Spain : The Canary Isles

Contrasts of La Gomera

Trip code: W07LA 4.3 (4 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

15.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

SUMMARY

  • A year-round destination with temperate climate, perfect for all types of walking
  • Visit quaint villages and towns full of historical and cultural interest
  • Dramatic landscapes with awe inspiring views, beautiful green valleys and ancient forests
  • Chance to sample some of the finest Canarian cuisine
  • UNESCO World Heritage Garajonay National Park

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Car hire

TRIP DESCRIPTION

La Gomera is known as the untouched Canary Island, popular with walkers, nature enthusiasts and those who are seeking the quieter side of the Canaries. Taking a little longer to arrive, and with a less direct route, you will soon discover it was well worth it. Situated off the coast of Tenerife by some 30kms, this is a paradise for those who like dramatic scenery, awe inspiring vistas, beautiful green valleys and ancient tropical rain forests.

This self-guided, multi centre holiday offers much in the way of varied routes; mountainous paths, walks through forests, treks through the National Park and along coastal paths. Past ancient villages with their colourful houses and pretty churches, to the towns of Hermigua and Valle Gran Rey, brimming with Canarian history, culture and cuisine.

You spend your first night in the capital town of San Sebastian, following your journey from Tenerife. The next three nights are at the Hotel Villa Hermigua, and then the last three at Hotel Jardin Concha in the town of Valle Gran Rey, perfect bases from which you take in a variety of walks and treks, to see the best this island has to offer.

Terrain

Walks on this holiday are on village streets, country lanes, farm tracks and rural paths. Walking boots are essential. Walking poles are recommended. As the walks do not start directly from the hotels, a hire car is required.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in La Gomera

Arriving at the ferry port on La Gomera from Tenerife, you will pick up hire car for the week, and drive a short distance to your first stay in the capital town, San Sebastian. A pretty town with many colourful buildings, plazas and pedestrianised areas filled with shops and restaurants.

You stay at Hotel Torre del Conde.

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Hotel Torre Del Conde, San Sebastian

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Located in the centre of the historical village of San Sebastián, the Hotel Torre del Conde is the perfect base from which to start your holiday. It has a gorgeous terrace with views of the sea, a five-minute walk away, where you can relax with a drink before sampling the delights of the restaurant, offering European and Canarian traditional dishes. Alternatively wander into the town, only a short walk away and try one of the local eateries and bars, soaking up the atmosphere of this pretty town.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: Degollada de Peraza - Roque Agando (7km/4.3mi)

Your day begins with a short drive from San Sebastian to Degollada de Peraza, a narrow pass through the edge of two mountains and the starting point of the first walk in La Gomera. Today's circular trail takes you towards the beautiful village of La Laja, with its stone zig zag path winding all the way down through palm trees, terraces and ruins of old stone cottages, long since uninhabited. From here there is a steep climb, passing through the hamlet and its orchards and with incredible views of the volcanic rocks all around. As you continue upwards you will see the Roque Agando, one of the islands most spectacular, often used as a symbol for La Gomera itself. A protected area, (sacrificial remains of an ancient tribe were once found on the summit), the viewpoint is a popular destination and leads to the path back to where you will find your car. Drive on to your second hotel in Hermigua.

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You stay at Hotel Ibo Alfaro.

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Hotel Ibo Alfaro, Hermigua

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A beautifully restored manor house with 17 lovely rooms and views of the Hermigua Valley and Atlantic Ocean, only a 10 minute drive from La Gomera’s Garajonay National Park. The rooms are simple and characterful with private bathrooms and desks, some with balconies on request. The hotel serves a daily buffet breakfast in the dining room. You can relax in the living room or on the terrace where you can also enjoy a drink with the fantastic views of the Hermigua Valley below.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Room upgrades: Please contact us for details.

Day 3: Alto de Garajonay to Chipude (11km/6.8mi)

Your route today leads to the highest point on La Gomera, the Garajonay National Park. Located in the centre of the island, the park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, due to the large number of fauna and flora to be found here, endemic to this region and its volcanic climate. One of the most visited parks on the island, there are many trails and paths through the dense forest of laurel trees that you can follow. The highest point on La Gomera, the summit or Alto of Garajonay, lies in the middle of the park, from which you can see four other Canary Islands: El Hierro, La Palma, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, on a clear day. After the summit, the path leads down towards the village of Chipude, a mountain hamlet thought to be the oldest on the island. Two hundred years ago, this was the most inhabited village on La Gomera, though now it is mostly a starting point for hikes, with numerous bars and restaurants for its daily visitors, providing a perfect location for a lunch time break before returning to explore more of this beautiful National park.

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You stay at Hotel Ibo Alfaro.

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Hotel Ibo Alfaro, Hermigua

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A beautifully restored manor house with 17 lovely rooms and views of the Hermigua Valley and Atlantic Ocean, only a 10 minute drive from La Gomera’s Garajonay National Park. The rooms are simple and characterful with private bathrooms and desks, some with balconies on request. The hotel serves a daily buffet breakfast in the dining room. You can relax in the living room or on the terrace where you can also enjoy a drink with the fantastic views of the Hermigua Valley below.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Room upgrades: Please contact us for details.

Day 4: La Meseta - Hermigua (9km/5.6mi)

A short transfer from your hotel and you will arrive at the northern part of the Garajonay National Park, and then onwards to the small village of El Cedro. The village is accessed from the Barranco de Monteforte ravine, where the El Cedro path ascends towards the Mirador de El Bailadero viewpoint, a stunning location to take some memorable photos. El Cedro is a beautiful hamlet, a reminder of the old villages that lived from the resources of the mountain and where the adventurous can still travel through the water tunnel running through the mountain. This is a great place to stop for a rest before a steep path down to Hermigua, via three waterfalls. The largest of these is Los Chorros del Cedro, which at more than 150 metres high, is a spectacular site and was once used locally to generate electricity. Continuing on you will soon see the twin rocks of Pedro and Petra, incredible rock formations before you arrive back at your hotel for a well deserved meal and rest.

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You stay at Hotel Ibo Alfaro.

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Hotel Ibo Alfaro, Hermigua

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A beautifully restored manor house with 17 lovely rooms and views of the Hermigua Valley and Atlantic Ocean, only a 10 minute drive from La Gomera’s Garajonay National Park. The rooms are simple and characterful with private bathrooms and desks, some with balconies on request. The hotel serves a daily buffet breakfast in the dining room. You can relax in the living room or on the terrace where you can also enjoy a drink with the fantastic views of the Hermigua Valley below.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Room upgrades: Please contact us for details.

Day 5: Agulo - Mirador de Abrantes (7km/4.3mi)

Today's walk, (quite steep in some places) leads you to one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, Agulo (also known as the 'green balcony' as its main crop is bananas), which is situated inside the National Park. From the village there are stunning views across the Atlantic towards the island of Tenerife and its Pico del Teide. We recommend you take some time to wander through the twisty streets and small square, enjoying the colourful house and delightful churches. From here, there is a circular walk up to the Mirador de Abrantes, with its spectacular viewpoint, before returning to the village from the north. This afternoon, drive to your final hotel, in the town of Valle Gran Rey.

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You stay at Hotel Jardin Concha.

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Hotel Jardin Concha, Valle Gran Rey

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Situated in the Valle Gran Rey, on the west of the island, this lovely, simple hotel is located in La Calera, the historic quarter and is surrounded by charming narrow streets and with unbeatable views of the valley and the sea. The rooms all have air conditioning, TV, free Wi-Fi and a fridge, with private bathroom, a balcony or terrace.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Day 6: Alojera - Puerto del Trigo (7km/4.3mi)

Today you will drive to the northwest of La Gomera, renowned for its wild and rugged landscapes which are continually at the mercy of the trade winds. We approach the route from Alojera a tiny coastal village with a dramatic location in front of spectacular cliffs and crashing waves below. The road leads across the coast to Puerto del Trigo, once a busy trade wharf for the transport of goods to the capital, is nowadays a refuge for fishermen. The path then climbs again on the opposite side of the ravine and continues to offer incredible vistas of natural beauty along the north coast of La Gomera.

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You stay at Hotel Jardin Concha.

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Hotel Jardin Concha, Valle Gran Rey

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

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Visa
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TV
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Situated in the Valle Gran Rey, on the west of the island, this lovely, simple hotel is located in La Calera, the historic quarter and is surrounded by charming narrow streets and with unbeatable views of the valley and the sea. The rooms all have air conditioning, TV, free Wi-Fi and a fridge, with private bathroom, a balcony or terrace.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Day 7: Valle Gran Rey - Arure (8km/5.0mi)

Today's final walk on La Gomera starts in Valle Gran Rey, and climbs up the restored Camino Real, to the village of Arure. On our way up you will enjoy the indescribable view of one of the most spectacular gorges on the island, the gorge of Valle Gran Rey, before reaching the viewpoint of Cesar Manrique. Following on you reach the village of Arure itself and visit the viewpoint at the Ermita de Santo, whilst taking a well deserved refreshment break. From here you can see magnificent views of the Taguluche Valley below, before you begin the descent to Los Granados and your final evening on the island.

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You stay at Hotel Jardin Concha.

hotel details

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Hotel Jardin Concha, Valle Gran Rey

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Aircon
Safe


Situated in the Valle Gran Rey, on the west of the island, this lovely, simple hotel is located in La Calera, the historic quarter and is surrounded by charming narrow streets and with unbeatable views of the valley and the sea. The rooms all have air conditioning, TV, free Wi-Fi and a fridge, with private bathroom, a balcony or terrace.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Day 8: Leave La Gomera

Depart La Gomera harbour for your ferry back to Tenerife, and from there your onward journey home.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £370.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £370.

Tour only: The above tour only prices exclude flights.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from Heathrow to Tenerife with British Airways
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Extra legroom seats available
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Tenerife South Reina Sofia, then ferry to La Gomera. Car hire will be picked up from the ferry port (Cicar Group B air-conditioned hire car) Drive to hotel. Return: Drive to La Gomera Ferry Port. Ferry from La Gomera to Tenerife then Tenerife South to Heathrow

Extra legroom seats are available on request.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 10pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Another excellent holiday - we’ll use again

Just a small point wrt the app. The voice instruction is fantastic but I don’t know if it was me but the voice instructions stopped a couple of hours into the walk and I had to shut down the app and start over to get them back - but this is a minor point

Karen Hughes, 3 Apr 2024

 

We loved the hotels and surrounding views from each hotel,breakfasts were amazing!

Ferry and transfers very smooth!

Enjoyed all the walo

Elisabeth Baranowski, 12 Mar 2024

 

La Gomera is a wonderful island to explore. Walks are quite demanding. While we enjoyed driving around the island it's not recommended if you're nervous negotiating hairpin bends and/or roads with sheer drops on one side!

Mr Davies, 10 Apr 2023

 

La Gomera is a stunningly beautiful and totally unspoilt island. The walking is fabulous but you must have a very good head for heights and be a confident driver too as the roads are very serpentine. Travel arrangements were very straightforward.

Ms James, 15 Mar 2023

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

15.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

7 nights from £999

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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