Walking on La Gomera

from $2,699.00

Enjoy varied guided walking on the sub-tropical island of La Gomera. Stay in the **** Parador in the island capital of San Sebastian. Excellent cuisine, and spectacular gorge and coastal walks. Finish off the day with a dip in the pool overlooking Mount Teide on Tenerife.

  • Reviews 36 Reviews
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 12
All about the Walking on La Gomera.

Led by our expert local walking guide this varied guided walking holiday allows you to discover the breathtaking natural beauty of La Gomera. Short transfers to various locations around the island ensure you will experience the bewitching variety of landscapes on offer in this sub-tropical paradise.
We visit the UNESCO World Heritage National Park of Garajonay, a rare example of the humid sub-tropical forest that covered most of Europe before the arrival of man. From the misty heights of its peak, we will walk through forests and fertile terraces dotted with palms and rugged ravines. We’ll follow goat herders’ tracks and ancient paths, linking remote villages and hermitages perched above dramatic gorges with spectacular coastal views. La Gomera is also a plant lover’s paradise due to its temperate climes; it offers a wide variety of plants and we spot many endemic and sometimes rare species. As we explore the pretty towns and villages en route, we’ll stop for refreshing drinks and also include lunch in two restaurants specialising in local cuisine.
Your base is the stunning and tranquil **** Parador in the charming capital of San Sebastian. Perched high on the cliff top and surrounded by exotic gardens planted with hibiscus, bougainvillea and palms, the hotel’s pool is spectacularly positioned overlooking the sea and the colorful harbour below. It is built in traditional Canarian style with elegantly furnished wooden-beamed rooms with air conditioning and pretty interior patios. Excellent evening meals are served in the hotel, and expect to sample some typical Gomeran specialities.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 nights center-based accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 evening meals (including wine).
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)


  1. Day 1 Day 1 - Arrive in San Sebastian

    Arrive at your hotel on La Gomera in time for dinner. (Staying at Parador de La Gomera, Half Board)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 El Roque Agando 8km/5mi/4hr

    Today’s walk starts in the impressive surroundings of Los Roques with gigantic lava plugs all around us. We descend through colourful vegetation and Canarian Pine and palm trees to the pretty white cottages of Benchijigua, one of the oldest settlements on the island. A short climb rewards us with stunning views of the Santiago ravine, towered over by the colossal Roque Agando, before we finish our walk in the hamlet of Imada. Ravines and rocks are evidence of the erosion here after two million years without volcanic eruptions, while terraced fields colonise the steep slopes and goat-bells ring in the distance. (Staying at Parador de La Gomera, Half Board)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 Garajonay National Park 8km/5mi/4hr

    A UNESCO World Heritage National Park since 1986, the ancient laurel forest of the Garajonay National Park is a magical green oasis. Today’s walk descends gently through the high-humidity forest, alive with flora and fauna including wax myrtle, Canary laurel, blue tits and Bolle’s pigeons; our expert local guide will share their knowledge with us. We follow one of the few streams on the island which flows all year round, down towards the hamlet of El Cedro where we stop for lunch in a local restaurant, dining on watercress soup, gofio, almogrote and goats’ cheese, before continuing our walk through the forest. (Staying at Parador de La Gomera, Half Board)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 La Merica Ridge Walk 7km/4.5mi/3hr

    Starting in Arure with its patchwork of green and gold terraces, the ground opens dramatically on both sides. There are spectacular views from the ridge over the most emblematic valley on the island – Valle Gran Rey – to the left, and over Taguluche village far down to the right. We continue our walk, passing goat farms, until an abandoned canal leads us to a terraced plateau which is deserted apart from some ruined houses. We walk down to La Calera where locals grow bananas, mangos and avocados in abundance. It’s time for a refreshing swim in the ocean and a relaxing drink. (Staying at Parador de La Gomera, Half Board)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Free Day

    Today you could explore the pretty harbour and old quarter of San Sebastian, which dates back 500 years to the Conquest of the Americas. Here you can see Columbus’ house, the Church of the Incarnation and Columbus’ well, where water supplies were taken for his final voyage. It’s also market day here today. Or maybe just relax in the hotel’s beautiful gardens by the pool. (Staying at Parador de La Gomera, Breakfast included)

  6. Day 6 Day 6 Vallehermoso Walk 9km/6mi/4hr

    This walk reveals the very best of the island with verdant gorges, dramatic coastline, and magnificent views. From bustling Vallehermoso in the fertile north west, we ascend a lush ravine to the Santa Clara chapel for a picnic lunch. A stunning coastal walk and a beautiful descent with a commanding view of lofty Roque Cano, returns us to Vallehermoso. (Staying at Parador de La Gomera, Half Board)

  7. Day 7 Day 7 - The 1000m Villages Walk 11km/7mi/5hr

    Today, a short and spectacular climb to the Garajonay peak, in the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage National Park, rewards us with breathtaking views of the islands of La Palma, El Hierro, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. We’ll pass fig, palm and Canary pine trees as we descend through some of the most iconic villages in La Gomera, the first being Igualero, from where we can see the UNESCO World Heritage monument to Silbo Gomero. We head on to the C16 mountain village of Chipude, where we pass a huge rock fortress, The Fortress of Chipude (or Argodey) and where we stop for a typical Canarian lunch. We finish the day in El Cercado where traditional pottery methods are still used in some of the craft shops. Round off your week with a tasty local tipple such as guarapo, mistela or gomeron. (Staying at Parador de La Gomera, Half Board)

  8. Day 8 Day 8 - Leave San Sebastian
Where you stay
Parador de La Gomera
The Parador de la Gomera enjoys a stunning position perched on a cliff known as the Lomo de la Horca (Gallows Ridge) above the port of San Sebastian. The hotel is set in subtropical gardens from where you enjoy spectacular views across to Mount Teide on Tenerife looming up out of the sea. Each of the twin rooms is furnished with C16 style furniture, with wooden floors, en-suite marble bathrooms, mini-bar, telephones, satellite television and hairdryers. All our rooms overlook either the well-tended patio gardens, or have a balcony overlooking an internal courtyard garden.
Eating and Drinking

Canarian dishes tend to be simple and elegant, owing much to sun-ripened tropical fruits such as paw-paw, prickly pear and bananas, local vegetables such as sweetcorn and potatoes, and fresh fish such as moray and snapper.

Specialities include conejo al salmorejo (slow cooked rabbit with garlic, paprika and chili); rancho canario (a chickpea meaty soup), ropa vieja (chicken, pork and or beef stew); chocos (cuttlefish); and potaje de berros (watercress soup). The most popular fish are members of the sea bass family – cherne, cabrilla or merluza are common, and you may find grilled swordfish (espada a la plancha), as well as calamares (squid), gambas (prawns) and pulpo (octopus).

All the islands produce their own wine. Worth a try are those from the DOC region Tacoronte Acentejo produced by Insulares Tenerife, Viña Norte, produced from Listan Negro and Negramol grape. Wine producer Bodega S. Vinícola from La Gomera is well known for its Garajonay, an aromatic yellowish white, produced from 100% Forastera grape.

Group Guided Walking tour

Rated “2” Leisurely/Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

Overall Rating
Reviewed On 09/03/2020

Mr Rodgers

Some of the ascents/descents are very steep and uneven underfoot, so walking poles are advisable.

Audrey was one of the best guides we have ever had - highly informative and always helpful.

Reviewed On 28/10/2019

Mrs Gilmore

A wonderful holiday to an unspoilt island with a guide who was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate about his home, its history, geology, flora and fauna. The walks were varied, all in different parts of the island and at times adapted to take into account local weather conditions, quite strenuous at times but so rewarding with wide ranging views. The hotel was very special; spacious rooms and comfortable throughout and the gardens, full of sub-tropical plants, were beautiful - a delight to return to at the end of a full day. Thank you Headwater for an unforgettable holiday.

Reviewed On 25/03/2019

Mrs Gunningham

All 3 guides were fantastic and passionate about the island . Very knowledgeable and interesting. Good awareness of the environment and it's relevance to La Gomera.

Reviewed On 27/02/2019

Mr Lee

Good walking in different areas of the island with knowledgeable guides. Attractive hotel with panoramic views.

Reviewed On 11/02/2019

Mr Mackenzie

Lovely gentle walking with a great group in fantastic surroundings. Really helpful guide.


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