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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 El Cedro 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 and Time of Year

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, some strong winds and tropical storms.


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 as there are some steep drop offs on clifftop sections. 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 but we do provide comprehensive route notes and maps so you should not have any problem finding your way.


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, 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.
  • Access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App
  • 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.

Breathtaking views across challenging terrain

5

We chose this holiday to help with my ultra marathon training. We wanted to train on rough mountain terrain (which we got). Due to it being so steep we probably only ran 30% of the route, but we still managed to achieve all the runs in a third/half the time recommended. This was by far the best activity holiday we have ever done. The views, mixture of terrain, tough climbs and scary descents made this one of the most beautiful and challenging holidays we have ever been on. My husband struggles with vertigo, but was willing to challenge his demons and did really well. The most difficult part for him was Vallehermoso circular, the 2km downhill path to the beach was scary as hell for him and I fell over taking photos... (warning - stop moving when you take photos). On the final day we took the shorter route, due to the vertigo warnings on the itinerary. Speaking of the itinerary, it was so nice not to worry about the route and have all the information provided for us. The taxi service was great, always on time and at the hotel when we arrived, which we didn't expect as we were doing the routes quicker than planned. If you do decide to do the routes quicker like us, please be aware that in Chipude there is nothing to do when you arrive and the hotel is very basic. In all the other places there was more to keep you occupied in the afternoon/evening. Greatly appreciated staying in the Parador in San Seb at the beginning and end. The luxury rooms, swimming pool, sauna and we booked a leg massage too. This holiday is not for the faint hearted and even though it's classed as easy, we found it quite difficult at times. Highly recommend going on this adventure.

Red

Peak District

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Wonderful island

5

Jaw dropping scenery, varied and interesting scenery. Fantastic hosts

New walker

Glasgow

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Better than the beaches

4

Excellent to have our bags carried now we are getting older and walking in a warmer place.

mehitabel

Scotland

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Well organised, great holiday

5

Well organised, very clear maps and directions, lovely walking

Caroline

UK

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wonderful hiking through a varied and beautiful landscape

5

We loved our week in La Gomera. Each day was different but all had stunning scenery and views across the island and out to El Teide on Tenerife. On the first two days, we walked through beautiful, tranquil forests, but also, in contrast, through open country to reach the top of Alto de Garajonay, the highest mountain on the island and through lovely, lush barrancos or steep-sided valleys. The two circular walks took us out above the coast-line along a desert-like terrain, looking down to the dramatic cliffs and gigantic waves below. Although the distances covered each day were not great, the ascents and descents were very steep, so, being in our sixties with some aches and pains in our knees, we wouldn't have wanted them any longer! However, the longer walk on the final day was well worth doing as the trek along the ridge followed by the descent down the cliff, along the old GR, although steep and rather crumbly, was quite spectacular with huge cacti and amazing rock formations. The accommodation was good. The Parador in San Sebastian was a fantastic building but their packed lunches were very meagre and over-priced at 15 euros each. The Hotel Sonia in Chipude was comfortable, the service lovely and meals very reasonably priced, using local produce. The Hotel Tamahuche in Vallehermoso was quiet with balconies which looked out over the village and the mountains beyond. We would highly recommend the set meals prepared by the hotel owner who is also the chef. He also prepared good value packed lunches at 7 euros 50. The Hotel Villa de Hermigua is not the first-choice hotel for Macsadventure and it was fine but the owner does not live on-site and we felt that 8.30am was a bit late for breakfast to begin and it was also less substantial than the others. We did arrive at the hotel in Hermigua to find that our luggage had not been delivered. However, when we contacted S-cape Travel on their emergency contact number, our suitcase was with us in half an hour.

Joyce and Jimmy

Tain

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Well organised, fantastic walking, beautiful views.

4

The walking is great - paths well signposted and upkept. Long days and strenuous at times but never too much. Great little cafes along the way. First and last hotel is fantastic the others more basic but always clean and comfortable. Be aware you go pretty high in the centre of the island and this meant the weather was cool, cloudy and windy (in Feb) the hotels were not well set up for cooler weather so take warm clothes particularly for the evening. As you get down towards the coast it is much warmer and drier so you do need a full range!

Liz

U.K.

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Excellent

5

This was the first time my husband and I have tried a self-guided walking holiday and it was wonderful. It was great to have our luggage transported for us and all the arrangements worked without any hitches. The selection of walks was excellent - varying from forests, vertiginous ridges, coastal paths, the highest point on La Gomera, fields of vines, bananas and date palms to everything in-between, and all in warm sunshine. We stayed an extra night in one place and also changed a hotel to one of our own choosing - such variations from the set itinerary were no problem for Mac to accept and arrange. The description of the walks was very detailed and we did not put a foot wrong throughout the eight days of walking. So in summary, we had a great holiday and are left with wonderfully happy memories of the paths we trod, the scenery we viewed and the varied accommodation we experienced.

lavron

Edinburgh

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Hiking in La Gomera

5

great route finder in the guide book.

Ebbsie

Manchester

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Great for a winter break

5

One thing we look for in a walking holiday is an interesting environment. La Gomera is different in many ways, being volcanic in origin and with an interesting history, topography and wildlife. Although we were unlucky with the weather we enjoyed the whole experience. The hotels were well chosen, breakfasts excellent and route notes comprehensive. The trails were quiet and easy to follow. Quite strenuous but sections not too long so you can take your time.

Andrew

South West

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An excellent hiking itinerary on this lovely island

4

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.

Clare

Darlington

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Walking in La Gomera

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