GR131/GR132 La Gomera with Luggage Transport
Bookatrekking.com Trips - 8 days
Regular days with
- 15 - 20 km per day
- 500 - 1000m ascent per day
- T2 Trails / no difficulty markings
Overview> Hike the entire GR131 and part of the GR132
> Hotels, ferry, and luggage transport included
> On your own but worry-free
¡Hola La Gomera! La Gomera is not a secret for enthusiasts anymore, but thankfully the island is still not on the radar of the mass tourist. No all-in hotels, no fighting over beach chairs, and no fish 'n chips. This is La Gomera, the green pearl of the Canary Islands, loved by hippies, hikers, and connoisseurs of the good Canarian life. Hiking from point to point, climbing the highest peak on the island, short day hikes, or walking around the entire island in the shape of a GR route. Looking for a walking paradise? La Gomera is it.
Self-guided on the GR131, La Gomera's Camino Naturalis. To finish it off and get back to your location, you'll also hike a section of the GR132, the hiking trail that circles the entire island in its full form. Each day you will walk from hotel to hotel and we will make sure your luggage is ready for you in the evening. No worries, on your own. Vamos!
Why book with Bookatrekking.com?
You can perfectly well travel to La Gomera and go hiking by yourself. However, finding the right routes, flattened or just known only to locals, and matching that with a nice hotel nearby can be a complicated affair. Bookatrekking.com has years of experience in self-guided walking holidays and our trekking experts will gladly take that burden off your shoulders. Hop on a plane, take the boat from Tenerife to La Gomera, grab that rental car, relax in the nicest hotels and discover both the most popular and the most secret walking routes.
RouteWhat's the plan?
La Gomera's GR131, the Camino Naturales, a hiking trail for purists. Over the next few days, you'll discover the island's most beautiful spots without having to keep going back to the starting point or getting into the car. As a finishing touch, you'll also hike two of the more beautiful stages of the GR132. Vamos!
Day 1: Arrival in La Gomera
Today you'll land on Tenerife-Sur, from where you'll take a bus to the harbour. From here you'll cruise in just over an hour to La Gomera's port and capital, San Sebastian. From here you can walk or take a taxi to your hotel. Depending on what time you arrive on the island, you'll have time to explore La Gomera's capital.
Accommodation: Hotel in San Sebastian de La Gomera
Day 2, Stage 1: San Sebastian de La Gomera - Degollada de Peraza
Welcome to the GR131, the hiking trail that "connects" all the Canary Islands but really stands out in La Gomera. The first stage is an immediate beauty and takes you over a distance of almost 10 kilometres to the viewpoint of Degollada de Peraza. This spot takes a central role in Gomeranian history. It was here that the warrior Hautacuperche killed Hernan Peraza "El Joven" for breaking the liaison pact that had united them for several generations.
For the island, this marked the rebellion of the Gomeros, which heralded a tragic end for its former inhabitants. Along the way, you'll pass beautiful traditional architecture and enjoy spectacular views over the canyons of Cabrito and La Laja. Near the Degollada de Peraza, a traditional hotel awaits your arrival.
Distance: 9.3 kilometres
Time: 4 hours
Ascent: 930 metres
Descent: 20 metres
Accommodation: Hotel near Degollada de Peraza
Day 3, Stage 2: Degollada de Peraza - Chipude
Today you get a bit of everything La Gomera has to offer: laurel forests, beautiful rock formations, unprecedented views and deep ravines. This section cuts through one of the island's most important areas, Garajonay National Park. Laurel forests were once found throughout southern Europe but nowadays, unfortunately, you only find them in remote areas like this one. Garajonay is home to one of the best representations of laurel forest in the entire Canary Islands. The stage ends in the idyllic town of Chipude with the imposing Fortaleza de Chipude in the background.
Distance: 16 kilometres
Time: 5 hours
Ascent: 690 metres
Descent: 540 metres
Accommodation: Hotel in Chipude
Day 4, Stage 3: Chipude - Vallehermoso
The square of Chipude is where the third stage of the GR131 begins. You pass the unique villages of El Cercado and Las Hayas, both locally famous for their pre-colonial pottery. Once again, laurel forests are on the menu today. These are interspersed with breathtaking views over valleys and, unlike the first stage, you descend considerably today. Officially, the stage ends at the beach of Vallehermoso, but your GPX stops in the village. Continuing northwards, you'll arrive at the beautiful Playa de Vallehermoso after 20 minutes or so.
Distance: 14.4 kilometres
Time: 5 hours
Ascent: 240 metres
Descent: 1130 metres
Accommodation: Hotel in Vallehermoso
Day 5, Stage 4: Vallehermoso - Hermigua
Playa de Vallehermoso, where you might have gone for a refreshing swim yesterday is the official end of the GR131. We haven't had enough of it yet so we seamlessly hike on to the GR132, the route that circles the entire island. Vallehermoso is actually so nice that you'll want to go there again. There is time for that on day 7. Today an almost 6-hour hike to Hermigua awaits. Endless views over the sea, a stop in Agulo, where you can still visit the springboard and via the Santa Catalina beach to that cold beer in your hotel.
Distance: 20.3 kilometres
Time: 5.5 hours
Ascent: 950 metres
Descent: 990 metres
Accommodation: Hotel in Hermigua
Day 6, Stage 5: Hermigua - San Sebastian de La Gomera
You'll make one last hit on the GR132 before stretching your legs in San Sebastian. Green valleys, palm trees and the occasional sheep on the terraces. Just before San Sebastian you climb one more good climb, the last chance to take it all in at once. Cherish this moment because when you get back to San Sebastian, the quiet is finished.
Distance: 18.6 kilometres
Time: 5.5 hours
Ascent: 780 metres
Descent 910 metres
Accommodation: Hotel in San Sebastian de La Gomera
Day 7: Relaxation in San Sebastian de La Gomera
The going is tough. If you still have the legs, it's a good idea to get up early today because there's still a lot to explore. Indeed, today's options might well give you that final push to travel to La Gomera once more. Take a taxi to Vallehermoso or check out the part you haven't checked out yet, Valle Gran Rey. Whatever you do, your last day in La Gomera will be worth it.
Accommodation: Hotel in San Sebastian de La Gomera
Day 8: Departing La Gomera
Late flight from Tenerife? How lucky. Then you might be able to explore San Sebastian's old town centre this morning if you haven't already. Or, maybe there's still some time for a stroll along San Sebastian beach and a very last swim before the you board the ferry. ¡Hasta luego!
Our trekking experts arrange accommodation booking. This is always according to the itinerary and a short distance from some nice daily trekking routes.
√ Luggage transport
Your luggage will be transported from hotel to hotel daily. This way, in the mornings and evenings, you always have the chance to have the convenience of all your luggage without having to lug it around.
The ferry from Tenerife to La Gomera and back is included in this package. This will be booked along for you.
Op eigen houtje maar wel met onze wandelgids. Dit is een informatief document daarin alle informatie die je nodig hebt om van A naar B en van B naar C te komen. Komoot-kaarten, handige telefoonnummers, paklijsten, noem maar op.
× Transport to Tenerife
This package does not include flights to and from Tenerife.
Deliver your car refueled to the harbour. If it is not full, the car rental company may charge for the missing fuel. Fuel during the trip is, of course, at your own expense.
× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.
× Lunch and dinner
Breakfast is always included where possible. For your day hikes, allow for lunch and snacks. You will always find an option for dinner in or around the hotel.
× Permits, cable cars, and admission tickets
This package does not include any hiking permits, the cost of using, for example, a cable car or bus and any admission tickets.
× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.
During this hiking holiday, you will stay all week in pleasant accommodations in San Sebastian de La Gomera and along the route of the GR131 and GR131. Accommodation is always subject to availability. If one of the options below is not available, a similar option will be found. On La Gomera, we always find something!
San Sebastian de La Gomera: Hotel Torre del Conde
Hotel Torre Del Conde is located in the centre of San Sebastián, 200 metres from the port. It features a restaurant, rooms with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. The restaurant serves a range of buffet dishes, including traditional Canarian dishes. Guests can also enjoy a drink or snack at the hotel's café-bar. The terrace offers impressive views of the nearby bay.
Rondom Degollada de Peraza: Casa Rural La Palizada
A paradise in the mountains, far from civilisation, that is Casa Rural La Palizada. Just you and views of La Gomera's most beautiful mountains. Fully equipped and a great spot to start the next stage of the GR131.
Chipude: Hotel Sonia
Simple but fully equipped and, with the little pub, also a popular place for where the elderly in the area come for a drink. A place where you will undoubtedly meet more hikers of the GR131.
Vallehermoso: Hotel Rural Triana
The country hotel Triana is located in the town of Vallehermoso, surrounded by inviting terraces and gardens. Here you can try a delicious sweet breakfast of typical local products while enjoying the year-round sunshine. Throughout the hotel, you will notice attractive traditional features, such as bare stone walls and dark wood parquet floors. The town has several bars, restaurants and shops, offering convenient services for your stay.
Hermigua: Hotel Escuela Rural Casa Los Herrera
The Escuela Rural Casa de los Herrera Hotel is set in a 19th-century estate that was refurbished in 2010. It has stone walls and clay and wooden floors. It is perfectly located in the centre of the town of Hermigua and offers easy access to everything there.
Packing ListPacking List for your hiking days
No matter where you go hiking or for how long: Carrying the right equipment with you is paramount. For hiking in la Gomera, the first thing you need is a comfortable daypack. It makes a difference that we take care of transporting your suitcase. That way, you really only need to take into account an unexpected change in weather, food and drink. We have compiled a packing list with some essential items you should bring and some extras you might find useful. We will leave out your beach gear for now :)
- Walking shoes (broken in)
- Walking socks
- Base layer
- Mid layer tops (e.g. fleece)
- Trekking trousers
- Hat or cap
- Waterproof jacket
- Water bottle
- Sunglasses & sun cream
- Nuts, (dried) fruit and energy bars
- First-aid kit
- Blister plasters
- Camera and charger
- Map and compass
- Walking poles
Hiking in La Gomera: What and where?
We already mentioned the beaches. Of course, you'll find them on La Gomera too. Unlike on other Canary Islands, you won't easily find huge collections of beach chairs here. What you do find here are hippies of all generations banging their drums, especially before sunset. The history of this takes us all the way back to American hippies who literally crossed the ocean to escape military duty. Los Americanos, as they were known on the calm little island, were welcomed with open arms and the years that followed soon became legendary. Parties and more hippies hearing about the island meant that the culture soon became part of the island.
The culture was naturally accompanied by a passion for the outdoors. You will find this on La Gomera, dubbed La Isla Redonda because of its round shape, by the bucketful. La Gomera has a network of more than 600 kilometres of hiking trails. There are trails of all shapes and flavours and of varying degrees of difficulty for those who like to challenge themselves; from hoary GR routes, mystical jungle trails; and hiking trails with constant views of that endless ocean. Tenerife is known for its eternal spring, but of course, you'll find this in La Gomera too. Here you can go all year round for a good shot of endorphins.
The best season for hiking in La Gomera
Although you can visit La Gomera all year round, even in winter, there is a best and most popular season for hiking holidays on this island. This is completely in line with the other Canary Islands and even applies to Madeira. The islands owe this fantastic climate to their geographical location and the Gulf Stream. In geographic spring and autumn, as far as you have them at that latitude, you will hike most finely on La Gomera.
Because in many places it can get too hot in summer and too cold in winter, these months are less suitable for an active holiday. In spring and autumn, on the other hand, you can expect many hours of sunshine and a pleasant breeze. There are absolutely no thick rain clouds, so you can safely leave your umbrella at home. Like Tenerife, for example, La Gomera can be a bit chilly in the north, so a jacket or jumper is still recommended.
Getting to and from la Gomera
The most beautiful places on earth, you will not simply get there. That certainly applies to La Gomera. Although the quirky little island has its own airport, you really only get there with a transfer via the Spanish mainland. The shortest, fastest and most common approach is to arrive via its 'big brother' Tenerife. Tenerife has two airports, one in the north, aptly called Teneriffe Norte (TFN), and one in the south near Los Christianos, Tenerife-Sur (TFS). The northern airport is also known as Los Rodeos, the southern also as Reina Sofia. Tenerife is a popular holiday destination and so you can fly to eternal spring with ease from any airport. Multiple airlines like Easyjet, Rynair, WizzAir and Transavia offer flights from all over the continent.
Most airlines fly into Los Christianos (TFS), which is totally convenient for travelling to La Gomera. In fact, the ferry to San Sebastian also departs from this coastal town. The crossing takes about an hour and a half and can be easily arranged through Fred Olsen and Garajonay Express.
La Gomera is a safe holiday destination. In the towns, though, keep an eye out for petty crime. This means pickpocketing and muggings can occur. This is relative to any other holiday destination in Western Europe. On beaches, always keep a close eye on warning flags and watch out for currents. Don't swim too far into the sea, drownings certainly occur in the Canary Islands.
Remote hiking trails are not without risk. Make sure you bring enough water, your phone is charged and you don't set off without a (hiking) map. On La Gomera, you are never far from civilization and you will always meet several people on the hiking trails.
An emergency exists when human life (yours or someone else's) is in danger and there is nothing you can do to resolve the matter. Call for help if there has been an accident if someone is trapped, if you are lost or in trouble and cannot continue because of the time of day or weather conditions, or if you are trapped because of technical climbing challenges beyond your capabilities.
Useful emergency phone numbers:
General Spanish Emergency number: 112
- Don't go on your hiking trip if you have symptoms.
- Not all the accommodations are allowed to operate at full capacity yet, so make sure you book your stay in advance.
- Keep your distance and hygiene.
- Use disinfectants and hand sanitizers.
How to BookHow to Book?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking your match? In that case, you can proceed with your booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 30% of the total amount. In the case of this trek, we will check the availability at the respective accommodations for you. There are two possible outcomes:
√ There is availability
We go ahead and make all necessary arrangements for your trip. Once confirmed, we will send you a confirmation and your personal hiking guide. The remaining 70% must be paid at least two (2) weeks before the start of the trekking.
X There is no availability
If there is no availability, we will look for other starting dates or another trekking in agreement with you. Are there no other options for you? Then your deposit of 30% will be refunded.
If all the accommodations of this trekking are booked and confirmed, you will lose your deposit of 30% at all times. If you cancel within 14 days of your start date, you will lose your full booking amount.
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