Hiking in Spain La Gomera – Canary Islands hikers paradise

Activity:
Walking
Duration:
7 Nights
Distance:
95 km
Difficulty:
Medium +
Tour Type:
Self-Guided
Time To Go:
All Year Round
Price:
from €785
Rating:

La Gomera is a hiker’s dream and the Canary Islands’ best kept secret. Only 50 minutes away by boat from Tenerife, La Gomera is a whole world apart. You will quickly forget the hustle and bustle of Los Cristianos as you travel to this sub tropical eco-haven where time seems to be standing still.

The second smallest of the Canary Islands, La Gomera is a laid-back little volcanic island, only 14 miles in diameter. La Gomera’s unique volcanic landscapes are a must-see: palm trees, banana plantations, fern rainforests dotted with peaceful whitewashed hamlets… all topped with dramatic peaks and gorges. The ecosystem of the island’s Garajonay National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. And did you know La Gomera even has its own whistling language? keep an ear out for the locals using the fascinating ‘Silbo Gomero’. The hiking trails of La Gomera are well marked, following old tracks and suitable for walkers of every level.

The Canary Island’s sub-tropical climate with pleasant temperatures all year round make it an ideal destination for hikers. History buffs can retrace Columbus’s footsteps in San Sebastian, La Gomera’s tiny capital (only just over 8,000 in population) where the explorer made his last stop before heading to America.

This is the most popular itinerary, you may be able to combine or split the distance for each day. Click on get a quote to customize your trip.

San Sebastian de la Gomera
San Sebastian de la Gomera
You arrive in San Sebastian de la Gomera.
17 km
Hermigua
Hermigua

Today you will arrive in the capital, San Sebastian de La Gomera after a short 50 min ferry ride from Los Cristianos (Tenerife).  We have booked you in a hotel in the centre of this small coastal town so you will have the chance to appreciate what this town has to offer.  Check out the main harbour with its promenade as well as some of the towns main squares such as Plaza de Las Americas and Place de la Constitution.  Relax or go for a stroll on one of the towns two beaches- Playa de San Sebastian and Playa de la Cueva.  Wander through the towns markets which occur twice weekly where locals sell local produce and crafts.

19 km
Vallehermoso
Vallehermoso

Today you will walk from Hermigua to the town of Vallehermoso.  You will pass by the national park visitor centre at Juego de Bolas, where you can stop and find out about the flora and local fauna on the island and the national park recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site for having the best laurel forest in Europe.  As you approach Vallehermoso, you will pass the monsterous Roque Cano , a volcanic vent exposed by erosion that rises from the hillside outside the town. Vallehermoso was once the economic and cultural captial of La Gomera, today it has a more relaxed vibe, however remains of its former glory can still be seen in its decorated houses and streets in the town centre.

13 km
Chipude
Chipude

Today you will leave behind the the town of Vallehermoso.   You will pass through the spectacular laurasilva forest after a steep climb, on a clear day you will enjoy fantastic sweeping views at Mirador Risquillos de Corgo.  On the route today, you will pass through the unique villages of Las Hayas with its year round agriculture and El Cerado, known for its traditional pottery.  You will stay tonight in the town of Chipude.  Chipude is one of the oldest settlements in La Gomera and is located high in the plateau near the centre of the island making it a popular location for hikers enjoying the national park.  Each year on the 15th August, the whole island celebrates the feast day of the patron saint of Chipude

10 km
Chipude
Chipude

You will stay again tonight in Chipude however we recommend that you take a day trip to the popular coastal town of Valle Gran Rey.  If you wish you can choose to walk to Valle Gran Rey via the Barranco de Maranza and return in the evening via a public bus.  Although the sights on your walking route today are fantastic, it is important to remember that this is a steep and rocky descent which can require a hands-on approach at times.  Alternatively if you do not feel like walking, the town of Chipude is well connected by bus to Valle Gran Rey.  The beautiful coastal town of Valle Gran Rey, overlooking the Altantic Ocean, as legend goes, was once home to the legendary Canarian king, King Hupalupa.  The town is now a popular holiday destination with its lovely beaches, shops, bars and restaurants that you can enjoy before returning to Chipude.

17 km
Playa de Santiago
Playa de Santiago

Today, you will get a transfer by public bus to Garajoney National Park where you will walk to Alto de Garajonay, the highest point in the La Gomera.  Bus line 1 runs from Chipude to Pajaritos where you will walk to Alto de Garajonay.  On a clear day, you will be able to see the mountain tops of nearby islands of Tenerife, El Hierro and La Palma.  From here you will have a downward walk to the coastal town of Playa de Santiago which will be your destination for the night.  Playa de Santiago is a quiet little fishing village, with a lively harbour at its centre.  It has a lovely promenade and offers some great bars and restaurants where you can relax and watch the waves break as the sun sets.

19 km
San Sebastian de la Gomera
San Sebastian de la Gomera

Today, the walk to San Sebastian de Gomera will take you by one of the driest parts of the island.  The route will pass by terraced slopes, all a reminder of this part of the islands agricultural past.  Arriving back into San Sebastian, offers you the chance to relax and watch time go by in the islands capital.  Take a stroll along the harbour to check out the many yachts that visit the island or relax with a drink in one of the towns main squares and reminisce on your journey around the island of La Gomera.

Today is the last day of your trip hiking the paradise that is La Gomera island. A ferry crossing of 40 minutes will take you back to Los Cristianos in Tenerife.

Accommodation

Hotels

Hotels have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, food and hospitality.  Each of the hotels you will be staying at will be 3* or the equivalent depending on availability.

Access

How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

San Sebastian de la Gomera

Tenerife Sur Airport: You can take a bus to Los Christianos (15 minutes, €3.20), or take a taxi (5 minutes, roughly €20). From Los Cristianos you can take the ferry to San Sebastian (capital of La Gomera) with www.navieraarmas.com (1 hour crossing, fares from €64 return, 3 departures/day)  or www.fredolsen.es (50 minute crossing, fares from €68 return, 3 departures/day).  Check operators for latest schedule and fares).

Whats Included

Includes: Holiday pack and maps, private room with private bathroom, 24/7 support during your trip and GPS data files.
Does not include:Flights, transfers to/from Tenerife, any public bus transfers, Insurance (Recommended), Drinks, City tax
Optional: Luggage transfers (One bag up to 20kg per person) and dinners (where available)

See your day-to-day itinerary and check out all our handy information on airport access/public transport, weather and elevation, as well as our interactive route map.

Ruben
Specialist: Ruben
Ruben is from Barcelona. He likes going hiking with his wife to enjoy nature. They call him the 'the King of Cheesecake', for obvious reasons and he is at his happiest sharing a...
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