Exciting, energetic, exhilarating and above all, fun. Camino Ways walking holidays are holidays with a difference and they are currently offering a number of new packages which will allow you to enjoy the winter sun in southern Europe.
Whether or not you have tried a winter holiday before, Camino Ways will have something to offer you as their holidays are tailored to cater for a broad range of abilities from leisurely walking to energetic hiking.
Please see winter sun walking holiday options below:
Menorca from €650pp & Mallorca from €390pp
The Balearic island of Menorca remains one of the most unspoilt islands in the Mediterranean. The local population support the control of resort development and the woodlands and fields of its hilly rural interior remain largely untouched.
Menorca is only 9 miles (15km) wide and about 32 miles (52km) long, and boasts stretches of varied beaches, from silver-sanded gently curved bays to rocky inlets. Aside from beaches and resorts the island also has plenty of interest for history buffs and culture vultures, with several attractions to experience, including a world famous pipe organ and several mysterious prehistoric archaeological sites related to the second millennium BC Talayot culture.
Camino Ways walking holidays in Menorca and Mallorca are top class in every way. Binitram Country Hotel, originally an 18th century farmhouse, has been refurbished in stunning detail with no expense spared. Enjoy supper in the nearby Michelin star level hotel restaurant, or at Audax, a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of the picturesque village of Es Castell. After your days walking in Mallorca’s mountains, you can spend the late afternoon relaxing, before enjoying supper in the wonderful traditional style restaurants surrounding your walking holiday base.
La Gomera – from €690pp
La Gomera is a laid-back little island, just 40 minutes by hydrofoil from Tenerife, yet the contrast could not be more marked. This is a tiny eco-kingdom, where low-rise hamlets, banana plantations, ferny rainforests and ancient laurels dominate. Offsetting the fertile, verdant softness are cloud-topped volcanic heights: a dizzying tangle of shark-tooth peaks and vertiginous gorges.
La Gomera is a hiker’s heaven. The well-marked trails along old bridle pathways offer walks for every ability. Lose yourself retracing Columbus’ footsteps in San Sebastian, where the explorer stopped for supplies. Listen to locals puckering up to perform their “Silbo” whistling language, or simply gaze out to sea in the sunnier south.
Don’t expect soaring temperatures and do anticipate a little rain. The Camino Ways hotel selection in La Gomera includes Hotel Tamahuche, a lovely country-side house in the middle of a terrace field of stunning Vallehermosso, and a country-side apartment in the sea-side village of Santiago de La Gomera, situated in a banana plantation with amazing views to the sea and mountains surrounding.
El Hiero – from €742
El Hierro is the Cinderella of the Canary Islands, lacking the golden beaches of the eastern isles and lying too far from Tenerife to get day trippers. Many consider it the most traditional of the islands, though this title would have to be fought out with La Gomera. This is the smallest island and the least visited, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t have its own appeal.
Less than a quarter of the island’s 9000 inhabitants live in the quiet capital, Valverde. The main attraction, as with the rest of the island, is the local people, who are always overjoyed to welcome tourists to their island. Something else to sample, along with hospitality are two local delicacies – queso herreño (a divine goat’s cheese) and Vino de Frontera – red, white and rosé wines produced in the west of the island.
The most photographed site on the island is undoubtedly the windswept landscape of El Sabinar. Here strong north-westerly winds contort the juniper trees so much that you can barely believe they are still alive. Another beautiful site is The Faro de Orchilla, a lighthouse marking the westernmost point of Spain.
The country hotels here are excellent too, such as Hotel Villa El Mocanal, with its large terrace and sweeping bay views. Or the Parador Boutique Hotel, a very nice hotel, far from tourist routes (the road ends shortly after the hotel). Ask for a room with a view of the ocean and you’ll sleep with the sounds of waves splashing on the coast.
To book your Camino Ways winter sun walking holiday, or for further information, visit caminoways.com or call 01-525-28-86
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