|Sat 26 January - 2 February 2019
||£885 / 1065€ pp
La Gomera sat floating across the water whilst I led numerous tours on its neighbour,Tenerife, over the last 10yrs.
Fortunately I decided to make the short boat trip across to explore.
Laurel Silva forests, steep spectacular ravines and wonderful greenery dominate its landscape.
If you want escapism from normal life and winter there’s no place better and the walking is pure class.
Nights : 7
2 nights in a 3 Star hotel - San Sebastian De La Gomera
5 nights in 3 Star Apartments - Hermigua
Meals : Breakfast everyday, 5 dinners.
Level of difficulty :
Moderate walking on varied terrain with ascents /descents. Some of these steep.
The week is graded B / B+ overall and it’s essential to bring well worn, comfortable boots.
Day .1) (Hotel Torre Del Conde / San Sebastian de la Gomera)
You need to arrive at Tenerife South on the Saturday pre tour before 17hrs.
You’ll be given clear directions of how to get from the airport to Los Cristianos where you’ll be met and shown where to leave your bags pre crossing (if early) and where to meet for the ferry.
One unique ferry crossing at 19hrs from Los Cristianos to San Sebastian de la Gomera will take the whole group the 50mins journey across the water to our first hotel. It’s a 10 minute walk from the boat to the hotel front door. Dinner included.
Day .2) “Circular walk from Hermigua via La Caleta” (Apts Telares / Hermigua)
After breakfast we’ll use the big supermarket in the capital to buy our own basic supplies for our apartments which contain a fridge, kettle and have basic cooking facilities. We’ll then be taken with our baggage and shopping to Hermigua village, 30 mins away.
By way of exploring the valley and familiarising ourselves with Hermigua , our first walk will take us down to the coast and then up into the hills beyond Santa Catalina beach (3.5/4hrs walking) Dinner included.
Day 3.) “Cumbre Chijere” (Apts Telares / Hermigua)
To the north of Hermigua lies Vallehermoso and some superb scenery (Walking 4.5hrs approx)
Day 4.) “Valle Gran Rey – Arure” (La Merica Ridge) (Apts Telares / Hermigua)
Wonderful chunk of rock with a big broad back to walk along and admire the landscape for miles, with the island of El Hierro in view. (Walking 4hrs approx) Dinner included.
Day 5.) Rest Day! (Apts Telares / Hermigua)
The temptation to go out and discover more is up to you and an excursion:
cultural, walking or simply by the sea will be offered at additional cost.
Day 6.) “La Laja / Roques Circuit”. (Hotel Torre Del Conde / San Sebastian de la Gomera)
This was the walk I wanted to do the first time I explored the island by car.
The Roque de Agando points skywards near the centre of the island and is a massive feature for lovers of high mountain scenery. Today’s walk is circular, passing the hamlet of Laja with some breathtaking terrain. (Walking 4hrs approx) Dinner included.
Day 7.) “Hermigua – Agulo Circular” (Apts Telares / Hermigua)
After breakfast we walk directly from base up the steep sides of the valley in the direction of nearby Agulo. We take time to stop at the visitors centre before heading out to one of the most stunning viewpoints anywhere. Our path winds down into the very well kept village below via the GR131 and after a break we push on to Hermigua where transport will take us south for our last night in the capital.
(Walking 6hrs approx). Dinner included.
Day 8.) Departure day! Ferry crossing at 09.00 back to Tenerife.
Please note: There may be some variation to the basic tour plan depending on weather conditions and group interests.
What’s included :
• The services of a guide from arrival in Los Cristianos / Tenerife.
• 5 guided walks
• All transport from accommodation to the walks.
• Five evening meals (two choice menus)
• Return boat transfers from Los Cristianos – Gomera at appointed times.
• Somewhere to leave your luggage in Cristianos on day one to allow you to explore Cristianos unburdened.
• The return group bus transfers from San Sebastian de la Gomera to Hermigua
• Breakfast every day (continental)
• The price is based on two people sharing a twin or double room
• A Single supplement is available on request
What’s not included :
• Flights to Tenerife
• Transfers to and from the airport - Los Cristianos
• Walk picnics
• To take advantage of this tour you need to find a flight to arrive in Tenerife before the 19hrs boat to La Gomera on Day one. You’ll be back on Tenerife on departure day at 10am approx. Boat crossing 50mins approx.
Fortunately a lot of budget airlines have taken to promoting Tenerife South Airport
(Reina Sofia) including:
Easyjet and Ryanair. Flights are available to book at the best rates now!
On arrival at the airport you can choose taxi for about £30 or book a shuttle in advance www.skytransfers.com, shuttledirect or Suntransfers.
All can be pre booked via internet.
Public Transport (Titsa Buses) provides a direct service right outside the airport terminal going to the centre of Los Cristianos – Service 111 south.
Journey time approx 25 mins. Cost 3.50€ approx one way.
On payment of the holiday full balance, a map showing how to locate the port meeting point / myself in Los Cristianos, will be sent to you.
• Each walker should have adequate travel insurance for the trip and a photo copy of this must be given to the walk leader on arrival.