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El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands has a wide variety of terrain and scenery for the discerning walker. The volcanic landscape and native plants and trees provide spectacular walking and the Atlantic ocean is always in view. Our guided walking for solos and singles holiday will introduce you to the best that this little gem has to offer.
Our speciality is guided walking holidays for solos and singles in beautiful locations in both the UK and Europe. Solos and Singles Guided Walking is our unique speciality – unlike other walking holiday companies. We also design bespoke holidays for special groups.
TThe price shown here excludes flights but includes a sole occupancy supplement
What’s not included
We use the premier hotel on the island – Parador de El Hierro. Positioned underneath high mountain rocks and on the sea coast- the Paraodor gives you luxury as well as superb service. Meals are taken in the hotel’s restaurant. Lunch is a packed lunch.
The Parador de El Hierro is a paradise situated between a volcanic mountain and the blue ocean. The island is bathed by transparent waters and you will feel as if you are in a place only possible in your dreams. Because of the hotel’s magnificent location, drops of seawater will sprinkle your strolls through the garden and the intense blue of the water will slip in through your window. The building’s balconies put you so close to the ocean, you can almost touch it with your hand. From the garden, swimming pool and comfortable guest rooms, you will enjoy the gentle murmur of the waves. You will relax and rest, feeling at peace in this idyllic spot.
The Parador restaurant, situated in a glorious location where the sea meets the volcanic mountain, offering views of the Atlantic, is the perfect spot to enjoy the delicious cuisine of the Canary Islands. You will discover a dining area offering classic examples of El Hierro cooking presented in an avant-garde style.
Facilities at Hotel
Outdoor swimming pool/Jacuzzi/Sauna/Small gym/Garden
Air conditioning/TV in your room/WIFi in your room
Lounge and bar
Sole Occupancy Supplement
The sole occupancy supplement of £35 per night is already included in the cost of this holiday. – as shown at the top of the page.
We fly to Tenerife South from most regional airports. Transfer to Los Christianos and catch the ferry to El Hierro – about a 2.5 hour ferry journey. On arrival at El Hierro, a private transfer takes you to the hotel. The return journey repeats the outward journey.
We enjoy five full day walks on the island.. you have a free day after the first three days of walking. We take transport to walks start and from walks finish. We cover all points of the island on our walking days – to give you a full flavour of the different geology and scenery of El Hierro.
Note- we always try to advise that you fly from your local airport- this is one of the unique selling points for our holidays.
You purchase your own flights for this holiday.
The price you pay to Secret Hills Walking Holidays is a land only price.
When you reserve your flight, our policy is to enable you to fly from your local airport, wherever possible.
This means that clients will arrive at the destination airport at different times and we will arrange the onward transfers to the hotel, and return you to the airport at the end of the holidays.
Flights to Tenerife South from most local UK airports.
We take the ferry from Tenerife to El Hierro, and you will be met at the ferry terminal for transfer to our hotel
The walks we offer you will enable you to see the best of the heart of El Hierro. Each walk is different and very varied.
We enjoy five full day walks on the island.. You have a free day after the first three days of walking.
We take transport to walks start and from walks finish
We cover all points of the island on our walking days- to give you a full flavour of the different geology and scenery of El Hierro..
We use a local guide to lead the walks with support from our UK tour guide.
Our guiding partners in Montenegro- 3ETRAVEL – organise and lead the walks.
Walks may vary dependent on your abilities and weather conditions.
Here are a sample of walks we choose from – there are many others.
Meet and Greet with the walking guides before dinner. General information about El Hierro.
Walk 1, Raya Llania – Raya Llania (circular walk):
An easy beginning walk in the evergreen area of the center of the island which is dominated by tree heather and bayberry trees, passing very mystic woodlands and the witches ballroom
Walk 2, Hoya del Morcillo – Cruz de los Reyes via Malpaso:
A fresh walk through the enormous pine trees up to the highest peak of El Hierro (1.501m) and following the lava ashfields of the old procession route
Walk 3, Mocanal – Echedo – La Caleta:
The island`s north is a walk mainly downhill through contrasting landscapes. There are some road walking, but these are very quiet lanes in a pleasent environment. Target of the walk is the bathing spot La Caleta with sea water swimming pool
Walk 4, San Andres – La Cuesta – Isora
A botanical route passing the green meadows of the central island with many historical sites. Visit of an old weaving work shop before reaching the stunning viewpoint of Mirador de Isora which flows the crest of the escarpment overlooking the eastern coast which is 1.000m below us.
Walk 5, Ermita Virgen de los Reyes – Los Bascos – Sabinosa:
No trip to El Hierro can be done without visiting the twisted trees of El Sabinar in the far West of the island. Starting point after the transfer is the sanctuary of El Hierro where the holy virgin statue is kept. From the Phoenician juniper trees to a breath-taking viewpoint and a long ascent to Sabinosa, a traditional shephard’s village.
A fantastic island paradise- enjoy it’s unique offering
Grades and Difficulty
It’s all about meeting new friends. Each holiday is designed to be a friendly, relaxed and stress-free occasion. Talking is as important as walking on Secret Hills Walking Holidays. We don’t go in for discos, we may use an event that is taking place in the area we are in to boost the weekend’s activities – but it’s good, old fashioned chat that makes our short breaks successful.
“Make new friends that turn into old friends” – that’s our motto.
You might be surprised by what fun you’ll have with people who are older or younger than you during a holiday with us, and that’s exactly the sort of atmosphere we encourage; people find it very rewarding. It doesn’t matter what your reasons for travelling with us are, we’ve had people who are single, divorced or widowed, people who have partners that are unable to travel, and people who can’t holiday with their friends anymore as they’ve all got married themselves. There are people who want to make friends, see sights, and experience something completely new. Whatever your reason, we’ll welcome you with open arms and our friendly hosts will help you to get the most out of your holiday.
Don’t worry if this is the first time you have ventured to join a group holiday – its always a bit daunting – but we will look after you and ensure that you get used to being amongst friends again. Trust us to to get you back into the swing of things.
Oh – by the way – it’s not a dating agency – over the years we have had people meet and fall in love – but that’s just chance. Our aim is that you make like-minded friends – just relax and enjoy.
Just arrive and enjoy.
There are other walking holiday companies that cover Europe but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….
You may book online.
Payment is in two parts – you pay a deposit of 25%, payable when reserving your holiday place. You will receive an invoice for the holiday showing the deposit paid, and full amount to pay for the holiday. This acts as your confirmation.
The balance is due 8 weeks prior to the holiday start date. You will be sent a reminder.
About three weeks prior to departure, we will send you holiday joining details, and details of the transfer from the airport to the appointed hotel we have arranged for you.
Once you arrive at your holiday destination
Secret Hills 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 own 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 Secret Hills Walking Holidays Terms and Conditions – click on the tab on our web site – before you complete the booking form.
Insurance – you need to be fully covered
It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against travel, medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate).
We will ask you to provide us with the details of your insurance prior to the holidays start date and it is a condition of reserving a place.
If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is available only online from the UK Government website. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate travel insurance.
Volcanoes, lava flows, lush forests of Canary Island pine trees and laurisilva, trees that bow down to the wind, abrupt cliffs, relaxing natural pools, dizzying views… that’s El Hierro – enigmatic, awe-inspiring, a shelter where you can disconnect from busy modern life and enjoy a stress free holiday.
Different scenery at every step
The smallness of the island does not prevent you from finding a surprising variety of scenery on it. Best of all is that, as the distances are so short, we can have a relaxing swim at the coast one minute and be walking along a trail among Canary Island pines or laurisilva species a short while later. One of the most famous trails is the Camino de Jinama, an old route that used to be used by the island’s inhabitants, just over 3 kilometres long and with lots of ups and downs, but the reward at the end of it is incredible.
On the way to the highest areas of the island, we can stop at any of the vantage points to contemplate dizzying views such as the majestic Valle de El Golfo, formed after a mega-landslide thousands of years ago, and abrupt cliffs that the sea crashes up against.
There is no lack of striking volcanic landscapes on El Hierro either, such as the surroundings of the Faro de Orchilla, the lighthouse at the place considered the end of the world in ancient times and where the Zero Meridian was established until it was moved to Greenwich in 1884. If we didn’t know that America is on the other side of the ocean, it would really seem like we were at the edge of the planet. Sober, awe-inspiring scenery where we make out volcanoes, extensive flows where the lava contorts, the absolute silence… thrilling!
Also, on the Valle de El Golfo coast and sheltered from the marine currents are the La Maceta natural pools with sunbathing and picnic areas, especially perfect for enjoying with the family. Another must-visit for anyone who doesn’t want to miss a drop of sun or a relaxing swim is Tamaduste, a fabulous place on the El Hierro coastline known for its calm waters, the beauty of its surroundings and the peace found in this little village, where you can also try the island gastronomy at any of its restaurants.
Enjoy the island’s gastronomy and wines
Fresh fish is the star of El Hierro cuisine. It is a real pleasure to have some with typical wrinkly potatoes and ‘mojo’ sauce and, of course, some delicious island cheese made using traditional methods. This product from the El Hierro gastronomy goes with most dishes and is even the basis for making delicious cakes such as the famous ‘quesadillas’. When you try them, you are sure to keep a space in your suitcase to take some home with you and continue enjoying this delicacy for your taste buds.
Of course, we also have to try the tropical fruit grown on this volcanic land. Pineapples, of unbeatable quality, are a good example that always surprise people.