Tenerife Hiking Highlights Family Holiday
Canaries & Spain, Family, 8 days - from £895 (land only) - from €1,210 (land only) - from $1,500 (land only)
Day 1: We rendezvous at the group hotel in the mountain village of Vilaflor. A transfer will be provided from Tenerife South - Reina Sofia Airport in the early afternoon and the driving time is approximately 30 minutes. The hotel has a pool and a games room. KE Land Only package services begin with a briefing from the guide when all guests are present, followed by dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer northwards into the foothills of the Las Canadas Ridge. As a great introduction to the holiday, today's walk takes us through an amazing 'lunar landscape', with views of the coast and of the island of La Gomera. The walk ends at our hotel in Vilaflor and we can spend the rest of the afternoon beside the pool. 4 hours walking.
Day 3: Today, we drive to the village of Masca (formerly a 'pirates nest') and hike down through the dramatic Masca Gorge to the beach. A chartered boat will then take us out for a spot of dolphin and whale watching, with a chance to swim from the boat. We end of our excursion at Los Gigantes and transfer back to Vilaflor from here. 3 hours of walking.
Day 4: We will have a lazy start and a chance to chill out beside the pool, before driving up to the Canadas del Teide and from here taking the cable car to a point high on the slopes of El Teide (3718m), the highest mountain in Spain. An easy walk then takes us around to the cozy Refugio Altavista, at 3270 metres, our home for the night. 1 to 2 hours walking.
Day 5: An early start will allows us to get to the top of Teide in time to see the sun come up. There are views to the ocean in all directions and watching the mountain's shadow projected across the island is amazing. We return to the refuge to pick up our bags and continue walking down to the road. We then transfer to a hotel in Los Realejos. 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 6: An easier day today, as we visit the 'Cueva del Viento' and learn more about the volcanic origin of the islands. Afterwards, we visit Garachico, the oldest town on the island and can swim in the seawater swimming pools in the harbour. We spend the afternoon here, before returning to our hotel in Los Realejos. 2 hours walking.
Day 7: We have a change of scenery today, as we visit the Anaga Nature Park which is located above the sea cliffs close to the north-eastern tip of the island. Our walk here through laurel woodland and with spectacular coastal views. After the walk we transfer back to spend a third night at the hotel in Los Realejos. In the evening we will enjoy a final evening meal together. 4 hours walking.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end after an early breakfast. A transfer to Tenerife South - Reina Sofia Airport is provided after breakfast.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. When walking up Mount Teide you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude, but please note that you are only going up for one night, so are not on a prolonged trekking trip.