La Gomera Guided Walking Holiday
Explore craggy volcanic mountains criss-crossed with hiking trails
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
This mountainous terrain is a walker's paradise, with exhilarating routes spreading out across the dramatic landscape of this rugged island. Perfect for those with a real head for heights, this small island manages to squeeze in breathtaking barrancos, laurisilva forest and the wonderful Garajonay National Park. Stay at the Parador with its sea views and easy access to the tiny island capital of San Sebastian – Christopher Columbus’ stop off point en route to the Americas. There will also be time to explore traditional villages, and the option to reach the top of the island.
- Conquer high cliffs and walk along a ridge with incredible views
- Experience La Gomera's whistling language and look out for dolphins following your ferry
- Discover breathtaking barrancos and the stunning Garajonay National Park
- Explore the island capital of San Sebastian
- A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every day
- All transport to and from walks
- The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
- ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
- 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
- Half Board – extensive breakfast and evening buffet meal
The stylish Parador de la Gomera is perched over the town of San Sebastián and the harbour, with incredible coastal views.
There is a tropical garden surrounding the hotel with an outdoor pool, as well as a relaxing enclosed central courtyard.
The hotel’s restaurant has a great local reputation and offers hearty Canarian fayre.
|All 60 en-suite bedrooms are spacious and well-equipped.
Some bedrooms offer balconies or terraces with most having an attractive view to the mountains or the Parador's garden.
The rooms have a telephone, TV, hairdryer, safe deposit box, mini-bar, air conditioning, complimentary toiletries and shower over bath.
|The Parador has an outdoor swimming pool in a stunning location overlooking the harbour and marina of San Sebastián. The hotel is surrounded by a delightful garden planted with palms and tropical shrubs with paths that lead you to viewpoints.
There is an attractive dining area with an enclosed veranda leading to the garden. There is a small sauna available to all guests.
Our holidays at La Gomera are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
An extensive continental breakfast is served in the attractive dining room which includes fresh fruit, juices, eggs, selection of breads, cheese, hams, cereals, yoghurt, jams and tea/coffee.
The restaurant specialises in the local dishes and has a great local reputation offering hearty Canarian fayre. Special diets are catered for including vegetarian but it is advised that guests ensure that they speak to the hotel staff on arrival to confirm their requirements.
Dinner is a 3-course meal served to your table.
|Lunch (payable locally)
You may prefer to buy ingredients for your packed lunch locally in nearby San Sebastian. On some days it may be possible to visit shops on the walk, or eat in a local café; your leaders will advise you of the options.
Each evening your walking leaders will tell you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. During the evening you may like to join in an optional organised evening activity, such as a quiz.
On a warm evening, it is nice just to stroll in the gardens or even down to San Sebastian for a drink in a local bar.
Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day. Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness. We provide flexible holidays.
Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort. Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable
Easier walks: 5 to 8 miles (8-13km) with steep ascents and descents and up to 1,200ft (360m) of ascent and 2,500ft (750m) of descent in a day.
Harder walks: 7 to 11 miles (11-17.5km) with steep ascents and descents on rough paths and tracks, and up to 3,000ft (900m) of ascent and 4,000ft (1,200m) of descent in a day.
Day 1: Arrival day
The journey to our hotel is part of the pleasure of this holiday. If you have included HF travel as part of your holiday, you will arrive at Tenerife South airport and be transferred to the port of Los Cristianos, which takes about twenty minutes. Here there may be time for a meal at one of the many bars and restaurants, or even some time on the beautiful sandy beach with sheltered swimming bay, before boarding the ferry. The boat to San Sebastian will take about an hour and passes through the plankton rich waters renowned for whales and other marine mammals. Once we have docked in San Sebastian, it is only a short ride up the hill to our hotel.
Day 2: Garajonay National Park
Both groups will start the day with a stroll down the hill and an exploration of San Sebastián. We then board our transport for the ride up to the Garajonay National Park, in the centre of the island.
Option 1: Exploring Garajonay
Distance: 6 miles (9½km)
Ascent: 700 feet (210m)
The walk in a nutshell: This walk follows a broad contouring track around Garajonay before descending to the village of Igualero. Below the village we walk on a high terrace path with spectacular views, past the base of Fortaleza, before heading on to our destination of Chipude for refreshments.
Don't miss: Igualero's monument to Silbo, La Gomera's unique whistling language.
Option 2: Fortaleza
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 1,200 feet (350m)
The walk in a nutshell: The first part of the day follows the same route as the other party as far as a col below the summit of Fortaleza. From here, we wind our way up through the cliffs to reach the summit. We'll explore the summit plateau before descending and heading on to Chipude.
Don't miss: The views from the summit of Fortaleza are excellent.
Day 3: Agulo
Today we will make our first visit to the northern side of La Gomera, with its small fields of bananas and the picturesque village of Agulo.
Option 1: Agulo & the Mirador de Abrante
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Ascent: 700 feet (210m), with 2,500 feet (750m) of descent
The walk in a nutshell: Our day starts high above Agulo with a trip to the visitor centre. We then follow a good track across vivid red earth to reach the skywalk at the Mirador de Abrante. We then descend steadily to the beautiful village of Agulo, taking time to explore the colourful cobbled streets. Our descent continues to the coast and the wild bay of Playa Hermigua.
Don't miss: The skywalk at the Mirador de Abrante is a spectacular experience.
Option 2: Inland from Agulo
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Ascent: 2,200 feet (660m)
The walk in a nutshell: Beginning in Agulo, we'll wind through the charming village before ascending the cliffs behind the village via a seemingly impossible route. Following a steeply-stepped path we'll reach a mirador high above the coast to take in the views and have a well-earned break. Tacking inland, we make our way to the visitor centre and then follow the route of the other party back down to Playa Hermigua.
Don't miss: The ascent of the cliffs is on good paths and is a stunning start to our day's walk.
Day 4: The Green Heart of La Gomera
Hired transport today returns us to the Garajonay National Park, this time to ascend the highest point on the island at 1,487m. It provides an opportunity to see at close hand the unique laurel and tree heather forest that once covered much of the centre of the island.
Option 1: Forest Tracks to La Gomera's heart
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)
The walk in a nutshell: We start this walk at the visitor centre at Laguna Grande. Taking well marked forest paths and tracks to the summit of Garajonay, we'll get views across the island. Our descent meanders through the famous laurel and tree heather forest to the village of El Cercado.
Don't miss: El Cercado is renowned for its characteristic brown pottery, and made only by women.
Option 2: The Roof of the Island
Distance: 7 miles (11½km)
Ascent: 400 feet (130m), with 4,000 feet (1,200m) of descent
The walk in a nutshell: This walk tackles Garajonay directly from Pajarito. We too descend through the forest to the Ermita de Lourdes and the village of El Cedro, famed for its watercress soup. The most dramatic part of the walk follows, with a steep, stepped, descent of cliffs to finish at El Convento.
Don't miss: On a clear day we'll be able to spot the other Canary Islands from the summit of Garajonay.
Day 5: Free day
Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest.
Day 6: Down to San Sebastián
Both groups will have a short bus journey to the start of these walks and finish at the Parador. This area has wild and remote countryside with excellent views.
Option 1: San Sebastián
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m), with 2,400 feet (720m) of descent
The walk in a nutshell: This walk starts by ascending an ancient trail towards Enchereda. From here we take a good track to a col, giving us great views. After a little more ascent, our track starts the descent back into San Sebastián.
Don't miss: Walking a ridgeline means we're accompanied by great views for much of the day.
Option 2: Ayamosna and the deserted south
Distance: 11 miles (18km)
Ascent: 1,800 feet (540m) with 4,000 feet (1,200m) of descent
The walk in a nutshell: This walk starts at the mirador at Degollade de Paraza, and initially descends to Ayamosna. Here we join a rocky ridge to descend further into a steep valley. We then make our way to a deserted beach at Playa de la Guancha. Our walk crosses two more headlands before reaching San Sebastián.
Don't miss: The beach at Playa de la Guancha is an idyllic spot for a swim on a calm day.
Day 7: The Benchijigua Valley and The Guarimiar Barranco
For our final walks of the week we make our first visit to the valleys to the southwest of San Sebastián. Our road branches off the high road at the Degollada de Peraza and heads down towards Playa Santiago.
Option 1: The Benchijigua Valley
Distance: 6 miles (9km)
Ascent: 400 feet (120m), with 2,300 feet (690m) of descent
The walk in a nutshell: We take a winding track along the hillside to the attractive hamlet of Benchijigua. We then follow the valley through terraced farmland, and our route undulates through scenic countryside before arriving at Pastrana. Our transport will then take us on to visit Playa Santiago.
Don't miss: There's an excellent tapas bar in Pastrana; a perfect place to wait for our coach.
Option 2: The Guarimiar Barranco
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Ascent: 1,800 feet (540m) with 3,100 feet (950m) of descent
The walk in a nutshell: We intitally follow the same route to Benchijigua, before heading up and over a ridge to Imada. From here, we take a path through the famous Guarimiar barranco, walking beneath and above high cliffs, to the hamlet of Guarimiar. We finish by descending further down the valley, with the option of a well-earned drink at a local bar.
Don't miss: The Guarimiar barranco is famed for a reason; it's one of the most spectacular parts of La Gomera.
Day 8: Departure Day
Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and every evening your leaders will talk to you about the following day’s walks.
The capital of the island, San Sebastian is famous for being the last port Christopher Columbus stopped at before he set sail for the New World. The history of this can be found all over the city. You will find shady plazas dotted around, and can walk of the sandy, volcanic beach. The tropical gardens of the Hotel Parador are also worth wandering through, slowly to match the speed of this laid-back city. For the more adventurous, whale watching trips run regularly from the harbour.
Valle Gran Rey
Valle Gran Rey or Valley of the Great King is the longest beach on La Gomera, and is very popular as a destination to swim, eat, or just relax. This can be reached by bus from San Sebastian.
Did you know?
La Gomera once had its own unique language, Siblo, using whistles. This is now being taught in primary schools to try and preserve the heritage.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ from Heathrow to Tenerife South airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. There is a coach transfer to Los Cristianos ferry terminal, where you will have time to explore this popular tourist destination, followed by a 50 minute scenic ferry crossing to La Gomera.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option transfers between the airport and hotel are included for La Gomera holidays. However as transfers are timed to meet the HF Holidays flights you will need to ensure that your travel arrangements are timed to match.*(provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information).
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
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Dates & Prices
|23 Feb 2019||LGLCL - Guided Walking La Gomera - Without Flights||7||£1,099.00||Book Now|
|2 Mar 2019||LGLCL - Guided Walking La Gomera - Without Flights||7||£1,099.00||Book Now|
|2 Mar 2019||
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|9 Mar 2019||LGLCL - Guided Walking La Gomera - Without Flights||7||£1,099.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £30 per night
- All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person