Spain : The Canary Isles

Contrasts of Tenerife Walk (with transfers)

Trip code: W07TT

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
twin centre

Level: 1+ to 2+

23.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

SUMMARY

  • Mount Teide and its UNESCO National Park
  • Lunar landscapes, lava fields, dramatic volcanic mountains, rugged barrancos, far reaching ocean vistas
  • Superb for ornithologists, botanists and geologists
  • Choice of easier or more difficult circular walks daily - all within easy driving distance from the hotel
  • Based on our popular 7 night, Contrasts of Tenerife Walk (with car hire)

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app

TRIP DESCRIPTION

On Tenerife it is forever springtime and 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.

This self guided walking holiday takes you to the very heart of Tenerife to discover its traditional towns, wild hidden valleys, spectacular coastline and impressive volcanic landscapes. The walking is both spectacular and rewarding, and with a hire car provided, it is easy to discover what the island has to offer.

You begin in 'Isla Baja', where terraced fields and abundant wildflowers form a colourful blanket over deep valleys and plunging ravines, and traditional farms still produce goat's cheese for which the area is renowned. The region's authenticity is fiercely protected and the town of Garachico has won awards for its preservation. From here, head to the UNESCO recognised Teide National Park, with its lava fields, beautiful volcanic chaos and iconic Mount Teide scratching the sky at over 3700m above sea level.

We provide fully detailed route notes with a choice of easier or more challenging circular walks daily, so you can tailor your day's walk to your current energy levels - but with all the walks highlighting the stunning landscapes of this remarkably diverse island.

Your accommodation is special too. Your first 4 nights are at the Hotel Quinta Roja, a beautifully restored 17th century nobleman's mansion, superbly located next to the main square in the traditional old port town of Garachico. Next stop is the Hotel Spa Villalba, sitting on the edge of the sleepy village of Vilaflor - the highest in Tenerife - and a short drive from the UNESCO recognised Teide National Park.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Garachico

Arrive in the perfectly preserved coastal town of Garachico and your elegant hotel set in a beautiful 17th century mansion.

You stay at Hotel La Quinta Roja.

hotel details

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Hotel La Quinta Roja, Garachico

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Market
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AmEx
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Aircon
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Tea/coffee


La Quinta Roja is a restored nobleman's mansion right next to the village square in Garachico, so you could not be more central.

They have preserved all that is historic and beautiful - ancient wooden boards on the first floor balcony enclosing the central courtyard, and the original stone stairs for example - while modern touches add to the quirky but compelling style. Bedrooms have different room dimensions and come with the original wooden shutters, as well as towelling robes, stereo and all your modern comforts. Breakfasts are provided here.

Day 2: Teno Rural Park Walk (8km/5.0mi or 12km/7.5mi)

Start the day with a short drive through the banana plantations of La Isla Baja to Parque Rural de Teno. Then set off on foot from the village of El Palmar to the mountain ridge and the Mirador de Baracan. There are superb views of deep barrancos snaking down the cliffs to the coast and you can even see as far as La Gomera on a clear day. Continue past abandoned terraces, stone circles and traditional farmhouses.

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You stay at Hotel La Quinta Roja.

hotel details

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Hotel La Quinta Roja, Garachico

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Shops
Market
Bank
Cash machine
Mastercard
Visa
AmEx
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Aircon
Safe
Tea/coffee


La Quinta Roja is a restored nobleman's mansion right next to the village square in Garachico, so you could not be more central.

They have preserved all that is historic and beautiful - ancient wooden boards on the first floor balcony enclosing the central courtyard, and the original stone stairs for example - while modern touches add to the quirky but compelling style. Bedrooms have different room dimensions and come with the original wooden shutters, as well as towelling robes, stereo and all your modern comforts. Breakfasts are provided here.

Day 3: Arenas Negras Volcano Walk (13km/8.1mi or 15km/9.3mi)

Visit the Ecomuseo del Tanque to see how the islanders lived in times gone by, then follow the Canal de Vergara to La Corona Forestal, the green lungs of Tenerife and home to masses of birdlife, including the endemic pinzon azul (Canary blue chaffinch). The landscape changes to black sand and rocks as the Arenas Negras volcano looms into view through the trees. Return across the Chinyero lava field, with its contrasting rich green lichen.

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You stay at Hotel La Quinta Roja.

hotel details

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Hotel La Quinta Roja, Garachico

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Shops
Market
Bank
Cash machine
Mastercard
Visa
AmEx
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Aircon
Safe
Tea/coffee


La Quinta Roja is a restored nobleman's mansion right next to the village square in Garachico, so you could not be more central.

They have preserved all that is historic and beautiful - ancient wooden boards on the first floor balcony enclosing the central courtyard, and the original stone stairs for example - while modern touches add to the quirky but compelling style. Bedrooms have different room dimensions and come with the original wooden shutters, as well as towelling robes, stereo and all your modern comforts. Breakfasts are provided here.

Day 4: Monte del Agua Walk (8km/5.0mi or 12km/7.5mi)

From the tranquil village of Erjos, head to Monte del Agua, a treasure trove of richly diverse flora and birdlife. At Casas de La Cumbre, views over deep ravines spread out before you before you’re rewarded with the sight of snow capped Teide. The last descent takes you to the Charcas de Erjos ponds where local and migrant birds can be spotted.

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You stay at Hotel La Quinta Roja.

hotel details

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Hotel La Quinta Roja, Garachico

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Shops
Market
Bank
Cash machine
Mastercard
Visa
AmEx
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Aircon
Safe
Tea/coffee


La Quinta Roja is a restored nobleman's mansion right next to the village square in Garachico, so you could not be more central.

They have preserved all that is historic and beautiful - ancient wooden boards on the first floor balcony enclosing the central courtyard, and the original stone stairs for example - while modern touches add to the quirky but compelling style. Bedrooms have different room dimensions and come with the original wooden shutters, as well as towelling robes, stereo and all your modern comforts. Breakfasts are provided here.

Day 5: Teide National Park - Samara and Black Caves (5km/3.1mi or 9km/5.6mi)

Today you set out on your discovery of the Teide National Park – comprising of several volcanoes including mighty Mount Teide. Climb to the summit of Samara for an outstanding panorama over the volcanic chaos of Montana Reventada, the archaeological Guanche remains of Cuevas Negras and Pico Viejo, Tenerife’s second highest volcano. It’s a short onward drive to your hotel in the village of Vilaflor - the highest village on Tenerife and famous for its almendrados or almond biscuits!

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You stay at Hotel Spa VillAlba.

hotel details

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Hotel Spa VillAlba, Vilaflor

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Shops
Mastercard
Visa
AmEx
Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Aircon
Safe
Tea/coffee


The Hotel Spa VillAlba is the perfect get away from it all, peacefully located on the edge of the highest village on Tenerife and surrounded by pine trees. It is superbly appointed, coming with spa facilities - including Turkish bath, sauna and jacuzzi - as well as an indoor / outdoor swimming pool. The bright and comfortable rooms are spacious and with views overlooking the pine forest or the hotel gardens. There is also a cosy lounge, complete with log burning fire, and a TV room. Breakfasts and evening meals are provided here.

Room upgrades: Superior, Junior Suite and Suite
Superior rooms are more spacious and come with balcony. The junior suite is larger again, with a separate sitting room and balcony overlooking the hotel gardens. The suite comes with separate sitting room, balcony and hydromassage bath.

Day 6: The Moon Landscape (8km/5.0mi or 13km/8.1mi)

An exhilarating walk today follows the Camino Real de Chasna – an ancient shepherds’ path connecting the north with the south of the island. Pass through protected pine forest to Los Escurriales, or the Moon Landscape, a fragile geological formation carved over centuries by wind and water erosion.

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You stay at Hotel Spa VillAlba.

hotel details

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Hotel Spa VillAlba, Vilaflor

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Shops
Mastercard
Visa
AmEx
Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Aircon
Safe
Tea/coffee


The Hotel Spa VillAlba is the perfect get away from it all, peacefully located on the edge of the highest village on Tenerife and surrounded by pine trees. It is superbly appointed, coming with spa facilities - including Turkish bath, sauna and jacuzzi - as well as an indoor / outdoor swimming pool. The bright and comfortable rooms are spacious and with views overlooking the pine forest or the hotel gardens. There is also a cosy lounge, complete with log burning fire, and a TV room. Breakfasts and evening meals are provided here.

Room upgrades: Superior, Junior Suite and Suite
Superior rooms are more spacious and come with balcony. The junior suite is larger again, with a separate sitting room and balcony overlooking the hotel gardens. The suite comes with separate sitting room, balcony and hydromassage bath.

Day 7: The Best Mirador of Teide (11km/6.8mi)

Savour the best vistas of Mount Teide’s caldera and its ochre coloured palette of lava flows along the Siete Canadas trail to the summit of Mount Guajara. With views as far as Gran Canaria and La Palma on a clear day, it’s a fantastic ending to a week’s walking. The easier option today takes you to Teide's caldera and the Roques de Garcia (3.5KM/2MI/2HR)

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You stay at Hotel Spa VillAlba.

hotel details

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Hotel Spa VillAlba, Vilaflor

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Shops
Mastercard
Visa
AmEx
Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Aircon
Safe
Tea/coffee


The Hotel Spa VillAlba is the perfect get away from it all, peacefully located on the edge of the highest village on Tenerife and surrounded by pine trees. It is superbly appointed, coming with spa facilities - including Turkish bath, sauna and jacuzzi - as well as an indoor / outdoor swimming pool. The bright and comfortable rooms are spacious and with views overlooking the pine forest or the hotel gardens. There is also a cosy lounge, complete with log burning fire, and a TV room. Breakfasts and evening meals are provided here.

Room upgrades: Superior, Junior Suite and Suite
Superior rooms are more spacious and come with balcony. The junior suite is larger again, with a separate sitting room and balcony overlooking the hotel gardens. The suite comes with separate sitting room, balcony and hydromassage bath.

Day 8: Leave Vilaflor

Make your way back to the airport in time for your flight home.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £426.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £426.

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
British Airways Heathrow to Tenerife South Reina Sofia, and car hire (Cicar). Drive to hotel, 1 hr 10 minutes. Return: Drive to airport, 35 minutes then British Airways Tenerife South Reina Sofia to Heathrow

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 open again 9am Monday) 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

Phone answered quickly
Listened to our requirements and arranged a holiday to suit.
Very good communication.

18 Jul 2024

Excellent. Helen was very knowledgeable and able to provide exactly what I needed in terms of airport choice and an extra night.

Jean Evanson, 25 Jan 2024

Helpful and very pleasant people to deal with. I felt that my individual needs and requirements were being given attention, a really personal service.

Catherine, 9 Oct 2023

Good customer service. Lauren and Andrew were both helpful on the telephone.

Vivienne Jones, 24 Aug 2023


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
twin centre

Level: 1+ to 2+

23.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

7 nights from £1899

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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