The variety of the landscapes that you will see in such a small area is amazing and Gomeran hospitality is great. The shorter walking days will give you the opportunity to do other activities such as relax by the sea, snorkelling, kayaking or whale watching. These can be arranged when you are staying at Santiago. On day 2, there is a coastal walk to a quiet pebble beach. You will then transfer to start a walk in the mountains, largely descending to the sunny coast at Santiago via the beautiful hamlet of Benchijigua, poised dramatically under the Roque Agando - the mini Matterhorn of La Gomera. The following day, either relax by the sea or take one of the two walks on offer. On the fifth day, with picnic in hand you will be transferred to a point where you can easily ascend through the island's Laurisilva forest to the summit of Garajonay (1487m) with potentially great views of Tenerife, before dropping down to the village of Chipude and our simple mountain hotel. The following morning, you can transfer to the village of El Guro from where you follow the rough watercourse up to the Arure Waterfall and then descend down to Valle Gran Rey. After a night and morning, catch the bus to San Sebastian, check into your hotel and do the short historical walk around the town centre before enjoying your last dinner. La Gomera has a good infrastructure of roads, amenities and services, including good restaurants and small family run hotels.
We grade the tour as introductory to moderate. However the walk should present no difficulties for anyone in reasonable condition and accustomed to walking in hilly areas. Short sections of some walks may be vertiginous but if you are worried, consult us for advice. On most walks there is the option of a lift part of the way for those feeling less energetic as your luggage will be transferred for you when moving to a new hotel.
Arrive by ferry at the port of San Sebastian from Los Cristianos, Tenerife. Your hotel is located approx 15 minutes by foot or a short taxi journey (approx Euros 5).
Accommodation: For two nights, we use a 3 star hotel situated in the centre of San Sebastian. Dinner can be taken in one of the many restaurants in town. There are two beaches within easy reach on foot. The ferry port is a fifteen-minute walk away. Or upgrade and stay in the Parador hotel.
This is a straightforward walk climbing along the coastal cliffs above San Sebastian, before undulating along high above the seaside to drop down to the quiet bay at Playa de la Guanches. There may not be anyone here so you may have the place all to yourselves, there is a real sense of remoteness. There is a tiny cottage on the beach with a little walkway heading to the beach. Swimming is a possibility, but beware if the sea is high or if it is rough.
Transfer to Las Toscas Playa. This walk is in complete contrast to yesterday, taking you into the mountainous interior of the island from where you walk largely downhill to the sea. The walk warms up with a gentle rough road to the beautiful hamlet of Benchijigua, below the Matterhorn like pyramid of ‘Roque Agando’. The descent down to the more substantial village of Pastrana is very pretty although you have to watch your feet as the trail is a little rough in places. At Pastrana you rejoin the tarmac road, from where you can either walk the last 5 km to Santiago or ring for a taxi.
Accommodation: Stay two nights at Apartamentos Bellavista situated on a pedestrian lane in Laguna de Santiago. It is a short walk to the beach, restaurants and shops. Here you will have your own apartment equipped with food and drink essentials to greet you on arrival. Breakfast is taken in your apartment, ingredients supplied. Choose from one of the many local fish restaurants at the beach.
Catch the local bus or taxi to Alajero. This short walk takes you to see the oldest dragon on the island, hidden away in its rocky valley den. This is the Dracaena Draco Tree. There is then a short trek down the barranco below the tree to a little dam, from where you head up steeply to the small town of Alajero. Catch the afternoon bus or taxi to Playa de Santiago. Underfoot the barranco is quite rough with no effective path so you will be walking around boulders. The longer walk is from Imada to Playa de Santiago. In this case you catch the bus to Imada from where after a quick coffee, there is an amazingly dramatic walk down to Playa de Santiago via the Barranco Guarimiar.
This is a nice easy walk to the hill village of Chipude, taking in the highest point on La Gomera, Garajonay summit 1487m. It is a pretty walk although sections around the summit were damaged by the 2012 fire. On the way down you will pass the pretty hamlet of Manantiale. The weather up here can be very different from that at sea level and waterproofs and warm clothing should be on hand just in case.
Accommodation: Overnight at family run Bar/Pension Sonia.
Walk from Chipude all the way down to Valle Gran Rey, via La Viscaina. You can also add on the Arure Waterfall walk, 5.6 km from Chipude down to El Guro, then 3 km to Valle Gran Rey. If you prefer to just go to the Arure Waterfall you will be transported to El Guro to the start. There is no real trail, you just follow the barranco Arure up a series of short rocky steps with small cascades to the end of the valley to the Arure Waterfall which is spectacular after rain. Return to El Guro and walk down to Valle Gran Rey and its beaches. Alternatively, walking all the way from Chipude to Valle Gran Rey is a beautiful route taking one of the original mule tracks which cross the island. You will be following one of the spur type ridges that radiate from the centre of the island like the segments of a slightly opened tangerine. The mule path which you reach after the village of El Cercado, is steep and rocky, but not a bad trail. The views are spectacular. Valle Gran Rey has several sheltered beaches for swimming.
Accommodation: Overnight in either of our two beautiful hotels at Valle Gran Rey, one is in the area called Playa Calera, the other in the area called La Puntilla. Both are near beaches, have good restaurants and bars and roof top swimming pools.
Morning to enjoy the delights of the resort and then catch the afternoon bus to San Sebastian. Afternoon at leisure or you could do the short historical walk, taking you around the Torre del Conde, learning about the evil governor of the island, Hernán Peraza and his beautiful wife, Beatriz de Bobadilla; the fate of the Guanches, the aboriginal inhabitants of the islands and perhaps a bit about Christopher Columbus.
After breakfast, make your way to the ferry port for your onward journey.
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