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8 days, 7 nights
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The Canary Island of La Gomera is a haven of peace and an ideal destination for hikers. With its temperate climate, beautiful hiking trails, variety of landscapes and limited number of visitors, you can enjoy an authentic and unspoiled part of Europe here. Steep rocky coasts, small villages, deep barrancos (canyons) and volcanic landscapes make for a rugged and varied terrain. In the center is the Garrajonay National Park where the ancient laurel forests and dense mist create a mysterious atmosphere. We explore the most beautiful places of the island, walk along the coast, over the highest peaks and through dense forests. We stay in authentic accommodation and enjoy the delicious local cuisine.
We meet in Tenerife with our guide, where we take the ferry (1h journey) to San Sebastian de la Gomera in the port of Los Cristianos. Along the way it is possible that we see dolphins, which are regularly spotted here. In San Sebastian de la Gomera we take a transfer to the tiny village of Fortaleza (50 min drive) where we will stay for 2 nights. In the evening at dinner welcome meeting with the guide.
A short transfer takes us to the village of Chipude, where the walk starts. On top of Fortaleza de Chipude we enjoy panoramic views of the surroundings. Through pine forests we ascend to the next beautiful viewpoint. The path continues gradually until we reach Alto Garajonay, the highest point on La Gomera, 1487m. With clear weather you can see the islands of La Palma and El Hierro, and El Teide volcano, with 3718m the highest point of the Canary Islands, and Spain. Via a circular route we descend to Chipude, from here we return to Las Hayas, where our accommodation is located.
15 km – 5,5 h hiking - 650m climbing / descending
From our hotel we walk through a beautiful forest, the trunks of which are covered with mosses. The Garajonay National Park is a Unesco World Heritage Site, a status it received based on its unique vegetation, which is completely different from the rest of the island. The dense cloud forest is humid and often foggy. The many mosses, tree ferns and bizarre shapes of laurel trees create a special atmosphere. We ascend to Raso de la Bruma and then descend through dense laurel forests towards Vallehermoso, along the barranco of La Encantadora. We walk past one of the most impressive monoliths of the island, El Cano', 650m high. Tonight we sleep in Vallehermoso in a beautiful and authentic hotel.
11 km – 5h hiking - 350m climbing/ 1050m descent
A circular route with beautiful views of the area. The chapel of Santa Clara is spectacularly situated on a ridge, with a barranco of 700m deep on both sides. From Vallehermoso we climb to the chapel, where we see the mountains of La Gomera rising from the sea. We walk further over the ridge towards the sea, always with beautiful views on the way. The last part, before we arrive at the beach of Vallehermoso, is a bit steeper.
From here we walk back to Vallehermoso, where the driver is waiting for us to drive to Agulo, where we spend the night in a beautiful location. In the evening a transfer takes us to a cozy restaurant.
14 km – 5,5h hiking - 750m climbing/descending
From our accommodation in Agulo we climb to the small reservoir of Las Rosas. The path continues up to Roque Blanco, the highest point of the walk. This is followed by a descent to the impressive rock 'Roque del Cano', and further to Vallehermoso. Our vehicle is waiting for us here to drive back to Agulo.
12 km – 5h hiking - 600m climbing/ 700m descent
From Alto del Contadero we walk for several hours through the forest of Cedro, a beautiful forest. We descend further through the green, fertile valley of barranco Monteforte. Banana plantations, a reservoir, and a small waterfall pass us by, the vegetation is subtropical. Via Ermita San Juan we arrive in Hermigua, a vast valley where there are many banana plantations. We walk through the village we arrive at the pebble beach of Hermigua, where you surf. Via Lepe the path rises to Agulo, one of the most beautiful villages on La Gomera, here we can have a drink.
Everyone now has the choice, either you go by bus to the accommodation, or on foot. By bus means a ride of 20 min. On foot means 1.5 hours extra with 600 altimeters.
12 km – 4,5h hiking - 200m climbing/ 1100m descending
16,5 km – 6 h hiking – 1050m descent / 250m climbing
Degollada de Peraza is without a doubt one of the most impressive viewpoints on La Gomera. We go along the barren, desolate southeastern coastal region and have beautiful views. Through abandoned villages we arrive in the garden oasis of el Cabrito. A relaxed place, ideal as a picnic place, you can also swim here. From Cabrito the path runs along the coast to San Sebastian, the capital of La Gomera, where we spend our last night on the island. In the evening we have a nice dinner in a typical Spanish restaurant.
16,5 km – 6h hiking – 1050m descent / 250m climbing
The end of the journey has arrived. We take the ferry from La Gomera to Tenerife, where we say goodbye. Optional transfer to the airport.