Canary Islands Walking - La Gomera and Tenerife

Canary Islands Walking - La Gomera and Tenerife

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Canary Islands Walking - La Gomera and Tenerife

8 Days Starting in Tenerife South Airport (TFS) and ending in El Medano, Tenerife

Visiting: Los Cristianos, San Sebastián de La Gomera, La Laja, Chejelipes, Alto de Garajonay, Playa de la Caleta, Vallehermoso, Agulo, Mount Teide, San Miguel de Abona

Tour operator:

Explore!

Tour code:

OC

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Medium, Moderate

Age range:

16-

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Beach Tours, Cultural

Activities:

Sightseeing, Trekking

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Tour Overview

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

  • 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

Itinerary

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Day 1: Join Trip In Los Cristianos, Tenerife. Ferry To La Gomera Island

Location: Los Cristianos, San Sebastián de La Gomera

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Torre del Conde (or similar)

Our trip begins at the reception area of Andrea's Hotel Tenerife in Los Cristianos at 5.45pm. 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 from the hotel. The latest time your flight can arrive is 4.45pm.



You are free to arrive in Los Cristianos at any time before 5.45pm. If your flight arrives earlier in the day, luggage storage and bathroom facilities will be available if required at Andrea's Hotel. You may choose to stroll to the beach, which is only 450 metres away and in Los Cristianos there are lots of restaurants to choose from. Your leader will meet the group at the hotel reception at 6pm to walk to the ferry port together (15min walk, the luggage can be taken by a taxi).



We will take the 6.45pm 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 just a 5 minute walk from the port, so you will be asked to carry/wheel your own luggage.

Day 2: Descend To Chejelipes Via La Laja Village

Location: La Laja, Chejelipes, San Sebastián de La Gomera

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Torre del Conde (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 four-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.

Day 3: Explore Cloud Forest And Ascend To Alto De Garajonay

Location: Alto de Garajonay

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Torre del Conde (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 4: Walk To The Black Sand Beach Of Playa Caleta

Location: Playa de la Caleta

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Torre del Conde (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 5: Free Day To Relax Or Enjoy An Optional Walk

Location: San Sebastián de La Gomera

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Torre del Conde (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is free to relax in San Sebastian or explore more of the local area. Options include a walk along the coastal path to Cabrito Beach, a 15 kilometre, three-and-a-half hour walk following the same path there and back.

Day 6: Walk From Vallehermoso To Coastal Town Of Agulo

Location: Vallehermoso, Agulo, San Sebastián de La Gomera

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Torre del Conde (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 14 kilometre walk is expected to take around five-and-a-half hours with 770 metres of ascent and descent. We walk on unmade hillside trails, unmade roads and a short distance on pavements.

Day 7: Ferry Back To Tenerife; Circular Walk On El Teide

Location: Los Cristianos, Mount Teide, San Miguel de Abona

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Muthu Golf Plaza Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we take the ferry back to Tenerife then immediately drive up onto the slopes of the magnificent Mount Teide, whose crater we have been admiring all week from La Gomera. Passing through the fertile cultivated zone we reach the desert landscapes of the Teide National Park above the 2000 metre mark. Our picturesque circular walk across the El Teide Plateau takes us around the Roques de Garcia among many interesting lava formations. For those not wishing to walk today there is the option to go up to the summit of Teide by cable car (requires advance reservation, not included).



Later this afternoon we drive back down the mountain to the resort of San Miquel de Abona on the coast for our final night in Tenerife.



Today's four kilometre walk is expected to take around two hours with an ascent and descent of around 150 metres.

Day 8: Trip Ends In San Miguel De Abona, Tenerife

Location: San Miguel de Abona

Meals Included: Breakfast

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in San Miquel de Abona.



There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from San Miquel de Abona 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 15 minutes' drive from the hotel.



What's Included

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals – Breakfast Only

    Breakfast: 7

    Dinner: 1

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Accommodation

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Country Entry Visas

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

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Reviews from travellers on this tour

Lesley  

Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife

This is my second holiday with Explore and I will

This is my second holiday with Explore and I will definitely travel with the company again.

Thomas  

Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife

This was our first walking holiday. The walks were

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.

Susan  

Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife

Helen  

Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife

Really enjoyed it. Stunning scenery,od walks and w

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).

Steffan  

Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife

Lamera is a real Gem of an island, you have to be

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.

Cheryl  

Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife

Paul  

Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife

A really enjoyable week, I'm sure we will do somet

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!

Cheryl  

Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife

John  

Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife

This was an excellent trip and as advertised an id

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

Mark  

Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife

I really enjoyed the trip , the walking, winter su

I really enjoyed the trip , the walking, winter sun (interrupted by a couple of rainy days!), and a good group and tour leader - more than anything though, it was great just to travel abroad again after a gap of more than 2 years.

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