Exploring La Gomera 8 Days

Exploring La Gomera 8 Days information and booking

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$1160
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Group size
    1-10
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights hotels

Highlights

  • A Circular Island Walk
  • Lush Plantations and Whitewashed Villages
  • Year Round Breathtaking Destination

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Your walks take you anti clockwise around the island. From sea level with its exotic banana plantations, you walk up through the dry, rocky landscape to reach the unique 'Laurisilva' cloud forest which covers the top of the island and provides it with year round water which collects in artesian wells. Then down through magnificent ravines to the warm, sunny coast and its beaches; then climbing again through tiny settlements hidden in their valleys and cultivated terraces to reach the awe-inspiring volcanic chimney stacks of basalt, to return through Laurisilva, pine, euphorbia and fruit plantations to the port of San Sebastian. If you want the feeling of being alone with nature, then this is the place to be. Due to its volcanic origins, the island’s scenery is dramatic, mountainous and different from anywhere in mainland Europe. The highest peak is the Alto de Garajonay at 1,450 metres. From there you can see 4 other islands on a clear day. There is very little flat land at all due to the deep ravines (barrancos) that cut into the island from the central highlands down to the coast all around its perimeter. Average temperatures vary by just 6 degrees between summer and winter. The average January temperature is 19 degrees C and July is 25, allowing the cultivation of an impressive range of tropical and citrus fruit. However higher in the mountain villages it can be considerably cooler and on the coast a lot warmer than the average. Many of the crops are grown on the ingeniously built terraces on the steep valley sides making the landscape comparable to parts of Southeast Asia and Hawaii. La Gomera is a relaxed, unsophisticated island with a population of around 20,000 people living mostly in the capital, San Sebastian or the villages of the north. It has a good infrastructure of roads, amenities and services, including some good restaurants and small family run hotels. John and Liz, who have been our representatives on this tour since its conception, came to the island many years ago and their expert local knowledge has been a great help to Sherpa in designing this tour. Their enthusiasm for Gomera, its walks, scenery and people must be catching if Sherpa feedback on this tour is anything to go by!

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch (day 5), 2 dinners (nights 3 & 4)
  • 7 nights accommodation in hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis
  • Luggage transfer
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Emergency hotline

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive San Sebastian
Arrive by ferry at the port of San Sebastian by ferry from Los Cristianos. Your hotel is located approx 15 minutes by foot or a short taxi journey (approx Euros 5). Accommodation: San Sebastian - We use a 3* hotel situated in the centre of San Sebastian on a bed & breakfast basis. Dinner can be taken in one of the many restaurants in town. There are two beaches within easy reach on foot. The ferry port is a fifteen-minute walk away. Or upgrade and stay in the Parador hotel.
Day 2 San Sebastian to Agulo to Vallehermoso approx 16km
Across the north. After breakfast you will be collected at 9am and taken to the exquisitely situated village of Agulo (250m), which looks out to sea cut off from the rest of the island by the shear basalt cliffs rising behind. The walk begins with a steep ascent to bring you after 2 hours to the Visitor’s Centre of Garajonay National Park, (800m) where you can learn about the park and the island in general. Then down to the lunchtime stop at Bar Amalahuigue in Las Rosas or at Roque Blanco (a further hour); then continue on to Vallehermoso, for the last two hours downhill (in one place steeply) with expansive and stunning views over the north west of the island. (6 hours from Agulo). Accommodation: Vallehermoso - Your accommodation tonight is in a restored manor house built back in 1896.
Day 3 Vallehermoso to Chipude approx 14km
Into the cloud forest. With plenty of water to drink and in winter long trousers and waterproof jackets (if necessary), you head south from Vallehermoso (300m) uphill towards the centre of the island through lush, terraced farming country, past reservoirs, ever upwards until you enter the forest and the National Park. After lunch an easy walk with occasional glimpses down to the magnificent Valle Gran Rey. From here you can take the path to El Cercado, home to Gomera’s tiny potteries and onto Chipude and Hotel Sonia at 1100m. Accommodation: Chipude - You will be staying at Bar/Pension Sonia. Chipude is the highest village on the island at over 1100 metres and can be cold. This is a family run business, Sonia is the daughter and Angela is the mother and cook. Dinner, bed and breakfast are included on both evenings.
Day 4 Rest day in Chipude
Relax on the west coast. Optional walk with some steep downhill parts to see the biggest and often considered the most beautiful valley in Gomera, Valle Gran Rey, via Gerian (4 hours); swimming, sunbathing etc. Try lunch in a fish restaurant at the port of Vueltas. Bus or taxi back to Chipude. The super energetic can of course walk back! Accommodation: Chipude - See day 3.
Day 5 Chipude to Playa de Santiago approx 15km
To the summit and down to the warm south. The fairly gentle uphill walk to the summit of the island, El Alto de Garajonay (1486 m) is completed in 2 hours. Beautiful views on a clear day down into the cloud forest and across to see the islands of Tenerife, E1 Hierro and La Palma and occasionally Gran Canaria; then steeply down into the hidden valley of Imada (800m.) where there is a shop/bar normally open. Then it is down into a garden of Eden of palms and canes until you reach Santiago and the south coast (3 hours from Imada). Accommodation: Playa de Santiago - You will be staying in Apartamentos Bellavista situated on a pedestrian lane in Laguna de Santiago. It is a short walk to the beach, restaurants and shops in the main part of the village. Here you will have your own apartment equipped with food and drink essentials to greet you on arrival. Breakfast is taken in your apartment, ingredients supplied. Choose from one of the many local fish restaurants at the beach. Don't forget to check out the restaurante La Cuevita towards the harbour. It is built into a cave.
Day 6 Day to explore Santiago
A well-earned rest. Lounge around Santiago and the beach or explore the hidden beaches to the east of the village. For the restless, take the bus past Alajero and walk to the only dragon tree on the island. Then back down to Santiago via the villages of Alajero and Targa. John and Liz are on hand with suggestions to suit you. Accommodation: Playa de Santiago - See day 5.
Day 7 Return to San Sebastian approx 18km
After breakfast at your apartment, you will be taken to the start of this final days walk at Pastrana. Another wonderful day with a gentle start but becoming steep uphill until you reach the amazing Roque de Agando (1250m) - Gomera’s biggest basalt volcanic chimney; 3 hours. You arrive at the main road with wonderful panoramic views. Crossing over the road, the walk descends through pinewoods to La Laja (1.5 hours) and then on asphalt for the morning to San Sebastion. (1 hour to the Bar El Atajo from where you are then driven into San Sabastian). Accommodation: San Sebastian - See day 1.
Day 8 End of tour
Trip concludes after breakfast.