9 days, La Gomera: The Hidden Island
Do you wish to discover the hidden secrets of La Gomera, away from the usual tourist routes and enjoy special moments where you can be at one with nature? A unique experience as recommended by a good friend.
Brief Description of the Tour:
9 days and (8 nights), including transfer from the Reina Sofia Airport (South Tenerife) to your accommodation in La Gomera (Rural Houses). Whale Watching Excursions and Self Guided Tours and (to rent) our Samsung 7″ tablet with all the information about the island.
What is Included?
- Return Transfers from Tenerife South Airport, to and from the Accommodation.
- Ferry Tickets
Option A: Accommodation in Casa Rural El Cabezo and Casa Rural Los Aromos.
- Option B: Accommodation in Casa Rural Los Delfines and Casa Rural La Palmita.
- Whale Watching Excursion.
- Information Leaflets and Self Guided Routes, in Spanish.
- Use of Samsung 7” Tablet
What is not Included?
- "Los Órganos" Excursion.
- Hire car
- Additional Excursions
- Visit to Finca El Cabrito (check availability)
- Any other item not specified in the above table.
Once you arrive at the airport of Tenerife, there will be a shuttle that takes you to the Port of Los Cristianos (Tenerife South). Once there you will travel by boat to the island of La Gomera. Enjoy the journey, the ocean opens up and offers a prelude to the island that is serenely waiting with its closely guarded secrets. We have prepared a lovely Casa Rural, where you can rest and recuperate, ready to discover the secrets of the island every day.
We suggest you pay a visit to the Visitors Centre, and from there ascend until you are deep into the park, along this hike you will pass various vista points that will enable you to witness the varied landscape of the island. We especially recommend the “Mirador de Morro de Agando” and the hanging vista point of Los Roques. The first is unique in its shape measuring over 1200 meters, an ancient volcanic chimney exposed by millions of years of erosion from which you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the island. From here you can see three naturally protected areas and cannot help but be impressed by its breathtaking views. Do not forget to bring binoculars. Alternatively you can descend towards Hermigua using a different hiking route that will surprise you with more vista points that you will discover along the way.
Today we return to PNG (Garajonay National Park), this time to take hiking routes that are unfrequented, one of them “Meseta de Hermigua” (plateu of Hermigua). This trek allows us to enjoy one of the islands permanent waterways, along with monuments such as the one dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe, patron saint of La Gomera. If you enjoy walking we suggest you take the path to "El Cedro" with trees covered in lichen and moss that hang creating a unique landscape. Very close by you can also find another of the treks that we recommend, "The Bailadero", where early in the afternoon or in the morning you can witness the laurel pigeons and enjoy the many flowers that have adapted to living amongst the rocks and stones.
Today you're relocating to another Casa Rural. An intricate network of ravines that extend to the sea gives way to some beaches and coves of singular beauty. We recommend you visit the Caleta beach in the town of Hermigua, with fully equipped and maintained areas away from the usual tourist routes it is a little gem for relaxation and enjoyment of its wild beauty. In the town you should not miss the opportunity to visit the Museo del Gofio and the Ethnographic Museum. On the way to your next accommodation you must visit Agulo, with its well preserved old town, its unique elevated location and well cared for narrow cobbled streets amongst its many attractions. We recommend a stop at the restaurant La Vieja Escuela, where you can enjoy some delicious traditional dishes on a terrace with stunning views.
Today we invite you to immerse yourself in the sea and experience firsthand the beauty of its waters with its shades of blues, aromas, breezes, and power. We have called this adventure the "Day of the Dolphin", where you will see them swimming in their natural environment. At the same time you will be able to capture La Gomera as seen from the sea, the sun reflecting and infusing its slopes with brilliant and breathtaking colours and light. We suggest that on Wednesdays you take advantage of the fact that this excursion takes place at dawn allowing you to capture unique photos whilst at the same time experiencing something completely differently. In the afternoon, we recommend that you wait and enjoy the spectacular sunsets sitting on the beach or on a terrace, or stroll through the narrow streets and houses of La Calera, infused with their own special charm.
The middle of La Gomera is bathed for much of the year by a blanket of cloud, caressed by the trade winds. Sheltered within this sea of clouds can be found an ancient, lush evergreen forest, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The light filtering through this canopy of trees make you feel as though you have stepped into an enchanted forest. We recommend the hike “El Raso de la Bruma”, a short circular route that will plunge you into the heart of the forest. We also recommend another small hike “Los Barranquillos”, part of the forest that is characteristic of the southern slopes with a stark contrast of landscapes. From there you can see the west coast, highly recommended, especially for waiting to see the sunset. On the way to these hiking trails you will go pass through "los Chorros de Epina”, a place full of legends. Before returning we suggest that you continue on and visit La Laguna Grande, especially after 18:00.
From the sea, La Gomera seems impenetrable. With mountain ranges between 20 to 850 meters, its imposing features and unique characteristics have both delighted and left their mark on its visitors. Weather permitting we recommend the boat excursion to Los Órganos, a natural monument with uniquely shaped hexagonal columns that resemble cathedrals organ pipes. We also recommend you visit an interesting geological structure in Vallehermoso, called “El Roque Cano” a stunning gift of nature, with walls of rock reaching 250m in altitude. If you are left wanting more, we suggest you visit the fortress at Chipude “La Fortaleza” a geological formation with steep vertical walls and a plateau of about 300 meters in diameter that can be accessed by a narrow path. Not far from there, in Chipude, we find the village of El Cercado, a place where most of the traditional island pottery is made. In the local shops you will see the women potters that still maintain the local traditions and work the clay with their hands. Also, you will have the opportunity to purchase a unique piece.
Today we suggest you visit three villages in the northwest. Hidden villages with historical value that will transport you back to another time and infuse you with a peaceful calmness. Tazo, with its picturesque palm groves, and the ruins of the first chapel built on the island in honour of “Santa Lucía La Vieja”. Taguluche, a small village near the sea, maintains its houses with their traditional architecture, and finally Arguamul, a balcony overlooking the Atlantic with its houses that slope down to the sea.
Tour of the town in which you are staying followed by transfer to Tenerife airport.