Our Worry-Free Booking GuaranteeBook your 2022 travel with peace of mindLearn More
Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in hotels and guesthouses
Meals
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Lunch
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1099USD

Walk and cycle Europe with confidence

Covid-19 safety measures
We've initiated extra cleaning and hygiene protocols on all trips

Plan with confidence
Our worry-free guarantee supports your 2021 travel plans so if it doesn’t work out, you don’t lose out

Outdoor walking and cycling trails
Social distancing comes naturally when exploring Europe’s countryside

Support and assurance
Our global team of travel experts are here to support you, with your well being our priority

Health declaration forms
Required on boat based and guided group holidays so you can travel with confidence


 
 

Overview

Trip Code: JGS

Trip highlights


  • Short walks on the sunny southside of this Canary Island
  • Year round breath-taking destination for walkers
  • Small resorts of La Gomera

The variety of the landscapes that you will see in such a small area of the Canary Islands is amazing and Gomeran hospitality is great. The shorter walking days as compared to the other two La Gomera trips will give you the opportunity to do alternative activities such as relax by the sea, snorkelling, kayaking or whale watching. These can be arranged when you are staying at Santiago. On day 2, there is a coastal walk to a quiet pebble beach. You will then transfer to start a walk in the mountains, largely descending to the sunny coast at Santiago via the beautiful hamlet of Benchijigua, poised dramatically under the Roque Agando - the mini Matterhorn of La Gomera. The following day, either relax by the sea or take one of the two walks on offer. On the fifth day, with picnic in hand you will be transferred to a point where you can easily ascend through the island's Laurisilva forest to the summit of Garajonay (1487m) with potentially great views of Tenerife, before dropping down to the village of Chipude and our simple mountain hotel. The following morning, you can transfer to the village of El Guro from where you follow the rough watercourse up to the Arure Waterfall and then descend down to Valle Gran Rey. After a night and morning, catch the bus to San Sebastian, check into your hotel and do the short historical walk around the town centre before enjoying your last dinner. La Gomera in the Canaries has a good infrastructure of roads, amenities and services, including good restaurants and small family run hotels.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

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

This is a straightforward walk climbing along the coastal cliffs above San Sebastian, before undulating along high above the seaside to drop down to the quiet bay at Playa de la Guanches. There may not be anyone here so you may have the place all to yourselves, there is a real sense of remoteness. There is a tiny cottage on the beach with a little walkway heading to the beach. Swimming is a possibility, but beware if the sea is high or if it is rough.

Meals:  B

Transfer to Las Toscas Playa. This walk is in complete contrast to yesterday, taking you into the mountainous interior of the island from where you walk largely downhill to the sea. The walk warms up with a gentle rough road to the beautiful hamlet of Benchijigua, below the Matterhorn like pyramid of ‘Roque Agando’. The descent down to the more substantial village of Pastrana is very pretty although you have to watch your feet as the trail is a little rough in places. At Pastrana you rejoin the tarmac road, from where you can either walk the last 5 km to Santiago or ring for a taxi. Accommodation: Stay two nights at Apartamentos Bellavista situated on a pedestrian lane in Laguna de Santiago. It is a short walk to the beach, restaurants and shops. 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 from one of the many local fish restaurants at the beach.

Meals:  B

Catch the local bus or taxi to Alajero. This short walk takes you to see the oldest dragon on the island, hidden away in its rocky valley den. This is the Dracaena Draco Tree. There is then a short trek down the barranco below the tree to a little dam, from where you head up steeply to the small town of Alajero. Catch the afternoon bus or taxi to Playa de Santiago. Underfoot the barranco is quite rough with no effective path so you will be walking around boulders. The longer walk is from Imada to Playa de Santiago. In this case you catch the bus to Imada from where after a quick coffee, there is an amazingly dramatic walk down to Playa de Santiago via the Barranco Guarimiar.

Meals:  B

This is a nice easy walk to the hill village of Chipude, taking in the highest point on La Gomera, Garajonay summit 1487m. It is a pretty walk although sections around the summit were damaged by the 2012 fire. On the way down you will pass the pretty hamlet of Manantiale. The weather up here can be very different from that at sea level and waterproofs and warm clothing should be on hand just in case. Accommodation: Overnight at family run Bar/Pension Sonia.

Meals:  B,L,D

Walk from Chipude all the way down to Valle Gran Rey, via La Viscaina. You can also add on the Arure Waterfall walk, 5.6 km from Chipude down to El Guro, then 3 km to Valle Gran Rey. If you prefer to just go to the Arure Waterfall you will be transported to El Guro to the start. There is no real trail, you just follow the barranco Arure up a series of short rocky steps with small cascades to the end of the valley to the Arure Waterfall which is spectacular after rain. Return to El Guro and walk down to Valle Gran Rey and its beaches. Alternatively, walking all the way from Chipude to Valle Gran Rey is a beautiful route taking one of the original mule tracks which cross the island. You will be following one of the spur type ridges that radiate from the centre of the island like the segments of a slightly opened tangerine. The mule path which you reach after the village of El Cercado, is steep and rocky, but not a bad trail. The views are spectacular. Valle Gran Rey has several sheltered beaches for swimming. Accommodation: Overnight in either of our two beautiful hotels at Valle Gran Rey, one is in the area called Playa Calera, the other in the area called La Puntilla. Both are near beaches, have good restaurants and bars and roof top swimming pools.

Meals:  B

Morning to enjoy the delights of the resort and then catch the afternoon bus to San Sebastian. Afternoon at leisure or you could do the short historical walk, taking you around the Torre del Conde, learning about the evil governor of the island, Hernán Peraza and his beautiful wife, Beatriz de Bobadilla; the fate of the Guanches, the aboriginal inhabitants of the islands and perhaps a bit about Christopher Columbus.

Meals:  B

After breakfast, make your way to the ferry port for your onward journey.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner (night 5), 1 Packed Lunch (Day 5)
  • 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

  • Meals not specified
  • Taxi/bus transfers from or to the airport 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 introductory to moderate. 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 us for advice. 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

Daily from 1 Jan to 31 Dec (except Aug)

Notes

DN1
Easter & Christmas supplement applies, ask for details

Want to organise a private group?

Fundraising events, sporting groups, family treats; learn how you can organise a Private Group from just 6 travellers.

Total Priceper person from

$1099USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementUSD$190
  • Solo TavellerUSD$300
*Prices listed are per person

Trip reviews


Why travel with us

Making Europe Affordable

We offer different levels of accommodation and comfort so that even the most budget conscious can treat themselves to active holidays on Europe's most celebrated tracks and trails. Our trips are great value for money because you only pay for what you want.  

Self-Guided Specialists

Our wide range of self-guided itineraries embody the UTracks philosophy of exploring Europe your way. We handle the logistics so all that's left for you to do is enjoy exploring Europe at your own pace. Most depart daily with a minimum of two people, meaning maximum flexibility.

Our Wide Range

With close to 400 trips in almost 50 countries, including the largest range of bike & boat holidays in Europe, we're confident that we can organise an Alps walk, Camino de Santiago or Via Francigena experience, Food Lovers' trip or a tour in a lesser-known pocket of Europe that you will love. 

Join Newsletter
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ADS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Adventures South"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Adventure South</div>
Adventure South NZ is unrivalled in their geographic coverage, originality and overall quality of adventures holidays in New Zealand. Choose from walking, cycling, winter or multi-activity holidays, on either the North or South Island.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/AWH.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Walking Holidays"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Walking Holidays</div>
Australian Walking Holidays specialises in small group guided walking adventures. Since 1982 we have been guiding small groups of travellers on Australia's finest walks across our tropical, coastal or red centre landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GCT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Canadian Trails"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Canadian Trails</div>
Great Canadian Trails specialises in active holidays in Canada. With both guided and supported self-guided options available, our unique itineraries draw upon some of Canada's most inspiring parks, trails and landscapes from coast to coast.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/HUM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Humac Challenge"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Huma Charity Challenge</div>
Huma enables those with adventurous spirits to challenge themselves and make a difference for a cause close to their heart. Travel, fundraise and meet life-long friends on one of Huma's meaningful and unique challenges around the world.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TAS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Tasmania Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Tasmanian Expeditions</div>
Tasmanian Expeditions is the most experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania. We own and operate the most comprehensive range of adventure holidays available across Tasmania's varied landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/UTX-new.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Utracks"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>UTracks</div>
UTracks are the active European holiday specialists. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2-star or 4-star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea – UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WYA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Youth Adventures"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Youth Adventures</div>
World Youth Adventures is our specialist division dedicated to organising tailor made overseas school group adventures. Specialists in Service Learning projects, choose from more destinations than any other school group provider.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/YOM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Yomads"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Yomads</div>
Yomads offers adventures for the 20s and 30s on six continents. Designed as a way to bring young and likeminded travellers together, Yomads caters to those interested in lightly structured and active trips that allow freedom to roam and explore.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ACT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Cycle Tours"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Cycle Tours</div>
Australian Cycle Tours specialises in high quality self guided and guided cycling experiences in a selection of the most beautiful regions in Australia.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WEX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Expeditions</div>
The pioneers of original, worldwide adventure travel holidays since 1975
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TJX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Trail Journeys"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Trail Journeys</div>
Self-guided cycling experts on New Zealand's Otago Rail Trail and more
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/BMAC.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Blue Mountains Adventure Company"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Blue Mountains Adventure Company</div>
The original Blue Mountains canyoning, hiking, climbing and abseiling experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GWNZ.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Walks of New Zealand"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Walks of New Zealand</div>
Explore New Zealand's most spectacular wilderness regions with the self-guided hiking experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/NAA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="North America Active"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>North America Active</div>
USA Canada hiking & cycling tour specialists, choose from self-guided or guided trips