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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in hotels and guesthouses
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1199USD

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Overview

Trip Code: JG8

Trip highlights


  • A Circular Island Walk
  • Lush Plantations and Whitewashed Villages
  • Year Round Breathtaking Destination

Your walks take you anti clockwise around the island. From sea level with its exotic banana plantations, you walk up through the dry, rocky landscape to reach the unique 'Laurisilva' cloud forest which covers the top of the island and provides it with year round water which collects in artesian wells. Then down through magnificent ravines to the warm, sunny coast and its beaches; then climbing again through tiny settlements hidden in their valleys and cultivated terraces to reach the awe-inspiring volcanic chimney stacks of basalt, to return through Laurisilva, pine, euphorbia and fruit plantations to the port of San Sebastian. If you want the feeling of being alone with nature, then this is the place to be. Due to its volcanic origins, the island’s scenery is dramatic, mountainous and different from anywhere in mainland Europe. The highest peak is the Alto de Garajonay at 1,450 metres. From there you can see 4 other islands on a clear day. There is very little flat land at all due to the deep ravines (barrancos) that cut into the island from the central highlands down to the coast all around its perimeter. Average temperatures vary by just 6 degrees between summer and winter. The average January temperature is 19 degrees C and July is 25, allowing the cultivation of an impressive range of tropical and citrus fruit. However higher in the mountain villages it can be considerably cooler and on the coast a lot warmer than the average. Many of the crops are grown on the ingeniously built terraces on the steep valley sides making the landscape comparable to parts of Southeast Asia and Hawaii. La Gomera is a relaxed, unsophisticated island with a population of around 20,000 people living mostly in the capital, San Sebastian or the villages of the north. It has a good infrastructure of roads, amenities and services, including some good restaurants and small family run hotels. John and Liz, who have been our representatives on this tour since its conception, came to the island many years ago and their expert local knowledge has been a great help in designing this tour. Their enthusiasm for Gomera, its walks, scenery and people must be catching if feedback on this tour is anything to go by!

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

Traveller Rating

 

Arrive by ferry at the port of San Sebastian from Los Cristianos, Tenerife. Your hotel is located approx 15 minutes by foot or a short taxi journey (approx Euros 5). Accommodation: Hotel Torre del Conde is our 3 star hotel and is situated in the centre of San Sebastian on a bed & breakfast basis. Dinner can be taken in one of the many restaurants in town. There are two beaches within easy reach on foot. Or upgrade and stay in the Parador hotel.

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast you will be picked up and transferred to the exquisitely situated village of Agulo (250m), which looks out to sea cut off from the rest of the island by the shear basalt cliffs rising behind. The walk begins with a steep ascent to bring you after 2 hours to the Visitor’s Centre of Garajonay National Park, (800m) where you can learn about the park and the island in general. Then down to the lunchtime stop at Bar Amalahuigue in Las Rosas or at Roque Blanco. You then continue on to Vallehermoso, for the last two hours downhill with expansive and stunning views over the north west of the island. Ascent 814m / Descent 846m. Accommodation: Vallehermoso - Hotel Rural Triana is an old restored Canarian Villa and is surrounded by tradition and nature.

Meals:  B

Into the cloud forest. With plenty of water to drink and in winter long trousers and waterproof jackets, you head south from Vallehermoso (300m) up hill towards the centre of the island through lush, terraced farming country, past reservoirs, ever upwards until you enter the forest and the National Park. After lunch, an easy walk with occasional glimpses down to the magnificent Valle Gran Rey. From here you can take the path to El Cercado, home to Gomera’s tiny potteries and onto Chipude and Hotel Sonia at 1100m. Ascent: 871m / Descent 334m. Accommodation: You will be staying two nights at family run Bar/Pension Sonia.

Meals:  B,D

Relax on the west coast. Optional walk with some steep downhill parts to see the biggest and often considered the most beautiful valley in Gomera, Valle Gran Rey, via Gerian for swimming and sunbathing. Try lunch in a fish restaurant at the port of Vueltas. Bus or taxi back to Chipude. The super energetic can of course walk back! Ascent 72m / Descent 1114m

Meals:  B,D

To the summit and down to the warm south. The fairly gentle uphill walk to the summit of the island, El Alto de Garajonay (1486 m) is completed in 2 hours. Beautiful views on a clear day down into the cloud forest and across to see the islands of Tenerife, E1 Hierro and La Palma and occasionally Gran Canaria; then steeply down into the hidden valley of Imada (800m.) where there is a shop/bar normally open. It is then down into a garden of Eden of palms and canes until you reach Play de Santiago and the south coast (3 hours from Imada). Ascent 570m / Descent 1500m Accommodation: You will be staying two nights in Apartamentos Bellavista situated on a pedestrian lane in Laguna de Santiago. It is a short walk to the beach, restaurants and shops in the main part of the village. Here you will have your own apartment equipped with food and drink essentials to greet you on arrival. Breakfast is taken in your apartment, ingredients supplied. Choose one of the many local fish restaurants at the beach for dinner in the evening. Don't forget to check out the restaurante La Cuevita towards the harbour. It is built into a cave. We have chosen to have two nights here as it is the sunniest, warmest part of the island.

Meals:  B

Lounge around Santiago and the beach or explore the hidden beaches to the east of the village. For the restless, take the bus past Alajero and walk to the only dragon tree on the island. Then back down to Santiago via the villages of Alajero and Targa. There is plenty to do and see and our local representatives are on hand with suggestions to suit.

Meals:  B

After breakfast at your apartment, you will be taken to the start of this final days walk at Pastrana. Another wonderful day with a gentle start but becoming steep uphill until you reach the amazing Roque de Agando (1250m) - Gomera’s biggest basalt volcanic chimney. You arrive at the main road with wonderful panoramic views. Crossing over the road, the walk descends through pinewoods to La Laja and then on asphalt for the transfer to San Sebastian where you return for your last nights accommodation. Ascent 1215m / Descent 1050m.

Meals:  B

Trip concludes after breakfast. Make your own way to the ferry port for your onward journey.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch (day 5), 2 dinners (nights 3 & 4)
  • 7 nights accommodation in hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis
  • Luggage transfer
  • Information pack including route notes & maps (1 pack per room booked)
  • Emergency hotline
  • Return ferry from Los Cristianos to San Sabastian
  • GPX Files

  • 5 dinners, lunches (unless specified) & beverages
  • taxi transfers from and back to airports or elsewhere within La Gomera
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip

Grading

moderate  

We grade the tour as 'Moderate' (with some ‘challenging’ parts). However the walk should present no difficulties for anyone in reasonable condition and accustomed to walking in hilly areas. Short sections of some walks may be vertiginous but if you are worried, consult our local reps for advice. It may be possible to get a lift part of the way. Day Stages: 10 - 20 km per day, with ascents and descents of up to 1200 metres. 5 - 8 hours walking per day. On most walks there is the option of a lift part of the way for those feeling less energetic as your luggage will be transferred for you when moving to a new hotel.


Departure dates

1 Jan to 31 Dec (except Aug)

Notes

DN1
11 day version available
DN2
Easter & Christmas supplement applies, ask for details

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Total Priceper person from

$1199USD

Options & Supplements*
  • single supplementUSD$190
  • solo travellerUSD$360
*Prices listed are per person

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