On Tenerife it is forever springtime, the sunny climate, glorious flowers, balmy temperatures and majestic scenery make it a perfect antidote to a cold winter. A rugged and spectacular island, it has an incredible variety of landscapes to explore.
On this varied twin-centre walking holiday, you stay in both the east and west of the island and with a hire car provided, it is easy to discover the most dramatic and unknown regions the island has to offer. You begin in the Anaga Rural Park in the east, where plunging valleys of the subtropical, magical 'laurisilva' forest and steep terraces of vines are dotted with tiny white washed cottages and friendly local bars welcome walkers with open arms. You then cross over to the west where spectacular circular walks take you past crimson lava flows and shattered rock pinnacles below the snow-capped summit of Mount Teide, whose National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At almost half the height of Everest, it towers over the entire island! The authenticity of the 'Isla Baja' area is fiercely protected and the town of Garachico has won awards for its preservation.
For the first part of your holiday, you stay near Guimar in a gorgeous traditional Spanish finca with a lovely pool, where spacious rooms have pretty terraces with mountain views, set amongst avocado and citrus trees. In the west, your base is a beautifully converted nobleman's mansion in the coastal fishing village of Garachico, where we've left you free to choose your restaurant for dinner as there is a wealth of choice in the pretty cobbled traditional streets.
We provide notes for the 6 walks in this itinerary plus alternatives on 2 days to allow you to explore Los Organos and the Barranco del Infierno. Walks are on a selection of forest trails, rural tracks and rocky paths and walkers should be comparatively fit, confident and sure footed. Short sections of Roque Bermejo and Los Organos require a head for heights. Walking boots are essential. * As recommended walks do not start directly from the hotels, a hire car is included in your holiday price.
You arrive at Tenerife airport where you pick up your hire car for the 40-minute drive to your hotel.(Staying at La Finca Salamanca, Half Board)
Descend from Chamorga, a tiny hill village lost in time, through the dramatic Bermejo Gorge. You'll pass neat terraces, fig and orange trees before reaching tiny fisherman's houses below the lighthouse at the northern tip of the island. An ascent leads to several spectacular picnic spots, before a fennel fringed path though the magical 'laurisilva' forest offers dramatic views of the north coast. A gentle descent takes you back to Chamorga, where you can relax with a drink in Bar Alvaro listening to the local gossip.(Staying at La Finca Salamanca, Half Board)
From the central ridge of the Anaga peninsula with ocean views to both north and south, you descend on laurel forest hill paths dotted with pink pericallis bringing you to high terraces above tiny afur's chapel spire. Picnic in the terraces or enjoy a copa de vino in the village cafe, before ascending past bright white cottages nestled in blood red rocks, above miniature vineyards. Back at the hotel, relax with a swim or a cold drink on your terrace taking in the mountain views.(Staying at La Finca Salamanca, Half Board)
You drive to the rich oranges and ambers of Mount Teide's jagged lava fields today, stark beneath azure skies in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the walk in the caldera, Berthelot's pipits flit above bright Teide broom as you skirt lava flows below Monte Guajara. You return past shattered rock formations and colourful Teide daisies to the Parador cafe. Perhaps enjoy a late lunch before driving on to coastal Garachico.(Staying at La Quinta Roja, Breakfast only)
Exhilarating is today's keyword as you climb and cross the commanding ridge south of the Masca Gorge, enjoying breathtaking views. You'll be intoxicated by the amazing multi-coloured medley of red, pink, orange and gold rocks. You follow an old mule track, formerly used to carry grain from the cereal fields and picnic in the threshing circle with wonderful views across the sea and out to La Gomera.(Staying at La Quinta Roja, Breakfast only)
From Santiago del Teide, a loop takes you to a spectacular ridge near the distinctive golden slopes of Roque Blanco. You'll pass terraces of flowering cacti and the most remote working farm on the island. Tremendous views of La Gomera and Mount Teide. This evening relax with the locals at the bandstand bar in the leafy main square of Garachico.(Staying at La Quinta Roja, Breakfast only)
This dramatic and rewarding walk explores part of the Teno Rural Park where the local culture, scarcely changed over hundreds of years, continues in remote scattered hamlets. It's a landscape of knife-edged ridges, plunging valleys and spectacular coastline culminating in stunning views from Monte Baracan.(Staying at La Quinta Roja, Breakfast only)
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. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.
NEARBY:The Finca Salamanca is located just 1.5km from the town of Guimar, near to the east coast of Tenerife. It is located in the heart of a country estate that has been farmed for the last five generations by the Robayna Garcia family.
|Dates||Superior room||Junior Suite||Bungalow room|
|01/10/2017 - 07/04/2018||£10||£22||£28|
All prices shown above are valid from 11/12/2017. Upgrade supplement prices are per person per night, based on two people sharing. Superior rooms are larger with hair dryers and a bathrobe. Junior Suites are very spacious with a lounge and views of the farm from the terrace. Bungalows are extremely spacious with separate lounge and bedroom (Double or Twin) with private parking.
|Dates||Single room||Double room|
|01/11/2016 - 30/11/2016||£76||£66|
|01/12/2016 - 22/12/2016||£66||£56|
|23/12/2016 - 31/12/2016||£92||£82|
|01/01/2017 - 31/01/2017||£86||£66|
|01/02/2017 - 07/04/2017||£86||£76|
|11/10/2017 - 31/10/2017||£84||£72|
|01/11/2017 - 30/11/2017||£100||£88|
|01/12/2017 - 22/12/2017||£84||£72|
|23/12/2017 - 31/12/2017||£120||£108|
|01/01/2018 - 31/01/2018||£84||£72|
|01/02/2018 - 07/04/2018||£100||£88|
All prices shown above are valid from 11/12/2017. Extra nights prices are per person per night including evening meal. Christmas and New Year Supplements for gala dinners 25/12/2016 add '45 per person 31/12/2016 add '55 per person 25/12/2017 add '52 per person 31/12/2017 add '65 per person
NEARBY:La Quinta Roja is a restored nobleman's mansion right next to the village square in Garachico, so you could not be more central.
|01/11/2016 - 30/04/2018||£18|
All prices shown above are valid from 11/12/2017. 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.
Please contact us for extra night prices.
Tour-only prices exclude flights but include a Europcar Group B air-conditioned hire car which you collect from/return to Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport.
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Delightful hotels and well-planned walks in fabulous places worlds away from the tourist areas for which Tenerife is better known.
Tenerife has dramatic scenery & provides enjoyable, reasonably challenging hiking in a wonderful climate. Garachico is a gem of a town with lovely restaurants and the Quinta Roja provides lovely accommodation in a central location,
There is a quite a bit of driving involved on often winding roads, so this holiday would suit those who would see this an enjoyable aspect of the trip.
Some of the walking I would see at the upper end of 2 boot, not because of the distances but due to the mountainous nature of the terrain.
All in all a very enjoyable holiday!
We had a very good holiday, the hotels were ideal and well located. We had no contact with any Headwater representative in Tenerife. Before the holiday your staff were concerned about oldies like us tackling the walks in Tenerife and did their best to put us off instead of helping us find a solution locally.
Dear Mrs Mitchell, Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday questionnaire. It was lovely to read you had an enjoyable holiday overall. We were however sorry to read you did not receive your welcome brief. As highlighted in your holiday information booklet, due to the logistics of this holiday, we do not have a dedicated Headwater rep based in Tenerife, although, we do provide an in person welcome brief on arrival and offer 24/7 emergency assistance should this be required. However, due to the varying times our customers arrive, we ask that you contact your rep pre travel to arrange a suitable time for this, we are sorry if this was not clear. In future, the rep will also try to contact our customers on the evening of arrival and where possible, will deliver the welcome brief over the phone as required. Our sales team are experts on the holidays they sell, having tested them directly. When customers are seeking guidance on holiday suitability, our main goal is to ensure we provide thorough information to ensure our customers have the best holiday experience possible. We are sorry you do not feel this was delivered on this occasion. In closing, we would like to thank you for choosing Headwater and look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future. Kind regards, Headwater customer service team
Very different from our usual breaks, it was hard work but worth it. We would never have found these gems, and driving to them along the twisty mountain roads was half the adventure! The hotels were lovely, although quinta roja was a pain to get the bags and suitcases from the car, it was more than worth it.
We found the first day hard: getting used to a new car, parking in a busy town to get lunch as suggested by the guide, an awkward and long drive to and from the start point and a very challenging walk. Rather too much for the first day. We suggest an easier itinerary for the first day would be preferable. We enjoyed a rest next day in the delightful little beach resort near the hotel. We enjoyed the transit day; an amazing drive and excellent FLAT walk near Mt Teide! The drive down into Garachic... read moreo was exciting but we had got used to the car by then. Being in the centre of town was great. We found the walk in Teno Alto the best of all because of the diverse landscapes and exciting ridge walk. We had a second rest day with a pleasant and rewarding drive to Punto de Teno and some beach time. Finally we did most of the Masca Ridge en route to the airport. Unfortunately we were thwarted by a no entry sign on a gate not mentioned in the notes, but after wasting some time looking for a different route, clearly going through it was the best way forward. Overall this was a really good holiday, a few challenges but that is part of the fun. We were pleasantly surprised by how interesting and beautiful we found Tenerife to be, helped by the perfect weather we enjoyed.
Stunning scenery and great walking destination. Great climate for Jan/Feb.
We did all the walks in the itinerary except the Las Casas de Afur as it promised to be simply a descent of 700m on difficult footing followed an unrelenting climb (or bus trip) back up. As reasonably fit 70s we coped with all the others, but considered most to be at the top end of Headwaters two boot category because of the generally rocky terrain and occasional need for a head for heights
We found the individual walk descriptions out-of-date. In several cases there had been w... read moreelcome improvements such as better waymaking and resurfaced roads (the Chamorga walk). But on the Los Organos walk we had to retrace our steps after 4km as a key section of path has been closed on safety grounds since at least February 2015. Yet Headwater still included the walk in our package.
As all the walks are some distance from the hotels a lot of driving is involved, much on twisting mountain roads; we did 700km in seven days (including 60 minutes each way for the aborted Los Organos walk). Not a problem for us, but it may not be everyone's cup of tea.
While sun hat, sunscreen and water are rightly mentioned as essential, layers of clothing and gloves are equally important as most of the walks approach 1000m (2000m in the case on the Teide National Park). In the winter months it can be quite cold at those altitudes, especially on cloudy days.
As for hotels, the Finca Salamanca is adequate, but lacks atmosphere. The Quinta Roja in Garachico (a lovely town with traditional architecture) is very good and is close to a range of restaurants. We enjoyed the fish restaurant, Aristides, just cross the square. In neither hotel did the staff show much knowledge of, or interest in, the Headwater programme of walks.
Overall, the holiday was a great way to explore the far corners and roof of Tenerife, but the balance of the overall programme and the individual walk descriptions need more attention to detail by Headwater.
We realised that one boot is probably our level. We consider ourselves to be reasonably fit. However that is reasonably fit for a 64 and 68 yr old!We found the walks that we did very demanding and it took us a lot longer.Maybe the memory is very selective but I don't remember the 2 boot walks in Majorca being as strenuous. The weather was also against us so we only managed to walk for 2 1/2 days. The moving on day we decided to have a day off . In fact when we reached the Teide National Park it ... read morewas1 deg C and snowing. The car in front was struggling to move forward and skidding in the middle of the road. After a while we realised we were not able to continue as he was skidding and sliding back nearer us. We carefully did an almost 18 point turn and descended back to the coast! Incredibly as we travelled the coast road to Garachico it was 21 deg C in one area.
The Two Boots rating was optimistic - this was markedly harder and rougher than our previous Two Boots holidays. The length of the drives to the first two walks was excessive - perhaps a hotel can be found nearer the Anaga peninsula?The Las Casas de Afur walk was very slippery on the descent, not a good way to start the tour! Various paths in the Los Organos woods are closed at present, so we had to create our own walk. The parking for the Masca Ridge walk was very congested - an alternative wo... read moreuld be useful. It all came together at the end of the week, with excellent weather on the last three days, and Garachico is a very appealing resort.
Although we are very fit over 60s we all found the walks tougher than expected due to rocky and steep terrain, damp weather making surfaces slippery and precipitous paths. We found walking poles to be essential especially on slippery descents. Scenery spectacular as was flora and fauna.
Although neither of us was fit enough for the steep climbs (we had both had bad attacks of flu for the previous month) we had a great time. A few notes : Day 2 - fabulous flowers on the mountain! the fences have been repaired, newly sorted path from café to old building with boards along the way for enjoyment of all. Also - all roads from bottom to top have been resurfaced and were perfect (no bumps and edges clearly marked). Day 3 - Rather slippery path down through woods - goats had previou... read moresly slid down making some sections slightly difficult, otherwise great walk, just caught the 15.45 bus by one minute! Day 4 - it should have been a wonderful drive but we drove in in almost white-out! then couldn't find the start of the walk in the forest (along with many others) however, we did a short walk and then enjoyed locally caught trout in the café. Day 5 - A very cold, foggy day so decided not to climb the steep mountain but to take the car to the top and have a short walk from there. Enjoyed lunch at the hostelry up to along with many other walking parties. Day 6 - wonderful weather and fabulous Masca ridge walk (we didn't bother to descend to the view points but stayed up top in the sunshine to enjoy our picnic). Day 7 - Long but interesting drive to Tiede where we began the suggested walk but finally decided to take the gondola to the top station : perfect weather and the views were amazing! Having only recently climbed Etna, it was so worth while going up top and seeing all the different colours of rock etc as opposed to Etna's grim black.
We wished we had had more time to explore Garachico and will return there and the surrounding areas of Tenerife in future. Many of the villages have such beautiful architecture and we would like to try the really 'local looking' restaurants where we believe we could try even more local dishes than those served by the more European establishments.
An enjoyable holiday but far too much car travel (often on narrow mountain roads) for the amount of walking. It is perhaps a little too early in the year for this destination as the weather was quite wintery with low clouds on the mountain paths.
We enjoyed ourselves enormously. Both the hotels were great and staying in a little harbour town during a storm was certainly interesting. The weather was mixed and stopped us doing all the walks but I had bought a walks book for Tenerife and that was really useful as it had alternatives for the days when it was raining and cloudy in the mountains. Someone on your website suggested it and I really recommend anyone to do that. The recommended walks were good but we found them rather harder tha... read moren expected and Everything took Longer both walks and driving. My partner works overseas a lot and is used to all sorts of driving but the timing was a bit optimistic. Also the instructions are not always very useful, partly because they are somethimes out of date. However, the map you provided was excellent. Overall it was a lovely holiday. We liked the contrast of the two hotels - the country stay at Salamanco with its botanic garden and swimming pool and being right on the square at Garachico. The receptionist at Garachico (Erasma) was most helpful re restaurants and we had some delicious evening meals at a variety of restaurants.
a great variety of interseting walks in fantastic landscapes
A pity the 2 centre non guided holiday appears to be absent from your latest brochure. There are so many varied walks from both Guimar and Garachico. It would be possible to have a 2 week holiday staying at each place for a week. Some of the small coastal towns, Icod and Oratavia are interesting and also the Pyramids of Guimar museum. These could be visited if there was dense cloud on the ridges. The Rother Walking Guide to Tenerife had many additional walks which we adapted to the weather condi... read moretions. An outstanding easy walk was the Malpais de Guimar. The paths are usually well signposted with a TF number.
Our week on the Highlights of Tenerife trip was good, but I think that customers should be aware of a) the weather in the north of the island may be nowhere as good as in the south and is often wet at this time of year (January), b) there is a fair amount of driving on this tour to get to the walks.
Does what it said in the brochure
The holiday was all we were hoping for ; the hotels of a good standard, the walks challenging but not impossible and well selected to give us a good flavour of the island of Tenerife. Walk descriptions and instructions were excellent.
We had an excellent holiday, and saw the loveliest parts of Tenerife. This really is a 'two boot' holiday, at least. Some of the walks were very challenging, but the views were fantastic and we were pleased to have done them. Two nice hotels, and Garachico, in particular, is a pleasant little town. The pyramids of Guima are certainly worth a visit and the notes might suggest that more strongly. The driving too was a challenge, with hairpin bends going on almost for ever - but, again, it was all ... read moreworthwhile. We would recommend this trip to anyone who is reasonably active and able to walk up steep hills!
We had agreat time, [particularly at Garachicco where the hotel was lovely and the walks especially the Masca Ridge were excellent.
A great holiday.
an excellent holiday, and the hotel staff very welcoming, clearly expecting us.
Enjoyable: excellent accommodation and walking
Walking notes need updated in places, unfortunately I did not have a pen to take notes
We thoroughly enjoyed it although were not able to take advantage of all the walks due to the comments in the next box: we had to use the local bus services for a few days before hiring a car.
Just what we have come to expect from headwater over the years.
Excellent walking in very varied and interesting landscapes. The only downside was the amount of driving involved on tortuous roads.
Very enjoyable, but some of the guidance notes need updating due to recent changes in road layout, new signing on paths etc, repainting of buildings a different colour!
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Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.
All buffet breakfasts and 3 evening meals included
The above tour-only prices exclude flights but include a Europcar Group B air-conditioned hire car which you collect from/return to Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport. Car hire is subject to minimum 2 people per booking.
Tour-only prices exclude flights but include a Europcar Group B air-conditioned hire car which you collect from/return to Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport.
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