Walking in La Gomera

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  • 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 three hand picked small two and three star hotels of character, as well as the beautiful four star Parador hotel in San Sebastian. 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.
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What To Expect

The second smallest of the Canary Islands makes for the ideal year-round escape for keen walkers. The tour is graded moderate to strenuous and daily walks vary between 4 & 7 hours. If you are afraid of heights this is not the walk for you.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Wildlife, Coastal & Island

Activity Level & Terrain

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

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.

Accommodations

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 an authentic atmosphere and great hospitality. 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.

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.
  • Extra nights on Tenerife.

When To Go

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.

Weather and Climate

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.

Getting to the Start

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, TAP, and Iberia

From the airport, you can take a taxi to Port Los Cristianos or take the bus (40 line towards Estación Costa Adeje) and get off at Los Cristianos – then it is approximately a 15 min walk to port Los Cristianos.

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 Binter Canarias 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.

Getting from the End

Most of our clients take the ferry from La Gomera to Tenerife to fly out. Tenerife South is the most convenient airport and served by low cost and charter from throughout the UK and Europe. These include Thomson Flights, Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2, TAP, and Iberia

We can book extra nights in Tenerife near the airport if required.

Alternatively, you can fly between La Gomera with Binter Canarias to Tenerife North (duration approx. 30 mins). Further details click here.

Luggage 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.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.

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.

Getting Around

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

Equipment

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.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in the Canary Islands Day 2 Walk From El Cedro to Chipude & Garagonay National Park 8 miles / 13 km Day 3 Walk from Chipude to Vallehermoso 9 miles / 15 km Day 4 Circular walk from Vallehermoso 9 miles / 14 km Day 5 Walk from Vallehermoso to Hermigua 11 miles / 17 km Day 6 Circular walk from Hermigua 7 miles / 12 km Day 7 Walk to San Sebastián 10 miles / 16 km Day 8 Departure from the Canary Islands

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