The stunning Landscape of La Gomera is as if it was designed to for walking the hills and Mountains. There is a wide variety to choose from You can walk along the cliff tops with sea views or walk through the dense green forest and everywhere in between.
In La Gomera you could almost point blindfolded at a map of the island and find a trail to enjoy. I walked a few so I will let you know the areas I enjoyed but you certainly don’t have to follow my advice. Get out there; find some amazing walks and comment below to let us know your favorite. My favorites were Playa Alojera, Parque Nacional de Garajonay, Hermiqua and Vallehermoso.
Playa de Alojera. This area is off the beaten track and needs a brave driver to negotiate the windy roads but it is well worth the visit. It is also a place to stay if you are looking for a very chilled, relaxing holiday. As you drive down the winding road through the mountains to Playa de Alojera you will find many places to walk or hike amongst the palm trees. This area is not covered by many trees so I would not recommend it for a mid-day hike. The trees will not keep the sun off you but it is perfect for an early morning or late afternoon/evening walk and you will get some beautiful sunset photos. This area is more for the casual walker or if you are someone who likes to walk and find a secluded spot to read your book then continue slowly while taking photos. I loved this area and it was one of my favorite parts of La Gomera. There is also an amazing fish restaurant called Restaurante Prisma for you to enjoy. There is not much else there apart from the Museum of palm syrup so make sure you stock up on supplies before heading on to the winding road.
Vallehermoso, I would recommend this area to stay for the seasoned hiker. Your options are vast. The valley name Vallehermoso translates to Beautiful Valley and it will not disappoint. You can find many different tracks to follow either hill or mountain and also towards the beach. It is very well sign-posted with the different destinations on the signposts pointing in the correct direction and the distance (in kilometers) so you know. Vallehermoso does have a few shops; mainly bakeries, restaurants and petrol stations so you can get all you need here. There are also quite a few places to stay here. We found a lovely little café called Lucia cosas de verdad. They did good coffee, a lovely selection of herbal teas as well as a large cabinet of Spanish baked goods.
Hermiqua is a very green and pretty area of Northern La Gomera with amazing views for the hikers and countless valleys of banana plantations and loads of terraces, definitely a paradise for hiking. Hermiqua would make a great base to stay if you love to go for long hikes. It has a few shops and restaurants so lots on offer and some lovely places to stay like Los Telares Gomera.
The last place I’ll write about but definitely not the least on this beautiful island is the most grand and beautiful and also by far the most densely forested of them all on this island. It is the stunning National Park up above the clouds, Parque Nacional de Garajonay. The moss covered trees make you feel like you are weaving through an enchanted forest. As you enter you are taken into a deep green wonderland. It is just beautiful and the change in temperature and smells makes you feel like you have travelled to a very different location. This is the best place to be in the middle of a hot day. You could loose yourself for hours here in this spectacular National Park and it is definitely the highlight of La Gomera.
To get to La Gomera for you Hiking trip you can fly straight into La Gomera airport or you can Fly to Tenerife and take the 50 minutes ferry across to San Sebastian de La Gomera. La Gomera and the other Canary Islands are known as the world’s best climate with year round spring weather so you can hike all year. I would pack clothes you can layer like thin wool tops and I would also recommend a water and wind proof jacket. For footwear I would recommend your favorite walking shoe and if you do have hiking boots I would use them. I have trail sole Asics training shoes and these were fine for the hiking we did.