Walking Holidays in the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands (the Canaries) are a Spanish archipelago situated off the northwest coast of mainland Africa. Beyond its popular beaches, the natural beauty and amiable climate of these exotic island make them an ideal year-round walking destination. Our walking holidays in the Canaries focus on the islands of Tenerife and La Gomera, which offer a variety of walks, suitable for all experience levels.
Tenerife is the highest island in the Atlantic and is the largest of the Canary Islands at 1275 square miles. Mount Teide in the centre of the island is Spain's highest mountain and the third tallest volcano in the world. Walking in Tenerife is hugely varied and the aim of our walking holidays is to show you as much as possible. From the ancient university town of La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the elegant resort of Puerto de la Cruz on the north coast we have selected a programme of varied walks, which when combined with the walking on Mount Teide make for a wonderful week.
Some of the highlights of walking in Tenerife include discovering the Cañadas del Teide and the fascinating Roques de Garcia, exploring the rugged Anaga peninsula - its top covered in dripping ancient 'laurisilva' woodland, and strolling through the cultivated fields, tiny villages, then dry cactus strewn valleys to reach the rocky coast.
If you have been walking on the Spanish mainland, or have been to the Canaries before and you come to La Gomera, you will probably notice that this, the second smallest island of the Canaries is something special, altogether quite different. Some people liken it to Spain in the 1970s, but if you have travelled to countries of Central or South America, there are certainly Latin American elements that you will recognize in the villages and landscapes.
Due to the fact that most Spanish tourism has been beach focused and that Gomera has little flat land and only a few small beaches with deep water and sometimes strong currents, it has survived from the frenzy of development seen elsewhere in the Spanish territories. As a result the island has an old world rural feel to it with homesteads, small vineyards, layers of terraces and large rocky peaks set in an amazing crown of Laurisilva - a laurel cloud forest. A remnant of the last Ice Age and Tertiary period, the Laurisilva is kept alive by trade wind rains and the sound conservation by the Garajonay National Park (which enjoys UNESCO recognition),where other islands have been largely deforested.
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