This new 8th edition of our guidebook to walking in La Palma and El Hierro has been completely redesigned in a wider format – with larger type and no mapping lost in the gutter.
Revised on the ground just a few months before publication, the guide also has several new hikes and all new topo walking maps with contours at 25m intervals. Based on OpenStreetMap mapping, the maps now show waypoints, and free downloadable GPS tracks are available for all the walks.
Colour coding on the contents page enables you to see at a glance the grading of various treks.
El Hierro, the least-visited of all the Canaries, at first appears to be a dried-up, sprawling mountain of rock, rising straight from the sea, treeless and barren. But Noel reveals the island’s hidden charms — as remarkable as any in the archipelago.
In natural beauty, La Palma rivals all the other Canary Islands put together. Its immense, abyss-like crater, the Caldera de Taburiente, is considered to be the largest of its kind in the world. Outside the crater, high on the cloud-catching hillsides, 20 million-year-old laurel forests grow as dense as a jungle.
In the southern half of the island, hills pitted with volcanic craters and mini-deserts of black lapilli speak of the island’s volcanic past.
Whether you tour El Hierro or La Palma by car or discover them on foot, Noel introduces you to the islands’ best beauty spots.
An excellent book… The size, the balance between text and images and facts and maps … makes it perfect for getting out and about. (GCH, Amazon)
Good guide for walkers. We were able to follow the walks on El Hierro and adapt them to our needs. (Shiela, Amazon)
The book proved a really useful (no, essential) addition to our holiday and made a good holiday really special. (HOH, Shrewsbury)