Walking on La Gomera

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Walking on La Gomera 90 25
Walking tour on The Canary Islands.
Church, La Gomera
View from hilltop over countryside.
San Sebastian port
Views across to Mount Teide
Pool and sea view
  • 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, banana and papaya

At a glance...

  • 7 nights, single centre
  • Departs Selected dates from 25 Nov '14 to 8 Mar '16
  • Buffet breakfast, 5 lunches and all evening meals including wine
  • Managed locally by Headwater appointed guide
  • Sustainability rating: 74%
  • Map provided

Excellent for...

  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Delightful island holidays.

FREE upgrade to a sea view room at your hotel and a bottle of cava on arrival.

Applies to all new bookings for February 2015 departures.

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 don't forget to find time to 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.

Not quite what you're looking for - then why not take a look at some of our similar holidays?

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Call us on: 1-800-567-6286 or email us: info@breakaway-adventures.com.
We are open 9:00-5:30 Mon-Fri, 9:00-12:00 Sat.

Typical day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive on La Gomera

We meet you at Tenerife airport and take you to La Gomera (45 mins by ferry) in time for dinner.

Day 2 - The 1000m Villages Walk 13km/8mi/4hr

Starting at Laguna Grande the walk takes us through the ancient laurel forest. There we will see traces of felled trees that are not natural to La Gomera, and will learn how it was saved from being a 'Desert Island'. We visit C16 Chipude and see the traditional method for making pots which is still used today. Onward to Cercado for a typical Canary lunch before heading onto the remote village of Manantiales.

Day 3 - The Santiago Ravine 11km/7mi/5hr

From the hamlet of Las Toscas, we descend gently through Gomeran daisies, prickly pear trees and palms into the tranquil upper reaches of the Santiago ravine, headed by the pretty white cottages of Benchijigua and the towering Roque Agando lavafill. A short climb rewards us with stunning coastal views before we head seawards to the hamlet of el Cabezo. On to Playa de Santiago where we can end the day with a swim.

Day 4 - The Alto de Garajonay 13km/8mi/5hr

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. Then cool misty uplands are replaced by ancient laurel forest, shady juniper groves, and the luxuriant banana terraces of Hermigua. We finally emerge from the spectacular gorge to reach the vertical village of Las Hoyetas, from where we return to the hotel in time for a swim.

Day 5 - Free Day

Why not explore the pretty harbour and old quarter of San Sebastian, which dates back 500 years to the times of 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 - Arure, Las Hayas and Valle Gran Rey 8km/5mi/3hr

Starting in Arure with its patchwork of green and gold terraces it's then on past a reservoir and palm trees to the quaint village of Las Hayas. Here, we eat in a famous Gomeran restaurant where we may taste 'Gofio', the staple food of the Canaries. We stroll back to the minibus and stop for some sightseeing en route to sunny Valle Gran Rey where we stop for a drink and a swim.

Day 8 - Leave La Gomera

We take you back (45 mins by ferry) to Tenerife in time for your flight home.

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.

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, Garachico

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

Starting point for this holiday

Transfers included from Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport at 14:00 and back to Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport at 11:00. 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 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.

Reviewed by Mr Durkin on 22/11/2011

For first time with Headwater it was an excellent introduction. First rate walking with a guide who loved his job and took pleasure in imparting his knowledge and love for the island.

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

December 2014 departuresTour only 
Dec 9$3498
Dec 23$3789
January 2015 departuresTour only 
Jan 6$2694
Jan 20$2597
February 2015 departuresTour only 
Feb 3$2772
Feb 17$2772
March 2015 departuresTour only 
Mar 3$2639
Mar 17$2639
November 2015 departuresTour only 
Nov 17$2713
December 2015 departuresTour only 
Dec 8$2713
January 2016 departuresTour only 
Jan 12$2578
February 2016 departuresTour only 
Feb 9$2713
Feb 23$2713
March 2016 departuresTour only 
Mar 8$2506

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.


Selected dates from 25 Nov '14 to 8 Mar '16, for 8 days (7 nights).


Buffet breakfast, 5 lunches and all evening meals including wine.

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 11:00.

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