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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.
The price shown here excludes flights but includes a sole occupancy supplement
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.
Sole Occupancy Supplement
The sole occupancy supplement of £28 per night is already included in the cost of this holiday. – as shown at the top of the page.
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.
You buy your own flights.
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. Direct flights top La Palma are from Manchester and London.
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.
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 .
La Palma has a balanced climate year-round due to the trade winds that affect the island.
These winds from the northeast carry moisture and which means that two sides of the island can be experiencing completely different weather patterns at the same time, and we organise our walks to take this difference into consideration. However, you should be prepared for rain at any time – La Palma is a lush island and the weather systems can be quite unpredictable.
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, the terrain and path type vary but many can be rocky and steep,
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.
Each day involves a fair amount of ascent and descent . This holiday trip requires a good level of fitness, ideally with previous hiking experience in similar hiking conditions.
The terrain and path type vary but as many can be rocky and steep, good walking boots are obligatory and walking poles are highly recommended. All paths we take are well signposted and checked regularly by our leaders.
Due to the nature of some of the walks, we would not recommend this trip to anyone who suffers from severe vertigo. Some of the walks traverse steep-sided slopes on relatively narrow paths cut into the hillsides, particularly the Caldera de Taburiente National Park walk .
Although our leaders are well trained and experienced in dealing with different capabilities of our walking clients, if they have any concerns about any clients ability or suitability to undertake safely any walking activity we plan or they feel that participation of an individual may affect the groups safety and cohesion, then they have full permission to exclude that client from an activity.
They will try at all times to provide an alternative suggested activity, though this may involve the client in additional local cost.
We rarely have to enforce this above recommendation, but it is a sensible and necessary protection for the individual client, the group and the leaders.
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.
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 .
This is my fourth holiday with Secret Hills.
Really enjoyed the Walking and I must give gold stars to both Jill and Pete (walk leaders) for being so friendly and very knowledgeable!
I am already recommending Secret Hills to friends.
Thanks for a great holiday.
I had an amazing week – with the help of two super leaders – their quiet, confident approach enabled me to start each day with confidence and end the day feeling I’d achieved something. Thank you, Jill and Pete. It’s good to know that once booked, everything that is promised will happen or if change is needed it will be done in the best way possible. Would recommend SH Holidays to others. Thanks for the opportunity to have another great holiday.
Thanks for another great holiday. Good group and excellent guides. I very much enjoyed my first European Secret Hills Holiday. Comprehensive timely response from Secret Hills Walking after initial contact. Organisation on holiday excellent.
My next Secret Hills holiday is already booked…
As usual, the guided walking was superb. Pete provided lots of interesting information drawing on his extensive knowledge of La Palma. The routes were varied with some challenge but achievable and enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed the walks in and around the Caldera de Taburiente and especially being above the clouds but all the walks had much to commend them.
The arrangements on the island were excellent from arrival on the island to departure. Everything appeared to go smoothly, thanks to the planning behind the scenes. Jill and Pete work hard to ensure everyone gets the most from their holiday. They are friendly, approachable, helpful and professional.
Walking fantastic, Jill and Pete great guides and very knowledgeable. Organization of holiday superb.