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Top 7 Canary Islands walking holidays

From the cloud forests of La Gomera to the Caminos Reales of Gran Canaria, the Canary Islands are a walker's paradise. Here is our guide to seven of the best Canary Islands walking holidays.
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La Gomera and Tenerife

Grade: Moderate

Explore two islands in one trip with this Canary Islands walking holiday to La Gomera and Tenerife. Glistening sunlight breaks through swirling puffs of mist in the ancient laurissilva cloud forests of Garajonay National Park, and a trek to the lunar foothills of El Teide volcano will reveal far-reaching views over vast rocky plains and rugged canyons. Feel the warm sunshine on your back as you descend into the cliff-top village of Agulo and stop to relax in an alfresco cafe overlooking the ocean after a fun day of exploring by foot. 
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Gran Canaria

Grade: Moderate

Hike amongst ancient lava fields, dormant volcanoes and the historic 'Caminos Reales' trails on the island of Gran Canaria. Set off on foot to escape busy tourist beaches and explore the island's desolate and mountainous interior on this moderately graded small group walking trip. Trek to Roque Nublo, the island's centre point, to take in panoramic views over jagged peaks and azure-blue seas. And head to Acusa to uncover white-washed Stone Age cave dwellings set into the sheer rockface. End the day with a feast of delicious grilled meats and sip on a glass of chilled sangria as you watch the sun dip behind soaring peaks of Mount Teide. 
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Lanzarote

Grade: Easy to moderate

The island of Lanzarote offers a vast array of landscapes to explore on foot. Trek along the lunar trails of Timanfaya National Park with its earthy red volcanic cones rising up from fields of black basalt rocks, and stand at the edge of the steep Famara Cliffs to gaze over the fizzing El Rio waters separating you from the neighbouring island of La Graciosa. Soothe tired legs with a swim in crystal clear turquoise seas and walk barefoot on black sand beaches before enjoying sundowners from a traditional waterfront taverna on this easy to moderate Canary Islands walking tour. 
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La Palma

Grade: Moderate

Trek through verdant laurisilva cloud forest and hike along mountain ridges on the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of La Palma in the Canary Islands. Well-marked trails lead us through dense foliage and past milky-white waterfalls in Los Tilos. And a walk to the summit of Bejenado Peak reveals vast views of the leafy Caldera de Taburiente set amongst towering volcanoes. Take a day off to explore the wild rocky shorelines of the west coast and rest tired legs on the local black sand beaches. 
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Self-guided Gran Canaria

Pace: Moderate

You'll never tire of panoramic vistas depicting vast volcanic landscapes, azure-blue ocean and jagged mountain ridges on this self-guided walking holiday in Gran Canaria. Hike from east to west through fertile ravines, along dusty, arid trails and around caldera valleys. Ascend Gran Canaria's highest peak, Pico de las Nieves, for spectacular views over the neighbouring Canary Islands: Lanzarote, Tenerife and La Gomera, and follow a circular walk to the UNESCO heritage site of Roque Bentayga.
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Self-guided Tenerife and La Gomera

Grade: Easy to moderate

Rising up into the clear blue skies of Tenerife, El Teide is the highest peak in the Canary Islands and Spain. Join this self-guided Canary Islands walking tour to meander through huge rock formations in the foothills of this mighty volcano, or take a cable car to the top to explore trails around the summit. Over on La Gomera, you can set off at your own pace to explore the lush cloud forest pathways of Garajonay National Park and hike along the wild and rocky northern coast to discover deserted villages and verdant crops of papaya and mango.
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Self-guided La Palma

Grade: Moderate to Challenging

Wander along paths less travelled on a self-guided Canary Islands walking tour around the unspoilt island of La Palma. A labyrinth of ancient flower-lined footpaths known as 'Caminos Reales' provides countless routes and adventures. Hike through deserted landscapes of lush green vegetation, past deep ravines and flourishing vineyards. Hike into the heart of Caldera de Taburiente National Park and walk the volcanic spine to Fuencaliente. 
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