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Hike and Explore a Remote Canary Island

Hike towering volcanoes, explore wind-sculpted forests and swim in natural pools on the UNESCO Biosphere island of El Hierro. 2 days off work.

Location

Canary Islands

Fly To

Tenerife South Airport

Difficulty

Moderate

El Hierro is the smallest and most remote of the Canary Islands. From rugged coastal cliffs to verdant towering volcanoes, the island is full of natural wonders like lava tubes and swimming holes. You’ll explore every corner of the UNESCO-listed island from sea to summit, then relax at night in a hotel with sea views. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 3 days of guided hiking on El Hierro
  • 3 nights of accommodation with sea view at a 3-star family-run hotel
  • All meals
  • Professional, local, English-speaking guide
  • Seaport transfers
  • Hiking transfers
  • Taxes and fees

**Perfect for: **
This is a great weekend getaway if you’re seeking an active, sun-filled adventure off the beaten path.

Features in The Local: 'How to spend a weekend at the End of the World'.

What's Included

Accommodation

Guide

Local transport

Meals as described

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Itinerary

Thursday: Arrival

Fly to Tenerife Island then take the evening ferry to El Hierro. Your host will meet you at the seaport and transfer you to your hotel (45 minutes).

Check in while gawking at the hotel’s incredible sea views, then enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Friday: Hike the juniper forests of Sabinas

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then drive to nearby Sabinosa village.

Begin your walk to the summit of El Golfo and than through the island’s famous forest of junipers.

These ancient trees have been bent and sculpted by the strong trade winds until they look like mysterious works of art. Photo-ops abound!

Reach the summit and enjoy a picnic lunch with views of El Golfo, then descend via a charming church.

Drive to the southwestern corner of the island. Visit the remarkable Acantilado volcanic cave and check out the view from what was considered the End of the World until 1492.

Return to the hotel for dinner.

8km of walking, 4 hours, 800m ascent, 200m descent

Saturday: Volcano hiking and beach time

After breakfast you’ll drive a very scenic 30 minutes to El Piñar.

Hike past terraced vineyards to the summit of Montaña del Juan, a volcano featuring dual craters.

From there you’ll descend all the way to Tacorón Bay for swimming and lunch.

In the afternoon you’ll drive to La Restinga, the southernmost village in Spain. There you’ll learn about the 2011 submarine volcanic eruption.

Return to the hotel for your last night in this remote and peaceful paradise.

10km of walking, 4 hours, 170m ascent, 890m descent

Sunday: Hike to the Garoé holy tree, departure

Linger over your last seaside breakfast, then drive across the island with stops at the famous La Maceta pools and the La Peña viewpoint perched 700m above the sea.

Arrive in San Andres to walk to the Garoé holy tree. The tree was the exclusive source of water for the island’s indigenous Bimbache people.

Picnic there, then finish the walk to Valverde, the tiny capital of the island. Explore the town, then transfer to the seaport to catch your ferry to Tenerife.

9km of walking, 4 hours, 300m ascent, 800m descent

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

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.

Accommodation

You’ll stay at Hotel Balneario Pozo de La Salud perched right on the cliffs on the northwest side of the island. There’s no real town there, but the hotel provides everything you’ll need, including an on-site restaurant serving local and international food, and an on-site bar.

Rooms are ensuite and feature sea views, AC, TV, wifi and a kettle with herbal tea. The hotel property is also home to a spa, pool and sun terrace overlooking the sea.

Please note prices are based on sharing twin rooms, you may upgrade to a private room if you wish - enquire when booking.

Location

El Hierro is the smallest and southernmost of the Canary Islands. Up until Columbus sailed to the New World, El Hierro was considered The End of the World. Now the island still feels very remote and peaceful.

More than 60% of the island became a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2000. The listing helps preserve the island’s unique flora, fauna and landscapes. While the coasts are dry and barren, the center of El Hierro (1500m) is verdant with meadows, wildflowers, and forests of pines and gnarled, twisted junipers.

Start point?
You will be met Thursday at the Valverde seaport on El Hierro when the ferry from Tenerife arrives at 20:15. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at the Valverde seaport on Sunday in time to catch the 15:30 ferry back to Tenerife. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Given its remote location, El Hierro take a few connections to get to—but it’s worth the effort!

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

Step 2--Transfer to Cristianos:
Catch a cab in front of the airport and get dropped off at the port of Cristianos right at the ferry (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 roundtrip.

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 (or stay on to explore underrated Tenerife for a few days).

Notes:
You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above so you don’t miss any connections. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Tenerife
  • Ferry to/from El Hierro
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people, and a maximum of 6. Our philosophy is to have small groups that we can manage with one vehicle, giving more freedom and flexibility.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups of 2 or 3, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

Visitors to the Canary Islands are often surprised by the high quality of the food. Ingredients are produced locally, including vegetables grown in the 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 fresh-caught fish, calamari, prawns, and a variety of meats served roasted or stewed. The islands also produce award-winning wines.

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

A moderate level of fitness is needed to enjoy these hikes. Your guide will adjust the pace based on group abilities, and of course there are a few swimming stops!

El Hierro has a subtropical desert climate, meaning it’s hot and dry all year. 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.

  • 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
  • Reusable Water bottle
  • Small rucksack for carrying personal items
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunblock)

Unfortunately our group departures are aimed at adult groups. Children can be catered for on a bespoke basis so we'd recommend looking at a custom trip on the dates of your choice.

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