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Walking in La Gomera

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Average rating:   5,  1 reviews
Country
Spain
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate to Strenuous
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
January - December

Itinerary

Day 1: San Sebastian
Day 2: Chipude
Day 3: Vallehermoso
Day 4: Vallehermoso
Day 5: Hermigua
Day 6: Hermigua
Day 7: San Sebastian
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Walking in La Gomera

La Gomera, the greenest of the Canary Islands, lies just 30 kilometres off the coast of Tenerife, and is a real hiker’s paradise. Steep cliffs along the coastline give way to volcanic peaks, deep gorges and lush green valleys. From the highest point of Garajonay Peak through the tropical rainforest of National Park Garajonay to the rugged coast, you will be rewarded with spectacular views that will make for an unforgettable week of walking.


Itinerary for Walking in La Gomera

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Day 1: Arrive at the Canary Islands

Fly to Tenerife, which has excellent flight connections to the UK and Europe. Take a bus or a taxi to Los Cristianos Port and the ferry to La Gomera (about 1 hour, not included). Dolphins are regularly sighted during the ferry crossing. Walk to your hotel, located just 500m from the port of La Gomera. After check-in, stroll around San Sebastian and enjoy the island life.

Day 2: Garajonay National Park

From the houses, gardens and terraced fields of Hermigua Valley, you will walk up toward Garajonay National Park, the green heart of La Gomera. Here you enter the rainforest atmosphere of the dense laurel wood which covers most of the northern part of the island. The path continues steeply up, among the twisted trunks of laurel trees clothed in liquens and moss. From the top, you’ll enjoy splendid views of the entire island and further on – to La Palma, El Hierro and the stunning volcanic peak of El Teide on Tenerife. The day ends with a short descent to Chipude.

  • Walking for the day: 13 km, 5-6 hours, +870m -600m
  • Overnight in Chipude (Hotel Sonia or similar)

Day 3: Chipude to Vallehermoso

After traversing two lovely valleys, or ‘barrancos’, you pass the pottery-making village of El Cercado to reach the prettiest valley on the island, Barranco de Valle Gran Rey, with its terraced fields and palm groves. Along the way, stop for lunch in Las Hayas at a traditional restaurant which serves regional specialities, before making your descent among palms, junipers, heather and laurel trees into the Valley of Los Loros and on to your hotel.

  • Walking for the day: 15 km, 5-6 hours, +240m -1100m
  • Overnight in Vallehermoso (Hotel Tamahuche or similar)

Day 4: Vallehermoso Circular Walk

Today’s walk takes you into a somewhat drier landscape. A long gradual ascent leads up to the chapel of Santa Clara, built high on a ridge. From there, you’ll enjoy breath-taking views: 700m straight down and out over the mountaintops to the sea. Then, following a well-maintained (though very steep) path, you walk down to a tiny cove along the coast. Return on foot to the village of Vallehermoso.

  • Walking for the day: 14 km, 5-6 hours, +735m -735m
  • Overnight in Vallehermoso (Hotel Tamahuche or similar)

Day 5: Vallehermoso to Hermigua

Walking up and out of the valley, you reach the Garajonay National Park visitors’ centre. Following a descent into the Barranco de Argoto, you later ascend to the viewpoint at Chorillo to enjoy views some 800m down into the valley. The path continues ascending, then makes a steep descent down to Hermigua.

  • Walking for the day: 17 km, 6-7 hours, +935m -1140m
  • Overnight in Hermigua (Hotel Rural Ibo Alfaro or similar)

Day 6: Hermigua Circular Walk

Today’s walk starts with a short, steep ascent. Your route then leads you through terraced farms and banana groves. Then the landscape changes abruptly. A wide path crosses stark surroundings with sparse vegetation, passing several barrancos on its way toward the blue sea. Succulents and cacti carpet the ground, while ahead you enjoy one of the week’s highlights: fabulous views of Tenerife and El Teide Peak.

Day 7: Hermigua to San Sebastian

You have a choice of walking routes today, both routes begin with a short transfer.

Option 1: The shorter walk starts at Las Casetas, with a short ascent. You then start downhill on steep terrain along the coast. There are beautiful views to the sea, with Tenerife and Pico del Teide in the distance. T

Option 2: The longer route takes you to the viewpoint at Degollada de Peraza, then through a stunning landscape on the south-east coast of the island. Some sections traverse high terrain, but paths are well-maintained and waymarked. The last part takes you past a beach, where you can stop for a swim. A lovely way to end your week on La Gomera!

  • Walking for the day (Option 1): 10 km, 3-4 hours, +125m -1025m
  • Walking for the day (Option 2): 16 km, 6-7 hours, +350m -1300m
  • Overnight in San Sebastián de la Gomera (Hotel Torre del Conde or similar)

Day 8: Departure

Your trip comes to an end today after breakfast. Ferry back to Tenerife and flight home.

Hotels for Walking in La Gomera

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Accommodation is in nice, mainly 3-star hotels. All of them have private en-suite rooms and offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant location is available on route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. You have plenty of options for dinner in the villages and towns.

Travel for Walking in La Gomera

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You are best to fly in and out of Tenerife South Airport. An alternative option is Tenerife North.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

Tenerife South is the most convenient airport. From the airport, you take a bus or taxi to Port Los Cristianos (30 minutes). At the port, take a ferry to San Sebastián de La Gomera (approx 1 hour, €25 pp)  The last ferry leaves at 20.00. For up-to-date timetables, see www.fredolsen.es. Go to English version -> Fred Olsen Express from Tenerife-Los Cristianos to La Gomera-San Sebastián.

Latest arrival time: Tenerife South: 17:30. Earliest departure time: Tenerife South: 11:30.

We can book extra nights in Tenerife near the airport if required.

Alternatively, you can use an internal flight from Tenerife North with Bintercanarias to La Gomera (approx. 30 minutes). For further details click here. You can also book private transfers and ferry tickets through us.

Baggage Transfers

All hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included (maximum one piece of 20 kg per person).

Country Info

Up-to-date travel advice on Spain is available here.

Trip Info for Walking in La Gomera

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate to Strenuous

This walking tour is quite demanding with walks of 4 to 7 hrs a day with long (sometimes very steep) ascents and descents (up to 935m in a day). It is not suitable for those who do not have a head for heights as there are some steep drop-offs on clifftop sections. The walks follow rural tracks, either surfaced and unsurfaced, footpaths and animal trails. You must be sure-footed as you may encounter some loose rock, or muddy / slippery sections in wet weather (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

Most of the routes are not waymarked, but we will provide you with detailed road notes and maps. We strongly advise you to follow the trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

You can start this holiday on any date during the year. La Gomera enjoys year-round mild weather with average maximum temperatures ranging from 15-25 degrees. Being an island it can however experience foggy weather (especially in winter months), some strong winds and tropical storms in summer, when it also may become quite hot.The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date during the season.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 15 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots (not rail running shoes!)
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Walking in La Gomera

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  • 7 nights in nice hotels in private en-suite rooms (mostly 3-star)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Detailed journey documentation and practical information (road notes)
  • Transfer on Day 2
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel on all walking days (up to 20 kg per person)
  • Return transfer from the trail to the Day 3 accommodation
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office / representative

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Single room supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; as costs are not shared, there is a solo traveller supplement to the standard price. You must be very experienced and fit if you want to do this tour solo!

To see the price of the holiday for your desired dates, including the cost of different options and supplements, please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above.

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • All lunches and dinners
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

Extensions and Optional Extras

  • Extra nights along the trail are bookable upon request
  • Airport transfers

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Average rating:  
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by Peter E on Walking in La Gomera

There are lots of breathtaking views, loved the unusual vegetation on the Island and the varied walking.  Challenging terrain at times, the walks are short in mileage but can be demanding due to big elevation gains, especially in the heat - take plenty of water! it was nice not to worry about the route and the luggage and have all the information provided for us by email in advance.


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