Canary Islands

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Canary Islands Walking Holidays

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 Canaries walking focus on the islands of Tenerife and La Gomera, which offer a variety of walks, suitable for all experience levels.

 

Tenerife

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. 

La Gomera

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 the second smallest island of the Canaries is something special, and 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.

 

La Palma

La Palma, the most north-westerly and the fifth largest of the Canary Islands, is famous for its small volcanic craters and the huge collapsed erosion crater called The Caldera Taburiente - an amazing site about 10 km across and with walls towering more than 2,000m over the caldera floor in places. The highest point is the Roque de los Muchachos on the northern wall, at 2,426m altitude, which can be reached by road and is one of the walks offered on our trip. The Cumbrecita is at a lower point in the south-eastern part of the caldera's rim, giving a good view into the caldera -  more of our walking radiates from here. In the south-west the caldera opens to the sea, through a riverbed known as Barranco de las Angustias, which you can follow part of the way. Easier, shorter walks are also available, walking into the bio diverse laurel forests for glimpses of rare pigeons, indigenous chaffinch, the blue lizard and plants. There are also things to see of an historical nature, including the old town of Santa Cruz with its pretty balconied street, the main pilgrimage site on the Canaries, and even the volcano’s centre just outside Los Canarios.

 

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