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Rhodes – beaches, history and walking

At the time of writing, travel restrictions to Greece have disappeared, making it easy to visit. If you are into islands, sunshine, great beaches, ancient history, beautiful countryside and flora, and white villages clinging to hillsides, you’ll be in seventh heaven.

Lindos, Rhodes (photo by Dimitris Kiriakakis on Unsplash)

The best way to experience this island (79.7 km x 38 km) is to walk. There are so many lovely trails, some ideal for a short relaxed stroll, others ideal for a half day or full day out.

An island full of history, Rhodes (photo by L A Khai-way on Unsplash)

Spring is the best time to visit Rhodes, especially if you plan to walk. The island is green and the temperatures perfect.

Your adventures on Rhodes will be most rewarding with the aid of a really good map for planning your walks. Discovery Walking Guides’ Rhodes Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map is clear, up to date and highly detailed.

Rhodes, Greece (photo by Andrew Vedenski on Unsplash)

Perhaps you’ve never considered the island of Rhodes for a walking holiday destination, so you might be surprised to know that there are almost one hundred (actually, 98) walking routes, with descriptions and a map for each walk, in the Rhodes Compendium of Walking Adventures.

The Rhodes Compendium of Walking Adventures is available as a digital edition which means you can carry it with you on your phone to guide you when you’re out and about on the island.

Rhodes, Greece (photo by Sipan Hamed on Unsplash)

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.

The Isle of Wight Walking Festival

The coastal path, Isle of Wight

This wonderful festival had to be cancelled in 2020. The 2021 date was postponed – and now, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival is back! Held later than usual (from 09 October to 22 October 2021) it should make for an interesting experience for walkers. If you’ve been before, when the festival has typically been held in May, then you’ll enjoy your favourite walks and views in the glow of autumn colours this year.

The Pepperpot, Isle of WIght

Find all the information you need on the official website HERE.

Isle of Wight Walkers’ Map

Make sure you get the most out of your visit with a really good walking map. This one from Discovery Walking Guides is ideal; large scale, clear and waterproof tto. All routes are clearly marked and easy to follow. See the details HERE.

Looking back from Barnes High, Isle of Wight
Near Luccombe Farm, Isle of Wight

Malta, Gozo (and Comino) get the green light!

Malta coastline (image by Ferenc Horvath on Unsplash)

Great news! Last night (24 June 2021) the UK Government moved Malta to the green list for travellers from England. You’re free to go! Malta and sister island Gozo offer a wealth of experiences. The tiny limestone islet & bird sanctuary of Comino sits between them and is home to Blue Lagoon bay; there’s also a 17th century tower & chapel. The climate is kind and there’s plenty of walking adventures to explore.

The islands are rich in history (there are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites), having been inhabited since around 5900 BC.

Valletta, Malta. (image by Micaela Parente on Unsplash)

Many of the powers that ruled the islands, from the Phoenicians to the British, have left their marks, making the islands a living museum.

The Citadel, Gozo (image by Reuben Farrugia on Unsplash)

With unique flora, architecture and beaches, a visit to the islands (25 minutes ferry connection between Malta and Gozo) offers plenty to interest and fascinate.

Discovery Walking Guides have published their Malta & Gozo Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map, ideal for walkers, bikers, adventurers and visitors. The map is also available for use on some GPS devices; click here for details.

Madeira – good to go from May 17 2021!

It’s been a long wait but at last, people may travel from England to green-list Portugal from May 17. This includes the beautiful island of Madeira (and its little sister Porto Santo).

Here’s the link to the British government’s official website detailing coutries on each of the lists and what this means for English travellers.

The harbour at Paúl do Mar, Madeira

Madeira is a classic destination for keen walkers, though you don’t need to be an expert. There are plenty of lovely strolls as well as high end challenges for experts, with a wealth of variety in between. Or, why not explore by bus, a pocket-money way to experience the island. For plenty more information on discovering Madeira, take a look HERE.

Levada Nova, Madeira

There’s useful information for visitors to the Garden Island of Madeira regarding arriving on the island and the safety measures that are in place HERE.

Achada do Teixera, Madeira

Late Spring and early Summer are perfect times to visit Madeira. The rugged terrain is graced with an abundance of native trees and unique endemic flowers, easily enjoyed on many of the levada walks which also lead you into Madeira’s heart from village to hamlet.

Orchis maderensis
Aloe aborescens clinging to Madeiran cliffs

Our thanks go to walking researcher and author-in residence, Shirley Whitehead, for her beautiful photos of Madeira.

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.

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