Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife

Mt Tiede
Los Roques
Laurel Forest
Agulo, La Gomera
Calle Real, San Sebastian de La Gomera
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This twin island walking trip in the Canaries explores lesser-known La Gomera and Tenerife's volcano, Mount Teide. Walk through varied and dramatic scenery including beautiful steep sided valleys, quiet villages, black sand beaches and verdant cloud forests. Garajonay National Park - Explore La Gomera's lush landscape of dense laurel forest Mount Teide - Admire this iconic cone volcano Agulo - Ascend to this charming town perched on a jagged cliff with undisrupted views

Highlights
  • Agulo - Ascend to this charming town perched on a jagged cliff with undisrupted views
  • Garajonay National Park - Explore La Gomera's lush landscape of dense laurel forest
  • Mount Teide - Admire this iconic cone volcano
Destinations
  • Canary Islands
  • San Sebastian
  • Spain
  • La Gomera
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Sightseeing
  • Trekking
  • Walking
  • Beaches
  • Cultural
  • Island Hopping
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Scenic
  • Small Group
  • 50 plus
  • Couples
  • Singles

Location: Los Cristianos

Our trip begins at Andrea's Hotel Tenerife in Los Cristianos at 6pm. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive at Tenerife Airport South (TFS) which is around 20 minutes' drive. We will be providing transfer throughout the day to Andrea's Hotel Tenerife, the latest time your flight can arrive is 5pm. You are free to arrive in Los Cristianos at any time before 6pm. If your flight arrives earlier in the day, luggage storage and bathroom facilities will be available during the day if required at Andrea's Hotel Tenerife. You may choose to stroll to the beach, which is only 450m away and in Los Cristianos there are lots of restaurants to choose from. Your Explore leader will meet the group at the hotel at 6pm to pick up your luggage and walk to the port together (15min walk, the luggage can be taken by a taxi). We will take the 7pm ferry to the green, verdant island of La Gomera. Docking in the small, pretty port of San Sebastian we immediately get an idea of the terrain, as impressive mountains loom up from the ocean behind the colourful town. Our hotel is located a 5 minute walk from the port, so you will be asked to carry/wheel your own luggage.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Los Cristianos

This morning we drive up to Collada de Peraza, the start of our first walk. From here we follow the trail along a winding stone-paved path, through a variety of vegetation including aloe and asphodel, and later pines and then palms. Our first view of La Laja village is with a beautiful backdrop of the domes of Los Roques, prominent striking rock formations that are a major feature of this part of the island. We descend into the valley, ascending on the other side and arrive to the village. We then continue along a quiet rural road following the valley to Chejelipes where we meet our bus and return to San Sebastian. This afternoon is free to can explore the harbour and backstreets of the town. San Sebastian was Christopher Columbus' last stopping place before discovering the Americas, so there are several 'Columbus' sites that can be visited including the well where he drew water, his house, and the church where he prayed. In addition, San Sebastian has two beaches, a host of restaurants and bars, and narrow streets bursting with life. Today's 12 kilometre walk is expected to take around three-and-a-half hours with 300 metres of ascent and 1,000 metres of descent. We descend on stone-paved paths, unmade hillside paths and a rural road.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Los Cristianos

This morning we drive to the northeast of the island to Hermigua for a walk down to Playa Caleta. Starting from the village we ascend through rugged terrain, banana plantations and a spectacular deep gorge, after four kilometres we begin the descent towards the beach. Playa Caleta has a volcanic black sand beach and the area is well known for its delicious fresh fish. From here we have the option to take a circular walk to Punta San Lorenzo (four kilometres, one hour). Alternatively we can relax on the beach or in one of the local cafes, before meeting our bus and returning to San Sebastian. Today's 11 kilometre walk is expected to take around five hours with 650 metres of ascent and 850 metres of descent, walking on unmade hillside paths.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Los Cristianos

Today we drive to Contadero (1,350m) from where we begin our first walk, through Garajonay National Park. We start by ascending the island's highest peak, Alto de Garajonay (1,484m), from where on a clear day we will have a splendid 360-degree view of the island. We then continue on the trail through the dense vegetation of the Laurisilva cloud forest, ancient Canaries' jungle only found on the Outer Canary Islands: La Gomera, Tenerife and La Palma. Later we reach the chapel of Nuestra Señora de Lourdes, and Barranco del Cedro a deep ravine surrounded by lush vegetation with a bubbling stream at the bottom. The trail then passes through the hamlets of El Cedro, from where we walk over the final hill to meet our bus and return to San Sebastian for the evening. Today's 15 kilometre walk is expected to take around four-and-a-half hours with 300 metres of ascent and 900 metres of descent. The terrain is unmade paths.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Los Cristianos

Our day starts with a drive to Vallehermoso in the north of the island. This peaceful small town is surrounded by steep hills, palm trees and dry zone vegetation and is the starting place for some of La Gomera's most beautiful hiking trails. We follow a trail passing Roque Cano (a distinctive rock feature of the area), terraced fields and banana plantations to the coastal town of Agulo. Agulo was one of the island's first towns and its colonial buildings, winding streets and position directly above the sea have led to it being known as one of La Gomera's most beautiful places. On a clear day the volcanic cone of El Teide on Tenerife dominates the horizon. We spend some time exploring the town or relaxing in one of the cafes before returning to San Sebastian for the evening. Today's 15 kilometre walk is expected to take around four-and-a-half hours with 900 metres of ascent and 850 metres of descent. We walk on unmade hillside trails, unmade roads and a short distance on pavements.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: El Médano

This morning we drive to San Sebastian port and board the mid-morning ferry to take us back to Tenerife. Our base for the last two nights is the laid back beach-front town of El Médano. There afternoon is free to relax, there are a choice of restaurants and bars centre along the boardwalk. The nearby golden and black sand beaches are particularly popular with windsurfers and kite boarders, and people wanting to avoid the bigger resorts.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: El Médano

This morning we drive inland to the El Teide Plateau where we make a circular walk to less visited Roques de Capricho for views of the canyon and rock formations. Those not wishing to walk today there is the option to go up to Teide by cable car (requires advance reservation, not included). We drive back to El Medano for our final night on the coast. Today's 11 kilometre walk is expected to take around three-and-a-half hours with 300 metres of ascent and 100 metres of descent, walking on marked paths.

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: El Médano

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in El Medano. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from El Medano at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Tenerife South Airport (TFS) which is around 10 minutes' drive from the hotel.

Included
  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)
  • Meals – Breakfast Only
    -Breakfast: 7 Dinner: 1
  • Fully Guided
  • Accommodation

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
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  • Country Entry Visas
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  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day
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5* Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife
This is my second holiday with Explore and I will definitely travel with the company again.
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Date: 26-Jan-2018

5* Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife
Great trip, fantastic company, very memorable.
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Date: 01-Jan-2020

5* Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife
I had a great holiday, really enjoyed all the walks and changes made due to weather were appropriate. Lamera is stunning and Tiede walk on Tenerife was amazing
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Date: 02-Jan-2018

4* Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife
This was an excellent trip and as advertised an ideal time to walk in the Canaries. The walks certainly deserved the moderate grading. I t might be worth noting that the long rocky descending paths are hard on the knees and walking pole are highly recommended
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Date: 01-Mar-2019

4* Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife (21-Dec-2019)
Great trip, fantastic company, very memorable.
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Date: 01-Jan-2020

4* Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife
A really enjoyable week, I'm sure we will do something similar next November as we enjoyed it so much. Emma was the best tour leader we have had so far (although Christopher, Fez in Costa Rica comes close second!) one of the reasons for choosing a trip in the future would be if Emma was the leader!
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Date: 12-Jan-2017

5* Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife
Really enjoyed it. Stunning scenery,od walks and well planned itinerary. A very early start on the last day - questioned whether we really needed to be in the early ferry to Tenerife, but did appreciate beating the crowds at El Teide. So on balance it’s worth the early start (and seeing the sunrise as you come into port at Tenerife).
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Date: 01-Mar-2019

5* Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife
This was our first walking holiday. The walks were quite challenging but fortunately we had done some training walks beforehand so we had a really wonderful time.
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Date: 02-Dec-2019

5* Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife
Lamera is a real Gem of an island, you have to be well prepared with food and clothing and the walks were quite demanding but breathtakingly beautiful. Emma was the highlight of the holiday.
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Date: 05-Jun-2019

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Start:Tenerife South Airport (TFS)
Finish:El Medano, Tenerife
Group size:4 - 16
Suitable for: Adult
Accommodation:Standard
Physical rating:Medium, Moderate
Meals:Breakfast: 7
Diets:Vegetarians, Vegans
Tour operated in: English
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