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El Hierro – a Canary Island Jewel

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Why Book With Us?

  • Value for Money
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  • No single supplement (UK only)
  • Flights from local airports (Europe only)

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You matter to us & we promise to provide you with a superb walking & social holiday, tailored specifically to your needs. We provide walking holidays for walkers & as walkers ourselves, we appreciate & understand the requirements of a walking holiday.

  • Year of travel 2023
    23 March 2023
  • Refund guarantee
  • ABTA & ATOL Protected
  • Location: El Hierro
  • Flights costed separately
  • Expert Tour Guides

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.

If you decide to book this holiday, please complete the Quotation Request Form in full – this is the first part of the booking process… (as per ATOL requirements). Initial Quotation based upon flights information

What you get on a Secret Hills Solos Guided Walking El Hierro Holiday
  • Flights arranged individually
  • Transfer from airport to and return (including ferry transfers)
  • Half board accommodation, including a three course dinner and breakfast
  • Guided walking
  • Any transport needed on the walks 
  • The services of a Secret Hills tour guide
  • Individual attention
  • Our administration and management service

What’s not included

  • Lunch
  • Any drinks you have in the hotel and out on the walks

 

Hotel and Meals

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

Single Supplement details

For use of a double room for Sole Occupancy – £245 per person.

Itinerary

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.

 

Flights and Transfers

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

Tour Details

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 planned

Walks may vary dependent on your abilities and weather conditions.

Here are a sample of walks we choose from – there are many others.

Day 1

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.

 

 

 

 

Holiday Highlights

A fantastic island paradise- enjoy it’s unique offering

  • the sun in our winter
  • Five star hotel- superb location, super food and services
  • fantastic sunrises and sun sets – rooms designed to take these in.
  • walking in superb scenery all over this iconic island
  • local cuisine- different yet delicious
  • our relaxed, social approach
  • experienced and knowledgeable guides

Grades and Difficulty

Grades and Difficulty

  • Great care has been taken selecting our routes to ensure our guests enjoyment and safety. However, due to the challenging nature of the mountainous terrain there will be some steep climbs and descents so a good level of walking fitness is strongly recommended, this will greatly enhance the enjoyment of this walking holiday (a suggested kit list will be issued).
  • Overall we rate the walking as moderate with some challenging steep ascents and descents.
  • On good paths, the ground can be hard, dusty and very dry, we stop often – taking on water is obligatory, and not every day will be the same – we may take transport higher up, and walk quite a bit of the walk on a reasonably level terrain, then descend.
  • Sun protection cream is a must. We do not want any one with heatstroke so prepare well beforehand.

Meet New Friends

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.

Great Reasons to Join us

There are other walking holiday companies that cover Europe but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….

  • We specialise in organising guided walking holidays for singles and solo travellers
  • We are a small friendly company
  • We have a loyal customer base who return again and again (so we must be doing something right) – read our testimonials page on the website
  • We offer a lot of flexibility – you can stay extra nights which we are happy to organise for you. We are also very flexible on the walks we provide, adapting to suit walkers and weather conditions
  • Our walk leading is second to none. Unlike some other large Walking Companies, we use LOCAL leaders who live in the area and who love their surroundings. They have expert knowledge of everything you need to know to make an area come alive.
  • You are safe in our hands – our guides are experts, fully qualified in first aid. Also, because of their local knowledge of the hills, they can respond to any situation that might for example demand cutting short a route. They don’t need to consult maps – they know the hills intimately.
  • Our leaders are all easy-going, genuinely sociable people who want to ensure that you have the best time you can with the rest of the group. They make the weekend fun by engaging with all members of a group, and ensuring that everyone feels part of the group experience.
  • We give great value for money. Because we recognise that lots of walkers holiday on their own, we have negotiated no single supplement deals with all our hotels to ensure the best possible deal.
  • We always use good hotels, selected and constantly reviewed.
  • We have smaller groups than some of the larger walking companies because we believe the social experience is much better in a smaller group. People can talk to everyone, especially at dinner where you can all sit at one table in a small group. Our numbers vary from holiday to holiday but an average group size would be 8-12.

How to Book

How to book your holiday

How to book a UK guided walking holiday AND holidays in France, Algarve, Douro Valley and Ireland
To reserve a place on any of our holidays, please follow these simple instructions.

Reserve online – once you have chosen your holiday, click on the booking button and complete the online form OR contact us by phone or email, and we will send by post or email, a booking form to you
OR you can call us direct on 01694 723600, and we will take your reservation over the phone. Please note we cannot take credit/debit card details over the phone; you can, however, post us a cheque. Alternatively, you can pay via the Pay Pal system attached to our website, which allows you to pay either by debit/credit card, or by using your Paypal account if you have one.

We will also accept a Bank Transfer and on request we will supply our bank details to you.

It is important that you read the terms and conditions before you sign the booking form.

Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.

Address:

Secret Hills Walking, 35, Sandford Avenue, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6BH

Our Relationship with New Experience Holidays / ATOL Bonding

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  them.  Once you have committed to a holiday, and have accepted the individual quote we send, New Experience will send you a reservation form and all deposits / final payments will be made to them. Secret Hills Walking is responsible for marketing and selling the holidays and for arranging your itinerary when you arrive at the airport in the country you are visiting. You will receive individual attention throughout your holiday from us.

ATOL Bonding – New Experience Holidays REGISTRATION

Insurances Required

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). Our partners New Experience holidays will ask for this information as 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.

Location

El Hierro – a Canary Island Jewel

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.

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