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Hidden Gem of the Canaries

The green valleys of La Gomera
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We thoroughly recommend our To the Teide extension on Tenerife, to get a feel for another of the islands in the archipelago.
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The price for this holiday INCLUDES a return shared transfer between Tenerife South Airport and Los Cristianos; a return ferry crossing between Los Cristianos and La Gomera;  taxi to your first hotel; and taxi back to port from last hotel.
  About La Gomera >Having risen from the sea several millennia ago and never having been joined to any land mass, La Gomera is home to many endemic species. Its most remarkable feature – and one which sets it apart from neighbouring islands – is its expanses of laurisilva, subtropical evergreen laurel forest found between 500m and 1,400m, a relict of the Tertiary period. Measuring just 22km in diameter, La Gomera is characterised by barrancos (dry ravines, some of them several hundred metres deep) which radiate out from the mountains to the sea. Historically, these proved such an obstacle to communication that the original inhabitants, the Guanches, invented a system of whistled messages, el silbo gomero, that remained in use until last century and which is now being revived. Given its position, La Gomera’s traditional gastronomy is, unsurprisingly, closer to African cuisine than Spanish. Fresh fish features widely, as do rabbit and goat, and the fruit that grows all year round in the mild climate.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • secret paradise for walkers
  • exhilarating walks
  • discover varied landscapes
  • stay in the island's panoramic parador

From the highest point on the island, the celebrated peak of Garajonay, the rugged mountains of La Gomera are scored with lush green valleys that descend to the dramatic coast's steep cliffs that drop away to the glittering blue waters below.

I climbed the barranco behind Vallehermoso, past abandoned terraces and old threshing floors, to a ridge overlooking the north coast of the island. Far below, the Atlantic was pounding the cliffs of the north coast of the island. Tucked above them were the rooftops of tiny Aguamal, a coastal village that the paved road has only recently reached.
     
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Discover the best of this magical, secret paradise for walkers – ancient forests, peaks reaching into the clouds, lush barrancos (ravines) and beaches of black sand – on a marvellous holiday full of contrasts and highly rewarding walking. Challenging ascents and descents follow thrilling routes that showcase the north of this varied and beautiful island to the full.

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