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Hiking in La Gomera – a 7 day itinerary

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As one of many smallest and quietest of the Canary islands, La Gomera affords a wild and unspoiled environment that’s supreme for nature lovers. We spent per week mountaineering in La Gomera, and share our 7 day itinerary with particulars of the very best walks, the place to remain and how you can get round. On this rugged panorama you may count on steep climbs and descents, however you’ll be rewarded by stunning views over the rocky shoreline and plush valleys.

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What to anticipate when mountaineering in La Gomera

The centre of La Gomera is roofed by the Garajonay Nationwide Park, the highlands at 1500m above sea degree being coated by protected laurel forest that’s typically shrouded in mist. From this UNESCO World Heritage web site, steep gorges or barrancos, minimize via the rock, as river valleys make their solution to the ocean. Due to the terrain, you’ll discover a combination of sheltered valleys clothed with palm timber, stone terraces and cactus, combined with steep paths to ridges that supply gorgeous views.

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Mountain climbing right down to Agulo La Gomera

La Gomera is a playground for the reasonably match to extra skilled walker, however having stated that you will discover routes which can be extra light if you want. With the Canary Islands having fun with heat and sunshine all yr spherical, La Gomera affords comfy strolling temperatures usually starting from 18-25 decrees Celcius, making it an excellent spring, autumn and winter mountaineering vacation spot.

Hiking down to Playa de Vallehermoso La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Mountain climbing right down to Playa de Vallehermoso La Gomera

Lodging in La Gomera

Whereas I like staying in boutique or luxurious inns, on my mountaineering journeys I’m simply on the lookout for a clear and cozy place to spend the night time. In La Gomera, a lot of the lodging is in “Casa Rural” or modest visitor homes, that amply cater for the wants of walkers. Resorts akin to Val Gran Rey provide lodging extra geared to vacation makers, however a lot of it’s fairly priced.

An exception to my common rule of reserving modest lodging for mountaineering, is in the beginning or finish of the journey, the place it’s good to deal with your self to one thing a bit extra particular. The Parador at San Sebastián de la Gomera or Lodge Jardin Tecina in Playa de Santiago are nice examples of inns the place you may deal with your self to just a little extra luxurious.

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Parador San Sebastian La Gomera
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Arriving in La Gomera

Most individuals will arrive for strolling in La Gomera through the neighbouring island of Tenerife, the place there are quite a few worldwide flights into Tenerife South airport. From right here it’s a 30 minute taxi or bus journey to get to the port at Los Christianos, the place you will get the ferry to La Gomera (it’s so shut you may see it). Two completely different ferry traces – Fred Olsen and Naviera Armas every run round 3 ferries a day to and from La Gomera. You’ll find extra details about the bus and ferry timings on the finish of the article.

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Ferry from Tenerife to La Gomera

The ferry to la Gomera

We took an early flight from the UK to Tenerife, arriving round 11.30am. Arriving at Tenerife South airport within the morning is good, because it means you may simply get the ferry to La Gomera on the identical day. We took one of many frequent buses from Tenerife South Airport and acquired off in Los Christianos half-hour later. From the bus cease it was a 15-20 minutes stroll to the ferry port.

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Ferry from Tenerife to La Gomera

As we had a few hours to attend till our ferry, we relaxed within the sunshine on the cafe “El Teatro del Puerto” which sells fairly priced refreshments. For foot passengers there’s no must e book prematurely because it’s straightforward to purchase tickets within the port’s departure centre, the place the ticket counters open round 1 hr earlier than the ferry leaves.

As soon as on board, there was loads of house to take a seat inside or exterior on the ferry. Because the ferry pulled away we loved the views wanting again on the south coast of Tenerife and the arrival on the island capital of San Sebastian de la Gomera.

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Ferry from Tenerife to La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Ferry from Tenerife to La Gomera

San Sebastián de la Gomera – 1 night time – (day 1)

Our 2.30pm ferry from Los Christianos in Tenerife introduced us into La Gomera at round 3.30pm and because the Parador the place we stayed was on the highest of the cliff, we took a taxi from the port to the resort. The gardens of the Parador are so beautiful that it was tempting to chill out there and benefit from the swimming pool and the views.

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San Sebastian La Gomera

Nonetheless, after settling in, we walked down into the small city through the trail and had a go searching within the late afternoon. It’s a really walkable place and after exploring the outdated city, we discovered a chiringuito on the beachfront for dinner.

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San Sebastian La Gomera
Fish platter San Sebastian La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Fish platter San Sebastian La Gomera
San Sebastian La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
San Sebastian La Gomera

The place to remain in San Sebastián de la Gomera

Staying on the Parador in San Sebastian was a splurge in the beginning of our strolling vacation in La Gomera, however one which we completely loved! The historically furnished rooms are set round inexperienced courtyards or look out on the stunning gardens.

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Parador San Sebastian La Gomera
Parador San Sebastian La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Parador San Sebastian La Gomera
Parador San Sebastian La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Parador San Sebastian La Gomera

We felt as if Christopher Columbus himself may simply have set foot right here for just a little little bit of paradise earlier than his arduous journey throughout the Atlantic. There’s a stunning swimming pool, courtyard bar, elegant restaurant and breathtaking views from the clifftops over the city and sea. Though we took a taxi up from the port, strolling down from the Parador alongside a cobbled lane doesn’t take too lengthy, when you know how.

If you’re on the lookout for cheaper inns in San Sebastian la Gomera, then strive Lodge Apartmentos Villa Gomera, which is centrally situated within the city itself, or verify different inns and residences in San Sebastian de la Gomera.

Automobile Rent Tip: You don’t want a automobile to get across the city of San Sebastian itself, and parking may very well be a problem within the centre of San Sebastian (though there’s parking on the Parador). So in case you plan to rent a automobile for the remainder of the keep, you could possibly choose it up as soon as you might be prepared to depart San Sebastian.

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Issues to do in San Sebastián de la Gomera

La Gomera’s capital has a largely pedestrianised centre, making it straightforward to wander round. The oldest homes survive from the 1440s when land was granted to Spanish nobles, after the conquerers managed to subdue the Guanche individuals who lived right here. San Sebastian could be very happy with its connections with Christopher Columbus who stopped right here in 1492 to tackle provides for his voyage to the “New World’.

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Christopher Columbus statue San Sebastian La Gomera

The primary issues to do embrace:

  • Sit below the shady laurel timber in Plaza de la Structure and watch the world go by from the cafe “Kiosco las Carabelas”
  • Discover the statue within the plaza of Christopher Columbus and browse the knowledge boards in regards to the city’s historical past.
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Iglesia de la Asuncion San Sebastian La Gomera
  • Wander up Calle Actual to the Inglesia de la Asuncion, the city’s foremost church which had simply been began when Christopher Columbus handed via. Nonetheless, the successive injury by pirate assaults imply that the church you see right this moment principally dates from the seventeenth century.
  • On the nook reverse the church is La Casa de la Aguada, with a nicely within the courtyard the place Christopher Columbus historically drew water for his voyage. Immediately it’s a vacationer info centre, with to 1 aspect an fascinating exhibition in regards to the island and the significance of stone in its growth. It’s price choosing up a map of the La Gomera mountaineering trails on the vacationer info centre.

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San Sebastian La Gomera
  • Subsequent door is the Archaeology museum with details about the island’s first inhabitants, the guanches. On the identical road and the close by Calle Virgen de Guadalupe are some fairly outdated Canarian homes with the standard carved wood doorways, shutters and balconies.
  • A brief distance additional alongside Calle Actual is the small chapel Ermita de San Sebastian in-built 1450.
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Torre del Condominium San Sebastian La Gomera
  • One of many city’s foremost landmarks is Torre del Conde, a fortified tower set in an open park. It was in-built 1447 to defend in opposition to the Guanche and proved helpful to Beatriz de Bobadilla, who sheltered there following the homicide of her husband the governor, till assist arrived to place down the Guanche revolt.

Mountain climbing from San Sebastián de la Gomera

Though we didn’t use San Sebastian as a base for mountaineering, if you wish to spend extra time right here, you may strive the next walks. Guidebook route numbers are proven for the La Gomera Rother strolling information.

  • A simple coastal stroll from San Sebastian’s promenade takes you to a sheltered bay at Playa de la Guancha. (Guidebook route 1)
  • A downhill route begins at Mirador Degollada de Peraza above the city, which might be reached by bus or taxi, from the place you stroll downhill again into San Sebastian, with views of Teide volcano on Tenerife. (Guidebook route 6)
La Gomera Rother hiking guide

Agulo – 2 nights – (day 2 and three)

After our nice night time on the Parador in San Sebastian, we moved on to Agulo the place we have been to spend 2 nights. Buses will not be very frequent, however Line 2 from San Sebastian bus station left at 10.30am and dropped us 40 minutes later at Agulo. From there it was a brief stroll via the pedestrianised streets to our lodging, a Casa Rural that provided easy lodging for walkers.

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Bus station san Sebastian La Gomera

The place to remain in Agulo

Agulo is a small and pretty compact village, so most areas will work nicely for walkers. Nonetheless, you probably have a rent automobile you must verify first what parking is obtainable, for the reason that streets are slender and parking is barely allowed in sure components of the village.

We stayed at Casa Rural Los Helechos which is good for walkers, for the reason that lodging is in small residences set round a conventional courtyard. Though breakfast is obtainable at an extra cost, we favored having our personal small kitchen / dwelling space. The homeowners have been additionally very useful in giving recommendation for walkers.

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Casa Rural Los Helechos Agulo La Gomera
Casa Rural Los Helechos Agulo La Gomera
Casa Rural Los Helechos Agulo La Gomera

If Casa Rural Los Helechos just isn’t out there, you could possibly strive Casa Lugo Lodge Rural (though this was closed on the time of our go to) or in any other case verify among the different Casa Rural or residences in Agulo.

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About Agulo in La Gomera

Referred to as the prettiest village in La Gomera, Agulo is made up of slender cobbled streets bordered by conventional homes. The setting is bounded by a sheer cliff in entrance of which the village sits surrounded by fertile terraces, and views in the direction of the ocean with Mount Teide within the distance.

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Agulo La Gomera

The nineteenth century purchased a interval of prosperity to Agulo and with thriving banana exports, trendy advantages akin to electrical energy and phone traces, so the village was often called the “bonbon of La Gomera”, such was its attraction as a spot to dwell. Throughout this time, engaging homes have been constructed by the increasing center courses, with two tales, elaborate carved doorways and window shutters and wrought iron balconies.

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Agulo La Gomera

Issues to do in Agulo

Locations of curiosity to go to in Agulo embrace

  • The church of San Marcos in the principle sq., with its putting rounded roof design. This church is definitely not that outdated having been designed in 1911 over the location of an earlier church that had fallen into disrepair. It’s from this sq. in the course of the competition of San Marcos in April, that bonfires of juniper wooden are lit and younger males bounce over the flames in honour of the saint.
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Agulo La Gomera
  • The primary factor to do within the village itself is to wander across the fairly streets to take in the environment, and chill out in one of many city’s cafes or conventional eating places. We ate in La Vieja Escuela and Bar Restaurante Alameda, each of which serve tasty Canarian specialties.
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Agulo La Gomera
  • From Agulo you may stroll to the coast to see the stays of an outdated davit or crane that was used to load boats with bananas, though it was destroyed by a storm within the Nineteen Fifties.
  • Additionally from the village you may stroll to the seashore at Playa de San Marco, the place there’s a fairly chapel. It’s a very good picnic spot though the waves are too tough to swim right here.
  • If you wish to get probably the most spectacular views you may hike or drive as much as the Mirador Abrante viewpoint the place there’s a glass viewing platform, for views over Agulo and Mount Teide in Tenerife.

Mountain climbing from Agulo

There are a number of completely different walks that may be undertaken from Agulo, justifying a keep of 2-3 nights. Instead, you could possibly use the closest village of Hermigua as an lodging base for 2-3 nights, which gives you entry to completely different walks. Guidebook route numbers are proven for the La Gomera Rother strolling information.

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Stroll to Pescante Agulo La Gomera
La Gomera Rother hiking guide

Day 2 – Agulo to Pescante and Playa de San Marcos

Having travelled that morning from San Sebastian to Agulo by bus, we settled into our lodging after which opted for a shorter stroll for the afternoon. This stroll took us via cultivated terraces in the direction of the coast, main downhill to Pescante, with a boulder strewn seashore and slipway for fishing boats.

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Stroll to Pescante Agulo La Gomera
Walk to Pescante Agulo La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Stroll to Pescante Agulo La Gomera
Walk to Pescante Agulo La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Stroll to Pescante Agulo La Gomera

By the aspect of the trail, outdated wood boats have been being saved, though it appeared far too tough to place out to sea, not to mention take a swim. Somewhat additional we reached the ruins of the buildings that have been used when this was a loading space to export bananas. Within the nineteenth century, a davit or crane was used to load crops into boats, though solely the stone pillars that supported the crane stay.

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Walk to Pescante Agulo La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Stroll to Pescante Agulo La Gomera
Walk to Pescante Agulo La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Stroll to Pescante Agulo La Gomera

Retracing our steps as much as the village, we took a distinct path across the headland, and down a rocky path in the direction of the seashore of San Marcos.

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Stroll to Playa San Marcos Agulo La Gomera
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Ermita San Marcos Agulo La Gomera

There are fairly views over the cove and the chapel, which is used in the course of the competition of San Marcos in April. As a part of the festivities, the saint’s statue is paraded right down to the chapel from the city sq.. The ocean is simply too tough to swim right here however there’s a picnic spot with benches and tables.

Timings – Agulo to Pescante and again 1 hr 30 minutes. Agulo to Playa de San Marcos and again 1 hr 45 minutes. (Guidebook Route 58)

La Gomera Rother hiking guide
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Stroll to Playa San Marcos Agulo La Gomera
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Ermita San Marcos Agulo La Gomera

Day 3 – Agulo to Centro de Visitantes Juego de Bolas

On this full day’s strolling we took a tougher route, immediately up the cliff behind Agulo to the Mirador de Abrante, which is called among the best hikes in la Gomera. Whereas the cliff stroll was difficult, with steep drops in locations, it was straightforward to comply with with stone steps and rewarded us with wonderful views over the city of Agulo and Mount Teide within the distance. On the high, a stone pillar marked the Mirador de Agulo and from right here the incline was extra light, via grass and outdated terraces, climbing as much as the best level on the Mirador de Abrante.

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Mountain climbing up from Agulo La Gomera
Hiking up from Agulo La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Mountain climbing up from Agulo La Gomera
Hiking up from Agulo La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Mountain climbing up from Agulo La Gomera Photograph Heatheronhertravels.com
Hiking up from Agulo La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Mountain climbing up from Agulo La Gomera

Visiting the Mirador is called among the best issues to do in La Gomera, however annoyingly it was closed (regardless of it being inside opening hours) so we had forgo the drink within the cafe we had been wanting ahead to. As a substitute we climbed up on the eroded ridge above the Mirador and adopted the trail and marker poles via shrubs and forest. We arrived on the Juego de Bolas, one of many customer centres for the Garajonay Nationwide Park, though it sits exterior the park itself.

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Mirador Abrante La Gomera
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Path above Mirador Abrante La Gomera

Juego de Bolas Customer Centre

It’s straightforward to spend a nice hour on the customer centre, which can also be a preferred cease in case you are travelling by automobile. Surrounding the centre is a botanical backyard, with areas displaying native shrubs and timber in addition to beds planted with the medicinal vegetation used on La Gomera.

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Juego de Bolas La Gomera

On the Casa de la Memoria or “Home of Reminiscences” we discovered an ethnographic museum, the place we watched an interesting movie, providing insights on the cultural heritage of los angeles Gomera. We realized in regards to the Silbo whistling language, that was used to speak throughout deep ravines, how pottery was historically made and the way the sap of palm timber is tapped to make palm honey.

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Juego de Bolas La Gomera

Adjoining the “Home of Reminiscences” is a sequence of small outlets and exhibitions across the courtyard. On the info centre, we picked up a map of the Garajonay Nationwide Park in addition to a La Gomera mountaineering map, with all of the strolling trails and acquired useful info from the park wardens. In the identical space is a restaurant promoting espresso and snacks in addition to native meals specialties, a memento store and an exhibition in regards to the horrible forest fires of 2012 that destroyed giant areas of the Garajonay forest reserve.

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Mountain climbing from Juego de Bolas La Gomera

Juego de Bolas again to Agulo

A round route would have taken us again on a distinct path, following the Barranco de las Rosas. Nonetheless a landslide had closed this path, so we retraced our steps to the Mirador de Abrante after which made a brief detour to see the reservoir Embalase de Agulo. From right here, it was again down the cliff path, having fun with the late afternoon views over Agulo.

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Embalase de Agulo reservoir La Gomera

Timings: The entire stroll took us round 7 hours, together with an extended cease for lunch at Juego de Bolas and a relaxation at Mirador de Abrante. Within the information e book the round route with no relaxation stops is given at 3 hrs 30 minutes. (Guidebook Route 59)

La Gomera Rother hiking guide
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Mountain climbing right down to Agulo La Gomera
Hiking down to Agulo La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Mountain climbing right down to Agulo La Gomera

Vallehermoso – 2 nights – (day 4 and 5)

After a second night time in Agulo we moved on to Vallehermoso, taking a taxi within the morning to avoid wasting time and permit us to do an extended stroll that day. The price of the taxi was round €25. We may even have taken the Line 2 bus that runs from San Sebastian to Vallehermosos through Agulo, leaving San Sebastian at 10.30am arriving Vallehermoso round 12.00.

If I used to be to decide on only one location to base myself for mountaineering on La Gomera, it could be Vallehermoso. Actually that means “Stunning Valley” there are quite a few walks that may be simply accessed from the city. Watered by the commerce winds, the vegetation right here is lush with palm groves and terraces for bananas and different crops. The rocky landmark of Roques de Cano towers over the city, which has a nice central sq. and helpful facilities akin to eating places, banks and outlets.

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View to Playa de Vallehermoso La Gomera

The place to remain in Vallehermoso

Vallehermoso just isn’t a giant city, so most locations to remain which can be pretty central will likely be fantastic when it comes to location for walkers. Like different locations we stayed, parking is restricted inside the city and streets might be slender, so verify together with your lodging in case you plan to be travelling by automobile. We cherished our keep in Lodge Rural Triana and it was the nicest place we stayed on this journey aside from the Parador.

The rooms are organized round an inner courtyard, and the decor of rooms and public areas is trendy and up to date. A particular point out has to go to the superb breakfast with an amazing unfold of top quality gadgets and barista type espresso.

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Lodge Rural Triana Vallehermoso La Gomera

The employees have been very variety and useful, going above and past to make sure we had an amazing keep. One level to notice is that like many smaller rural inns, there may be not a 24 hour reception and employees go away within the afternoon, however are on name by cellphone if required.

Hotel Rural Triana Vallehermoso La Gomera
Lodge Rural Triana Vallehermoso La Gomera
Hotel Rural Triana Vallehermoso La Gomera
Lodge Rural Triana Vallehermoso La Gomera

When you discover no availability in Lodge Rural Triana, verify for different inns in Vallehermoso. Nonetheless, remember that there will not be so many choices within the city, contemplating its recognition as a centre for walkers, so it’s finest to e book early, as Lodge Rural Triana is the most suitable choice we discovered.

If you’re on the lookout for an amazing place to eat, we will suggest Tasca Restaurante el Carraca, which is well the very best restaurant on the town – they serve all of the native specialties and their recent tuna fillet was wonderful!

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Issues to do in Vallehermoso

Whereas there are older conventional homes to be present in Vallehermoso, the environment is of a working Canarian city, the place the locals emerge within the late afternoon for a stroll and chat with their neighbours. Like the remainder of La Gomera, there’s not a lot in the best way of ‘sights’ to go to, however in case you are on the lookout for issues to do we advise;

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Botanic Backyard Vallehermoso La Gomera
  • On the sting of city within the course of Playa de Vallehermoso is the Descumbrimiento de Vallehermoso Botanic Backyard, stuffed with palms and native species, with a contemporary customer centre. The backyard was closed after we handed, the indicators proclaiming {that a} main authorities funded renovation is underway. Nonetheless, I’ve heard stories that there’s nothing to cease you wandering in via a aspect entrance to have a look, so could also be price testing.
  • Though the ocean at Playa de Vallehermoso is mostly too tough for swimming, there’s a seawater swimming pool in entrance of the seashore, with altering rooms and lifeguard, which is free to go to. We stopped there for a drink on the trailer cafe beside the swimming pool and my good friend loved her swim there.
  • On the GM-1 street out of city within the course of Agulo, there’s the Mirador El Almendrillo set beneath Roques de Cano, which supplies some wonderful views over the city.
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Marine Park Playa de Vallehermoso La Gomera

Mountain climbing from Vallehermoso

The primary attraction of Vallehermoso is the city’s location on the confluence of a number of valleys, providing quite a few mountaineering potentialities. We tried one of the fashionable La Gomera strolling routes to Cumbre de Chijere on the primary day and on the second we took the bus into Garajonay Nationwide Park, to stroll among the many island’s well-known misty laurel forests. Nonetheless, there are numerous different mountaineering routes that will justify staying for a number of days in Vallehermoso you probably have sufficient time. Guidebook route numbers are proven for the La Gomera Rother strolling information.

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Mountain climbing up from Vallerhermoso La Gomera

Day 4 – Vallehermoso to Cumbre de Chijere

The round day hike that we made to Cumbre de Chijere was certainly one of my favourites of the entire journey. Our stroll took us immediately from the city sq. up the Barranco de la Period Nueva. As we climbed steadily up alongside the valley aspect, we handed deserted terraces and noticed the vegetation change from palm and scrubby bushes to cactus and succulents.

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Mountain climbing up from Vallerhermoso La Gomera
Hiking up from Vallerhermoso La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Mountain climbing up from Vallerhermoso La Gomera

Lastly close to the highest of the ridge, a balcony path gave us some unbelievable views again down the valley in the direction of Vallehermoso. Somewhat additional and we arrived at Ermita de Santa Clara, a big chapel set on a bit of flat floor with views in the direction of the ocean and the remoted hamlet of Arguamel. We spent some time mesmerised by the white flecks on the ocean, making an attempt to guess in the event that they have been dolphins or the native pilot whales that swim in these waters.

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Ermita de Santa Clara Vallehermoso La Gomera
Ermita de Santa Clara Vallehermoso La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Ermita de Santa Clara Vallehermoso La Gomera

From right here the monitor continued on the aspect of the Cumbre de Chijere ridge with extra views over the ocean and crashing waves.

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Strolling to Ermita de Coromoto Vallehermoso La Gomera

A layer of cloud was settling down as we arrived on the second chapel, Ermita de Coromoto the place we sheltered from the wind along side the constructing for our picnic lunch. Not a lot additional was the breezy Buenavista viewpoint and from right here we turned down a stony path that will deliver us down from the ridge to sea degree at Playa de Vallehermoso.

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Strolling to Ermita de Coromoto Vallehermoso La Gomera
Buenavista viewpoint above Playa de Vallehermoso La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Buenavista viewpoint above Playa de Vallehermoso La Gomera

The monitor was so steep that it required all our focus, however we have been rewarded by beautiful views over the valley and coast under, arriving lastly on the street.

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Mountain climbing right down to Playa de Vallehermoso La Gomera

From right here a brief stroll took us right down to the seashore and the saltwater swimming swimming pools the place we had a drink on the cafe and my good friend took a swim. By the point we left right here, the rain was setting in so we opted to stroll again into Vallehermoso alongside the street, slightly than the trail that runs parallel to it.

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View to Playa de Vallehermoso La Gomera
Marine Park Playa de Vallehermoso La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Marine Park Playa de Vallehermoso La Gomera
Chriringuito Playa de Vallehermoso La Gomera Photo Heatheronhertravels.com
Chriringuito Playa de Vallehermoso La Gomera

Timings: The entire stroll took us 5 hours from Vallehermoso to Playa de Valleyhermoso, not together with the additional time we took on the swimming pool and strolling again into city. The guidebook timing for this stroll is 5 hours. (Guidebook Route 54)

La Gomera Rother hiking guide

Day 5 – Laguna Grande to Alto de Garajonay

For our second day in Vallehermoso, we determined to take the bus to discover the Garajonay Nationwide Park on the centre of the island. The park is thought for its laurel forests which are sometimes shrouded in mist and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Website in 1986. Attending to our place to begin on the Laguna Grande Customer centre from Vallehermoso proved a little bit of a logistical problem!

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