Trekking Tours on the Canary Islands

24 November 2015 0 Comments Category: blog, Just Landed, Matthew Hirtes

One of the Canary Islands' leading trekking tour companies are La Palma's Natour

So, I’ve advised you how to get to and then around the Canary Islands. But what about if you fancy hanging around a while on one of the Canaries? How will you navigate the likes of El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, La Palma, Lanzarote, and Tenerife?

Well, if you’re anything like me or, indeed, Alan Gandy; you’ll walk. But if you’re wary of going solo due to lack of local knowledge, there are some great native guides. Allow me to introduce you to some top trekking tours on the Canary Islands.

The last time I was on El Hierro, I hiked at night time. It was during a post-season tour with my football club and my teammates left me stranded in the island’s only nightclub. I’d put on my dancing shoes, you see. So, I took an unplanned schlep back to our casa rural.

When I return to El Hierro, I’m keen to trek again. But this time in daylight hours. And following in the footsteps, as in directly behind, Atlantidea‘s Enrico and Paola who have plenty of experience traversing the 278 square kilometres of the Canary Islands’ Wild West.

Fuerteventura’s probably the last island you’ll associate with hiking. But it’s more than the sum of its fine white sand beaches. As you’ll discover with Fuerte Scout‘s Andreas Caliman who’s shown the way around the island in over 1,000 tours.

Not many people know that Gran Canaria has its very own Camino de Santiago. This route which sees pilgrims progress between two churches dedicated to Saint James has been extended to a three-day, 75km coast-to-coast hike. I enjoyed a rather gentler, very much family-friendly, stroll with Valsequilleando when I hooked up with them one Sunday morning to walk in the east of the island’s Barranco de los Cernicalos.

La Gomera doesn’t really do package tourism. Indeed, many visitors see it on a day trip from neighbouring Tenerife. But it makes an ideal destination for a walking holiday.

Andy McCarter’s Gomera Walking offer guided hiking holidays on the island from November through to April. Hardcore trekkers will have to adapt to the relaxed pace of La Gomera. A go-slow speed mirrored by McCarter who explains: “We like to stop and smell the roses.”

Over on La Palma aka La Isla Bonita, a hikers’ paradise awaits. Natour‘s Alberto Poli Mató describes the appeal of trekking on his island:

“La Palma is criss-crossed by ancient trails which pass through ravines and mountain ranges.” “Today, these trails allow us to get close to those hidden, secluded locations which simply can’t be reached by mechanical transportation; to enjoy the purest, most beautiful natural wonders of La Palma island.”

On Lanzarote, Dave Penney’s Adventure Holidays Lanzarote insist that “a trip to the moon won’t cost you the earth.” Along with trekking tours, they also offer abseiling, caving, and zip-lining packages for adrenaline junkies to get their fix from.

Last, but by no means least, there’s Tenerife’s Patea Tus Montes. This started life as a group of students who liked to go walking in the mountains of La Orotova, as in “patear los montes de La Orotava”. These days, they offer more than just hiking tours to a broader spectrum of clientele than those studying in university and in a range of locations wider than their original base, which nonetheless remains their headquarters.