La Gomera - Jewel of the Canaries

A week of walking on La Gomera, the `Walkers` Canary Island




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Holiday Overview


  • 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 Silbo', 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 great temperatures for walking year round and is criss-crossed with trails including the GR131 which traverses the Canary Islands. Many of these trails 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 6 - 7 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 are moderately paced, following 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, volcanic terrain or muddy / slippery sections in wet weather.  The walking days will be typically of 6 - 7 hours duration with regular ascents and descents. This holiday is suitable for regular hill or back-country walkers used to consecutive days of walking.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at Tenerife South Airport. A single timed transfer and ferry crossing to La Gomera is provided.
  • Walk through the Garajonay National Park from El Cedro to the village of Chipude.
  • Walk through the Valle Gran Rey and the Valle Los Loros. Decend to Vallehermoso.
  • Circular walk from Vallehermoso.
  • Ascent of Roque El Cano. Walk to the viewpoint of El Chorillo. Bus to Hermigua.
  • Circular walk from Hermigua via La Caleta.
  • Walk along the GR131 to the viewpoint of Degollada de Agando. Descent to San Sebastian.
  • Departure day. A ferry crossing and single timed transfer to Tenerife South Airport is provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Tenerife South Airport. A group transfer from Tenerife South Airport to Los Cristianos Ferry Port and a ferry transfer to San Sebastian in La Gomera are included in the holiday price. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements and transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines to Tenerife. Note that there are two airports in Tenerife and you should book your flights to Tenerife South. Easyjet flights from Gatwick and Ryanair from Glasgow & Edinburgh work well with the ferry times. Flights from other departure airports and with other airlines may require additional nights (at extra cost) in Tenerife. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at Tenerife South Airport. A single timed transfer and ferry crossing to La Gomera is provided.

    Meet at Tenerife South Airport. KE Land Only package services begin with a single timed group transfer (30 minutes) to the ferry terminal at Los Cristianos. Depending on the ferry schedule, we may have some time to look around this lively seaside resort before boarding the ferry for the crossing to La Gomera. The crossing will take between 45 minutes to an hour and a quarter depending on sea conditions and the type of boat. On the way there is a chance to catch sight of dolphins which are very common in these waters. Arriving in the harbour at San Sebastian it is only 10 minutes walk to our hotel while our luggage is transferred separately. We have a briefing from our guide and possibly some free time to explore the town before dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Walk through the Garajonay National Park from El Cedro to the village of Chipude.

    After a 30 - 40 minute highly scenic transfer on winding roads into the hills above San Sebastaian to El Cedro, we begin walking, gradually ascending on a trail which takes us through the Garajonay National Park. This is the green heart of La Gomera and we walk through a dense laurel wood cloud forest, which covers most of the northern part of the island. The path continues steeply up, among the twisted trunks of laurel trees, through ferns, moss and lichens to the summit of Garajonay. The forest is often wreathed with tendrils of cool mist but on a clear day, the four other Canary Islands can be seen from here: El Hierro, La Palma, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Our first day of walking ends with a short descent to the village of Chipude, considered to be the oldest settlement on La Gomera. Situated below an impressive table mountain and surrounded by terraced field-strips, Chipude is quintessential La Gomera. After dinner there is a pleasant bar within the hotel where we can relax and share our experiences of the first day.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 900m

    • Distance 16km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 700m

    • Time 7 hours walking

  • Walk through the Valle Gran Rey and the Valle Los Loros. Decend to Vallehermoso.

    The day begins with a traverse of two lovely valleys, or 'barrancos'. Along the way we pass the pottery-making village of El Cercado where we may be lucky enough to see the potters in action. Around late morning we reach one of the prettiest valleys on the island, the Valle Gran Rey, which runs down to the south west coast with its terraced fields and palm groves. We now turn towards the north and make a descent among palms, junipers, heather and laurel trees into the Valley of Los Loros and back into the cloud forest. We now climb over another ridge for a birds-eye view over a man-made lake before descending to Vallehermoso, a small town in the north of the island. We check into our hotel and have some free time to explore before dinner. The centre of the town is the Plaza de la Constitution.

    • Accommodation Apartment

    • Ascent 380m

    • Distance 16km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1280m

    • Time 7 hours walking

  • Circular walk from Vallehermoso.

    Today’s walk takes us into a somewhat drier landscape more typical of the other Canary Islands. We begin with a gradual ascent to the chapel of Santa Clara, built high on a ridge. From here, we have breath-taking views looking 700 metres straight down to the sea. From this tiny isolated chapel we follow a well-maintained path which levels out along the ridge and on a clear day we have stunning views over Tenerife and El Teide volcano, the highest point in the Canary Islands. After our lunch stop, the path winds its way steeply down to the beach and we walk to a tiny cove along the coast. We then complete our circuit, walking back along wide tracks via the botanical gardens to Vallehermoso.

    • Accommodation Apartment

    • Ascent 800m

    • Distance 15km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 800m

    • Time 7 hours walking

  • Ascent of Roque El Cano. Walk to the viewpoint of El Chorillo. Bus to Hermigua.

    Walking up and out of the valley, we first make a short but relatively steep ascent of Roque El Cano, a very distinctive volcanic outcrop clearly seen from Vallehermoso and featured on the town's coat of arms. We then continue with stunning scenery to Las Rosas and the National Park Visitors’ Centre at Juego de Bolas. Here we can stop for some sugar cookies and a cup of Earl Grey from the small café. After lunch we walk down into the Barranco Sobre Argoto before ascending again to the viewpoint of El Chorillo for a sensational vista over Hermigua Valley 800 metres below us. We make a steep descent on a switch-back path set cleverly into the rock face to reach Agulo. Depending on the time we may opt to catch a local bus here for the last 4 or 5 kilometres to Hermigua. This a small town has a very attractive setting in a wide valley between two high ridges which come right down to the sea, with terraced fields on one side and the coast on the other.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 850m

    • Distance 20km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1090m

    • Time 7 hours walking

  • Circular walk from Hermigua via La Caleta.

    Today's walk takes us up and onto Hermigua's flanking ridge for fabulous views over the coast to the island of Tenerife
    and El Teide Peak. We traverse along the coastline through lush greenery and trekking volcanic paths all the way to La Caleta beach where we stop for lunch. The morning's walk should take us around 4 hours and after lunch we continue for a further 2 - 3 hours back to the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 900m

    • Distance 18km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1100m

    • Time 6 - 7 hours walking

  • Walk along the GR131 to the viewpoint of Degollada de Agando. Descent to San Sebastian.

    Depending on how we feel after our week of walking, we have various options for the starting point of this final walk and our guide will discuss these with the group the evening before. Todays full walk starts near the Alto de Garojanay, the highest point of the national park which is reached by a 30 minute bus transfer. From here we follow the GR131 which takes us first to the viewpoint of Degollada de Agando, La Gomera’s Machu Picchu, where, if the weather permits, we will enjoy incredible views out over the island. We continue our gradual descent onto Degollada de Peraza, then through a stunning green landscape on the southeast coast of the island. Some sections today will traverse high terrain but the route is well-maintained and way-marked. The last section provides us with stunning views over San Sebastian town and the south side of the island where we finally descend and check into our hotel. This evening we can enjoy a farewell dinner and look back on a great week.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 460m

    • Distance 21km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1600m

    • Time 7 hours walking

  • Departure day. A ferry crossing and single timed transfer to Tenerife South Airport is provided.

    After an early simple breakfast we catch the first ferry back to Los Cristianos on Tenerife and take the group transfer to Tenerife South Airport where KE Land Only package services end.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • Professional English-speaking local leader
  • Ferries between Tenerife and La Gomera
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary

  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips for support staff and guide
  • Miscellaneous expenses drinks souvenirs etc

In San Sebastian (2 nights) we use the excellent 3 star Torre del Conde Hotel. For the rest of the tour we use a variety of small comfortable family-run hotels and appartments in twin or double rooms with en-suite bathrooms. All accommodation is based on twin share. Depending on availability, single rooms may be available for a supplementary cost.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8.

As part of the holiday price we have included the transfer by ferry from Los Cristianos in Tenerife to San Sebastian in La Gomera. A single group transfer from Tenerife South Airport to the ferry terminal at Los Cristianos is provided. This transfer will depart Tenerife South at approximately 12.30 pm (depending on latest ferry time table). At the end of the holiday a group transfer will be provided from the ferry terminal to Tenerife South Airport. This transfer will arrive at Tenerife South Airport at approximately 9.30 am. If your proposed flight schedules do not enable you to take advantage of the group transfer, please contact the KE office. We will advise you on the best alternative arrangements. If you are unable to meet the group transfer, it may be necessary to spend an extra night in Tenerife prior to starting the trip (at additional cost) and we can arrange this for you.

The group will be accompanied throughout the holiday by a local English speaking tour leader.

Approximately 150 - 200 Euros should be sufficient for miscellaneous expenses, including a reasonable amount of wine with meals. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly. ATMs are available in most towns and credit cards can be used in most places on this trip.

We ask you to restrict your baggage to one main bag and a small day pack. As you will have to carry your own bags from the vehicle to the hotels (including possibly upstairs), the KE trekbag is not necessarily appropriate for this trip. We recommend packing light in a bag with wheels or a rucksack for this holiday.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Please be aware that you will be required to carry your bag to your room which in some cases may involve flights of stairs. Although this is the Canary Islands it can be quite chilly in the evening and you should bring some warm clothing.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots (these should be sturdy with a good tread on the sole and with ankle support)
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts (long sleeved and short sleeved)
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Sunhat
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Daypack c. 20 litres
  • Torch
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Thermal vest
  • Trainers or sandals
  • Shorts
  • Swimwear and towel (for hotel pool)
  • Camera and batteries
  • Spare SD/memory cards (these are not available on route)
  • Spare laces
  • Penknife (for picnic lunches)

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations. UK residents should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is still vital when travelling overseas.

The unit of currency in Europe is the Euro.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

This is a moderately-paced walking holiday but it does involve a fair amount of ascent and descent and it makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on any active holiday, getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. While regular hiking is the best preparation, any regular exercise (jogging, squash, swimming etc.) is good for developing cardio-vascular fitness. Before setting off we recommend that you make time to fit in several 5 – 6 hour walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The islands of the Canaries are a year-round holiday destination with what is often described as eternal spring conditions. La Gomera has its own mini micro-climate. The north of the island tends to hold more cloud and has higher rainfall than the drier south and western parts. As a result, La Gomera is the greenest of the Canary Islands and particularly in the north is covered in verdant forest. During the period from September to March, we can expect daytime temperatures ranging from 16 to 24 degrees Centigrade, becoming progressively cooler as we gain height in the mountains. When walking in the cloud forest of Garajonay temperatures can be even lower than this so some warmer clothing than traditionally required for the Canary Islands is appropriate for this holiday. In April and May it will be a few degrees warmer than the above figures but still pleasant for walking in the mountains. Evenings can be chilly so you should remember to bring a few warmer items of clothing.

Walking on La Gomera and El Hierro by Paddy Dillon from Cicerone. La Gomera: A Guide to the Unspoiled Canary Island by Tim Hart Canary Islands travel guide, Lonely Planet

La Gomera Kompass-Verlag

Part of a Canary Islands series specifically designed for walkers, this map at 1:30,000 has a contour interval of 50m, relief shading, spot heights and names of peaks and mountain ranges. Walking trails and various geographical features are shown. A simple, clear and up-to-date 'walkers' map of La Gomera is also available in San Sebastian.

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