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El Hierro? Where’s That?

Las Playas, El Hierro (photo by Jan Kostura)

El Hierro is small, unique and unforgettable. It’s the most westerly of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, for centuries thought to be the westernmost point of the known world – until Columbus went further west to the Americas. He stopped off here to gather supplies before making his second voyage to the Americas.

El Hierro – Las Playas (photo by Jan Kostura)

El Hierro’s Punta de Orchilla was the original prime meridian of 0º established by Egyptian astronomer, mathematician and scientist Ptolemy (born c. 100 ce—died c. 170 ce). It remained earth’s prime meridian for over 200 years until 1884 when an international conference voted to move it to Greenwich, England.

Las Puntas, El Hierro (photo by Jan Kostura)

El Hierro has only around 10,000 inhabitants and modest numbers of visitors. It’s small but offers a wide variety of landscapes from rocky cliffs to green meadows, hamlets and farms to ancient gnarled forests. You can hire a car, walk, bike or hire a taxista or explore by public bus at pocket-money prices. For all the travel information once you’re on the island see http://www.transhierro.com/

One of the world’s smallest hotels, Hotel Puntagrande, El Hierro (photo by Jan Kostura)

If you have already travelled to Tenerife you can either fly to the tiny capital of Valverde in 40 minutes, or ferry in about 2-3 hours. There are also flights from Gran Canaria (approx. 55 minutes).

EL Sabinar, El Hierro (photo b Jan Kostura)

El Hierro may be a small island, yet it has developed its own character and cuisine. They make excellent cheeses, wines and local specialties.

San Salvador, El Hierro (photo by Jan Kostura)

The island is in the forefront of using renewable energy sources. obtained from inexhaustible natural resources such as wind or waterfalls. A combination of hydro and wind energy at the Gorona del Viento Power Plant supplies a sizeable proportion of the island’s energy needs.

Camino Jinama, El Hierro (photo by Jan Kostura)

There’s a good website with plenty of useful and inspiring information:

https://elhierro.travel/en/information/

If you’re tempted to visit, we suggest a really detailed and up to date map from Discovery Walking Guides

https://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/lagdcmap.htm

Ready For Some Tenerife Sunshine?

Tenerife – unspoilt rugged coastline in the island’s north-east (Walk 41)

Cold enough for you yet? Are you already tired of the short, dark winter days? How about Tenerife? About four and a half hours’ flight from the UK and western Europe could see you in the picture; big, impossibly blue skies, clear seas and everything from beaches, shopping, walking and snow-capped mountains (including Mount Teide, Spain’s highest point).

Majestic Mount Teide, Tenerife

Typical temperatures in winter reach the low 20s centigrade, with an average of 6 hours of wonderful sunshine a day. Hike the trails, climb a mountain, laze around a pool or relax with a cerveza watching the sun slip into the dark blue Atlantic.

Go in early Spring if endemic plants are your thing
Corpus Christi celebrations, Santiago del Teide, Tenerife

Leave the coastal resorts behind and explore the small towns, villages and hamlets. Car hire is good value, or use the local buses for a more relaxing adventure.

Spectacular views from Pico de la Mesa, Tenerife
Spectacular views from Pico de la Mesa, Tenerife

It’s well worth taking a good guidebook, detailed walking map and a bus map with you to get the most value and fun out of your adventures. See HERE for more information.

Majestic Barranco de Masca (Tenerife) Reopens!

Barranco de Masca (before helmet requirements)

27 March is the long awaited date for the re-opening of this majestic and challenging barranco (ravine) walk on Tenerife’s north-west coast.

However, the option of doing only the downhill walk from Masca village to the beach and hopping on a boat to get back to civilisation is not (for now) available as the jetty isn’t yet refurbished. This means you need to be fit enough to walk it both ways and this is challenging for many.

Looking down to Barranco de Masca

To walk the ravine, Masca can be accessed in public transport from Buenavista del Norte or from Santiago del Teide.

In order to access the ravine, pre-booking is advised at http://www.barrancodemasca.com.

You can also book at the Masca Visitors Center, although availability is not guaranteed for walking the ravine on the same day.

At the moment, entry is free, although in the future (presumably when all work is completed on the jetty), a fee of 8 euros (residents) and 16 euros (visitors) will be charged (Check the official website for the latest entry information.)

The ravine is not recommended for under 8 year olds.

Safety helmets must be worn.

Access will be in groups of 25 walkers, every half hour.

Opening hours of the ravine will be 8:00 to 18:00 in summer, and from 8:00 to 17:00 in winter (though for now, it will only be open weekends and holidays).

Three checkpoints have been established at the beginning, halfway point and on the beach.

Active tourism companies will be allocated 50 % of tickets. For more information and to book your place, go to the official website HERE.

A challenging route – Barranco de Masca (before helmet requirements)

 

Lockdown Blues? Get ready to travel.

With vaccinations well under way in many parts of the world, there’s real belief that travel restrictions will gradually ease in the next few months. We make no apology for offering the information about our free digital maps once again; last time we posted this information we were pleased and surprised at how many people enjoyed them and started planning ahead to travel.

We’d like to help you get planning. Where to next? Why not start by getting your hands on our Free Digital Maps.

Read all about it HERE.

There are free maps to 19 tempting walking destinations to check out, including :

CANARY ISLANDS

La Gomera & El Hierro, Lanzarote, La Palma, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria

Las Canadas, Tenerife, Canary Islands
La Palma, Mirador del Time, Canary Islands

BALEARIC ISLANDS

Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera

Dragonera, from La Trapa, Mallorca, Balearic Islands (Spain)

GREEK ISLANDS

Zakynthos (Zante), Corfu

SPANISH MAINLAND

Costa Blanca Mountains, Costa del Sol (Axarquia), Alpujarras, Sierra de Aracena

The ancient bell-tower, Aracena Castle

– and also:

Malta & Gozo

Madeira

Azores

Levada Nova, Madeira

To see more details about the free digital maps and how to get them, LOOK HERE

Plan Your Next Walking Adventure With our FREE Digital Maps

With the real hope of vaccines within reach, we can look forward to planning walking adventures again. Once travel freedom returns, there’s going to be a lot of pent-up desire to get away, so this could be the best time to make some plans.

We’d like to help you get planning. Where to next? Why not start by getting your hands on our Free Digital Maps.

Read all about it HERE.

There are free maps to 19 tempting walking destinations to check out, including :

CANARY ISLANDS

La Gomera & El Hierro, Lanzarote, La Palma, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria

La Palma, Mirador del Time, Canary Islands

BALEARIC ISLANDS

Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera

Dragonera, from La Trapa, Mallorca, Balearic Islands (Spain)

GREEK ISLANDS

Zakynthos (Zante), Corfu

SPANISH MAINLAND

Costa Blanca Mountains, Costa del Sol (Axarquia), Alpujarras, Sierra de Aracena

The ancient bell-tower, Aracena Castle

– and also:

Malta & Gozo

Madeira

Azores

Levada Nova, Madeira

To see more details about the free digital maps and how to get them, LOOK HERE

Canary Islands – Here We Come!

At last the Canary Islands are back on the British Government’s unrestricted travel list. The Canaries offer so much variety, each island unique and unforgettable, and with a warm, welcoming climate, the perfect choice as northern hemispheres feel the first shivers of winter.

Gran Canaria (photo by Joel Rohland on Unsplash)

Gran Canaria – the miniature continent, a roughly circular island of ravines and 60 kilometres of beaches, winding forest roads and criss-crossed with walking routes. Plenty to discover, day and night.

Wooden balconies, Gran Canaria (photo by Joel Rohland on Unsplash)

For more information click here.

Want the Gran Canaria Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map? Look here.

La Gomera, just west of Tenerife and easily reached via a short ferry crossing – plunging barrancos and soaring forest-topped mountains sprinkled with hamlets and farmsteads clinging to the slopes. Walk, bike, swim, explore – enjoy.

On La Gomera – Tenerife’s Teide visible

El Hierro, small, fascinating, the most remote and westerly Canary Island promises rugged terrain, narrow winding roads and great walking. A world-class marine reserve, free island-wide wifi and electric car charge ports contrast with the traditional feel of the island. Yet, there are very few tourists – for now.

El Hierro

There’s more information on La Gomera and El Hierro here.

La Gomera and El Hierro Tour & Trail Super-Durable Maps can be bought onlime including HERE.

Lanzarote – the Fire Island; volcanic, mysterious and mesmerising terrain, lava seas and alpine meadows. Other-worldly. Once visited, never forgotten.

Montaňa Corona, Lanzarote
Lanzarote coastal adventure

Find out more about Lanzarote here.

Buys the map from online selllers including HERE.

Fuerteventura, known for beautiful beaches and great water sports, also offers a surprising variety of fascinating walking adventures. Wild coastlines contrast with traditional towns and views across pristine seas.

Established in 1405, Fuerteventura’s original capital of Betancuria is a step back in time.
Aloe Vera thriving in Fuerteventura’s desert conditions.

See more information about Fuerteventura here.

Maps can be foundfrom online sellers including here.

La Palma – La Isla Bonita; dramatic landscapes; a breathtaking mountain spine splits this volcanic island. Black beaches, Lush vegetation and 1080 kilometres of waymarked walking paths.

La Palma – walking on volcanoes

There’s more information about walking on La Palma here.

Buy La Palma maps online including here.

Tenerife – a Walker’s Island There’s so much to Tenerife. 2034 square kilometres offer coastal adventures, mountain hikes, pine and laurel forest trails, strolls and strenuous challenges including Spain’s highest peak (Mount Teide).The choice is almost endless.

Tajinastes – wonderful endemic flora in Tenerife.
Tenerife – unspoilt rugged coastline in the island’s north-east (Walk 41)

See all the information here.

You can buy the walking guide, walking maps and bus map online.

A Little Good News – Free Digital Maps For Everyone

We may not be able to go adventuring for a while yet. However, we can plan ahead for when we can travel again. Have a look at our digital maps, clear and fully detailed for adventure planning of all kinds, including walking, climbing, biking or maybe daydreaming about your next big trip.

Mirador Del Time, La Palma, Canary Islands
Here’s the map section of the area shown in the photo (above).

There’s a whole hatful of exciting free maps to be had. Take a look at this list of adventure destinations.

Balearic Islands

Mallorca

Menorca

Ibiza

Formentera

Menorca’s rugged north-east coast

Madeira

Madeira – approaching Ribeira Funda

Azores

Greek Islands

Corfu

Zante (aka Zakynthos)

Malta, Gozo & Comino

Spanish Mainland

Axarquia / Costa del Sol

Costa Blanca

Alpujarras

Sierra de Aracena

Axarquia

Canary Islands

Gran Canaria

La Palma

Tenerife

La Gomera & El Hierro

Lanzarote

Fuerteventura

La Gomera, Canary Islands

We hope that we’ve inspired you to think about your next big adventure. To get your free digital maps, please look here https://www.dwgwalking.co.uk

2019 – a good year to go back to the Canaries?

2019 looks like being a good year for bargain holidays. Apparently, the unusually long, sunny summer of 2018 in the UK and large parts of Europe made staycationing a logical choice. As a result, travel companies, airlines and hotels offering holidays in many popular European resorts had a lean time of it last year. As a result, there are some attractive prices around for 2019.

On La Gomera – Tenerife’s Teide visible

If you’re looking at a Canary Islands break, there’s additional good news. The islands’ president wants a special deal for British tourists and hopes to get rid of IGIC (VAT) to make the islands even more attractive.

Each of the islands offers different experiences. Flight time from the UK is approximately 4 hours. And the blue skies and sunshine? Ah, that’s what keeps most visitors coming back again and again.

Tenerife, walking above the west coast

The best known of the Canaries is, perhaps Tenerife, offering something for everyone. The highest peak in Spanish territory, great beaches, wonderful walks and bike rides, seafood, local fruit, vegetables, cheese and wine  .. if you’ve not been, you’re missing out.

Roques de Garcia, central Tenerife
High above the clouds, walking in Tenerife.

Want more reasons to take a trip to Tenerife ? Have a look at ‘Tenerife – antidote to the winter blues‘ and ‘Tenerife South Walks – Back To The Future‘.

Tenerife – antidote to the winter blues

Wild Tenerife in Spring – wow!

Some folk don’t mind the short, dark days of northern European winters. If you’re like me and you really DO mind them, how about hopping over to Tenerife? With temperatures to 23C and 6 hours of sunshine daily, it’s just the place to recharge your batteries. If you’re able to travel just before or just after the Christmas and New Year rush, you can get good value all-inclusive or full board deals that won’t cost much more than paying your home heating costs and food bills at home.

Tenerife – unspoilt rugged coastline in the island’s north-east (Walk 41)

Ifyou tire of the sun and sea of the coastal resorts, you can visit the mountainous interior of Tenerife where there’s often snow in the winter months on the highest peaks, then go back down to the coast by sunset to warm up again.

Tenerife is a great destination for relaxing – and for hiking and biking too.

Roques de Garcia, central Tenerife

For more information and reasons to be on Tenerife this winter, take a look HERE.

Warm Weather Walker – or Intrepid Snow-Hopper?

Blackstone Ridge, England’s South Pennines

On flicking through outdoor activity magazines, you’ll see plenty of photographs of fit-looking intrepid types posing on rugged, windswept mountain peaks wearing plenty of layers. Is this you? Do you wish you were here? Or do you long to get away to kinder climates?

Do you fit fairly neatly into one of the following groups?

THE INTREPIDS, striding through winter landscapes, dealing with biting winds and snow-capped hills in full weather-defying gear, and feeling invigorated as you finally reach a cosy country pub for a well-earned lunch.

 

How about England’s rugged and beautiful South Pennines? They’ve had quite a bit of a snow-dusting already this winter, although this pic taken on Corn Du was taken in summer.

 

Tenerife, walking above the west coast

WARM WEATHER WALKERS, escaping to warmer climes when winter bites at home, exploring in t-shirt, shorts, sunhat and sun-cream under a blue sky, sweating as they gain the heights, then

relaxing on a beach as the sun goes down.

There’s a whole lot of destinations within a 4-6 hour flight from northern Europe; Tenerife is ideal for pretty reliable gentle temperatures with several sunny hours per day.

For lots of walking destination ideas and inspiration, take a look HERE.

Of course, you might well have a boot in each camp so to speak, getting the best of all walking worlds. It would be great to know your opinions.

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