / 6 miles
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Trek through the ‘Dragon Trees Forest’ and across the dramatic Barranco de Franceses before a final ascent

From Barlovento, follow a path through the ‘Dragon Trees Forest’, across undulating coastline with spectacular views towards the cliffs. Navigate a series of barrancos to reach Los Gallegos, and then descend to sea level, crossing the dramatic Barranco de Franceses before ascending to the pretty village of Franceses; At the end of the walk, take the public bus (fare included) back to Barlovento.
Distance covered: 13km / 8 miles
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Trek down a steep sided gorge to the tiny hamlet of El Tablado. Then a steep ascent before a public bus back

After a short transfer this morning you use ancient paths to discover the far north of La Palma, one of the most unspoiled parts of the island. Walk across the Barranco de Los Hombres, a spectacular steep-sided gorge, to reach the tiny hamlet of El Tablado. Then a steep ascent to yet another tiny hamlet, Roque del Faro, before taking a public bus (fare included) back to your hotel in Barlovento.
Distance covered: 10 km / 6 miles
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Morning transfer to experience an exciting section of the GR131 route along the rim of the crater Caldera de Taburiente

Today you take a transfer (1 hour) to walk an exciting section of the GR131 route from the highest point of the island, Roque de los Muchachos, along the rim of the crater Caldera de Taburiente, to the Pico de la Nieve. The route has breathtaking views across the island and the high mountain paths twist and turn across the rocky landscape. In the distance it is possible to see the peak of Mount Teide on Tenerife, emerging from the horizon, 3750m above sea level. After a soft descent, your transfer takes you to the capital of Santa Cruz.
Distance covered: 13 km / 8 miles
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Walk a popular part of the GR131 along the 'Ruta de Los Volcanes'

Take an unforgettable walk today along the ‘Ruta de Los Volcanes’. Here you navigate a series of volcanoes in the south of the island, with some of them having erupted only a few years ago. This is the longest walk of the trip, and although it involves a substantial descent it is a very popular and well-marked path, following the GR131 from beginning to end.
Distance covered: 19 km / 11 miles
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: End Santa Cruz

If you have time before your flight, take a small walk around Santa Cruz. This fascinating town attracted Flemish merchants who built imposing town palaces, which today accommodate museums and boutiques. A walk along the Calle Real, visiting the Plaza de España, Town Hall or the food market will be a perfect end to your La Palma experience before your flight home.
Meals included: Breakfast

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 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email sales@headwater.com

Hotels, La Palma

7 nights accommodation in small hotels and apartments, all en suite.

Dinners can be booked in advance as a Half Board supplement at a cost of £104 per person or there are other dining options nearby. Dinners, when the HB supplement is paid in advance, are usually 3 courses and are taken from a set menu at a local restaurant or at your hotel and offer a variety of local specialties and international cuisine. There is a lot of fresh fish available.

Travel

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.

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email sales@headwater.com

Air

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: TUI Gatwick to La Palma times vary then transfer to hotel 10 mins. Return: Transfer to airport 10 mins then TUI La Palma to Gatwick times vary.

Alternative travel

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Popular alternative routes for this holiday include:

FromToAirline(s)
Other UK AirportsLa PalmaVarious airlines

Tour only

Standard transfers
Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from La Palma airport at a time to suit and back to La Palma airport at a time to suit.

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).

Holiday extras

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 directly through their website - or call us on 01606 720199 for further details of all the services on offer. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

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 an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mr Smith, 03/03/2020

An interesting island for walking with a good network of well signed footpaths. We enjoyed our week and everything went smoothly.


Mr Barrett, 02/12/2019

La Palma has some wonderful walks. Pretty, attractive landscape, varying from lush, verdant plantations at sea level to stark volcanic landscapes at 2,400m. There is nowhere flat on La Palma! Some of the walking is very strenuous, but quite spectacular as you walk up and down steep-sided barrancos. Day 4 is the equivalent of walking from sea level to the top of Snowdon in 12kms. The location of the accommodation and the combination of taxis and buses to get to and from walks works very well. Santa Cruz is picturesque and compact with plenty of good places to eat and drink.





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

Breakfasts daily

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

Route directions and maps


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 (we open again 9am Monday) or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Complete our holiday enquiry form - we'll get in touch when it's most convenient for you
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Use our live chat to ask us a question

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Holiday details

Singles
Add £278 single supplement

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

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

Departures
Various dates from 3rd Dec 2020 to 30th Dec 2021, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
Breakfasts daily

Tailor-made travel

The above prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: TUI Gatwick to La Palma times vary then transfer to hotel 10 mins. Return: Transfer to airport 10 mins then TUI La Palma to Gatwick times vary.

Alternative Air
Flights can be arranged from most UK airports, with connecting transfers as required, prices and details on request.

Tour only
Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from La Palma airport at a time to suit and back to La Palma airport at a time to suit.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 (we open again 9am Monday) or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Complete our holiday enquiry form - we'll get in touch when it's most convenient for you
Speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 - we open again 9am Monday
Use our live chat to ask us a question

Please note: The prices and travel options shown are provided for customers based in, and travelling from/to, the UK. We are happy to arrange holidays for non-UK customers however, if you are travelling from USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, we recommend that you contact your local agent as they can provide appropriate transport options and advice.



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