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Elisabeth Norberg
Elisabeth Norberg

Walk of the Week: La Gomera

La Gomera, the second smallest of the Canary Islands, has plenty to offer the keen walker: lush forests, pristine beaches, impressive mountain tops and spectacular views.

La Gomera In a Nutshell

Distance: 74-87 km / 45-54 miles. Grading: Moderate to strenuous. Some steep ascents and descents are required; however, it is possible to choose alternative routes in order to customise the walking to suit your own needs.

1.robin-mckelvie-la-gomera-epic-landscapesWhere is it?

La Gomera is part of the Canary Islands, just 30 kilometres away from the coast of Tenerife. Its location to the west of Morocco makes it perfect for walking, as it keeps an average temperature of between 15 and 25 degrees, all year round.

Why walk it?

La Gomera is the greenest of the Canary Islands and is known for its dramatic geology. This unspoilt island is truly a treasure to explore; the centre and the north are dominated by Garajonay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. For those wanting a holiday away from the tourist crowds, La Gomera is the ideal destination. [caption id="attachment_18176" align="aligncenter" width="300"]ss_la_gomera_forest_map2 Walking in La Gomera takes you through the forest[/caption] While in La Gomera, you will experience lush laurel forests, stunning mountains tops and pristine beaches, all in one trip. While the walking can be demanding at times, your efforts will be greatly rewarded; the views are breath-taking and let you see the island in its entirety as well as the other Canary Islands. The daily walking is between 4 and 7 hours, making it possible to take things a little slower or even stop for a swim to cool down. La Gomera isn’t just about the walking. The friendly locals are known for their culinary skills and you will be able to sample delicacies such as local roasted pork or goat meat. The local specialty cheese, made from goat’s meat, is preferably paired with Forastera wine, the island’s distinct white wine. In the evenings, you will be staying in traditional family-run hotels, comfortable and full of charm. [caption id="attachment_18177" align="aligncenter" width="225"]helen-ochyra-la-gomera-seafood-feast Seafood Feast. Photo credit: Helen Ochyra Twitter[/caption]

Planning to Walk La Gomera

Macs Adventure offers an 8 day and 7 night trip to La Gomera that includes accommodation, luggage transfer, maps and route notes. While this trip can be made at any time of the year, we particularly recommend doing it during the winter months, when the temperature is at a pleasant 15 degrees. Bear in mind that Christmas and New Year are popular times to be travelling and the availability is more limited. Contact info@macsadventure.com if you’d like more information or read about this trip on our website.
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