La Gomera Hiking Holidays La Gomera, Hidden gem of the Canary Islands

Activity:
Walking
Duration:
7 Nights
Distance:
63 km
Difficulty:
Challenging
Tour Type:
Self-Guided
Time To Go:
September to May (Summer on request)
Price:
from €815
Rating:

La Gomera is a hiker’s dream and the Canary Islands’ best-kept secret. Only 50 minutes away by boat from Tenerife, this island is a whole world apart. You will quickly forget the hustle and bustle of Los Cristianos as you travel to this subtropical eco-haven where time seems to be standing still.

The second smallest of the Canary Islands, La Gomera is a laid-back little volcanic island, only 14 miles in diameter. La Gomera’s unique volcanic landscapes are a must-see: palm trees, banana plantations, fern rainforests dotted with peaceful whitewashed hamlets… all topped with dramatic peaks and gorges. The ecosystem of the island’s Garajonay National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. And did you know, it even has its own whistling language? keep an ear out for the locals using the fascinating ‘Silbo Gomero’. The hiking trails of La Gomera are well marked, following old tracks and suitable for walkers of every level.

The Canary Island’s sub-tropical climate with pleasant temperatures all year round make it an ideal destination for hikers. History buffs can retrace Columbus’s footsteps in San Sebastian, La Gomera’s tiny capital (only just over 8,000 in population) where the explorer made his last stop before heading to America.

This is the most popular itinerary, you may be able to combine or split the distance for each day. Click on get a quote to customize your trip.

Los Cristianos
Los Cristianos

In case you have a late flight, with arrival in Tenerife after the last ferry, you will need to spend a pre-night in Los Cristianos before taking the ferry to La Gomera on the following morning.

Hermigua
Hermigua

From the ferry port in San Sebastian de La Gomera, you will be transferred to the starting point of your first walk in Chejelipes. From here, an 11.3km (+681m, -744m) long hike will take you deep into the imposing valley of San Sebastian. The river will be your companion, then, through the hillside, the path goes gradually up until it finally reaches an opening in the ridge, from where the stunning views are totally worth the effort of the climb. The ridge is the border where the landscape changes quite considerably. Here, the slope faces the winds filled with water that gives life to the thick layer of forest. Leaving the wild forest behind, there is more human presence approaching the valley of Hermigua, look on your left to see the two massive rock standing from the ground called Roques de San Pedro. Hermigua houses the biggest production of banana in the island. Your night will be spent in this quiet town.

14 km
Hermigua
Hermigua

Down the road to Playa de Hermigua, stands the pretty church of Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion with its high tower. Past the banana plantations, you will be going towards the coastal cliffs east of Hermigua, from where a little detour allows for a visit of Playa da Caleta. Cannons and valleys will make your day and palm trees will constantly remind you that you are in an Eden like land. When you get back to Hermigua, you will have covered 13.4km (+584m, -578m) of winding trails.

The walking stage today is a pleasant coastal walk in the area near Hermigua.

13 km
Vallehermoso
Vallehermoso

After breakfast, you will be brought to Agulo. A village enclosed by a semi-circular range of steep mountains whose whitewashed houses were built over manmade terraces. The path will take you deep into the island across valleys, mountains and hamlets frozen in time. Forest trails will offer the shade for a perfect break in case you find a mango or an orange tree. As soon as Vallehermoso shows up, Roque Cano, an impressive rock standing more than 2oom from the ground marks the lask stretch of the 13.0km (+741m, -760m) long hike.

14 km
Chipude
Chipude

Parque Nacional Garajonay is going to be in your path today. The road leads to the terraced hamlet of Los Chapines, then along a footpath, you will climb up the ridge to get into the park, the landscape here really resembles Jurassic Park with the ground of the deep forest covered with fern. Slowly back to reality, some villages will start to appear but the day will not cease to amaze just yet, a deep gorge that makes an opening to the ocean will take your breath away. Chipude, a village high in the hill will be your companion tonight.

Option 1: 14.3km, (+1085m, -266m)

12 km
Chipude
Chipude

A transfer will bring you to the highest part of the island.  From Laguna Grande, a zigzagging trail into the forest will gradually bring you higher, up until Alto Garajonay, the highest point in La Gomera. If the weather helps you can even see Mount Teide in Tenerife Island. On your way down you will pass by Igualero before heading to another immense valley opened to the sea. On the way out of the valley, La Fortaleza, a giant rock that does look like a fortress, stands out from the mountain to dominate the views. Back to Chipude, take some time to relax in the quiet town.

Option 1: 12 km (+314m, -491m)

10 km
Valle Gran Rey
Valle Gran Rey

In the morning you will be transferred to the lovely village of Arure at 800m above the sea. The descent from Arure to Valle Gran Rey is probably one of the best hikes in the island. The ridge that separates Valle Gran Rey Valley and the valley of Taguluche is the way you will follow to reach the plateau, a huge natural balcony overlooking the Atlantic. The stunning downhill after leads to the lively holiday resort town of Valle Gran Rey where this walk has its ending point.

Option 1: 9.7km (+85m, -880m)

 

San Sebastian de La Gomera
San Sebastian de La Gomera

After breakfast, a transfer will bring you to San Sebastian for a leisure day in the Capital of the island. We have booked you in a hotel in the center of this small coastal town so you will have the chance to appreciate what this town has to offer.  Check out the main harbor with its promenade as well as some of the towns main squares such as Plaza de Las Americas and Place de la Constitution.  Relax or go for a stroll on one of the towns two beaches- Playa de San Sebastian and Playa de la Cueva.  Wander through the towns markets which occur twice weekly where locals sell local produce and crafts.

Accommodation

Hotels

We have carefully selected each of the hotels you will stay in. From boutique 3* hotels to historical 4* hotels to Paradores with some of the most stunning views in Spain. Each one has its own unique character and will make your trip more than just a walking holiday.

Access

How to Get There

There is no international airport on the island.

Ferries arrive at the port of San Sebastian de la Gomera from Los Cristianos (Tenerife). There are two ferries. Naviera Armas takes about 1 hour and Fred Olsen takes about 50 minutes.

Whats Included

  • Included: Selected accommodation with private bathrooms, Holiday Pack on your mobile phone (Route ebook and Google Maps) and a 24/7 support number providing assistance during your trip, for instance organising a support vehicle if needed. In 2021 we also offer a Free Postponement with every booking made
  • Not included: Flights, drinks, city tax, Travel Insurance (Recommended)
  • Optional: Luggage transfers (On by default. One bag up to 20kg per person), dinners (On by default, where available), bike rental (On by default) and airport transfers, etc…

Manage your trip online

Note on Accommodation: We aim to book you into each of the towns listed on the itinerary, however in case of low availability we may book you 2 nights in the same town with provided transfers. If you are booking Superior collection or Country cottages, please note it is subject to availability and therefore cannot be guaranteed. Superior/Country cottage accommodation may be away from the route with included transfers. More details.

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Pauline
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Originally from the North of France, Pauline loves traveling around the world and already put her feet on the 5 continents. After graduating in History and Tourism, she worked f...
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