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    San Sebastain to Playa de la Guancha (4 km)

    by Pijlmans Updated Jan 13, 2014

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    San Sebastian to the secluded beach Playa de la Guancha
    4 km, 60-75 min
    Total climb approximately 200 m
    Rating: 8 out of 10

    This short walk brings you from the beach of San Sebastian to the relatively secluded beach Playa de la Guancha.

    The walk provides some nice views of San Sebastian and the harbor, as well of great sights of the cliffs and Playa de la Guancha.

    When we arrived at the beach, it basically was deserted. During the day, some more people arrived, some passing by to the next secluded beach Playa del Cabrito.

    The beach itself is with stones, you can still lie there rather comfortable on a towel. It was a bit hard to enter and exit the sea due to the rocks in the water and the high waves. Water shoes would be recommended.

    The only bad part of this hike is that at the end of a lazy day at the beach you have to walk back the 60 minutes to San Sebastian!

    See here for more pictures of the beach!

    At the link below you can see and download the GPS track of this hike.

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    Hermigua - Playa de la Caleta hike (14 km)

    by Pijlmans Updated Jan 13, 2014
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    Hike from Hermigua along Playa de la Caleta and back to Hermigua
    14 km, 4 h 15 min including breaks
    Total climb approximately 600 m
    Rating: 7 out of 10

    The hike starts close to the church in the village Hermigua in the north of La Gomera.

    It starts quite steeply uphill, but soon becomes easier. The hike passes the beach "Playa de la Caleta" but we did not go there.

    There's a nice part along the coast, followed by a relatively flat 4x4 trail more inland.

    On the picture a good view of the coast, with Mount Teide on the neighboring island of Tenerife in the background.

    There is the possibility to do a shortcut and leave the flat 4x4 trail after about 7 km but we wanted to give our legs some rest and stayed on the 4x4 trail.

    The last part of the hike toward Las Nuevitas was particularly nice with good views and a nice trail.

    This hike was relatively easy with very nice coastal views but nothing very spectacular in particular besides that, therefore it gets a 7 out of 10.

    At the link below you can see and download the GPS track of this hike.

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    Alto de Garajonay

    by Pijlmans Updated Jan 11, 2014

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    The highest "peak" of the island is called Alto de Garajonay in the National Park Garajonay.

    Being the highest peak, and closest to the gods, it was a holy place for the original inhabitants of La Gomera.

    It actually is not really a peak, more a highest point, but it gives amazing 360 degrees views of La Gomera.

    And on clear days you can see the neighboring islands El Hierro, La Palma, Tenerife and sometimes even Gran Canaria.

    You can reach the peak by car, parking Parajito on the roundabout where the roads GM-2 and GM-3 meet. From there it is a 15-30 minute walk uphill depending on your condition :-)

    Unfortunately, the vicinity of a parking also means that you're likely will not be alone at the top!

    I really advise you to wait until you are sure that it will be a very clear day without fog or clouds, so you will have the best view possible...

    We did two hikes in the National Park that also include a visit to the peak, see Garajonay - El Cedro hike and Garajonay - Laguna Grande hike.

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    Garajonay - El Cedro hike (15 km)

    by Pijlmans Updated Jan 11, 2014
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    Hike in Garajonay National Park, from Pajarito to El Cedro, including Alto de Garajonay
    15 km, 5 h 40 including breaks
    Total climb approximately 850 m
    Rating: 8 out of 10

    This hike goes through the famous Laurel (or Laurisilva) forest of La Gomera, in the National Park Garajonay.

    The start is at the roundabout and parking called Pajarito. From here it goes to the highest peak Alto de Garajonay. We visited this peak as well during our hike through the National Park that started at Laguna Grande.

    Today we were quite early at the top, there were only two other people. However, it was more cloudy than our previous visit and the views were less good.

    From here it is all downhill to El Cedro, through the laurel forest, a very pleasant walk. Although impressive, I think I liked the laurel forest I have seen at the island of La Palma better.

    After a well-deserved lunch at the picnic site El Cedro, we started the long trip uphill back to Pajarito, again through the forest and ending with some good views of Los Roques.

    Do not miss the Mirador (viewpoint) Del Morro de Aganda, it is worth the extra few meters walking!

    This is "Ruta 18" of the National Park, marked as their most difficult hike. It isn't an easy hike, but on the signs of the NP a duration of 9 h 10 min is indicated, which is a bit long for this walk! What makes this hike difficult is that it first goes downhill, and then you have you climb your way back up. It would probably be better to start in El Cedro, but that place is quite hard to reach by car.

    At the link below you can see and download the GPS track of this hike.

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    Chejelipes to San Sebastian hike (13 km)

    by Pijlmans Updated Jan 11, 2014
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    Linear hike from Chejelipes to the beach Playa de la Cueva in San Sebastian
    13 km, 4 h 15 min including breaks
    Total climb approximately 750 m
    Rating: 8 out of 10

    Normally we don't do linear walks, because it is always hard to get back to the start. However, we had our accommodation in Chejelipes and thought it would be nice to hike to San Sebastian and spend the rest of the day there resting at the beach.

    The hike starts at the dam and church in Chejelipes. The first 4 km goes uphill towards the main road GM-1 (TF-711), then downhill along the mountain ridge towards San Sebastian.

    It was a windy day, and at some points on the mountain ridge we were almost blown away!

    At the end of the hikes there are some good views of San Sebastian.

    After we spent the rest of the day on the beach, we took a taxi back to Chejelipes, this was about 12 euros. From the beach of San Sebastian to Chejelipes via the main road is about 8 km.

    At the link below you can see and download the GPS track of this hike.

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    Garajonay - Laguna Grande hike (20 km)

    by Pijlmans Updated Jan 11, 2014
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    Hike in and around the Garajonay National Park, starting at Laguna Grande
    20 km, 6 h including breaks
    Total climb approximately 800 m
    Rating: 7 out of 10

    This hike starts in the Garajonay National Park at the recreational site Laguna Grande.

    It first leaves the NP and takes you along the villages El Cercado and Temocada. The views during this part of the hike are wide and quite good.

    The next part goes through the NP, and to the highest peak of la Gomera, Alto de Garajonay.

    We specifically waited for a very clear day to do this hike, and postponed it until we were sure that there would be no clouds. The views from the Alto de Garajonay are amazing, we could see the neighboring islands El Hierro, La Palma, Tenerife with great views of mountain Teide, and even Gran Canaria.

    The Alto de Garajonay can also be reached by car (with a short 15 minute walk) and it was very busy at the top.

    From the top, we walked through the rest of the National Park with some detours back to Laguna Grande. The hike can easily be shortened by returning earlier to Laguna Grande.

    Unfortunately, this part of the NP burned down in 2012, and it must have looked a lot better before the fire. It clearly has not recovered yet, everywhere are burned black dead trees. The contrast with the green moss is amazing, see the pictures.

    The fact that everything is so burned and dead here is the reason I rated this walk with "just" a 7 out of 10. However, the great views from the top with clear weather deserve a 10!

    Note that this walk does not include the famous Laurisilva or Laurel Forest of la Gomera. See my "Garajonay - El Cedro hike (15 km)" for this subtropical forest!

    At the link below you can see and download the GPS track of this hike.

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    Valle Gran Rey - Barranco de Argaga hike (14 km)

    by Pijlmans Updated Jan 11, 2014
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    Hike from Valle Gran Rey through the Barranco de Argaga
    14 km, 6 h 15 min including breaks
    Total climb approximately 900 m
    Rating: 10 out of 10

    Wow, what a great hike this was! The best we did on La Gomera!

    The hike starts anywhere in the center of Valle Gran Rey. Then it is about 800 m uphill during 5 km through a beautiful barranco (valley). The GPS did not have a good signal some of the time and I had to polish the GPS track that you can download below a bit in order to get rid of erratic signals.

    At several places it is not just walking, but some parts involve a bit of climbing. And this is not a hike for those with vertigo!

    That this (or any) hike is not without danger was clear when we suddenly heard a loud scream out of nowhere. A but further we found a German tourist with a bleeding head-wound. He had slipped and fallen down about 2 m. We gave him and his two friends some bandage and went on when he seemed OK.

    Also the way back to Hermigua was beautiful with very nice views.

    At the link below you can see and download the polished GPS track of this hike.

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    Epina hike (13 km)

    by Pijlmans Updated Jan 11, 2014
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    Hike from Epina along Alojera, Cubada and Tazo back to Epina
    13 km, 4 h 45 min including breaks
    Total climb approximately 750 m
    Rating: 8 out of 10

    We parked the car along the road near the village Epina. From there it was downhill towards the coast, sometimes on a paved trail, and sometimes crossing the main road here and there.

    The second, uphill part of this hike was more interesting, through a barranco (valley) with nice views and quiet nature.

    Because the nature of this hike (first downhill and the last part continuously uphill) it was quite demanding at the end.

    At the link below you can see and download the GPS track of this hike.

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    Torre del Conde in San Sebastian

    by Pijlmans Written Jan 11, 2014
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    In the city park, next to the harbor, one of the view real sights of la Gomera can be found: Torre del Conde.

    It used to be a fortress, and was assaulted and plundered by French, Dutch (oops, sorry!), English and Algerian pirates.

    Overland, it was attached by the aboriginals during the uprising against the injustice of Peraza, Loard and Master of the island.

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    Hermigua - Los Acevinos hike (14 km)

    by Pijlmans Updated Jan 11, 2014
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    Hike from Hermigua to Los Acevinos and back to Hermigua
    14 km, 5 h 20 min including breaks
    Total climb approximately 900 m
    Rating: 8 out of 10

    This hike starts in Hermigua and goes to the village Los Acevinos, with a short part in the National Park Garajonay.

    The first 4 km are very demanding, going 750 m uphill. The surroundings and the trail are beautiful, but disfigured by water-pipes that are along most of the trail.

    From a distance you can see the largest waterfall of La Gomera.

    After those 4 difficult kilometers the hike becomes more friendly and mostly downhill.

    At the link below you can see and download the GPS track of this hike.

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    La Laja hike (9 km)

    by Pijlmans Updated Jan 11, 2014

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    La Laja - Casa del Manco and Los Roques - Las Nieves - La Laja
    9 km, 4 h 30 min including breaks
    Total climb approximately 750 m
    Rating: 9 out of 10

    This hike starts in the small village La Laja.

    It seemed a convenient first hike, not too long distance and close to our accommodation in Chejelipes. Still, it was a bit more challenging than expected, our legs were still used to the flat Dutch landscape and not trained for the hills.

    From La Laja, the hike went through forest to Casa del Manco, the ruins of an abandoned refuge. This is also a good viewpoint to see the typical rock formation "Los Roques" , a group of volcanic plugs. From here the trail leads to Las Nieves, a recreation area with picnic tables and a chapel. Next, at a mirador (viewpoint) along one of the main roads of La Gomera (GM-2/TF-713) you descent down the barranco (valley) back to La Laja, through a beautiful landscape with great views. A small part of the walk is inside the National Park Garajonay.

    The diversity of this walk makes it very attractive walk, therefore it gets a 9 out of 10 rating.

    At the link below you can see and download the GPS track of this hike.

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    Los Roques

    by Pijlmans Updated Jan 11, 2014
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    Los Roques are a group of volcanic plugs in the National Park Garajonay on La Gomera.

    Volcanic plugs (also called volcanic or lava neck) are formed when magma hardens within a vent on an active volcano.

    The main road GM-2 (TF-713) passes next to them, and there are miradors (viewpoints) along the road.

    We passed them as well several times during our hikes. They are quite impressive!

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    San Sebastian

    by barryg23 Written Jan 30, 2011

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    San Sebastian is the main town in La Gomera and makes an ideal base for exploring the island. The town has a good selection of hotels, restaurants and bars, while there are fairly regular ferry connections to Tenerife and La Palma.

    San Sebastian lies on the east side of the island and has a population of about 5000. The town was the first Spanish settlement on La Gomera in the 15th century.

    The town makes much of its association with Christopher Columbus, who made the island his last stop before sailing west in 1492. There is a Casa de Colon which on the main street, Calle del Medio, containing some exhibits related to Columbus and the New World. The house however dates from more than 100 years after his visit.

    The other building of note in San Sebastian is the Torre del Conde, a small, medieval fort dating from 1447, which lies in an attractive setting in Parque de la Torre. The tower contains old maps of San Sebastian and La Gomera.

    There are two beaches in San Sebastian: Playa de San Sebastian is the bigger beach, located beside the harbour and the town, while Playa de la Cueva is quieter, but more appealing.

    It takes little more than half a day to see all the main sights in San Sebastian, but if you plan to stay longer and explore more of La Gomera then San Sebastian makes a good base as nowhere on the island is more than a couple of hours travel at most.

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    enjoy the scenery

    by iaint Written Aug 19, 2007

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    What a contrast with Tenereife!

    What a contrast between the "interior" as you pass from San Sebastian to VGR, and the cultivated terraces in the valley.

    Take care when driving - very narrow roads with hairpin bends and steep drops waiting for the unwary!

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    Roque Agando

    by zweiblumen Written Dec 5, 2006

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    Those of you who have an interest in geology will be filled with raptures on La Gomera (indeed any of the Canary Islands) and if you do find geology enthralling or if you are just one of those people who are impressed by big things (!) Roque Agando is not to be missed. There are a number of these giant monoliths on La Gomera, they are in fact the remnants of volcanic plugs, lava that solidified in the main volcano vent and as the softer, less resilient rocks were worn away the hard plug was left standing. Roque Agando stands at 1250m above sea level and is 200m high (yes you can climb it if you're brave enough). From the layby nearby there are several walks that can be done including a not too taxing ascent of La Gomera's highest point Alto de Garajonay

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