Hidden Gem of the Canaries

The green valleys of La Gomera

Holiday Highlights

Garajonay National Park | A UNESCO site with the most scenic laurel forests in Europe.
Glittering coastlines | The views across to Tenerife are particularly captivating.
La Caleta | A secluded cove that’s perfect for a refreshing swim after a day’s walking.
Mirador de Abrante | Great views await on this spectacular skywalk.
A panoramic Parador | The perfect place to conclude your exploration of La Gomera.
Hidden Gem of the Canaries. 7 nights
Hidden Gem of the Canaries. 7 nights

Holiday information


A walking holiday on 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.
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.



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.
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  • Arrival in Vallehermoso
    Night 1: at Hotel Triana or Hotel Añaterve (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, 7hrs; ascent/descent 940m
    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: 13.5km, 6hrs; ascent/descent 800m
    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. From a beautiful viewpoint you descend steeply to a shingle beach and return to Vallehermoso.

    The Enchantress Lake: 5km, 2hrs; ascent/descent 300m
    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, 7.5hrs; ascent 595m/descent 1745m
    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 Vallehermoso. You can shorten the walk by starting at one of the intervening villages.
    Around Vallehermoso
    Chorros de Epina: 16km
    Around Vallehermoso: 13.5km
    The Enchantress Lake: 5km
    Igualero and the Barranco de Erque: 19km
  • Vallehermoso to Hermigua: 18km, 8.5hrs; ascent 1380m/descent 1455m
    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 and the Mirador de Abrante with its panoramic ‘air walk’. Your path then drops down to the village of Hermigua, where you stay for two nights at the Casa los Herrera.

    Vallehermoso to Agulo: 14.5km, 6hrs; ascent 890m/descent 860m
    If you are staying at Casa los Helechos, you have a slightly shorter day as Agulo is located before Hermigua.
    Vallehermoso to Hermigua: 18km
    The route to Hermigua
  • Circular walk via La Caleta: 11.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 630m
    Our optional circular walk from Hermigua heads across two valleys and the ridge between, before skirting another ridge with splendid views. You then join a coastal path, where the green of the banana plantations contrasts strikingly with the blue of the glistening ocean and the dark volcanic clifftops. Before returning to your hotel, enjoy a deserved swim in the secluded sandy cove of La Caleta.

    (If you are staying at Casa los Helechos, you follow more or less the same route, but obviously starting and finishing in Agulo. The distance is 13km; ascent/descent 785m.)
    Circular walk via La Caleta: 11.5km
    En route to La Caleta
  • Hermigua to San Sebastián: 9.5km, 4hrs; ascent 390m/descent 760m
    A taxi (included) takes you from Hermigua (or Agulo) to your starting point, from where 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 are rewarded initially with fine views of the south-east of La Gomera, 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.
    Hermigua to San Sebastián: 9.5km
    En route to San Sebastián
  • Out-and-back walk to Playa de la Guancha: 10km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 490m
    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


You stay in a delightful mix of accommodation.

In some places, we work with more than one hotel, as shown below. All are hand-picked by us and, unless there is a price implication (in which case we will contact you to discuss your options), we will tell you which one we have booked for you on your booking confirmation.

Wherever you stay in Vallehermoso, we recommend adding an extra night so that you can enjoy more of our suggested walks.

Extend your stay

Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 January 2024 - 31 May 2024, 01 September 2024 - 31 May 2025 & 01 September 2025 - 07 January 2026

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Jan - 26 Mar 2024 £1195 £240
    27 Mar - 22 Apr 2024 £1155 £220
    23 Apr - 24 May 2024 £1100 £220
    1 Sep - 29 Nov 2024 £1130 £230
    30 Nov - 25 Dec 2024 £1160 £240
    26 - 31 Dec 2024 £1220 £250
    1 Jan - 26 Mar 2025 £1245 £250
    27 Mar - 22 Apr 2025 £1205 £230
    23 Apr - 24 May 2025 £1145 £230
    1 Sep - 29 Nov 2025 £1180 £240
    30 Nov - 25 Dec 2025 £1210 £250
    26 - 31 Dec 2025 £1270 £260
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60 to -£62
    Single traveller supplement £60 to £62

    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.

    # 2023 festive gala dinners at Parador: add £84pp on 24 Dec; add £116pp on 31 Dec
    # 2024 festive gala dinners at Parador: add £96pp on 24 Dec; add £132pp 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)

    Casa los Herrera, Hermigua
    Superior twin with terrace (no doubles): 01 Jan - 31 May 2024 £7
    Superior twin with terrace (no doubles): 01 Sep - 31 Dec 2024 £7
    Superior twin with terrace (no doubles): 01 Jan - 31 May 2025 £7
    Superior twin with terrace (no doubles): 01 Sep - 07 Jan 2026 £7
    Parador de La Gomera, San Sebastián
    Superior with balcony/terrace & sea view: 01 Jan - 31 May 2024 £7
    Superior with balcony/terrace & sea view: 01 Sep - 31 Dec 2024 £7
    Superior with balcony/terrace & sea view: 01 Jan - 31 May 2025 £7
    Superior with balcony/terrace & sea view: 01 Sep - 07 Jan 2026 £7

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

    Hotel Triana, Vallehermoso (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Jan - 31 May 2024 £68 £98
    01 Sep - 31 Dec 2024 £73 £107
    01 Jan - 31 May 2025 £71 £102
    01 Sep - 07 Jan 2026 £76 £111
    Parador de La Gomera, San Sebastián (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Jan - 06 Jan 2024 £200 £268
    07 Jan - 31 Jan 2024 £185 £258
    01 Feb - 29 Feb 2024 £200 £268
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2024 £175 £239
    01 Apr - 09 Apr 2024 £200 £268
    10 Apr - 31 May 2024 £165 £224
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £190 £261
    01 Nov - 17 Dec 2024 £200 £268
    18 Dec - 31 Dec 2024 # £210 £288
    01 Jan - 06 Jan 2025 £210 £281
    07 Jan - 31 Jan 2025 £195 £271
    01 Feb - 28 Feb 2025 £210 £281
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2025 £185 £252
    01 Apr - 09 Apr 2025 £210 £281
    10 Apr - 31 May 2025 £175 £236
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £200 £274
    01 Nov - 17 Dec 2025 £210 £281
    18 Dec - 07 Jan 2026 # £220 £301
    # 2023 festive gala dinners at Parador: add £84pp on 24 Dec; add £116pp on 31 Dec
    # 2024 festive gala dinners at Parador: add £96pp on 24 Dec; add £132pp on 31 Dec
    Tenerife South

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via 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 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  jet2 
    Belfast Intl. - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    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,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair,  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,  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 via 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 for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. 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.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Tenerife South

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    transfer Tenerife South airport to Los Cristianos port (0h20 + 0h30 check in for ferry), ferry Los Cristianos port to San Sebastián port (0h50-1h15), 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 + 0h30 check in for ferry), ferry San Sebastián port to Los Cristianos port (0h50-1h15), transfer Los Cristianos port to Tenerife South airport (0h20) included 1100
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 2 dinners
    2 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • return travel (ferry/transfer) from Tenerife South
  • transfer on day 5

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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 A to B, 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.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. 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. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to 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.

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  • 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 incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • 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 (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). 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 for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; Catalan, Basque and Gallego have equal status in Catalonia, the Basque Country and Galicia, respectively. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) 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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