Guided Walking on La Gomera, Canary Islands
Escape to La Gomera
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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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Travel from neighbouring Tenerife and uncover this ultimate winter escape. 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 – a true walker’s paradise where you can enjoy the dramatic scenery that the island has to offer. 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.
- Follow hiking trails surrounded by stunning rock formations
- 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
Parador de la Gomera
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.
All 60 en-suite bedrooms are spacious and well-equipped. The hotel’s restaurant has a great local reputation and offers hearty Canarian fayre.
Some bedrooms offer balconies or terraces with most having an attractive view to the mountains or the Parador's garden. The rooms have 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 are traditional courtyard areas to relax in at the end of the day as well as several comfortable lounges, all furnished with antique colonial furniture, and some with wonderful sea views.
There is an attractive dining area with an enclosed veranda leading to the garden. There is a small sauna available to all guests.
Breakfast: 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.
Evening Meal: 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.
Picnic lunch: 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 the main Tenerife 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 Sebastian. We then board our transport for the ride up to the Garajonay National Park, in the centre of the island.
Easier Walk: This walk follows a broad contouring track around Garajonay, the highest point, to reach a viewpoint and pick up the GR 131. Our path then descends to tiny Iguatero and another mirador. Here we find a monument to Siblo, the unique whistling language of La Gomera. Below the village we join a high terrace path in a spectacular location to traverse round the hillside and ascend towards the rocky stronghold of Fortaleza.
We continue to the large village of Chipude where we finish our walk at one of the bars in the square. 6 miles (9.5km) with 700ft (210m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: This walk follows the same route as the easier walk as far as the col beneath Fortaleza. Here we follow a good path with steps on a winding route up through the cliffs to reach the top at 1,243m. After circling the summit plateau,we retrace our route down to the col and continue to Chipude. We continue for a couple of kilometres to the smaller village of El Cercado, famed for the brown pottery, characteristic of the island. These pots are only made by women, who shape them without the use of a wheel or other mechanical aids. 8 miles (13km) with 1,200ft (360m) of ascent.
Day 3: Hermigua
Today we will use hired transport to make our first visit to the eastern side of La Gomera, with its small fields of bananas and the rock girt village of Agulo.
Easier Walk: We begin at the visitor centre high above Agulo, where you can learn more about the flora, fauna, history and traditions of the island. Starting our walk, we contour round the hillside and begin the steady descent to the attractive settlement of Agulo. Here there will be time to look around and pause for a drink, before continuing our descent to the coast and a stroll above the seaside rocks to the wild bay of Playa Hermigua. Here we can visit a bar before ascending back to the road for the bus back to the hotel. 5 miles (8km) with 700ft (210m) of ascent and 2,500ft (750m) of descent.
Harder Walk: We leave our transport in Agulo to ascend a seemingly impossible route through the cliffs behind the village. We ascend on a wide mule path to a mirador above the coast. The route then follows a valley inland before a further ascent takes us to the visitor centre where our easier group started their walk. After viewing the displays and information about the island we follow the easier route back through Agulo to finish at Hermigua. 7 miles (11km) with 1,900ft (570m) of ascent.
Day 4: The Green Valley
Hired transport today returns us to the Garajonay National Park, this time to ascend the highest point on the island. 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.
Easier Walk: This starts from Parajito and ascends quite steeply up to the top of Garajonay, at 1,487m, for extensive views. Descending by a more gentle route, we pick up a well used trail through the forest to drop steadily towards the Ermita de Lourdes, a small chapel tucked away in the woods. Continuing our descent, we may call at the bar in El Cedro. A steep descending path, with views of the highest waterfall on La Gomera, takes us down into the Hermigua valley. Finally, a gentler path takes us along this valley to El Convento and our bus back to the hotel. 7 miles (11km) with 700ft (210m) of ascent and 4,000ft (1,200m) of descent.
Harder Walk: This group stays on the bus for a few more kilometres to reach the visitor centre at Laguna Grande. From here, our path undulates through laurel forest and then ascends to the top of Garajonay, the highest point on the island. After admiring the view, we pick up the route of the easier walk, descending through the forest to Ermita de Lourdes, El Cedro and finishing at El Convento. 9 miles (14.5km) with 800ft (250m) of ascent and 2,700ft (810m) of descent.
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: Inland from San Sebastian
The shortest bus ride of the week, lasting only about twenty minutes, takes us to the viewpoint of Degollada de Peraza inland from San Sebastian. Both groups will then walk back to the hotel by different routes.
Easier Walk: This follows the GR 131 from the mirador, starting beneath high cliffs before the path opens out onto a wider ridge, once one of the main agricultural areas of La Gomera. These terraced fields of Ayamosna are now largely abandoned. A broad, sometimes stony, mule track zigzags down into the town, where we will perhaps stop for a drink, before making the short ascent back to our hotel. 7 miles (11km) with 600ft (180m) of ascent and 2,200ft (660m) of descent.
Harder Walk: We follow the same route as the easier walk as far as Ayamosna. We then cross a barranco to ascend through a deserted hamlet, passing some spectacular rock features on a remote ridge, before descending into the Cabrito valley. Ascending out of this valley we arrive at the remote beach of Playa Guancha, where we may stop for a swim before ascending the cliffs beyond. An undulating path takes us back to San Sebastián and the final short ascent to our hotel. 10 miles (16km) with 1,700ft (510m) of ascent.
Day 7: The Benchijigua Valley and The Guanimiar Barranco
For our final walks of the week we make our first visit to the valleys to the southwest of San Sebastián. We take the same route initially as the previous day, and then branch off at the Degollada de Peraza towards Playa Santiago.
Easier Walk: This group alights first to take a broad track winding along the hillside to the attractive restored hamlet of Benchijigua. Taking a narrow path we follow the valley southwards through terraces, along a rock shelf and past a disused gofio mill. We then descend to cross a dry stream bed, before ascending to finish at the bar at Pastrana, or at the road junction just beyond. 5 miles (8km) with 300ft (90m) of ascent and 1,500ft (450m) of descent.
Harder Walk: We stay on the bus through Playa Santiago to ascend to Alajero. We take the mule track across the col and descend to Imada, a village nestling near the top of a valley. Here we take the path through the famous Guarimiar barranco, walking beneath and above high cliffs, to the hamlet of Guarimiar. The route then takes an improbable line, winding up through the cliffs to reach Targa. With rather less ascent, we continue, with short stretches on roads, to finish back at a bar in Alajero. 7 miles (11km) with 1,800ft (540m) of ascent.
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.
Shops & facilities:
There are a number of local shops in San Sebastian, within a short walking distance of the hotel where you can obtain the basic necessities, ingredients for a packed lunch and plenty of gift shopping.
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’ and choose between Gatwick and 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, 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.
Return transfers between the airport and hotel are included in the price for La Gomera holidays.
Transfers are timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flight* (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
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Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £25 per night
- All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person