Walking on La Gomera

From $2139 per person

****# Based on 36 customer reviews
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  • Spectacular gorge and coastal walks with breathtaking views of La Palma, el Hierro, Tenerife and Gran Canaria
  • Sun-drenched villages, colourful fishing harbours and sub-tropical forests
  • UNESCO World Heritage Garajonay National Park
  • Elegant 4 Star Hotel with exotic gardens, pool and stunning views
  • Excellent local cuisine, wine, water and coffee included with dinner each evening
  • An abundance of tropical flora including hibiscus, junipers and papaya

What's included?

  • 7 nights, single centre
  • Departs selected dates from 17 Nov '15 to 18 Apr '17
  • All buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches all evening meals including wine included
  • Managed locally by Headwater appointed guide
  • Sustainability rating: 88%
  • Map provided

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Walking on La Gomera

Led by our expert local walking guide this varied guided walking holiday allows you to discover the breathtaking natural beauty of La Gomera. Short transfers to various locations around the island ensure you will experience the bewitching variety of landscapes on offer in this sub-tropical paradise.

We visit the UNESCO World Heritage National Park of Garajonay, a rare example of the humid sub-tropical forest that covered most of Europe before the arrival of man. From the misty heights of its peak, we will walk through forests and fertile terraces dotted with palms and rugged ravines. We'll follow goat herders' tracks and ancient paths, linking remote villages and hermitages perched above dramatic gorges with spectacular coastal views. La Gomera is also a plant lover's paradise due to its temperate climes; it offers a wide variety of plants and we spot many endemic and sometimes rare species. As we explore the pretty towns and villages en route, we'll stop for refreshing drinks and also include lunch in two restaurants specialising in local cuisine.

Your base is the stunning and tranquil 4 Star Parador in the charming capital of San Sebastian. Perched high on the cliff top and surrounded by exotic gardens planted with hibiscus, bougainvillea and palms, the hotel's pool is spectacularly positioned overlooking the sea and the colourful harbour below. It is built in traditional Canarian style with elegantly furnished wooden-beamed rooms with air conditioning and pretty interior patios. Excellent evening meals are served in the hotel, and expect to sample some typical Gomeran specialities.

This varied 2 boot holiday includes coastal and gorge walking. Walkers should be sure footed and hiking boots are essential. Those with a fear of heights may have problems with days 4 and 6. In order that you see as much of this varied region as possible, transfers (typically 45-70 minutes) are built into the beginning/end of most walking days.

Typical day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in San Sebastian

Arrive at your hotel on La Gomera in time for dinner.

Day 2 El Roque Agando 8km/5mi/4hr

Today's walk starts in the impressive surroundings of Los Roques with gigantic lava plugs all around us. We descend through colourful vegetation and Canarian Pine and palm trees to the pretty white cottages of Benchijigua, one of the oldest settlements on the island. A short climb rewards us with stunning views of the Santiago ravine, towered over by the colossal Roque Agando, before we finish our walk in the hamlet of Imada. Ravines and rocks are evidence of the erosion here after 2 million years without volcanic eruptions, while terraced fields colonise the steep slopes and goat-bells ring in the distance.

Day 3 The Garajonay National Park 8km/5mi/4hr

A UNESCO World Heritage National Park since 1986, the ancient laurel forest of the Garajonay National Park is a magical green oasis. Today's walk descends gently through the high-humidity forest, alive with flora and fauna including wax myrtle, Canary laurel, blue tits and Bolle's pigeons; our expert local guide will share their knowledge with us. We follow one of the few streams on the island which flows all year round, down towards the hamlet of El Cedro where we stop for lunch in a local restaurant, dining on watercress soup, gofio, almogrote and goats' cheese, before continuing our walk through the forest.

Day 4 - La Merica Ridge Walk 7km/4.5mi/3hr

Starting in Arure with its patchwork of green and gold terraces, the ground opens dramatically on both sides. There are spectacular views from the ridge over the most emblematic valley on the island - Valle Gran Rey - to the left, and over Taguluche village far down to the right. We continue our walk, passing goat farms, until an abandoned canal leads us to a terraced plateau which is deserted apart from some ruined houses. We walk down to La Calera where locals grow bananas, mangos and avocados in abundance. It's time for a refreshing swim in the ocean and a relaxing drink.

Day 5 - Free Day

Today you could explore the pretty harbour and old quarter of San Sebastian, which dates back 500 years to the Conquest of the Americas. Here you can see Columbus' house, the Church of the Incarnation and Columbus' well, where water supplies were taken for his final voyage. It's also market day here today. Or maybe just relax in the hotel's beautiful gardens by the pool.

Day 6 - Vallehermoso Circular Walk 12km/7.5mi/5hr

This walk reveals the very best of the island with verdant gorges, dramatic coastline, and magnificent views. From bustling Vallehermoso in the fertile north west, we ascend a lush ravine, fragrant with the scent of wild camomile and sage, planted with papaya and bamboo to the Santa Clara chapel for a picnic lunch. A stunning coastal walk and a beautiful descent with a commanding view of lofty Roque Cano, returns us to Vallehermoso.

Day 7 - The 1000m Villages Walk 9km/6mi/4hr

Today, a short and spectacular climb to the Garajonay peak, in the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage National Park, rewards us with breathtaking views of the islands of La Palma, El Hierro, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. We'll pass fig, palm and Canary pine trees as we descend through some of the most iconic villages in La Gomera, the first being Igualero, from where we can see the UNESCO World Heritage monument to Silbo Gomero. We head on to the C16 mountain village of Chipude, where we pass a huge rock fortress, The Fortress of Chipude (or Argodey) and where we stop for a typical Canarian lunch. We finish the day in El Cercado where traditional pottery methods are still used in some of the craft shops. Round off your week with a tasty local tipple such as guarapo, mistela or gomeron.

Day 8 - Leave San Sebastian


For a longer tour, why not consider combining this with our Secrets of Tenerife Walk

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Parador de la Gomera, San Sebastián   (4 Star)

Pool and sea view

The Parador de la Gomera enjoys a stunning position perched on a cliff known as the Lomo de la Horca (Gallows Ridge) above the port of San Sebastián. The hotel is set in subtropical gardens from where you enjoy spectacular views across to Mount Teide on Tenerife looming up out of the sea.

Each of the twin rooms is furnished with C16 style furniture, with wooden floors, en-suite marble bathrooms, mini-bar, telephones, satellite television and hairdryers. All our rooms overlook either the well-tended patio gardens, or have a balcony overlooking an internal courtyard garden.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Diners Club card accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine



Extra nights and stop over hotels

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel San Roque   (4 Star)

Hotel San Roque,

This hotel is one of the very few original Canarian mansions still in private hands. Located in the heart of Garachico, a beautifully preserved traditional town, the building, like so many Canarian mansions seems quite unassuming from the outside. Inside though, the luxurious bedrooms surround two striking central courtyards, each with attractive wooden walkways at first floor level.
The hotel has an heated outdoor pool and sauna.
Meals are taken in the hotel restaurant or around the side of the pool in fine weather.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Diners Club card accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Hotel La Quinta Roja, Garachico   (4 Acorn)

Hotel la Quinta Roja

La Quinta Roja is a restored nobleman's mansion right next to the village square in Garachico, so you could not be more central.

They have preserved all that is historic and beautiful - ancient wooden boards on the first floor balcony enclosing the central courtyard, and the original stone stairs for example, while modern and luxurious touches heighten the appeal of a stay here. The varied room dimensions, towelling robes in the bedrooms, marbled bathrooms and modern comforts add to the quirky but compelling style. Our rooms here are the 'Doble Plus' ones shown on the hotel website.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Diners Club card accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Travel options

Transfers included from Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport at 14:00 and back to Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport at 07:00.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Customer reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Reviewed by Mrs Woodruff on 19/02/2016

*****
Well organised holiday with an excellent local guide.

Reviewed by Mrs Cockram on 29/01/2016

*****
An excellent holiday all round. Everything was looked after for us both by Headwater and the local guide whose knowledge was exceptional on every subject and for whom nothing was too much trouble. Accommodation superb and just what was needed at the end of a day's walking.

Reviewed by Mrs Bowen on 29/01/2016

*****
An excellently run holiday in a beautiful area. Our guide was always prepared to go the extra mile to make our holiday a success. Walks were excellently prepared and led with extra visits such as to a banana plantation thrown in. He even took us to the market on the first walk day to show him what we all liked in our picnics which were amazing! He also avoided a long wait at the airport on our leaving day by taking us to a nearby beach unencumbered by our luggage and returning for us later. We recommend him very highly.

Reviewed by Dr Simpson on 29/01/2016

*****
Wonderful trip and made even better by out guides detailed knowledge of the area and his ability to swap walking days to suit the conditions - stayed in the woods when cloud cover was low. Everything was wonderful except that we had no hot water in our room at 7 am (it got going by 7.40) and again at 6 pm. This was because our room was a long way from the centre of the hotel and / or the system couldn't cope with lots of people all wanting hot water at the same time. I raised the issue with reception twice and was assured that the hot water boiler came on at 7 am, but this certainly wasn't sufficiently early to supply us. Compeletly wonderful hotel in all other ways, so this was a pity. I would certainly recommend this holiday to anyone, but it's ceratinly 2 boot!

Reviewed by Mrs Baron on 29/11/2015

*****
A very enjoyable holiday with excellent guiding and accomodation

Reviewed by Ms Findlay on 27/11/2015

*****
La Gomera is a largely unspoilt island with wonderful plants and stunning views. Great to learn so much about its history and natural history, enjoy lovely walking and sample local food. An excellent guide and good company from our fellow travellers. Would thoroughly recommend this trip!

Reviewed by Ms Tennant on 17/03/2015

*****
La Gomera is a beautiful island - greener than some of the other Canary Islands. The parador is a magnificent hotel with a lovely garden. I was lucky to have enjoyed a holiday with a really good group of people. The walks were tough owing to the precipitous nature of the terrain but I feel very fit and healthy now!

Reviewed by Mrs Barker on 14/03/2015

*****
With headwater you most certainly get what you pay for. Great organisation, accommodation, walks and fantastic guide. We had fun, ate well and felt fitter at the end of the week, brilliant. Thank you.

Reviewed by Mr Johnson on 13/03/2015

*****
Good points: Loved La Gomera, stunning scenery, good choice of routes. Our guide was excellent - friendly, helpful, knowledgeable etc.. Transfers, minibuses and all arrangements were looked after. Hotel was characterful and had lovely gardens. Food was good. Rooms were spacious. Not so good: We were not impressed with the catering arrangements on the Thomson flight. On the outbound flight food was offered at about 10.30 - we had only recently had breakfast and our next meal was at 9pm. Inbound the food available was mostly junk - healthier options were not available. Toasties tasted of cardboard. We did not think the hotel merited its fourth star. The rooms were a bit tired - poorly lit; shutter would not close; french window jammed; shower leaked onto floor; etc.. Service in the restaurant was slow (on the last night when we wanted an early night dinner took 2 1/2 hours!

Reviewed by Mrs Hampshire on 28/02/2015

*****
Unfortunately the weather wasn't good. There was a blanket of low lying mist, rain or cloud every time we left the coast for the mountains which meant we didn't have the views. Fortunately the group and Lilly, the guide, were excellent.

Reviewed by Mrs Harris on 30/01/2015

***#.
This holiday matched excellent, varied walking, beautiful scenery and wonderful food in the beautiful parador. Lunches at typical restaurants on two days were a superb idea and the unique experience was much appreciated.

Reviewed by Mr Langley on 30/01/2015

*****
Excellently organised and guided. Fascinating island to visit.

Reviewed by Mrs Scott on 06/12/2014

***#.
On the whole a very good holiday but the two lunches were unnecessary and pretty awful! We would have preferred to have had just picnics which were delicious
Headwater response:
Dear Mrs Scott, Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday questionnaire. It was lovely to see that you had an enjoyable holiday in La Gomera. I have passed on your feedback regarding the lunches to the programme manager; she will discuss your recommendations with the local guide to ensure the meals provided are of the standard our customers expect, thank you for your constructive comments. We look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future. Yours sincerely, Lisa

Reviewed by Mrs Carter on 13/04/2014

***#.
The highlight of the holday was the excellent local guide Ricardo and the Parador hotel on La Gomera. However our experience of the flight booking and travel between La Gomera and Tenerfife was very poor. We arrived at Gatwick airport check-in to find that we had been booked in for the wrong year - 2015 instead of 2014. We had also been told the wrong travel information in Tenerife and so had not taken a direct flight from Edinburgh to Tenerife south which made the journey much longer than necessary. When we arrived at Tenerfie South Airport we were told that we had 5 hours to wait until the next ferryto La Gomera and so spent hours waiting around in the airport. The connections on the return journey were also poor with a lot of unnecessary waiting around.

Reviewed by Mr Harding on 28/03/2014

***#.
La Gomera is a very mountainous island and is a 'two and a half boot' experience and not for the unfit walker. Because of the terrain and complexity of the walks a guide with local knowledge is essential, as is walking gear for all eventualities. A very rewarding experience and one not to be missed.

Reviewed by Mr Batty on 25/03/2014

*****
Good walking, very helpful guide and excellent company. Unseasonable rain meant that our guide did not take us on one of the listed walks, but he was good at chasing the sun!

Reviewed by Mrs Stewart on 01/03/2014

***#.
Good island venue for interesting walking in warm weather, with good accomodation and guide.

Reviewed by Mrs Mendoza on 15/02/2014

***#.
Great walks, dramatic scenery, and a wonderful, tranquil parador.

Reviewed by Mr Whyler on 07/02/2014

**#..
The walks did not do justice to the beauty of the island. The fire damage from 2012 still sadly evident. Timings of flights and ferries far from ideal.

Reviewed by Mr Cross on 01/02/2014

**#..
In late January 2014 we had exceptionally poor weather and this, plus long minibus rides to start points of walks, reduced our enjoyment of the spectacular scenery of La Gomera. Our guide/rep. Roger, did a good job in the circumstances. The Parador was excellent. The long gaps in the transfers are a negative but again Roger did his best to keep us entertained.

Reviewed by Mr Rowlinson on 18/01/2014

*****
Good fun, though walking was harder than we expected having not been on a walking holiday before

Reviewed by Ms Weber on 17/04/2012

*****
Absolutely wonderful, loved it. Great variety of walks, and the hotel was just lovely. Also Neil is a fantastic guide and his picnic lunches are legendary :-)

Reviewed by Mrs Collins on 17/04/2012

*****
I can't rate this highly enough: everything about this holiday once we had landed in Tenerife was wonderful and surpassed my expectations. The only small niggle was that the food that Thomson offer on their flights is horrible.

Reviewed by Mrs Constantine on 17/04/2012

*****
we were sad to come home,this is the best holiday we have had,the hotel/food,the company,and neil,we have booked Portugal in july but i doubt it will live up to la Gomera

Reviewed by Ms CattersonSmith on 17/04/2012

*****
Our group of 7 bonded immediately - haven't laughed so much for ages! Neil was a great guide and not too full on - just right in fact. A brilliant holiday.

Reviewed by Dr McLean on 31/03/2012

*****
Extremely well organised with additional extras that were not anticipated

Reviewed by Mrs Partridge on 26/03/2012

*****
Wonderful holiday. Excellent walking. Superb guide

Reviewed by Ms Thomson on 17/03/2012

*****
A very enjoyable walking holiday.

Reviewed by Mr Wilkinson on 10/03/2012

*****
excellent.long journey due to ferry times late arrival at hotel

Reviewed by Mr Boyd on 10/03/2012

*****
Very good. Neil is a knowledgeable guide and skilful at pacing the walks to the different abilities of his clients, to everyones benefit.

Reviewed by Mr Tunbridge on 10/03/2012

*****
Very enjoyable and suited us both

Reviewed by Mis Smith on 08/03/2012

***#.
The walks were well chosen, the secenery lovely, the food truly excellent. Neil was, as ever a great guide, paying attention to the walking capabilities and preferences of all the group members, being prepared to accomodate requests and doing his best to mitigate the long gaps between the flight and ferry connections. He is also knowledgeable and good company. The holiday was slightly marred by the fact that I was woken up regularly during the night by other guests in the room above and the hotel staff seemed unwilling to put any effort into trying to change the room until the last night.I would suggest Headwater might consider booking upstairs non-smoking rooms away from the stairwell in the Parador San Sebastian as this would have been much pleasanter and quieter. Also (as below) the Thomson charter flight was really unpleasant and I would not travel by this means again. These two small things slightly marred an otherwise excellent holiday.

Reviewed by Mrs Kennett on 18/02/2012

*****
Excellent guide. A little cold at night so warmer clothes need to be recommended

Reviewed by Mr Stevens on 11/02/2012

*****
Extremely pleasant and well organised winter walking break.

Reviewed by Mr Anderson on 10/02/2012

*****
Neil was a fantastic guide -- well informed, interested in people and generally helpful.

Reviewed by Mr Shaw on 10/02/2012

*****
Very enjoyable. Well thought out programme of walks with excellent input from Neil Flynn.

From our postbag

In addition to comments received on our post-holiday questionnaires, we've also been sent the following comments from our satisfied customers.

Mrs J Davey travelled to The Canary Isles in 2008

Neil was simply the best guide all-round we have had - in 20 years of holiday trekking in the Himalayas, Ethiopia, Tenerife and USA. He was so clever and supportive of Jane, a slightly less-strong walker, whilst enabling quite a strong Marathon runner to enjoy a smart pace at the front. His lunches were delicious and incredibly varied. He has great knowledge and experience, and amusing and highly articulate with it!

The Parador at San Sebastian is a beautiful hotel with meals and service to match. I hope you go on using it. The walks were well chosen through dramatic scenery, if perhaps not so colourful as in Spring.

Travel and transfers all seemed very efficient. Congratulations!

P and J Davey

Departure dates & prices

November 2015 departuresTour only 
Nov 17$2713
December 2015 departuresTour only 
Dec 8$2713
January 2016 departuresTour only 
Jan 19$2578
February 2016 departuresTour only 
Feb 9$2713
Feb 23$2713
March 2016 departuresTour only 
Mar 1$2502
Mar 15$2502
October 2016 departuresTour only 
Oct 18$2241
November 2016 departuresTour only 
Nov 15$2310
December 2016 departuresTour only 
Dec 6$2310
January 2017 departuresTour only 
Jan 17$2208
February 2017 departuresTour only 
Feb 14$2292
March 2017 departuresTour only 
Mar 14$2222
April 2017 departuresTour only 
Apr 11$2139

Holiday details

Minimum group sizes

A minimum of 4 people (in total) are required for each departure.

Holiday type

Guided walking, single centre. Managed locally by Headwater appointed guide.

Departures

selected dates from 17 Nov '15 to 18 Apr '17, for 8 days (7 nights).

Meals

All buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches all evening meals including wine included.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

Starting your tour

Transfers included from Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport at 14:00 and back to Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport at 07:00.

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