Hiking on La Gomera

La Gomera is the second smallest of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. It is almost circular and a true gem for nature lovers and hikers, as well can be seen on the pictures and videos.

Hotels on La GomeraAlthough La Gomera also has an airport, the best way to reach the island is by ferry from Los Cristianos on Tenerife. The distance to the port of San Sebastian de La Gomera is 38 km. Who wants to enjoy the crossing for example on the sundeck, would rather take the big car ferry. With it the crossing takes about 70 minutes. 20 minutes faster is the modern express ferry of Fred Olsen. So La Gomera is not only interesting for tourists who have booked a hotel room on the island, but also for day trippers.

La Gomera is like the other islands of the Canaries of volcanic origin. Due to the differences in altitude, there are several vegetation zones here. In the middle of the island is the Garajonay National Park, which covers about 10 % of the island area. The Garajonay is a unique ecosystem. It includes a prehistoric laurel forest, that covered the entire tropics thousands of years ago. Due to the lack of ice age and the temperate climate, the forest has been preserved to this day. The national park is an evergreen cloud forest. Due to the moisture coming from the sea, within the laurel forest grow ferns up to 2 m high as well as lichens hanging from the trees and mosses overgrowing the branches. On a hike through the fairytale-like cloud forest you feel returned into bygone times. Due to its uniqueness the Garajonay National Park has been under UNESCO protection since 1986.

There are also beautiful hiking trails outside the national park. On more than 600 km of hiking trails you can walk on the entire island. Worth seeing is also the rain-poor south of La Gomera. There are very beautiful mountain slopes with gorges, that seemingly plunge into the sea. This area is sparsely overgrown with various shrubs. However, one plant stands out here, the Canary Island date palm. This plant is also used agriculturally in some plantations. The sap of this date palm is used to make palm syrup, a gladly seen souvenir for many tourists.