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Hike and Explore a Remote Canary Island

Hike up a volcano, explore wind-sculpted forests and swim in deep blue natural pools on the UNESCO protected island of El Hierro

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Adventures / Adventure Tapas

Hike and Explore a Remote Canary Island

Hike up a volcano, explore wind-sculpted forests and swim in deep blue natural pools on the UNESCO protected island of El Hierro

DURATION
3 nights
LOCATION
Canary Islands
ANNUAL LEAVE
2 days off work
SEASON
Oct—May
GROUP SIZE
Up to 6 people
MEETING POINT
Tenerife South Airport
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

You’ll need a moderate level of fitness to enjoy the hikes to the full, but your guide will adjust the pace to suit the group's abilities.

Explore El Hierro - the smallest and most remote of the Canary Islands and a UNESCO protected biosphere – perfect if you’re looking for adventure off the beaten track

Rugged cliffs, volcanoes, lava tubes, swimming holes – you’ll explore every corner of this beautiful island, from sea to summit

Featured in The Local, 'How to spend a weekend at the end of the world'

Included

Guides

Professional, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

3 nights in a 3-star family-run hotel

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

To and from the seaport and everything in-between

Permits

All taxes and fees

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel to and from the start point

Travel insurance

Tips for your guides

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Valverde Seaport, El Hierro

When you arrive on the 20:15 ferry

Ends

Valverde Seaport, El Hierro

In time to catch the 15:30 ferry back to Tenerife

Transfers

Your host will pick you up on arrival and drop you off in time for departure.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Tenerife from airports across the UK and Europe. Given its remote location, El Hierro takes a few connections to get to, but it’s well worth the effort! See the travel FAQ for more details.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Visitors to the Canary Islands are often surprised by the quality of the food. Most of the ingredients used are produced locally, including vegetables grown in the island's rich volcanic soil and fish and shellfish caught in the surrounding waters.

You’re sure to encounter papas arrugadas - small potatoes served in a sauce of garlic, olive oil, vinegar, herbs and spices. Thick vegetable and meat soups are also common. Main courses include grilled fish, calamari, prawns, and a variety of meats served roasted or stewed. The islands also produce award-winning wines.

Most dietary requirements can be accommodated, just let your host know beforehand.

What is the accommodation like?

El Hierro

You’ll stay in a twin room with en-suite bathroom at the Hotel Balneario Pozo de La Salud, perched on the cliffs on the northwest side of the island. There’s no town, but the hotel provides everything you’ll need, including a bar, sun terrace, sea views, WiFi, and an on-site restaurant that serves local and international food.

Upgrades

For travellers looking for their own space, you can upgrade to a private room for £75 per person.

Day 1

Things get remote

Fly to Tenerife and then take the evening ferry to the remote island of El Hierro.

Check into your hotel, gawk at the gorgeous sea views and then enjoy dinner with the rest of your team.

Day 2

The Forest of Sabinas

Hiking

4hrs · 8km

Start the day with a morning hike through the island’s famous juniper forest. These ancient trees have been bent and sculpted by the powerful trade winds and now look like mysterious works of art. Photo-ops abound!

Reach the summit of El Golfo and enjoy a picnic lunch with a serious view.

Descend via a charming church and head to the remarkable Acantilado volcanic cave with a view that was once considered the end of the world.

Day 3

Climb a volcano

Hiking

4hrs · 10km

Take a scenic drive across the island to El Piñar and hike past terraced vineyards to the summit of Montaña del Juan, a volcano with dual craters.

Drop back down to Tacorón Bay for a swim and then drive to La Restinga, the southernmost village in Spain, before returning to your hotel for a last night in this remote and peaceful paradise.

Day 4

The Garoe Holy Tree and home

Hiking

4hrs · 9km

Linger over a seaside breakfast and then visit the famous La Maceta pools and La Peña viewpoint, perched 700m above the ocean.

Stop for a picnic at the Garoé Holy Tree, the exclusive source of water for the island’s indigenous Bimbache people.

Finish in Valverde, the island’s tiny capital, before heading back to the seaport and home.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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What do I need to bring?

Bags

  • A small rucksack for carrying personal items

Clothing

  • Sturdy, broken-in hiking shoes or boots
  • Rain/windproof jacket
  • Lightweight, breathable hiking shirts and trousers
  • Mid-/heavy-layer clothes for colder days
  • Light jacket for evenings

Other

  • Reusable Water bottle
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunblock)

A moderate level of fitness is needed to enjoy the hikes to the full, however, your guide will adjust the pace according to the group abilities, and of course there are a few swimming stops!

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

El Hierro has a subtropical desert climate, meaning it’s hot and dry all year round. From April to October temperatures average 16 – 29 °C, with record highs exceeding 40 °C. Rain is almost unheard of in the summer. From November to March temperatures average 14 – 24 °C, and it rains a few days per month.

Any excess luggage can be safely stored in your hotel room.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

For current advice about travelling in Spain, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Our group adventures are adult only however if you would like to bring children along this can be arranged by requesting a private trip with the host. This trip is suitable for children from age 10 only.

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

Step 1 - Fly to Tenerife: Tenerife South Airport (TFS) is served by regular flights from mainland Europe. Schedule your flight to arrive by 15:30 so that you don't miss the ferry to El Hierro.

Step 2 - Transfer to Cristianos: Catch a cab from the front of the airport and get dropped off right by the ferry at the port of Cristianos (20 minutes, EUR 20-30).

Step 3 - Ferry to El Hierro: The ferry operator is Naviera Armas (www.navieraarmas.com). Tickets cost approximately EUR 99 for a round trip. The ferry leaves Thursdays at 17:30, arriving in El Hierro at 20:15 (2 hours 45 minutes).

Returning to Tenerife on Sunday - the ferry leaves El Hierro at 15:30 and arrives in Cristianos at 18:00, so schedule your return flight to depart no earlier than 20:00. You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above so that you don’t miss any connections. We will contact you before you depart to check on your arrival and departure plans.

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