Tenerife - sunny winter walking destination - Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Tenerife - sunny winter walking destination



Some describe Tenerife as having ‘many worlds in one place’, which is partly due to the ‘micro-climatic’ environment. While the Island is lucky enough to endure year round sun and warmth, the weather can change quite dramatically from region to region. The South is usually doused in warmth and sunlight causing the southern terrain to bear resemblance to the desert, particularly at the hottest times of the year. The north endures the occasional rainfall but stays warm, keeping it green and luscious with impressive forests up on the hills. The craters of Las Canadas offer walkers a lunar experience at over 2,000 metres above sea level and  Mount Teide is a huge, rugged, steep sided volcanic peak and is the highest peak in the whole of Spain at 3,800m. Walking on its flanks is an incredible experience and  therefore we have included this opportunity in our holiday.

Tenerife offers an amazing variety of landscapes ranging from semi deserts to perpetually, moist laurisilva 'cloud forests', from rugged cliff coasts to high mountains, from fertile cultivation terraces to awesome rocky barrancos carved deep into multi coloured layers of volcanic bedrock.

Tenerife is not all about sharp, high ascents, there are some spectacular coastal walks around the Island offering a taste of Canarian culture as you pass coastal cottages, local hidden beaches, gaze at the dramatic cliffs and maybe even come across some of the banana plantations.

The volcanic nature of the Island, shaped by the weather, has created a truly unique landscape unlike anywhere else.

Great reasons to join us

- meet new friends in a relaxed walking and social  atmosphere

- beautiful countryside to walk through and enjoy

- super value for money

- professional, friendly walk leaders who are passionate and knowledeable about this area

- hotel right on the beach front and near all the shops and cafes

- flights from many UK airports




Accommodation and food

Your hotel

We use the FOUR star Hotel Valle Mar in Puerto dela Cruz

See www.hotelvallemar.com/en

This elegant  hotel is located on the sea front promenade close to the beach.

The hotel enjoys a unique location in the tourist centre of Puerto de la Cruz, next to the Lago Martiánez saltwater pool complex, a creative projection by the architect César Manrique; and 15 minutes from Tenerife North Airport.

The hotel is located  within walking distance of a wide range of restaurants, bars, shops and leisure spots in a privileged setting with views of the Atlantic Ocean. It is 300 metres from the beach.

The rooms

Exterior rooms with a balcony overlooking the garden and equipped with air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom, the Standard Rooms offer everything you need to enjoy a pleasant rest during your stay on the island of Tenerife.

Hotel Services

The hotel’s rooftop is a special space where our guests can relax and enjoy the pool whilst admiring the beautiful panoramic views of the northern coast of Tenerife and, on clear days, the island of La Palma. Surrounding the pool is a solarium, an outdoor Jacuzzi and a restaurant where you can enjoy something to eat. On the hotel’s first floor there is a second solarium with sun beds and Balinese beds and on the ground floor we have a Jacuzzi in the middle of the garden.

The Hotel has

a reception desk 24/7 withmultilingual staff: spanish, english, italian, german, french…

  • air-conditioning and heating
  • elevator
  • luggage storage
  • airport transfer
  • excursion bookings
  • tourist information
  • car rental
  • bicycle rental


Room service

  • daily maid service
  • laundry service
  • restaurants, bars and terraces
  • heated rooftop swimming pool (subject to season)
  • solarium with balinese beds on the first floor
  • garden jacuzzi
  • recreational facilities (pool table, table tennis…)

In your room

Television/Free wifi

Airconditioning and heating




Minibar – extra cost of purchasing from it

Your meals

Breakfast and Dinner Is self servic

The hotels commitment to health and quality

Especially sensitive when it comes to nourishment and conscious of the importance of the quality of foods, we cook with products of our country house “Finca La Vizcaína”, located in Valle Guerra, with the guarantee of the possession of the certificate for ecological production of the Canary Islands.

Buffet restaurant

In our main restaurant located on the second floor we offer you an excellent varied buffet with special dinners and a selection of local and international dishes. Besides there is a corner for fresh cooking according to your taste.

 Any dietary  intolerances will be taken care of.

Lunch Arrangements

Packed lunches each day with option most days for either mid morning coffee or afternoon refreshments.

You buy your own packed lunch from the variety of bakeries available close by.

Flights and Transfers


There are flights from most major airports to Tenerife –  south airport, and you will be transferred to your hotel from the airport.  We will quote you from the nearest airport to you, but dependent on flight days and times, we may advise different airports at the time of reservation -  but the choice is yours.  There may be flight supplements dependent on the airport you fly from, and on how late you book with us.  We will always quote you to your exact specification and give you options on flights.

Our main transfers are designed to meet the morning UK flights. If you opt for a later flight. then a transfer supplement will apply.

Single Supplements

Single supplements

 There is a single supplement of £20 per night on this holiday. This is for the sole use of a twin room.

Should you have a friend who wishes to travel with you, then the use of a twin room for two people means you pay no single supplement

Walking Programme and Grade of walking

Grade of walking

This holiday walking programme is designed for good competent walkers on mixture of terrains..... Walk between 7 to 13 miles a day and potentially 700 metres ascent/ descent. (Teide option will be 1200m ascent) Ascents are taken slowly to allow plenty time to absorb the magnificent  vast environment around you.

Walking Programme

Day 1 Arrive, meet and greet

Day 2 : Ortavara area 

Day 3 Masca Gorge walk to include 40 minute coastal boat trip 

Day 4: Teide area plateaux walk with an ascent to aid acclimatisation ready for Day 6

Day 5: rest day

Day 6  Teide ascent or Teide alternative walk

Day 7: Anaga Penisula linear walk

Day 8 Depart

We daily travel to our walks start and finish by minibus.

Whats included

What you pay for on a Secret Hills Tenerife  Walking Holiday

  • Individual quotation
  • Your flight arranged. Your local airport where possible.
  • All transfers to and from airport and hotel
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Vallemar
  • Single room occupany if required- supplements apply
  • Three course evening dinner
  • Transport to walks start and from walk finish
  • Expert guiding
  • Secret Hills tour guide
  • Individual attention throughout the holiday

Whats not included

 Lunch, all your drinks in the evenings, at lunch time and on our walks.

Our relationship with New Experience Holidays/ATOL protection

Our Partners in Europe Walking

Secret Hills Walking are pleased to be associated with New Experience Holidays, who organise flights, accommodation and transfers for these holidays and provide you with ATOL security.
All your joining instructions and individual flight arrangements will be made by Paul and Deborah Sawyer. Once you have committed to a holiday, and have accepted the individual quote we send, we will forward a New Experience reservation form, and you should pay all deposits and final payments to New Experience Holidays.
Secret Hills Walking is responsible for marketing and selling the holidays and for arranging your itinery when you arrive at the airport in the country you are visiting. You will receive individual attention throughout your holiday from us.

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Tenerife - a history


Tenerife has a rich historical background, interesting monuments and museums spread along the island will help you to discover the amazing past of this island, which has been a bridge between continents and civilizations. Let’s have a look at the history of Tenerife.

The formation of the island

Tenerife, and the rest of the Canary islands, are considered the sons of Pluton. The oldest mountain ranges in Tenerife rose from the Atlantic Ocean later than the neighbouring eastern islands, the volcanic evolution which gave birth to the island finished around twelve million years ago.

The island that we know today was formed three million years ago by three different islands, with the mountain ranges of Anaga, Teno and Valle de San Lorenzo. The activity from the Teide volcano finally melted together the different islands which became Tenerife. The amazing volcano is still visible from most parts of the island and its crater reaches 17 km long in some points. The last volcanic eruption took place in 1909 near the village Santiago del Teide and the last volcanic activity in Tenerife took place 500,00 years ago.

The Spanish conquest

The island was conquered by the Spanish empire around 500 years ago, Alonso Fernandez de Lugo, the Spanish conqueror arrived at the bay of Santa Cruz, known at the time as Anaza. On the 31st of May 1494, the king ordered him to suppress the last canary natives mainstay, but the Guanches (natives from Tenerife) proved to be very corageous and resisted the attack.

The king of Raoro, Bencomo (today La Orotava) who was the most important of all nine kings of the island, gathered his soldiers and enticed the impostors to the Bay of Acentejo. 2,000 Spaniards fell and Alonso Fernandez de Lugo was seriously injured.

Since then, the town where this terrible events happened is known as la Matanza (the massacre in Spanish). Currently, next to the highway there is a huge stone wall painted with a Guanche sounding the victory signal through a horn in the place where the massacre happened. On December 25th, 1495, one and a half years later, the Spanish crown finally conquered Tenerife, after a plague destabilised the Guanche population. The extinction of the natives and the Guanche culture was kept secret and always denied for a long time after.

The memory of the last nine Kings was kept alive by statues made with lava at the beach in front of the Basílica, in Candelaria. Unfortunately due to the effects of the years and especially to the erosion, these statues were corroded and destroyed.

In 1496, the city of 'San Cristobal de La Laguna' was built, next to a lagoon and close to the harbour of Añaza. In 1723 after the victory over the Guanches, the Spanish governor, de Lugo, changed the government's headquarters to the city of Santa Cruz.

The mysterious Guanches, natives of Tenerife, where known as the more dangerous and most feared from the canary island inhabitants. They were cavern men and buried their dead in caves.

There is little information about the origins of the Guanches, but it seems that they came from the northwest of Africa. A stone with some symbols engraved was found, supposedly of Bereber origin. However, there are only theories and speculations about how the Guanches first arrived the islands.

How to book your holiday

Do not book on line at this point. Read on and follow the instructions

In order to conform with ATOL bonding requirements, prior to you reserving a holiday with us, we need to provide you with an official quotation. This will contain all the details and costs of the holiday and your requested choice of flights and airports. You will find a GET QUOTE button at the top of the page, use this and fill in the form in order to start the quotation process. Once you have filled in the Quotation Request form, you will get an email confirmation from us.

We partner with New Experience Holidays who provide the ATOL bonding, so all quotations will be sent by them, and you will reserve and pay for your holiday with them.

The quotation process - ATOL BONDING requirement- the quotation is the first part of the contract between us and you.

The quotation will include

- the basic price of the holiday as advertised

- any flight supplement from the airport of your choice

- single supplement if this applies

- a choice of flights if this is applicable

- any specific requirement such as additional nights/ sea view rooms etc.

- final price and payment information

The Quotation stage - who sends you your quotation

In order to conform  to ATOL bonding protection rules, New Experience Holidays will send you your full quotation normally by email- please ask if you want to receive the quotation by post.

Your contacts at New Experience Holidays are Matthew Newcombe, Anna  Brown and Paul Sawyer.

We need to know your preferred departure airport. We can guide you about the right airport and options - simply read the web pages for the country you are wanting to visit, or email us for flight advice.

The Booking Process

Once you have accepted the quotation, fill in a New Experience booking form (this can be done online) or send in the completed form,  and pay both the deposit – normally £125 - plus any additional flight supplements to New Experience.Holidays  Final payment is also made to New Experience.Holidays.

Once you have booked, you will not be sent a reminder of when to pay the full amount, so please diarise this.

About three weeks prior to departure, New Experience Holidays will send you holiday joining details, including your flight details with instruction to print off your boarding cards.

Once you arrive at your holiday destination

Secret Hills Walking Holidays (Slovenia Walking Holidays) organise all aspects of your holiday– including guiding, transport to walks start and provide you with an experienced tour guide.You make your won arrangements to get to the airport in the UK, we meet you at the airport you are flying to, and help you with your transfer to the appointed hotel.

It is important to read New Experience Holidays' Terms and Conditions - click on the tab on their web site  - before you sign the booking form.

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What Others Said...

Keith was an excellent guide. Knowledgeable and friendly, Had a great time - would definitely recommend you.

Eileen Hampton -Castleton July 2017