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Tenerife – sunny winter walking destination

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Why Book With Us?

  • Value for Money
  • Personal Service
  • Hand-picked Tours & Activities
  • 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.

  • Feb 4 (2023)
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • ABTA & ATOL Protected
  • Location: Tenerife
  • Flights costed separately

Some describe Tenerife as having ‘many worlds in one place’, which is partly due to the ‘micro-climatic’ environment. Year round sun helps out our guided walking. Walking on the Teide plateau close to this iconic mountain is an incredible experience and  therefore we have included this opportunity in our holiday.

Our unique speciality is that we provide guided walking holidays for solos and singles – in some of the most stunning areas 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).

What you get 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 occupancy 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

What’s not included

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

Hotel and Meals

Your hotel

We use the FOUR star Hotel Tigaiga in Puerto de la Cruz. This elegant  hotel is located is surrounded by a beautiful botanical garden with subtropical palm trees. 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.

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.

The hotel has an out door swimming pool set within the gardens

The Hotel has the following facilities:

  • a reception desk 24/7 with multi lingual staff: Spanish, English, Italian, German, French…
  • air-conditioning and heating
  • elevator
  • luggage storage
  • airport transfer
  • excursion bookings
  • tourist information
  • car rental
  • bicycle rental

Dinner is taken in the hotel’s dining room.

Lunch is packed and can be sourced close by at local bakeries and supermarket.

 

Single Supplement details

Sole Occupancy supplements

 There is a sole occupancy  supplement of £17 per night on this holiday. This is for the sole use of a twin room.

 

Itinerary

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 the Teide plateau close to this iconic mountain is an incredible experience and  therefore we have included this opportunity in our holiday Teide’s near neighbour Mount Guajara is on our walking itinerary.

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.

Flights and Transfers

Flights

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.  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.

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

Note- we always try to advise that you fly from your local airport- this is one of the unique selling points for our holidays.

The advantages in cost and convenience however far outweigh any additional local airport supplement- and to support the environment – reducing the overall carbon footprint is good policy.

Transfers

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

It is likely that we will accumulate clients from different flights that arrive at broadly similar times  to make the transfer from Tenerife South airport to the hotel. You may be asked to wait a short time to ensure that all clients flights on a particular transfer have arrived.

 

Tour Details

We walk for five full days with one free day.

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

Day 5: rest day

Day 6 Teide plateaux – ascent to Mount Guajara  – up to 2700 metres high, starting on the Teide plateaux

Day 7 Anaga Peninsula linear walk

Day 8 Depart

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

We use a Tenerife based guiding company to provide our guiding services – supported by our UK tour guide. 

Prevailing weather conditions

Tenerife in January will have a mix of sunny, warm weather- but there could be cloudy conditions and some high level mist- and be prepared for a shower or two- it is not a green paradise for no reason.

Holiday Highlights

  •   The sun in winter – what could be better to look forward to?
  •   Varied walking in magnificent countryside- mountains , gorges, Teide plateau
  •   Hotel
  •   Flights from your local airports if available
  •   Lively surrounds to the hotel- shops and pavement cafes
  •   Our relaxed social approach

Grades and Difficulty

Grade of walking

This holiday walking programme is designed for good competent walkers on mixture of terrains….. Walk between 6 to 10 miles a day and potentially 700 metres ascent/ descent. Ascents are taken slowly to allow plenty time to absorb the magnificent vast environment around you.

The walks on this trip vary between moderate and challenging and each day involves a fair amount of ascent and descents.  The trip requires a reasonable amount of fitness, ideally with some previous trekking experience in similar conditions.

Underfoot conditions are generally good and we walk on mature paths and tracks.

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 single and solos 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

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- the land only price

– the flight cost 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 £250 – plus the additional flight costs 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.

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

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 courageous 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 Berber origin. However, there are only theories and speculations about how the Guanches first arrived the islands.

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Reviews

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Pat Hipkiss

Solo Traveller

Fantastic walking; wonderful group; unbelievable weather. Exceptional & varied walking – it really pushed me.  Jill could see I was struggling mentally on the first day – she took me under her wing & well & truly sorted me out. Jill really made a massive difference to me. Please pass on my personal thanks to her. It is a difficult job to manage a group of people who all have their own opinions – she was forceful when she needed to be but was always approachable & there to help us when we needed it.

February 21, 2019

Caroline Lumb

Solo Traveller

I continue to recommend Secret Hills Walking to others. Efficient as ever, thank you. Great hotel.  Loved the rooftop terrace. The other guests were good fun & Jill is always great.

February 16, 2019

Roger Gorman

Solo Traveller

Having holidayed with Secret Hills in Gran Canaria in 2018 I was keen to join them again in Tenerife.

Secret Hill’s formula for success is based on excellent client relations and super holiday locations. You are treated as an individual throughout – from their initial contact to final goodbyes. Having 20 years’ knowledge of walking holidays with several organisations I think that Secret Hills/New Experience offer a unique holiday. What is most notable is the friendliness of all the participants and the professionalism of those responsible in leading and organising the whole holiday.

I received excellent, bespoke information regarding my holiday with comprehensive pricing and was able to choose flights from my local airport.

We stayed at the excellent Vallemar Hotel on the sea front at Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island. The staff are friendly and helpful, the rooms are well appointed, and the quality and variety of the food is very good. The hotel has an excellent roof top bar and swimming pool – the bar is a super place to meet for drinks before dinner. It’s a shame that there is no resident’s bar but there are many convenient, good quality watering holes nearby for that post dinner get together.

Walking on Tenerife is varied, interesting and as challenging as you want it to be. Jilly was our fantastic Group Leader, ably assisted by Anna our local guide. They have a marvellous rapport and were able to organise our walks with imagination and flexibility. If the weather was inclement we were able to alter our programme and walk in a different area.

February 14, 2019