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El Hierro ESSENTIAL

Independent Hiking week

El Hierro ESSENTIAL

645 € per person

The ESSENTIAL programme is the perfect way to take a tour of El Hierro’s most iconic hiking landmarks. Over the course of a week you will discover the hiking essentials of this small island. Each of the routes showcases the enormous diversity of landscape and beauty on an island of just 268 square kilometres. Enjoy and walk El Hierro, the island of the Zero Meridian.

6 Key Routes in 1 Week:

Includes rental car and 7 nights in small charming hotels, breakfast included, as well as 6 self-guided hiking tours on El Hierro.

1.-  El Mocanal – Pozo de Las Calcosas

2.- Mirador de Jinama – La Albarrada &  El Garoé

3.- Sabinosa – Ermita de la Virgen de Los Reyes

4.- El Pinar – Hoya del Morcillo

5.- Lagartario – Punta Larga – La Maceta

6.- Along Camino El Pinar until El Tacorón

Mapa El Hierro Esencial

SELF GUIDED hiking tours

any date is possible:

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rental car

All transfers will be done with your rental car. Circular routes with occasional taxi transfers.

detalle habitación del hotel Ida Inés en El Hierro

accommodations

small charming hotels included, with breakfast (more information in Hotels tab).

What does this programme include?

  • Rental car – during the entire stay on El Hierro
  • Accommodations – 2 different charming hotels, B&B,  7 days
  • Videoconference information – personalised information by video-talk on your arrival day
  • Information material – maps to be picked up at the hotel reception, upon arrival
  • GPX Tracs – to follow your tourss with your mobile device
  • Support 24h – we keep permanently in touch with you throughout your stay to solve any problem or doubt you may have

Any arrival date is possible 

You decide your travel dates and programme start. However, we must first request availability to the accommodations.

To do so, please fill up the contact form and send it to us.  We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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    Rarely will you see El Hierro in the all-inclusive, bracelet-wearing package tours. You won’t struggle to find a spot to lay your towel or try to dodge hordes of teenagers shouting in the streets.

    El Hierro has remained at the back of industrial tourism and stands as the best kept treasure of the Canary Islands archipelago. This particularity gives the island the marvellous quality of having the most unspoilt hiking trails and breathtaking scenery in the whole of the Atlantic.

    From the southern coasts with their recent volcanic past and majestic cliffs, we can walk through the most picturesque villages in the world with beautiful narrow streets that seem frozen in a time of bucolic melancholy.

    These sceneries give us a front row seat to one of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet with a clear sky and an infinite horizon reflecting the reds of the evening on the turquoise mirror of the ocean.

    The coastal routes meet forests of perpetual mist that create a paradoxical contrast of temperatures, vegetation and an atmosphere straight out of a fairy tale.

    These laurel forests have awakened the popular imagination and have woven the most incredible stories about what is engulfed under the protection of the centenary trees of La Llanía.

    If we take the routes that take us to the northern end of the island we will soon come across the natural wall that protects El Hierro and creates a quasi lunar landscape of magnificent plains in its valleys. The gentle hills reward us with one of the most impressive, beautiful and evocative views in the whole world: the roof of El Hierro.

    • Destination
    • Included
      Bed & Breakfast accommodation
      Car Rental
      Liability and accidents insurance
      Maps and printed descriptions
      Transfers by taxi and regular bus
    • Not Included
      4WD transfer
      access permissions
      Aperitivo
      Arrival transfer
      Bebidas
      beverages
      Bicycle rental
      Bus transfers
      Cable-car
      Courtesy lunch
      field telescope
      Guide
      Half board accommodation
      HAVEN hanging tent
      in/out Airport transfer
      Local flights + Ferry
      Luggage transfer
      Lunch
      snack
      Tasting
      Transfer by ship
      Traslado en 4x4
      Two nights in a hotel
    1
    Day 1

    Arrival in El Hierro via Tenerife

    Pick up the rental car at the airport. You drive 20 minutes in the direction of Valverde
    Accommodation + breakfast:  Hotel Boomerang or similar (Valverde)
    2
    Day 2

    El Mocalan - Pozo de las Calcosas

    Costa de El HierroThe hamlet of El Mocanal, located in the fertile north of the island and surrounded by pastures and fields, is the starting point of this first route. Situated at a similar altitude to Valverde (700 metres), the path descends steeply towards the north coast, where we will find the natural pools of Pozo de las Calcosas
    This is the evergreen area of El Hierro. A place of frequent mists predominantly agricultural and livestock. The road shows different vegetation levels, besides beautiful views towards the coast
    When we get to the sea, we discover a very ancient village next to the natural pools. Its houses, built with dry stone walls and thatched roofs, are inhabited only in summer time or during the weekends. They serve as a refuge for occasional fishermen and for the enjoyment of leisure time. To get to the Pozo de Las Calsosas you will have to walk for about ten minutes along a narrow path that goes down the cliff.
    The ascent and return to El Mocanal will be done following the path to Montaña Bermeja, from where we will be able to observe the characteristic Roques de Salmor, refuge of the giant lizards of El Hierro.

    Niveau 2   7 km | + 435 m | - 435 m


    Accommodation + breakfast:  Hotel Boomerang or similar (Valverde)
    3
    Day 3

    Jinama viewpoint - La Albarrada and El Garoé

    Boque de laurisilvaFrom the hotel, this circular route takes you up the trail PR EH 2.3 towards the Mirador de Jinama, through a lush forest of fayas and heather. The path converges with the GR131, a path that is also known as the "Camino de la Virgen" due to the four-year pilgrimage.
    The ascent takes us to the Mirador de Fireba, located 1,350 meters above the sea and part of an old volcanic crater. From there the view is great, enjoying an immense perspective towards the neighboring islands of Tenerife and La Palma.
    After the well-deserved rest due to the exhausting ascent, a constant descent continues through the PR EH 2 trail, crossing the Hoya de Carboneros on its way back to Valverde. It is a circular route along a very panoramic path that evokes the movement of the ancient locals when they moved their cattle in search of the best pastures on the island.

    Niveau 3   12 km | + 150 m | - 6005 m


    Accommodation + breakfast: Hotel Boomerang or similar (Valverde)
    4
    Day 4

    Sabinosa - Virgin of Los Reyes Hermitage

    Sabinar El HierroSabinosa is the westernmost village of El Golfo. It is located on a steep slope 300 metres above the sea. A path starts from there to wind its way up the cliff to the edge, with spectacular views of the semicircle that forms El Golfo.
    The route continues towards the Ermita de la Virgen de Los Reyes, patron saint of the island of El Hierro. After the obligatory visit to the Virgin, the path skirts the Montaña de las Cuevas where we find the characteristic savines of impossible shapes dotting the path
    After a gentle descent, we reach the Mirador de Bascos, 600 metres above the sea, with superb views over El Golfo, La Gomera and La Palma. We briefly resume the ascent until we reach the cliff and continue along the winding path in a steep descent back to Sabinosa

    Niveau 3   13 km | + 845 m | - 860 m


    Accommodation + breakfast: Hotel Ida Inés or similar (Tigaday)
    5
    Day 5

    El Pinar - Hoya del Morcillo

    Vista hasta La Palma desde El HIerroToday's route starts on the southern slope of the summit, near the Ermita de San Salvador, 1350 metres above the sea. From there, the path PR EH 3.1 also known as "Camino de la Fuente" descends towards El Pinar
    A beautiful forest of big centenary pines is making its way in our descent until we reach the Hoya del Morcillo. This is a recreational and camping area located between volcanic cones, very close to the village of El Pinar.
    From this point you start the ascent back to the summit passing by the Cueva del Mocán. Shortly before reaching the Cruz de Los Reyes it is surprising to find some dense forests with huge laurels, fayas and heathers, which were used in the past to produce charcoal.
    Now the path is part of the "Camino de La Virgen" (GR 131) developing along the edge of the herreña summit and enjoying exceptional views to both sides of the island. We will soon reach Pico Tenerife before returning to the place where we parked the vehicle.

    Niveau 2  10 km | + 480 m | - 480 m


    Accommodation + breakfast: Hotel Ida Inés or similar (Tigaday)
    6
    Day 6

    Lizard - Long Point - La Maceta

    El HIerro Piscina naturales MacetaThe Lagartario and the Ecomuseum of Guinea are a must to understand the native fauna and the lifestyle of the first settlers on the island. The Lagartario is a centre for the preservation and recovery of the giant lizard of El Hierro, in serious danger of extinction in the past and now fully recovered in the Roques de Salmor. The Ecomuseum of Guinea reflects the way of life of the primitive Spanish settlers after the occupation of the island, in their hard rural chores
    The way to Las Puntas is comfortable and it develops at the coast level after the visit of the Lagartario. It is a gentle descent between inhabited areas and mango and banana farms. Las Puntas is home to the smallest hotel in the world, according to Guinness World Records. A primitive jetty next to the hotel facilitates bathing for the more daring. The bar-restaurant offers a fantastic chill out atmosphere with spectacular views of the bay.
    The path continues along the coast from Las Puntas to the natural pools of La Maceta. With a genuinely popular atmosphere, these crowded natural pools offer unbeatable options for a refreshing final swim.
    At the agreed time, a taxi will take you back to the Lagartario to pick up your vehicle.

       7 km | + 80 m | - 145 m


    Accommodation + breakfast: Hotel Ida Inés or similar (Tigaday)
    7
    Day 7

    The south and Last Volcanoes Route

    Sur oeste de El HIerroToday you must drive to the southern and sunny town of El Pinar, located 800 meters above the sea. And from there, your route will take you through the impressive volcanic landscape of the south to the sea. It is a route in permanent descent crossing a spectacular landscape of recent volcanoes.
    After the obligatory coffee at the bar in the square, Calle La Paz heads downhill, converging with Calle La Hoya. And walking through these streets you will penetrate the magnificent volcanic environment around El Pinar, starting a permanent downhill that will end at El Tacorón Beach.
    Next to this small paradisiacal-looking beach is the Devil's Cave, which is well worth a visit. After a refreshing swim, the taxi will take you back to El Pinar.

    Niveau 2    8 km | + 0 m | - 825 m


    Accommodation + breakfast: Hotel Ida Inés or similar (Tigaday)

    8
    Day 8

    Departure

    You drive to El Hierro airport for departure.

    TOUR LOCATION

    Our ESSENTIAL programme is the perfect way to take a tour of the island's most iconic hiking landmarks. Over the course of a whole week you will discover what El Hierro has to offer its visitors in terms of hiking. We have carefully chosen the six most characteristic routes, of medium complexity and with an approximate duration of 3-4 hours on each route, through very diverse enclaves of special beauty. Book your place now and enjoy an unforgettable hiking experience on the most remote island of the Canary Islands: El Hierro, the island of the Zero Meridian.

    PRICES / SERVICES

    Price per person 645 € in double room
    • The price includes:
      • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast
      • Rental car
      • Maps and information material
      • Information via Zoom
    • The price does NOT include:
      • Flight/Ferry from/to your country to El Hierro
      • Lunches and dinners
    Single Supplement: +550 €


    ACCOMMODATIONS:


    Additional overnight stays

    It is also possible to book some additional overnight stays, before or after the trekking week, or an additional week for relaxation.

    Difficulty

    The hiking week is moderate. It is not suitable for people who suffer from vertigo as some trails run through narrow passages. Some sections of the trail may be slippery due to loose stones and/or wet spots, especially in rainy weather. To participate and enjoy the routes, it is essential to be in good health and physical condition.

    Trails

    The Canary Islands have a well-marked network of trails. All the stretches along which our routes run are perfectly marked. In addition to precise indications, you will receive a detailed map of the island.

    We recommend

    Suitable hiking clothes and sturdy footwear. During the hikes, it is necessary to have enough food and drink, as well as sun protection, a hat, light windbreaker and in the winter months warm clothing. Chestnut poles are available free of charge.

    Individuals

    The programme is suitable for individual travellers, but is subject to a supplement.

    Luggage transfer

    We take care of the transfer of luggage from one accommodation to the next, so that during the routes you only need to carry a backpack with the essentials for the day. For the whole trip, it is best to have a single suitcase with no more than 20 kg.

    It is possible to book for any date!


    The price does not include flights, dinners, and picnics. Possible to book for any date! Price does not include flights, dinners, and picnics.

    Important!

    Request availability at the accommodation before booking!

    Fly to TENERIFE from anywhere:

    Tenerife North Airport (TFN), is the convenient airport to connect with your local flight to the island of El Hierro (VDE). Although there are also connections to El Hierro from Gran Canaria (LPA)

    In order to optimize your flight to TENERIFE, we inform you of the local flight schedules from Tenerife to El Hierro, of Binter Canarias local airline

    ARRIVAL

    Tenerife - El Hierro connection

    flight nr

    07:55 - 08:35 
    NT655
    10:00 - 10:40
    NT659
    12:20 - 13:00
    NT657
    14:35 - 15:15
    NT663
    16:45 - 17:25
    NT673

    FIND YOUR FLIGHT TO TENERIFE :

    And on return, available timetables between El Hierro (VDE) and Tenerife (TFN) airport are as follows:

    RETURN

    El Hierro - Tenerife connection

    flight nr

    08:55 - 09:35
    NT656
    11:10 - 11:50
    NT662
    13:25 - 14:05
    NT658
    15:45 - 16:25
    NT664
    17:50 - 18:30
    NT674
    ERGO-Versicherung

    CANCELLATION INSURANCE

    Take out Cancellation Insurance for your trip for few Pounds and ensure you get a full refund of everything you paid, including your flights.

    Valid in more than 35 different cases for health, legal, labour or extraordinary reasons.