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Dramatic self guided walking on a surprising island of contrasts from high volcanic deserts to lush pine forests and deep ravines and coastal vistas. Stay in two delightful hotels in two charming towns on the green north coast.

Type of Holiday:
Price:

From £675 per person based on two people sharing

Duration: 6 days, 7 nights
Departures: Various departures from September-April
Start point: Valle de Guerra
End point: Garachico
 

>> Investing in numerous sustainable tourism initiatives, Tenerife offers visitors a wide range of eco holidays: Reachable by a combination of train and ferry from the UK,  the island is a natural playground with dramatic landscapes to hike around as well as sea life watching opportunities. There is a variety of green accommodation options from traditionally rural houses and rural hotels to the latest eco accommodation. See our new and exclusive guide to Green Holidays in Tenerife.

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Timeless Tenerife Lush landscapes & colonial charms

With expanses of black sand, green pine forests, red rock formations, crimson lava fields and white clouds which can billow like a skirt around the waist of El Teide, Spain’s highest peak, Tenerife is an island of many different colours. It is also an island of stark contrasts, its topography as striking as the volcanic activity that shaped it so many millennia ago, and walking here is incredibly rewarding. To explore Tenerife’s little-known north-west corner on foot is to discover a side to the island that few visitors experience.

Here, breathtaking views stretch in clear weather far across the sea and up to El Teide, whose towering peak surveys the varied landscapes. Our holiday reveals the fertile coastal plain (dotted with banana plantations) and the alternating expanses of pine forest and black volcanic sand that lie behind it, while our exhilarating – and highly recommended – extension takes you into the desert-like lava fields of the Teide National Park above the cloud line. We provide a hire car so that you can access the best walking – or combine walking with sightseeing and scenic drives.

Accommodation:

Costa Salada, Valle de Guerra A delightful, family-owned traditional hotel set within an extensive finca on the coast of Valle de Guerra on the edge of the Anaga Mountains. Known as 'Tenerife's greenhouse', Valle de Guerra's humid climate is where most of the exotic, ornamental plants that grace hotel lobbies across the island are grown and the Costa Salada is set within one such 'garden'. A swimming pool, jacuzzi and terraces provide plenty of spaces in which to soak up the sun or enjoy the coastal views to the mountains over an al fresco coffee. There's a small sauna and a cave-based games room including table tennis. Breakfast and dinner are served in the ocean-view dining room and the chef prepares a high standard of traditional dishes with creative twists. We included superior rooms which are comfortably furnished and all have a balcony or terrace from which to make the most of your ocean-side location.

La Quinta Roja , Garachico This stylish, high-quality hotel is set on the main square of Garachico, a pretty coastal village. It has been lovingly converted from a 16th-century former nobleman’s house and is an elegant blend of old and new, with a small sauna and jacuzzi as well as a rooftop terrace, interior courtyard, reading room and small wine bar. As breakfast only is included, you are free to take your pick of Garachico’s restaurants for dinner each night. We include the light and airy superior rooms, but you can choose to upgrade to a junior suite.

Choose to add extra nights at The Parador, El Teide The great highlight of the Parador is its terrific location in the cauldron-shaped crater beneath El Teide, with uninterrupted vistas of the peak. The facilities include an indoor pool, gymnasium, a good restaurant, and even an observatory for star-gazing. It makes a fantastic base from which to explore the crater and volcanic landscapes.

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>> Greentraveller’s Guide to Tenerfie

What our customers say:

Mrs Waterfield of Leeds
Garachico is a lovely location and the hotel is outstanding. One of the nicest rooms we have ever stayed in. The staff were great. It was our first visit to Tenerife and we thought the areas you selected were wonderful, very beautiful. Food wherever we went was terrific. It has been some time since we last went with you. In the intervening years an already good service has managed to improve remarkably. Faultless from start to finish.

Mrs Till of London
What a fantastic holiday! The hotels were lovely and the walking superb. The suggested walks were incredibly varied and the scenery stunning. One thing to watch out for is that it can be pretty chilly high up so remember to pack plenty of layers. We bought another walking book to supplement the walking directions and this book was rubbish compared to Inntravel directions! We had a great time and would never have discovered these places without you. Thanks!

Mr Eames of Kent
Both the hotels exceeded expectations the charm and quality were outstanding. The welcome and help from the managers was very friendly and helpful (especially La Quinta Roja). It was all good! Scenery was fantastic, and well covered by the different routes.

What price includes

 
  • 7 nights one rural hotel; one 4-star hotel
  • 7 days' hire car
  • Detailed route notes & maps
  • Two stylish hotels & fabulous Canarian cuisine
  • breakfast every day
  • Option to ascend Spain's highest peak
 

Location

 

Plan your journey by ferry

Meeting point:
Tenerife North Airport (AVIS car hire office)

Nearest train station to meeting point:
Santa Cruz ferry port

Transfer to meeting point:
Guests make their own way to meeting point
Hire car included

 
Plan your journey by train to Tenerife (via Paris and Madrid)
 

Plan your journey by ferry

Finish point:
Tenerife North Airport (AVIS car hire office)

Nearest train station to finish point:
Santa Cruz ferry port

Transfer to finish point:
Guests make their own way to station
Hire car included

 
Plan your return train journey from Tenerife (via Paris and Madrid)