Welcome to Alajeró & Around
A good time to be in town is during the Fiesta del Paso in September when gomeros from far and wide converge on Alajeró to celebrate this chirpy procession that dances its way down from the mountains.
Alajeró is a good starting point for several hikes. The long-distance GR132 trail passes through town, as do the shorter PR LG 15 and 16. The latter heads downhill to Playa Santiago or, more challengingly, up to Benchijigua, a tiny settlement amid steep green slopes. Information plaques outlining the walks are near the church. If you want to stay in Benchijigua, there are a couple of memorable casas rurales. Another option is to take an 8km loop trail to Magaña, along the Lomo de la Montaña and past the island’s oldest drago (dragon tree) before returning to Alajeró. Allow 2½ hours for the journey.
If you’re driving, you can see the drago tree by taking an unsigned left turn, 1.25km north of Alajeró, as far as an old farmhouse, from where a trail drops steeply. If you’re on the bus, get off at the Imada stop and turn left down a cobbled track to join this side road. Either way, allow a good 1½ hours for the round trip.
Bus 3 (€4, 40 minutes, up to five daily) runs between Alajeró and San Sebastián, stopping at Playa Santiago on the way. The bus stop is on the main highway.