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Hidden Gem of the Canaries

The green valleys of La Gomera
 
Discover beautiful La Gomera on this self-guided walking holiday, with luggage transported. This secret paradise for walkers offers exhilarating routes through varied landscapes and dramatic mountains, and you finish in style with two nights at the island’s panoramic parador.
Hidden Gem of the Canaries. 7 nights
Hidden Gem of the Canaries. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on La Gomera

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.
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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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. It’s up to you whether you follow our suggested routes for non-itinerant days or simply relax at your hotel.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
     
    Average temperatures and rainfall
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    mm 61 52 38 25 8 4 1 2 11 38 65 71
  • Arrival in Vallehermoso
    Night 1: at Hotel Tamahuche (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of walks from Vallehermoso: 6km to 19km

    Chorros de Epina: 16km, 6hrs
    This is a great introduction to the landscapes of La Gomera, taking you up through a terraced, palm-clad barranco (ravine) with views back over the valley to Roque Cano, the monolithic rock that presides over Vallehermoso. From here, you continue climbing to the Chorros de Epina, a legendary spot where seven springs meet, before returning via a gentle descent through forest and along an old path with views over the Encantadora Lake and the valley, reaching Vallehermoso along a quiet country lane.

    Around Vallehermoso: 12km, 5hrs; shorter option 10km, 4.5hrs
    This challenging walk climbs steeply above the Barranco del Valle with splendid views back across neatly terraced fields of bananas, avocados, lavender, vines, potatoes and other exotic plants, before crossing another barranco to reach the ridge at Santa Clara. You have a choice of return routes, either a steep descent to a beach, or a gentler descent into the valley with great views over the Barranco de la Era Nueva and Roque Cano.

    The Enchantress Lake: 6km, 2.5hrs
    A gentle route leads up to the Encantadora ('Enchantress') Lake and ascends the crest of Lomo Pelado before a leisurely descent into Vallehermoso.

    Igualero & the Barranco de Erque: 19km, 6.5hrs
    This is a challenging yet hugely rewarding walk that begins after a taxi ride (pay locally) to Igualero. From here you embark upon a lovely, varied walk starting above the deepest and most remote canyon on the island, Barranco de Erque. You pass through a number of hamlets, each with its own watering hole to help you on your way, followed by ancient laurel forest (laurisilva), and finally a cultivated, flowery valley, before dropping back down into Vallerhermoso. You can shorten the walk by starting at one of the intervening villages.
    Around Vallehermoso
    Chorros de Epina: 16km
    Around Vallehermoso: 12km; shorter option 10km
    The Enchantress Lake: 6km
    Igualero and the Barranco de Erque: 19km
  • Vallehermoso to Agulo: 15km, 5.5hrs
    Leaving Vallehermoso, your path ascends above the valley, with views that grow ever more impressive as you gain height, to the base of iconic Roque El Cano. From a tranquil lake in a beautiful valley setting, the route ascends again to the Juego de Bolas visitor centre with its handicrafts and botanical garden before dropping down to the village of Agulo, where you stay for two nights at the welcoming Casa los Helechos.
    Vallehermoso to Agulo: 15km
    The route to Agulo
  • Circular walk via La Caleta: 13km, 5hrs
    Our optional circular walk from Agulo leads you down to the glistening ocean, from where you walk along the coast into Hermigua. Passing through the town, our route then explores the island's rugged north coast, where the green of the banana plantations contrasts strikingly with the blue of the sea and the dark volcanic cliff tops. Before returning to your guesthouse, enjoy a deserved swim in the secluded sandy cove of La Caleta, where there is a small restaurant.
    Circular walk via La Caleta: 13km
    Circular walk to La Caleta
  • Agulo to San Sebastián: 9.5km, 3.5hrs
    After a taxi transfer (included), you set off along well-waymarked paths, steadily climbing to reach the broad, undulating ridge of Lomo de las Nieves, dotted with cacti, which you follow towards the sea. You will be rewarded with fine views of the south-east of La Gomera, initially, and then across to majestic El Teide, crowning the distant island of Tenerife, as you continue down to the coast at San Sebastián. You spend two nights at the Parador here.
    Agulo to San Sebastián: 9.5km
    Agulo to San Sebastian route
  • Out-and-back walk to Playa de la Guancha: 10km, 4hrs
    If you can tear yourselves away from the Parador’s pool, this walk ascends out of San Sebastián and rounds the headland before descending into a barranco. As you emerge once more from the ravine, your efforts are rewarded by panoramic views over the remote Playa de la Guancha, your destination. Relax awhile on its pebbly beach before retracing your steps back to the Parador.
    Out-and-back walk to Playa de la Guancha: 10km
    Playa de la Guancha
 

Accommodation

You stay in a delightful mix of accommodation. (The term 'rural' refers to a class/type of hotel in Spain, rather than to its geographic location.)
 

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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 08 September 2019 - 31 May 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    8 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £930 £240
    1 - 30 Nov 2019 £895 £230
    1 - 11 Dec 2019 £870 £225
    12 Dec - 1 Jan 2020 # £915 £240
    2 - 26 Jan 2020 £895 £230
    27 Jan - 24 Feb 2020 £945 £245
    25 Feb - 26 Mar 2020 £915 £240
    27 Mar - 3 Apr 2020 £895 £230
    4 - 10 Apr 2020 £945 £245
    11 - 17 Apr 2020 £895 £230
    18 Apr - 24 May 2020 £845 £215
    3rd & 4th person discount -£55
    Single traveller supplement £55

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    # Festive gala dinners: Add £68pp if staying at the Parador on 24 Dec; add £98pp if staying there on 31 Dec

    Included travel: return shared transfer from Tenerife South airport to Los Cristianos, return ferry between Los Cristianos and La Gomera, transfer to the first hotel and back to ferry port from last hotel.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Parador de La Gomera, San Sebastián
    Superior with balcony/terrace & sea view: 08 Sep - 31 May 2020 £15

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Tamahuche, Vallehermoso (B&B) Double room Single room
    08 Sep - 31 May 2020 £50 £70
    Parador de La Gomera, San Sebastián (with dinner) Double room Single room
    08 Sep - 17 Dec 2019 £130 £180
    18 Dec - 06 Jan 2020 £140 £190
    07 Jan - 31 Jan 2020 £130 £180
    01 Feb - 29 Feb 2020 £140 £190
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2020 £125 £170
    01 Apr - 09 Apr 2020 £118 £160
    10 Apr - 15 Apr 2020 £140 £190
    16 Apr - 31 May 2020 £118 £160
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Tenerife South

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) TUI 
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    Belfast Intl. - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair 
    Belfast Intl. - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2 
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    Birmingham - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) TUI 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Tenerife South

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    taxi Tenerife South airport to Los Cristianos port (0h20), ferry Los Cristianos port to San Sebastián port (0h50), taxi San Sebastián port to hotel (1h) included 1630
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to San Sebastián port (0h15 + 0h45 check in for ferry), ferry San Sebastián port to Los Cristianos port (0h50), taxi Los Cristianos port to Tenerife South airport (0h20) included 1100
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 3 dinners
    2 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • luggage transported
  • transfer on Day 5
  • return travel (ferry/transfer) from Tenerife South
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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