La Gomera - Jewel of the Canaries
Canary Islands & Spain, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £895 (land only) - from €1,075 (land only) - from $1,475 (land only)
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We include all meals, airport transfers, and the ferry crossing to La Gomera.
On a KE holiday we believe your spending money is for spending on you!
- A week of walking on La Gomera, the `Walkers' Canary Island`
- Sensational views over mountains and coast
- Verdant laurel forest, mountain ridges and quiet beaches
- Ideal walking temperatures all year round
- Comfortable hotel accommodation and all meals included
La Gomera, the greenest of the Canary Islands, lies just 30 kilometres off the coast of Tenerife, at the edge of an enormous shelf in the Atlantic Ocean. The most surprising of La Gomera's botanical treasures are found in the Garajonay National Park, its ‘green crown'. The centuries-old luxuriant Laurel forests that clothe the highest point of the island are a biodiversity hotspot for flora and fauna. Fanning out from the centre of La Gomera are volcanic ridges which end in steep cliffs along the rocky coastline. Deep gorges, or barrancos, lie between these ridges, limiting road access to many parts of the island and tourism here especially for walkers, is still in its early stages. These sculptured natural landscapes are further enhanced in the valleys by centuries of hard-won agriculture, where the local people have constructed terraces for the plantation of banana, papaya and mango trees, with dry-stone walls running impossibly up the hillsides. La Gomera is also the Canary Island home of ‘El Sibo', one of the world's few remaining whistling languages, originally developed for communication between neighbours separated by the deep barrancos. A walker's paradise, La Gomera offers perfect temperatures for walking year round and is criss-crossed with trails, many of which follow the coastline and offer spectacular views inland toward towering volcanic peaks. On this holiday we will enjoy six of the best walks on the island, each of around 5 - 6 hours duration and covering the full gamut of the wide variety of landscapes and walking on offer in La Gomera.
Is this holiday for you?
The walks during our week on La Gomera, follow a mix of rural tracks between villages, smaller footpaths and animal trails. The majority of the trails we use are well-maintained and some sections are way-marked. Occasionally we may encounter some loose rock or muddy / slippery sections in wet weather. The walking days will be typically of 5 - 6 hours duration with ascents and descents typically around 400 - 600 metres. There is one day of walking where the ascent is 900 metres and one day of walking where the descent is 1130 metres. The holiday is suitable for regular hill or back-country walkers.