La Gomera self guided walking, Canary Islands
Description of La Gomera self guided walking, Canary Islands
La Gomera, one of the smallest and most ecologically diverse of the Canary Islands, is the setting for this week-long self guided walking tour. Hike anti clockwise around the island from the port of San Sebastian, staying in hotels, historic manor houses and family-run pensions within reach of superb traditional restaurants.
On daily routes designed to provide a challenge without being too demanding, you’ll enjoy the raw coastal scenery of La Gomera, as well as the wonderfully atmospheric cloud forest in Garanjoy National Park and other fragile landscapes. You might spend some time wandering the tiny pottery workshops of El Cercado, explore the lush ‘hidden’ valley of Imada, or climb to the magnificent Roque de Agando, the highest basalt volcanic chimney on the island. Stunning panoramic views will frequently take you by surprise, often taking in neighbouring islands such as Gran Canaria, Tenerife and La Palma.
Your evenings can be spent dining on fresh seafood at harbour restaurants, or seeking out tranquil beaches to catch the sunset. The itinerary is crafted in such a way as to take you away from the main tourist routes, immersing you in some of La Gomera’s most spectacular landscapes, with year-round departures possible. What’s more, several of the accommodations used will allow for enjoyable cultural encounters with local families, serving homecooked Mediterranean cuisine. By staying in these places you'll get a far greater insight into life on La Gomera than you would on any standard package holiday.
1 Reviews of La Gomera self guided walking, Canary Islands
Reviewed on 16 Dec 2021 by Kathryn White
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Walking in different regions of the island - the scenery is so dramatic and very varied considering it is a small island.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
The walking is quite strenuous - a lot of steep up and down so expect a good workout!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Staying in small, independent hotels and eating regional food in local restaurants benefited local people. We were walking rather than hiring a car so that reduced environmental impact (although our luggage was transferred by car). Buying local produce supports conservation by encouraging farmers to manage their land sustainably, which is one way the national park is trying to prevent devastating forest fires in the future.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent holiday, it had the right balance of walks and rest-days for us. The organisation was faultless. A great way to see different parts of the island.
PlanetThe natural landscapes we explore are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environment.
Our environmental sustainable principles: True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term.
Within our route notes, we recommend on Day 3 to drop into The Visitor’s Centre run by ICONA, the Spanish National Parks Authority. Here you can find further information about the origins of the island, its climate, flora and fauna.
We encourage clients to be mindful that you are walking in National Parks, farmers fields and villages. Stay on the trails, avoid short cuts and to avoid paths widening if you need to walk through the mud do so. You need to be mindful that you may be walking through fragile environments that are enjoyed by many.
Never pick wildflowers, break branches or damage trees. Keep your distance from wildlife especially in Spring when young are around as this causes great distress.
Anything you take with you for the days walk, must be taken out. Never throw rubbish and dispose in the bins of the next village you come to.
When you make your booking, your pre-departure information is provided by email. Our office uses recycled paper and we recycle our bottles, paper and other items. Office staff travel by public transport to/from work.
PeopleOver the years of organising walks on Gomera we have built relationships with local accommodation providers and work with them to operate responsibly.
We have been working for many years with a family owned guest house in Chipude where daughter Sonia runs the property and mum Angela runs the kitchen providing lovely "home cooked" style meals.
The cuisine on La Gomera is distinctly Mediterranean however there is a distinct preference for traditional farm produce and meats which we encourage you to purchase for meals and snacks. There are also a number of excellent cheeses made on the island, including mouthwatering white goats cheese. We encourage you to purchase lunch and dinners from the local shops, village farmers markets, pubs and cafes along the way which in turn helps employment within the community.
Friendly local staff are ideally placed to give you a knowledgeable insight into the local terrain, flora and fauna and an authentic account of the history of the region.
We provide opportunities for real cultural exchange, where locals and visitors alike can share and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect.
No local payments policy: Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travellers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travellers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.