La Gomera, Hidden gem of the Canary Islands
From €905pp sharing/€1092pp single
Flights not included
- Depart From
- Los Cristinanos
- Departure Date
- Prices based on departure dates May 2021
- 8 nights
- San Sebastian de La Gomera
- From €905pp sharing/€1092pp single
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.
Day 1- Los Cristianos
Arrivev in 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.
Day 2- 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.
Day 3 - 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.
Day 4- 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.
Day 5 -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.
Day 6 - 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.
Day 7 -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.
Day 8 - 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.
- Price per adult sharing: from €690
- Price per adult in a single room: from €952
Price for this self-guided tour is per adult and includes:
- Holiday Pack and maps
- 7 nights en-suite accommodation
- 24/7 support during your trip
- GPS data files
- Luggage transfers (one bag up to 20kg per person)
- Dinner (where available)
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