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La Gomera walking trip
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ESSW006
Walking Man & Biosphere
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La Gomera walking trip

La Gomera walking trip

Canary Islands botanical paradise

  • A unique "undiscovered" destination
  • Lush vegetation in a botanical paradise
  • Dense laurel forests, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986
  • Amazing walks through impressive landscapes
  • Accommodation in typical hotels in pretty villages
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Route

Start: San Sebastián de la Gomera     Finish: San Sebastián de la Gomera

Day 1: Arrival in the Canary Islands
Day 2: Garajonay National Park (13 km)
Day 3: From Chipude to Vallehermoso (15 km)
Day 4: Circular walk from Vallehermoso (14 km)
Day 5: Back through Garajonay to Hermigua (17 km)
Day 6: A view to El Teide (13 km)
Day 7: From Hermigua to San Sebastián (10 / 16 km)
Day 8: Departure from Tenerife

Day 1:    Arrival in the Canary Islands

Arrival on the island of Tenerife and ferry trip to La Gomera. Chance of spotting dolphins on the way.

Challenge: Travel to Canary Islands

Day 2:    Garajonay National Park (13 km)

From the houses, gardens and terraced fields of Hermigua Valley, you walk up toward Garajonay National Park, green heart of La Gomera. Here you enter the rain forest-like 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.

Challenge: 5 - 6 hrs, 13 km, 870 m ascent, 600 m descent. 

Day 3:    From Chipude to Vallehermoso (15 km)

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.

Challenge: 5 - 6 hrs, 15 km, 240 m ascent, 1100 m descent. 

Day 4:    Circular walk from Vallehermoso (14 km)

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.

Challenge: 5 - 6 hrs, 14 km, 735 m ascent, 735 m descent.

Day 5:    Back through Garajonay to Hermigua (17 km)

Walking up and out of the valley, then by way of Las Rosas, you reach the Garajonay National Park visitors' centre. Following a descent into the Barranco de Argoto, you later ascend to the vista point at Chorillo to enjoy views some 800m down into the valley. The path continues on high, then later makes a steep descent down to Hermigua.

Challenge: 6 - 7 hrs, 17 km, 935 m ascent, 1140 m descent. 

Day 6:    A view to El Teide (13 km)

Today's walk starts with a short, steep ascent. Your route then leads you into a fruit-producing region full of 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 weeks highlights: fabulous views of Tenerife and El Teide Peak.

Challenge: 5 - 6 hrs, 13 km, 600 m ascent, 660 m descent. 

Day 7:    From Hermigua to San Sebastián (10 / 16 km)

Choice of walking routes today, both routes begin with a short transfer. The shorter walk starts at Las Casetas, with a short ascent. You then start downhill on steep terrain along the coast. Beautiful views to the sea, with Tenerife and Pico del Teide in the distance. The longer route takes you to the vista point at Degollada de Peraza, then through a stunning landscape on the southeast coast of the island. Some sections traverse high terrain, but paths are well-maintained and way-marked. The last part takes you past a beach, where you can stop for a swim. A lovely way to end your week on Gomera.

Challenge: 5/7 hrs, 10/16 km, 125/350 m ascent, 1025/1300 m descent.

Day 8:    Departure from Tenerife

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

Challenge: Travel from Canary Islands.

prices & dates

 

 

accommodation

The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra nights:

Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.

 

Hotel Torre del Conde -San Sebastián de la Gomera
Hotel Torre del Conde (San Sebastián de la Gomera)

Located in the very heart of the Historic Villa of San Sebastian de la Gomera and only 500 m form the port. This hotel has been recently renovatedluminosas, it is quiet and with bright and spacious rooms. 

www.hoteltorredelconde.com

Hotel Sonia-Vallehermoso
Hotel Sonia (Vallehermoso)

An accommodation to enjoy the quiet and natural surroundings. Ideal for short escapes, to do some hiking or to enjoy the different charms that Gomera offers. 

www.chipude.es

Hotel Tamahuche-Vallehermoso
Hotel Tamahuche (Vallehermoso)

The rooms in this hotel still preserve the traditional style of the original house and they have been carefully decorated trying to preserve the antique ethnographic elements. The room distribution allows access to the patios, terracesa and gardens. An intimate atmosphere in which you will be immersed in the beautiful natural surroundings of la Gomera.

www.hoteltamahuche.com

Hotel Rural Ibo Alfaro-Hermigua
Hotel Rural Ibo Alfaro (Hermigua)

Antique manor house (built around 150 years ago) that has been transformed into a hotel. Its rooms offer stunning views to the Atlantic ocean and the Hermigua valley. It has a large garden that includes several terraces. 

www.hotel-gomera.com

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, throughout the year.

Ferry services from Tenerife North/South to from San Sebastián de la Gomera can be checked and buy online www.navieraarmas.com/en/home. Ferry tickets can be also be purchased in advance through S-cape Travel.

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

 Included

  • 7 nights accommodation, on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Transfer on day 2
  • Luggage transport on days 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps (scale 1:25.000)

Not Included

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Additional transfers
  • Ferry from Los Cristianos (Tenerife) to San Sebastián (La Gomera)
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, tips, etc.
  • Any item or service not specifically mentioned in this program

Extras

  • Extra nights may be booked at any of the standard accommodations, or at hotels near Port Los Cristianos (on Tenerife) or near the Tenerife-Sur airport
  • Ferry passage from Los Cristianos (Tenerife) to San Sebastian (La Gomera)
  • Taxi transfer from Tenerife-Norte airport to Port Los Cristianos

 

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