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La Palma has a rugged, volcanic and forested terrain but the walking is fantastic. The island is dotted with volcanoes like Tenegua and Cumbre Vieja. This island never fails to disappoint – a real jewel in the Canary Islands’ crown so why not join us for a special solos guided walking experience.
Guided walking holidays for solos and singles is our speciality. We walk in magnificent locations across the UK and Europe. 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).
We stay at the Hotel Las Olas in Los Cancajos
The Hotel Las Olas is the ideal location to stay while you discover and enjoy the beauty of La Palma. It is located on the seafront in Los Cancajos (Brena Baja). Hotel Las Olas is an excellent 4 star establishment located just four kilometres from the capital of the island Santa Cruz and five minutes from the airport. The hotel is the most modern, comfortable and conveniently located complex on the island of La Palma.
The rooms are characterized by excellent design offering guests everything they need to enjoy a relaxing holiday without giving up the comforts of their own homes. All of our rooms have separate double bedrooms, a living room with a sofa bed and an integrated fully equipped kitchen. Each room has flat screen TV’s with international satellite, free WIFI and a balcony or terrace with panoramic sea, pool or mountain views.
Rooms do not have kettles for that early morning cuppa, but you can hire them at a returnable deposit of 10 euros.
The hotel features three luxurious swimming pools (one is heated) surrounded by large beautiful natural gardens. Towels for bathing can be obtained from reception.
The hotel has a superb restaurant which offers a buffet menu with a wide variety of international dishes as well as the more traditional Canarian specialties.
Lunch – as we are out walking each day – then lunch will need to be packed. There are shops around the hotel where you can purchase goods for a light lunch.
For sole occupancy of a twin room there is a single supplement of £24 per night.
La Palma is the hikers’ paradise. The Island Network of Paths, which covers the entire territory like a spiders web, now runs to almost 1,000 kilometres, all fully indicated with coloured waymarkers, signposts and information panels. We take transport to the walks start and from the finish.
We use local guides to plan and execute our walks, supported by a UK tour guide.
We walk for five days with one free day.
As from 13/12/21 – we will quote all our 2022 holidays in two stages
Stage one – the price for land only
Stage two – the flight cost from your selected airport to your chosen destination and return
The combination of the two will add up to the total price we are quoting you.
We have included flights in our overall pricing structure.
We believe that you should have the choice of UK airports to fly from – the nearest and most convenient to you is likely also to be the most cost effective. We can advise you prior to your booking flights. Flights are available from most UK airports.
There may be flight supplements dependent on the airport you fly from, our holiday prices are based upon London Gatwick flights – so regional airport flight prices will carry a flight supplement, which will be quoted for you. Flight prices also change based upon how late you book with us. We will always quote you to your exact specification and give you options on flights.
We will transfer you to the hotel from the airport. We will accumulate everyone on the trip together – so you may a have a short wait for all planes to arrive before our transfer can begin. Transfer from the airport to the hotel is 15 mins in a luxury mini bus or local taxi.
Should you want an individual transfer to avoid any waiting time, then there will be an additional charge for this.
As part of our system, we will need to send you an official quote when you enquire and indicate your full interest. Dependent on the airport you choose to fly from and the proximity of the start date of the holiday – there may be flight supplements applied.
The following are a selection of walks that we may use. It is important to understand that we work with NATOURS our La Palma guided company and may choose walks not shown here, especially of the weather and your own abilities demand it. We never have a programme that is fixed because of the above reasons and we structure the week to fit the capabilities of the group.
Caldera de Taburiente linear ridge walk ( 8 miles/ 800m ascent/400m descent)
Starting at 2450 metres altitude at Roque to Muchachos we walk the simply stunning linear ridge line taking in Pico de la Cruz and Pico de la Nieve which gives us simply stunning views down into the impressive Caldera and of the cloud formations.
You certainly feel you are on top of the world.
South Island linear walk ( 9 miles/ 1000m descent/ 400m ascent)
The morning is spent walking through a delightful pine wood and open fields with lovely flora and vast vineyards and views out to the West. We stop in the village of Los Canarios to sample the local coffee and or wine before descending all the way to the South Coast to Fuencaliente through the lava and volcanic fields.
Its a walk of two contrasts and we get to see the latest volcano that erupted in 1971
Caldera de Taburiente from below ( 11.5 miles/1000m descent/ 300 m ascent)
The Caldera de Taburiente is one of the largest erosion craters in the world. Its located right in the centre of the island and made up of circle mountains nearly 2,500 m high above.
We are transported by 4×4 deep inside the crater where we then descend within it crossing waterfalls, barranacos, streams, we traverse through pine woods with towering mountains above. Once we get deep within the crater we then return by walking out along the Barranco de Las Angustias gorge to then be transported out of the crater by 4×4. Today is a real mountain adventure….
Ruta de las Volcanoes ( 10 miles/ 600 m ascent/ 900m )
Starting at El Pilar @1500 m we take the GR 131 and hike a very beautiful linear walk from North to South. The day starts ascending up through the pine woods before reaching the numerous volcanoes and lava and ash fields and giving us the opportunity to look deep into the craters. We reach the high point of Peak Deseada @1949 m before making our descent through the pine woods and passing more volcanoes.
La Cumbrecita ( 10 miles/ 300m descent/ 700m ascent)
We start todays hike by visiting the very informative National Park visitors Centre to gain an insight of La Palma. We then ascend through the pine wooded barranco to reach the balcony of the Caldera National Park. From the balcony we then do a circular loop which offers us fantastic views into the crater .
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.
Paths are good and the ground is 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.
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….
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.
Secret Hills Walking, 35, Sandford Avenue, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6BH
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.
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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.
La Palma is shaped like a heart and is otherwise known as ‘Isla Bonita’ beautiful Island and the greenest of all the Canary Islands. La Palma is one of the smaller islands of the Canarian archipelago and was formed around 2 to 3 million years ago.
La Palma is associated with ‘ everlasting spring’ as all year round mild and spring like temperatures can be found on the island making it a wonderful place to hike in the winter months whilst the UK coldness sets in at home. La Palma has a National Park , Caldera de Taburiente and the whole island has been designated as a World Biosphere Reserve. It has over 700 different species of plants growing on the island with more than 70 of them endemic making it the greenest island ( Isla Verde)
The Island offers us superb walking opportunities through green laurel forests and scented pine woods and then above the tree line to discover volcanic landscapes of ash and lava along with well defined cones and activity which goes back centuries and as recently as 1971. We are able to walk high above the clouds along the Caldera which gives us the most stunning views of the Island and across to Tenerife and La Gomera.
The North is green and fertile and the South very dry and sunny – known for its vast banana plantations and vineyards. The islands wine is excellent and very cheap. Its a must to sample.
La Palma really is beautiful and so diverse which makes this holiday so varied .
Great holiday once I got to La Palma. Have always enjoyed walking holidays with Jill (walk leader).
Thanks for helping me to finally get to La Palma… It was absolutely worth it! Pete and Jill were excellent leaders. I was especially impressed with Pete’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the local flora and fauna. The scenery was spectacular, and the walks were challenging but achievable. Hotel very good. Pre-holiday information was effective, particularly with the changing Covid restrictions. Excellent.
We found La Palma a very interesting island for a walking holiday. The hotel was in a good location and the staff were very good and the room was nice and large. The food was very good too. I would recommend this holiday . The walks were all very different and we saw a great deal of the island. Jill and Pete were excellent a great team (walk guides). It was a very enjoyable weeks walking and good company and I cannot say much more but thanks . Fantastic. hope to see you both again in a walking holiday in main land Spain.
I was very happy with with all the pre holiday information and organisation.
Hotel was very good, rooms clean, staff very friendly, food good and plenty of choice (from the comments I heard from my fellow “Secret Hillers” everyone was happy with the food)
The walks were great. I will never forget the first walk, where we were walking above the clouds FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE. You know all about Jill’s qualities, friendly, organised, great guide and lovely person. Pete, very friendly, knowledgeable, and approachable i.e. I didn’t feel daft asking him stupid questions.
I will definitely be walking with Secret Hills again. To sum up Jill and Pete couldn’t have done anymore to make it a great trip, I will be booking again with your company.
Regards, Michael Ford
This was an excellent holiday, well organised with great, knowledgeable leaders. Walks were selected according to the weather conditions at the time ensuring we had the best experience of any particular walk. Although there were long travel times these were definitely worth it for the walk at the end and they were made part of the experience with lots of information about the different parts of the island we saw on the way. The walking pace was great for me and I will definitely be booking again. Thank you to the lovely Jill and Pete (walk guides) and fellow walkers for a lovely holiday in La Palma. It was my first European Secret Hills break and the walks were stunning and I had great company.