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Walking in La Gomera Self Guided Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Identifying bizarre plants in the lush green forests.
  • Wandering though dense laurel forests, remnants of eras past and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Strolling through the brightly coloured streets of San Sebastian.
  • The perfect walking temperature of between 15 and 25 degrees, all year round.

Discover the botanical paradise of La Gomera on foot. La Gomera, the greenest of the Canary Islands, lies just 30 kilometres off the coast of Tenerife, but is a world away in terms of atmosphere and landscape. Steep cliffs along the rocky coastline give way to volcanic peaks inland and deep gorges, or barrancos, limit access to many parts of the island.

La Gomera's greatest treasures are found in the National Park Garajonay, among the dense vegetation of its mysterious laurel woods, where centuries-old trees clothed in moss give the impression of a tropical rain forest. In the valleys sculpted landscapes of terraces of banana, papaya and mango trees are equally beautiful. The rugged coast of steep cliffs and small coves are another delight.

La Gomera is truly a walker's paradise. Our carefully selected walking routes explore both the coast and mountains and reward with spectacular views and surprises around every corner to make for an unforgettable week of walking.

During your walking holiday in La Gomera you will stay at four hand picked small two and three star hotels of character. We take care of every detail of your holiday so you don’t have to worry about a thing, except for having a wonderful week. Our Walking in La Gomera holiday includes; door to door baggage transfer, detailed route notes, transfers as necessary and emergency phone support.

Travel writer Helen Ochyra walked this route in with us in 2014, read about her walk in La Gomera on her website.

DAY 1:
Arrival in the Canary Islands

Fly to Tenerife, which has excellent flight links to UK and European destinations. Take the bus or a taxi to Los Cristianos Port and the ferry to La Gomera (from 40 minutes, not included). Keep your eyes peeled as dolphins are regularly sighted on the crossing.You will be met at the port and transferred to the beautiful Parador Hotel.


After checking into your hotel stroll around San Sebastian town and enjoy the laid back pace of island life.


Walk: Optional walk around town


Dinner & Overnight: San Sebastián 4* Hotel


Centrally situated with views of the park the hotel was built in 1998 and has 38 comfortable rooms. Unobtrusive service and a peaceful atmosphere are hallmarks of this well located hotel.


DAY 2:
Walk From Hermigua to Chipude & Garagonay National Park

After a short transfer you start the day with a glorious walk up toward Garajonay National Park the 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, through ferns, moss and lichens. 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. .


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


Overnight: Chipude Guesthouse / Small Hotel


Located at just over 1000m in the small village of Chipude your base is the welcoming family run Hotel Sonia. Serving wholesome home cooked food and boasting a bar frequented by walkers and local farmers this is the authentic side of the Canaries that only the lucky few get to experience.


DAY 3:
Walk from Chipude to Vallehermoso

Begin your day by traversing two lovely 'barrancos', the steep sided valleys which make so much or La Gomera impenetrable.
You then 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.


You really must stop on route for lunch in Las Hayas at a traditional restaurant which serves regional specialities. If you still have the energy you then descend through palms, junipers, heather and laurel trees, into the Valley of Los Loros and on to your hotel in Vallehermoso.


Walk: 13-15km, 5-6 hrs, 140-240m ascent, 1000-1100m descent


Overnight: Vallehermoso Hotel Rural


Idyllically situated on the edge of Vallehermoso this lovingly restored manor house, built in 1896 has ten simply decorated rooms. The hotel enjoys a wonderful sense of peace and is a real escape.


DAY 4:
Circular walk from Vallehermoso

Today you explore a drier landscape. A long gradual ascent leads up to the chapel of Santa Clara, built high on a ridge, which enjoys 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, where you will surely be tempted to while away an hour or so before returning to Vallehermoso.


Walk: 14km, 5-7 hrs, 735m ascent, 735m descent


Overnight: Vallehermoso Hotel Rural


DAY 5:
Walk from Vallehermoso to Hermigua

A great day of walking. You start by walking up and out of the valley, you first do a tough ascent to Roque El Cano, then walk down to Amalhuigue Reservoir.


Another (shorter) ascent takes you to the Garagonay National Park visitors’ centre. You then walk down into the Barranco de la Vica and up to the dam, for one final descent down to Hermigua.


Walk: 15-17km, 5-6 hrs, 840-935m ascent, 920-1140m descent


Overnight: Hermigua Hotel Rural


Restored in 1996 this beautiful hotel in a converted manor house has seventeen stylishly decorated rooms and outstanding views.


DAY 6:
Circular walk from Hermigua

Today’s circular walk takes you past terraced farms, then into stark surroundings with sparse vegetation, crossing several barrancos on your way to La Caleta bay. You can also choose a longer route which takes you high up above the coast offering fabulous views to the island of Tenerife, El Teide Peak and the sea.


Walk: Up to 12km, 5-6 hrs, 600m ascent, 660m descent


Overnight: Hermigua Hotel Rural


DAY 7:
Walk to San Sebastián

Today you choose between two fantastic walks, a shorter or longer descent back to San Sebastián. Both routes begin with a short transfer.


The shorter walk starts at Las Casetas. After a short ascent, you start downhill on steep terrain along the coast enjoying the beautiful views to the sea, with Tenerife and Pico del Teide in the distance. This walk is not recommended for those with a fear of heights.


The longer route takes you to the vista point at Degollada de Peraza, then through a stunning landscape on the southeast coast of the islands. Some sections traverse high terrain, but paths are well-maintained and way-marked. The last section takes you past a beach, where you can stop for a swim. A lovely way to end your week on Gomera.


Walk: 10/16km, 3/7 hrs,  125/350m ascent, 1025/1300m descent


Overnight: San Sebastián 4* Hotel


DAY 8:
Departure from the Canary Islands

Your trip comes to an end today after breakfast. After being transferred back to the port, take a ferry back to Tenerife and flight home.

Accommodation

You will spend two nights in San Sebastian, where we use the beautiful 4* Parador hotel and five nights in comfortable rural hotels. All are good family run hotels, with authentic atmosphere and great home cooked food. The rooms are simply but comfortably decorated and have en suite bathrooms. The hotels in Vallehermoso and Hermigua are favourites as the buildings are beautifully converted manor houses.

Please note that some hotels may only offer twin-bedded rooms (no double beds available).


Occasionally we may need to use alternative hotels depending on availability. If the alternative hotel is used in San Sebastian, the evening meal on Day 1 and transfer to and from the port are not included as the hotel is nearer the centre of San Sebastian and therefore easier to get to from the port and more choice for dinner. If you are staying in this alternative hotel a discount will be applied to your booking.


Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


Solo Walkers

Unfortunately this walk is not available to solo walkers.


Meals

A breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinners are not included apart from at the first night in San Sebastian where it is included. Your hotel will be happy to provide a packed lunch, this should be requested on arrival, or you can pick up lunch from a local deli or along the trail. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby bars, cafes and restaurants.


If we do have to use the alternative hotel in San Sebastian the evening meal on the first night is not included as there is plenty of choice in the centre of San Sebastian.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

Availability

You can start this holiday on any date during the year. Average maximum temperatures range from 15 - 25 degrees, which makes La Gomera agreat option for winter walking. Extension prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.


Tailor-Made Tours

We are always more than happy to tailor our standard itineraries to suit. Just let us know what you would like and we will be happy to arrange a tailor-made walking itinerary.


Grade & Fitness

This walking tour is graded Moderate to Strenuous. Walks of 4 to 7 hrs a day with long (sometimes very steep) ascents and descents (up to 935m in a day). Not suitable for those who have a fear of heights. The walks follow rural tracks, both surfaced and unsurfaced, footpaths and animal trails. You may encounter some loose rock, or muddy / slippery sections in wet weather.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The routes on this trip are not generally way marked so you will need to follow the route notes and maps supplied. Some sections are way-marked.


Solo Walkers

Unfortunately this walk is not available to solo walkers.


Meals

A breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Your hotel will be happy to provide a packed lunch, this should be requested on arrival, or you can pick up lunch from a local deli or along the trail. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby bars, cafes and restaurants.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Getting Around

Required transfers are included. If you wish to skip a walk you can use local taxis or buses.


Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.


Weather

La Gomera has the perfect climate for all year walking. Average maximums range from mid teens in the winter to mid twenties in the summer. For more details view climate guide.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting to/from La Gomera/Tenerife

La Gomera does not have an airport so fly to Tenerife. Tenerife South is the most convenient airport and served by low cost and charter from throughout the UK. These include Thomson Flights, Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2, Monarch and Fly Thomas Cook. Flying time is just over 4 hours.


From the airport, you take a bus or taxi to Port Los Cristianos (line 487, 30min).


At the port, take a ferry to San Sebastián de La Gomera (approx 1hr, €20-30pp). The last ferry leaves at 20.00. For 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.

Getting to/from La Gomera/Tenerife

Most of our clients fly into Tenerife, and then take the ferry across to La Gomera. Tenerife South is the most convenient airport and served by low cost and charter from throughout the UK. These include Thomson Flights, Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2, Monarch and Fly Thomas Cook. Flying time is just over 4 hours.


From the airport, you take a bus or taxi to Port Los Cristianos (line 487, 30min).


At the port, take a ferry to San Sebastián de La Gomera (approx 1hr, €20-30pp)  The last ferry leaves at 20.00. For 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 fly between Tenerife North with Bintercanarias to La Gomera (duration approx. 30 mins). Further details click here.


 On arrival at the port in San Sebastian you will be transferred to your hotel.


Travel Insurance


It is a condition of booking with us that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover illness, injury, cancellation or curtailment of your holiday.

Included

  • 5 Nights in small hotels and guesthouses
  • 2 Nights in the 4* Parador in San Sebastian
  • 7 Breakfasts.
  • 1 Dinner
  • A detailed information pack, route notes and maps.
  • Full information pack on local history, culture & traditions.
  • Transfers on day 2 and 7.
  • Transfers between San Sebastian port and hotel
  • Luggage transfer as per the itinerary.
  • 24 hour emergency telephone support and assistance.

Excluded

  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks. (other than dinner on Day 1)
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage.
  • Additional transfers, such as the bus/taxi from Tenerife South airport to Port Los Cristianos.
  • Return ferry from Los Cristianos (Tenerife) to San Sebastian de la Gomera.

Extras

  • Extra nights during, before or after the tour.
  • Single room supplement.
  • Extra nights on Tenerife.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this holiday is extremely popular especially in the winter months. You will find current pricing on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

The walking is graded moderate to strenuous and is challenging, so you should enjoy a good level of walking fitness. The paths are rough and exposed in places so a head for height is an advantage.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

What equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack, warm clothing in the early/late part of the year and hats etc during the summer. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack. 

When is the best time of year?

The best months for walking are October to April as the summer can be very hot.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

Tenerife South, which is served by low cost, charter and scheduled airlines.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

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4.6

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Pros

  • Well organised (32)
  • Fun (22)
  • Great accommodations (19)
  • Once in a lifetime experience (4)

Cons

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  • Holiday (27)
  • Relaxation (13)
  • Trying something new (13)
  • Thrill seeking (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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4.0

An excellent hiking itinerary on this lovely island

By Clare

from Darlington

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Accommodations
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about macs adventure Walking in La Gomera:

      The walks were excellent and the stated grade (moderate to strenuous) matched the reality. The variety of landscapes we encountered - green valleys, dry mountainsides, terraced hillsides, often sadly abandoned, and laurel forest, made for some very interesting hiking and each walk had its own distinctive features. There were other walkers in evidence but it never felt crowded.
      The directions were excellent and easy to follow and the hotels were all excellent.

       
      5.0

      Fantastic walking

      By Would be mountain goat

      from Devon

      About Me Aspiring mountain goat

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organised

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Thrill Seeking

        Comments about macs adventure Walking in La Gomera:

        The Northern part of La Gomera is often in the clouds (certainly was in November) so views not always great. When you could see it was stunning, with fascinating history and agriculture. The walking guide and map were excellent.

         
        5.0

        A weeks holiday that lasted a fortnight

        By Sherlock

        from Yorkshire

        About Me Enthusiastic travellers avoiding the masses

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Diverse and challenging but ultimately rewarding
        • Fun
        • Great Accommodations
        • Well Organised

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Relaxation
          • Safe adventure for all ages and abilities
          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure Walking in La Gomera:

          A real treat in a safe and friendly environment which challenging but safe walking for all abilities in a place where there are at least 70 minutes in every hour. Beautiful weather and amazing variety of location and experience gave us the complete get away we were seeking.

           
          5.0

          Lovely walks in spectacular scenery

          By Pete

          from Scotland

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Well Organised

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about macs adventure Walking in La Gomera:

              Great active holiday in the sun.

               
              5.0

              Astonishing walking!

              By Sally

              from Devon

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Well Organised

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Holiday

                Comments about macs adventure Walking in La Gomera:

                Amazing island, small but sucha variety of scenery and weather. Part desert, part lush forest and even bits that look like Dartmoor.
                Food on La Gomera s excellent, although best to avoid the local wine I am afraid.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing trip - Our American friends are totally jealous!

                By Mother-Daughter trippers

                from Seattle WA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Amazing Scenery
                • Excellent Hiking
                • Well Organised

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about macs adventure Walking in La Gomera:

                    Walking in La Gomera was a wonderful early season vacation! The hikes were everything (and more than) we expected! We like full, challenging days of hiking, with lots of gorgeous scenery and this itinerary was spot-on! We hiked coast lines, rain-forests, climbed and descended. The route also took us through small towns and villages which was an unexpected bonus! Great route notes, which are needed - since there are many trails throughout La Gomera - rather than one single Point A - B destination.

                    The hotels were modest, but, totally adequate. Our luggage transport was perfect and all of our transports were exactly on time, which was much appreciated.

                    One small issue - on Day one, we got dropped off at the wrong starting point, and since it was Day one, we didn't have prior experience with the routing notes... So it took quite some time to realize the mismatch between our location and the notes. We got on track and from there can only say great things about the notes! GPS files are provided - and I recommend downloading them into a GPS app, and get familiar with its use before you leave. We never really needed them, but, given the climbs and descents, it was NICE to confirm you were headed in the right direction before needing to backtrack very far.

                    Macs Adventures was superb to work with - very responsive to my emails, and helped us revise our itinerary to shorten it by one day. I was extremely confident in their support rate them very highly!

                    When you are in in Vallehermoso make sure to eat at El Carraca - go twice even, since you are staying two nights!

                    Palm syrup is local to Vallehermoso - watch closely on your hike - you will come across a vendor selling it from his house, on the wayside, in litre bottles. His name is Josue Perdomo Sanchez. While you can buy it in stores, his is the real deal, and fresh from the trees - he'll invite you in and share samples!

                    We will definitely book another trip with Macs Adventure

                     
                    5.0

                    Fantastic walking, scenery and relaxation

                    By Lorna the walker

                    from Aberdeenshire

                    About Me Occasional Traveller

                    Pros

                    • Fun
                    • Great Accommodations
                    • Some great late night festival events
                    • Well Organised

                    Cons

                    • Be aware of festival events as go on to 3am

                    Best Uses

                    • Holiday
                    • Relaxation

                    Comments about macs adventure Walking in La Gomera:

                    Important to be well equipped for the conditions, able to cope with the heat and quite fit. Fantastic scenery, lovely food and friendly people.

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent walking holiday.

                    By Duncan

                    from Stirling

                    About Me Keen Walker, Occasional Traveller

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Fun
                    • Great Accommodations
                    • Hard work but very rewarding
                    • Well Organised

                    Cons

                    • Avoid 'Fiesta time' if you want to sleep.

                    Best Uses

                    • Holiday
                    • Trying Something New

                    Comments about macs adventure Walking in La Gomera:

                    This is a super walking holiday over challenging terrain with wonderful views.
                    The accommodation is excellent, mostly in traditional style guest houses.
                    The lack of air conditioning just made it more authentic but even then the nights were cool enough with the windows open to be comfortable.
                    I would take earplugs though as the two nights we had in Vallehermoso coincided with a local religious festival and there was very loud live music playing all night.
                    Even this would be a plus if you were that way inclined.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Beautiful getaway

                    By Chris and Helen

                    from Surrey

                    About Me Occasional Traveller

                    Pros

                    • Fun
                    • Great Accommodations
                    • Well Organised

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Holiday
                      • Relaxation

                      Comments about macs adventure Walking in La Gomera:

                      This was our third trip organised by Macs Adventures, and , like the other two, it was great. Each day's walk was different from the last, and the relatively un-touristy towns of La Gomera were a real treat. We'll be back for more in future.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      BREATHTAKING. LITERALLY.

                      By noel

                      from london

                      About Me Occasional Traveller

                      Pros

                      • Fun
                      • Well Organised

                      Cons

                      • Exhausting

                      Best Uses

                      • Holiday
                      • Trying Something New

                      Comments about macs adventure Walking in La Gomera:

                      We were less than certain what to expect. But that proved to be a good thing! Walking from one hotel and arriving at a new one on foot is a remarkable feeling. There's a real sense of achievement that is hard to describe and you rarely feel in 'normal' life. Oh, and having your luggage already there when you arrive is a real treat.
                      We were downhearted when we arrived at the neon lit lager and chips themed nightmare of Tenerife, but La Gomera is about as far away from Tenerife as you can imagine - no beach bars, no burger and chips restaurants, no neon at all in fact. It is a delight. Beautiful, and dramatic. And breathtaking, both figuratively and literally. The walking is exhausting and better described as climbing.
                      The "walks", however were brilliantly well described making it almost impossible to get lost. Accommodation was reasonable - except in San Sebastien which was ordinary in the extreme.
                      Overall an excellent week that we would recommend to any walker with a few mountain goat genes.

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