Walking in La Gomera

Discover the botanical paradise of La Gomera on foot. La Gomera, the greenest of the Canary Islands, lies just 30 km off the coast of Tenerife, but is a world away in terms of atmosphere and landscape. Steep cliffs along the rocky coastline give way to volcanic peaks inland and deep gorges, or barrancos, limit access to many parts of the island. 

La Gomera's greatest treasures are found in the National Park Garajonay, among the dense vegetation of its mysterious laurel woods, where centuries-old trees clothed in moss give the impression of a tropical rain forest. In the valleys terraced landscapes of banana, papaya and mango trees are equally beautiful. The rugged coast of steep cliffs and small coves are another delight.
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Hiking route · La Gomera
El Cedro to Chipude
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 11.4 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 694 m
Descent 443 m

Start your walk in the Garajonay National Park, take in the sweeping views over La Gomera and La Palma in the distance.

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from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · La Gomera
Chipude to Vallehermoso
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 14.1 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 448 m
Descent 1,334 m

A beautiful walk along long-distance footpaths and woodland tracks to Barranco de Valle Gran Rey. 

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from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Difficulty
Distance 2.6 km
Duration 1:05 h
Ascent 0 m
Descent 372 m

The last section from Chipude to Vallehermoso may be too exposed if you're afraid of heights. This part can be avoided by choosing this alternate ...

from Laura Paterson,   Macs Adventure
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 13.2 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 830 m
Descent 831 m

Walk from Vallehermoso via Sta Clara in a loop walk with breath-taking views as you make your traverse the valley sides on your way back.

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from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · La Gomera
Vallehermoso to Hermigua
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 17.9 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 1,121 m
Descent 1,129 m

Walk out of Vallehermoso Valley by way of El Cano, a classic ‘frozen’ lava tube, pass the National Park visitors’ centre then decend on the GR-132 ...

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from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 9.6 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 112 m
Descent 1,022 m

The scenic and well-waymarked GR-131 route, which follows historic footpaths (dirt paths, some stony/with gravel, in continuous but gradual descent).

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from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 14.5 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 606 m
Descent 1,528 m

The longer alternative route on volcanic terrain with breath-taking views and landscapes, passing the abandoned village of Seima before ascending. 

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Map / Degollada de la Peraza to San Sebastián (longer route with optional detour via GR-132)
Difficulty moderate
Distance 4 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 189 m
Descent 463 m

The longer route to San Sebastian but with an optional detour via the GR-132 to avoid a steep exposed section.

from Laura Paterson,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · La Gomera
Hermigua Loop Walk via Los Alamos
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 12.4 km
Duration 5:55 h
Ascent 697 m
Descent 697 m

A beautiful route with breathtaking views through open terrain with many cacti and succulent species that takes you past the canopied beach bar at ...

from Macs Adventure,   Macs Adventure
Map / Vallehermoso to Hermigua - diversion/alternative route to Agulo via Mirador de Abrante
Difficulty
Distance 2.5 km
Duration 2:00 h
Ascent 37 m
Descent 527 m

This diversion/alternative route should be used in conjunction with the Vallehermoso to Hermigua standard route. 

from Steven Purdham,   Macs Adventure