Arrival in La Gomera
Arrival at Tenerife Airport. As soon as you arrive, you will have to take a bus or a taxi to the Christians and from there you can go by Ferry (not included) to La Gomera. It takes about 40 minutes to arrive and, once there, transport will be waiting to take you to the accommodation in La Gomera for your first night in San Sebastián. When you check in at your hotel, we suggest you take your first walk in San Sebastián and start enjoying the rhythm and the island flavour that will accompany you for a week.
Overnight: San Sebastián de La Gomera
From El Cedro to Chipude through the Garajonay National Park
Today they will take you on transport to the starting point of your route. You will start in the Garajonay National Park, which is the green lung of La Gomera. From there, you will go into the tropical Laurel environment that characterizes the whole of the north of the island. Next, you will continue walking in forests of mosses, ferns, lichens and laurel trees.
When you are at the top of the mountain, you will be able to see the whole island of La Gomera and, in addition, the neighbouring islands of La Palma, El Hierro and, of course, the volcanic peak of El Teide in Tenerife. Finally, you will go down to Chipude, a town in the upper area of Vallehermoso and on the periphery of the Garajonay Park, characterized by its crop terraces.
Length: 11,6 km
From Chipude to Vallehermoso
Today you will walk through the most outstanding ravines on the island and you'll see multiple valleys that will make you understand the reason why La Gomera has multiple hidden corners and that is a mystery when you have limited access.
Then you will pass by El Cercado, a traditional architecture farmhouse with stone façades and tiles on the roofs, that you will have to cross to reach the most characteristic valley of the island: the Barranco de Valle Gran Rey, full of cultivation terraces and palm trees. Then, when you pass through Las Hayas, you should stop at a traditional restaurant in the area and that will allow you to enjoy the local gastronomy of La Gomera.
Finally, to reach your accommodation in Vallehermoso, you must descend by laurels, junipers and palm groves towards the Valle de Los Loros and, then, you will have finished today's route.
Length: 15 km
Circular route from Vallehermoso
Today you will discover a slightly more arid landscape, while little by little you make an ascent towards the Chapel of Santa Clara, from where you will be delighted with remarkable views from the top of the mountain towards the sea.
Afterwards, you will continue on a climbing path that will guide you to a cove on the Island coast, where you will feel really disconnected from reality and you will be able to rest with the sound of the waves in the background before returning to Vallehermoso.
Length: 14 km
From Vallehermoso to Hermigua
Today you will have a very good walking day, starting with the valley and then an ascent with some difficulty towards the Monumento Natural Roque Cano, a prominent motif on the municipal shield for being part of the history of the municipality of Vallehermoso.
Then you will go to the Amalahuigue Reservoir, a breakwater dam located in the Sobreagulo and Las Rosas area. Finally, you will have one further ascent, but this one of much less difficulty, that will take you towards the visitor centre of the Garajonay National Park.
Then you will head towards the Barranco de la Vica and go up to the dam. At the end of this hike, you must descend again until you reach Hermigua.
Length: 17 km
Circular route from Hermigua
Today you will face a circular route that will take you through the farms that stand out for their crop terraces and the surroundings with very little vegetation. Then you will walk through multiple ravines to reach the Bay of Caleta de Hermigua, whose bathing conditions on the beach are exceptional thanks to its calm waters and its black sand.
There is also another route option that will be a little longer and will take you over the coast, allowing you to enjoy spectacular views of the neighbouring island, Tenerife, as well as the peak of El Teide.
Length: 12 km
From Las Casetas to San Sebastián
Today you have to choose between two types of routes, both with spectacular vegetation and landscape. The difference is in the distance you will travel in each of them on your return to San Sebastián.
For anyone who chooses, yes, you must first make a transfer. The first and the most extensive will take you to the lookout at La Degollada de Peraza and then beautiful scenery along the southeastern coast of the islands.
Some of the sections have higher terrain, but all their roads are very well signposted and cared for. In the end, you can go to a beach where you can have a dip in the sea. The second and shortest is the starting point at Las Casetas.
You will start with a very short ascent and then walk quite inclined, downhill, while you have all the sea and the views of the peak of El Teide ahead of you. We suggest that if you are afraid of heights, do not choose this option.
Length: 16 km
Overnight: San Sebastián de La Gomera
Return from La Gomera
Today you will have to go to the port of La Gomera to take a ferry towards Tenerife (not included) and then your flight back to your home city.*
*Remember that when you book your circuit you can ask us to reserve additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your circuit to extend your stay in La Gomera or Tenerife on your own.
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In order to resolve our travellers' doubts, we answer, to follow, the most frequently asked questions when we receive inquiries about our hiking trails.
If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts.
What is the best time of year to travel on this route?
This route is available throughout the whole year, as the climate on the island of La Gomera is very pleasant, although it may be windy during certain hours of the day. The temperature is quite stable, making it ideal for walking.
How do I get to the starting point?
To get to the starting point of your Walking Holiday in La Gomera, you can do so by taking a flight to Tenerife South Airport, which is usually the choice of most walkers who choose this route, due to the proximity of the two islands.
From Tenerife you have two options to get to La Gomera. The first, taking another flight to La Gomera; the second, taking a ferry from the Port of Los Cristianos to the Port of San Sebastián de La Gomera.
To get from Tenerife South Airport to Puerto de Los Cristianos, you can do so by bus or ask us to book an additional transfer for you. The same applies for the last day too, from the Port of Los Cristianos, back to Tenerife South Airport.
When you arrive by ferry to the Port of San Sebastian, you will have an included transfer that will take you to your first accommodation, located in San Sebastián de La Gomera.
At the end of your walking holiday, also in San Sebastián de La Gomera, you have another transfer included that will take you from the accommodation to the Port of San Sebastian, so that you can take your ferry back to Tenerife.
For ferry timetables, we suggest checking the Fred Olsen company website in advance to choose the most convenient schedule for you.
If you are not travelling to La Gomera by ferry, but by plane, please let us know when confirming your trip, so that we can book you an additional transfer to and from the airport to the accommodation and vice versa, for the first and last day.
Can I travel alone?
It is not possible to travel alone on this route due to the terrain found in the area. However, if you want to sleep in a single room, we can arrange it for you.
Single rooms have a surcharge on their price and are subject to availability.
When can I start my trail?
You can start your hiking trail any day of the year according to the specifications of your itinerary.
Does this route have an accompanying guide?
All our hiking trails are completed in self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace for each of the routes marked during the full route itinerary.
What does the full route itinerary contain?
The route's complete itinerary is a guide we prepare for you with information on the maps, routes and sights of each hiking route.
You will receive it by email one month before starting the trip along with all the documentation of the trip: accommodation reservations, luggage transfers, among others.
The kilometres of travel and the journey times indicated for our hiking trips are reference values.
It will depend on each walker the fulfilment of these times and distances, according to the speed at which they advance.
What should I consider to prepare physically?
Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for any of our hiking trails.
Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.
People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.
Generally, it is recommended to start training about three months before starting the route.
How far in advance should I make the reservation?
There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season.
Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all your needs.
What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?
For any of our routes we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.
Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary.
Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).
For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash.
How does the baggage transfer work between stages?
Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.
Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.
Please note that on many routes you sleep more than one night in the same accommodation, so the baggage transfer will not be necessary in these cases.
Should I take out travel insurance?
To make any of our hiking trails it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.
To do this, we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways. If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.
Do all rooms have a private bathroom?
Yes, all rooms you book for hiking trails with Santiago Ways have a private bathroom.
Can I sleep alone in a room?
Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each traveller.
Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.
When do you tell me which hotels I'm going to sleep in?
We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our travellers, provided that they are booked well in advance.
The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the trip.
Am I going to share a room with strangers?
No. All the accommodations we book for our travellers have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort and comfort they need to rest properly.
Is the accommodation close to the route I need to follow?
All the accommodation we book is located in the centre of the villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is quite far from the centre, they are all accessible on foot.
When necessary, Santiago Ways will offer a transfer to the traveller so that they can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible.
What kind of accommodation do you book?
All the accommodation we book in Santiago Ways offer the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking. We have partnerships with hotels, country houses, mountain retreats and charming farm stays, always with a room and a private bathroom.