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La Gomera San Sebastián 2017 Welcome to La Gomera La Gomera is a short ferry journey over from neighbouring Tenerife and known as the ultimate walking winter escape. This small island manages to squeeze

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La Gomera San Sebastián 2017 Welcome to La Gomera La Gomera is a short ferry journey over from neighbouring Tenerife and known as the ultimate walking winter escape. This small island manages to squeeze in breathtaking barrancos, laurisilva forest and the wonderful Garajonay National Park a true walker s paradise. Stay at the Parador overlooking the sea and with easy access to the tiny island capital of San Sebastián. The island has narrow and deep ravines criss-crossed by rugged mountains and offers a network of trails and pathways. Caminos reales (royal paths) were used by the inhabitants of the island until the middle of the last century to pass through some difficult areas with horses and donkeys carrying loads of straw, cereals, potatoes and other products. The island is bathed by trade winds and the geography of the island allows several microclimates. In the north, it is wetter where the World Heritage Site of Garajonay National Park is located, the rain condenses creating a beautiful green forest. Meanwhile in the south the weather is sunny and much warmer most of the year. The average temperature of 22 results in a tourism industry all year round. San Sebastián, the capital, has beautiful buildings and traditional Canarian architecture. It is well known as the stopping off point for Christopher Columbus en route to discovering the Americas. The Virgin of Guadalupe is the patron saint of San Sebastián and you can visit the charming Chapel of Puntallana. 2 Reservations - local rate (standard rate ) Accommodation Parador de la Gomera Cerro de la Horca San Sebastián de la Gomera Tel: Parador de la Gomera Perched above the town of San Sebastián and the harbour, this stylish Canarian hotel enjoys incredible coastal views. The restaurant has a great local reputation, recommended in many gastronomic guides, and offers hearty Canarian fayre. Bedrooms: There are 90 ensuite bedrooms, all spacious and well-equipped, some with balcony or terrace. Mostly have attractive views to the mountains, gardens or to a pretty Canarian courtyard garden. Each has telephone, TV, hairdryer, safe deposit box (free), mini-bar, air conditioning and complimentary toiletries. Facilities: The Parador has an outdoor swimming pool in a stunning location overlooking the harbour and marina of San Sebastián. A delightful garden surrounds the hotel, planted with palms and tropical shrubs and with paths leading to viewpoints. There are traditional courtyard areas to relax in at the end of the day as well as several comfortable lounges, all furnished with antique colonial furniture, and some with sea views. The attractive dining area has an enclosed veranda surround leading to the garden. There is a small sauna available to all guests. Free Wi-Fi is available in the public areas of the hotel, and there is 24hr reception. Meals: All our holidays include breakfast and evening meal. Your hotel caters for most dietary needs; we advise you to discuss your requirements with the restaurant staff on arrival. Breakfast: Served from 7.30am in the dining room, there is an extensive continental breakfast selection offering a wide range of items. Evening meal: Served between 7.30pm and 10pm, the restaurant specialises in local dishes and hearty Canarian fayre and has a great local reputation. Dinner is a 3-course meal served to your table. A vegetarian option is always available. Lunch: You are able to purchase a picnic lunch from the hotel. Alternatively it is possible to buy ingredients from local shops, while larger supermarkets and fruit stalls can be found in San Sebastián To book online visit 3 Holiday itinerary A unique feature of our Guided Walking holidays is the daily choice of walks. Each evening your leaders will give a short talk about the options for the next day and answer any questions that you may have. La Gomera offers more challenging mountain walks than other islands on the Canaries. You ll have a choice of two guided walks each day. The cost of the transport to and from your walks each day is included in the cost of your holiday. Easier Walks: 5 to 8 miles (8-13km) with up to 1,200ft (360m) of ascent in a day. Harder Walks: 7 to 11 miles ( km) with up to 3,000ft (900m) of ascent in a day. Please note that the itinerary outlined below is provisional and could be subject to change. For the most up to date information, please check our website. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and your leaders will talk every evening about the next day s walks. The walks on La Gomera include some steep ascents and descents, which may prove challenging for some vertigo sufferers. Day 1: Arrival day The journey to our hotel is part of the pleasure of this holiday. From Tenerife South airport you will be transferred to the port of Los Cristianos, which takes about 20 minutes. Here there may be time to visit one of the many bars and restaurants, or even the beautiful sandy beach with its sheltered swimming bay, before boarding the ferry. The boat to San Sebastián will take about an hour and passes through the waters renowned for whales and other marine mammals. From San Sebastián, it is only a short ride up the hill to our hotel. Day 2: Garajonay National Park Both groups will start the day with a stroll down the hill and an exploration of San Sebastián. We then board our transport for the ride up to the Garajonay National Park, in the centre of the island. Easier Walk: This walk follows a broad contouring track around Garajonay, the highest point, to reach a viewpoint and pick up the GR 131. Our path then descends to tiny Iguatero and another mirador. Here we find a monument to Siblo, the unique whistling language of La Gomera. Below the village we join a high terrace path in a spectacular location to traverse round the hillside and ascend towards the rocky stronghold of Fortaleza. We continue to the large village of Chipude where we finish our walk at one of the bars in the square. 6 miles (9.5km) with 700ft (210m) of ascent. Harder Walk: This walk follows the same route as the easier walk as far as the col beneath Fortaleza. Here we follow a good path with steps on a winding route up through the cliffs to reach the top at 1,243m. After circling the summit plateau, we retrace our route down to the col and continue to Chipude. We continue for a couple of kilometres to the smaller village of El Cercado, famed for the brown pottery, characteristic of the island. These pots are only made by women, who shape them without the use of a wheel or other mechanical aids. 8 miles (13km) with 1,200ft (360m) of ascent. Day 3: Hermigua Today we will use hired transport to make our first visit to the eastern side of La Gomera, with its small fields of bananas and the rock girt village of Agulo. Easier Walk: We begin at the visitor centre high above Agulo, where you can learn more about the flora, fauna, history and traditions of the island. Starting our walk, we contour round the hillside and begin the steady descent to the attractive settlement of Agulo. Here there will be time to look around and pause for a drink, before 4 Reservations - local rate (standard rate ) continuing our descent to the coast and a stroll above the seaside rocks to the wild bay of Playa Hermigua. Here we can visit a bar before ascending back to the road for the bus back to the hotel. 5 miles (8km) with 700ft (210m) of ascent and 2,500ft (750m) of descent. Harder Walk: We leave our transport in Agulo to ascend a seemingly impossible route through the cliffs behind the village. We ascend on a wide mule path to a mirador above the coast. The route then follows a valley inland before a further ascent takes us to the visitor centre where our easier group started their walk. After viewing the displays and information about the island we follow the easier route back through Agulo to finish at Hermigua. 7 miles (11km) with 1,900ft (570m) of ascent. Day 4: The green valley Hired transport today returns us to the Garajonay National Park, this time to ascend the highest point on the island. It provides an opportunity to see at close hand the unique laurel and tree heather forest that once covered much of the centre of the island. Easier Walk: This starts from Parajito and ascends quite steeply up to the top of Garajonay, at 1,487m, for extensive views. Descending by a more gentle route, we pick up a well used trail through the forest to drop steadily towards the Ermita de Lourdes, a small chapel tucked away in the woods. Continuing our descent, we may call at the bar in El Cedro. A steep descending path, with views of the highest waterfall on La Gomera, takes us down into the Hermigua valley. Finally, a gentler path takes us along this valley to El Convento and our bus back to the hotel. 7 miles (11km) with 700ft (210m) of ascent and 4,000ft (1,200m) of descent. Harder Walk: This group stays on the bus for a few more kilometres to reach the visitor centre at Laguna Grande. From here, our path undulates through laurel forest and then ascends to the top of Garajonay, the highest point on the island. After admiring the view, we pick up the route of the easier walk, descending through the forest to Ermita de Lourdes, El Cedro and finishing at El Convento. 9 miles (14.5km) with 800ft (250m) of ascent and 2,700ft (810m) of descent. Day 5: Free day Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include: San Sebastián Wander down to San Sebastian and visit the excellent little archaeological museum, sit and people watch in the shady square or even visit the sheltered black sandy bay for a swim. Hire a boat from San Sebastián for a fishing or whale watching trip (max five people). Hotel Spend the day at the hotel, perhaps taking advantage of the swimming pool, sauna or massage facility, or wander through the hotel gardens improving your knowledge of the local fauna. Stroll out from the hotel through the town to the remote beach at Playa Guancha or in the other direction for a shorter walk to the lighthouse at Punta de San Cristobal. La Gran Rey Take a bus ride from the town to La Gran Rey, one of the main beach resorts, for a meal, swim or even a trip on one of the whale watching boats. For information on La Gomera please visit Day 6: Inland from San Sebastián The shortest bus ride of the week, lasting only about 20 minutes, takes us to the viewpoint of Degollada de Peraza, inland from San Sebastián. Both groups will then walk back to the hotel by different routes. Easier Walk: This follows the GR 131 from the mirador, starting beneath high cliffs before the path opens out onto a wider ridge, once one of the main agricultural areas of La Gomera. These terraced fields of Ayamosna are now largely abandoned. A broad, sometimes stony, mule track zigzags down into the town, where we will perhaps stop for a drink, before making the short ascent back to our hotel. 7 miles (11km) with 600ft (180m) of ascent and 2,200ft (660m) of descent. Harder Walk: We follow the same route as the easier walk as far as Ayamosna. We To book online visit 5 then cross a barranco to ascend through a deserted hamlet, passing some spectacular rock features on a remote ridge, before descending into the Cabrito valley. Ascending out of this valley we arrive at the remote beach of Playa Guancha, where we may stop for a swim before ascending the cliffs beyond. An undulating path takes us back to San Sebastián and the final short ascent to our hotel. 10 miles (16km) with 1,700ft (510m) of ascent. Day 7: The Benchijigua valley and the Guanimiar barranco For our final walks of the week we make our first visit to the valleys to the southwest of San Sebastián. We take the same route initially as the previous day, and then branch off at the Degollada de Peraza towards Playa Santiago. Easier Walk: This group alights first to take a broad track winding along the hillside to the attractive restored hamlet of Benchijigua. Taking a narrow path we follow the valley southwards through terraces, along a rock shelf and past a disused gofio mill. We then descend to cross a dry stream bed, before ascending to finish at the bar at Pastrana, or at the road junction just beyond. 5 miles (8km) with 300ft (90m) of ascent and 1,500ft (450m) of descent. Harder Walk: We stay on the bus through Playa Santiago to ascend to Alajero. We take the mule track across the col and descend to Imada, a village nestling near the top of a valley. Here we take the path through the famous Guarimiar barranco, walking beneath and above high cliffs, to the hamlet of Guarimiar. The route then takes an improbable line, winding up through the cliffs to reach Targa. With rather less ascent, we continue, with short stretches on roads, to finish back at a bar in Alajero. 7 miles (11km) with 1,800ft (540m)of ascent. Day 8: Departure day In the evenings The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening. We ll enjoy a leisurely meal and then you may also like to join your leader for an evening stroll, listen to local musicians, relax with a book in a quiet lounge or enjoy a drink at the bar with your fellow walkers talking about your day. 6 Reservations - local rate (standard rate ) Transfer information If you have booked your holiday with flight you will arrive at Tenerife South airport. From the UK we offer flights from London Gatwick airport only. Please note that meals are not provided on most European flights, although some airlines may offer a small snack. Where possible you will be met as you enter the arrivals hall by an HF Holidays leader. Your leader may be on the same flight as you or may already be at the airport. Occasionally we will ask our transfer coach company to meet you. The driver will be in the arrivals hall holding an HF Holidays sign. The onward journey to La Gomera is firstly by a short 20 minute coach journey from Tenerife South airport to Los Cristianos, where there may be time to browse, or sit and enjoy a drink before catching the ferry to San Sebastián. The ferry journey is 50 minutes and a 10 minute coach journey from the ferry port will take you to the Parador de la Gomera. For independent travellers: The cost of the transfer from Tenerife South airport is included in the cost of your holiday. You will need to make arrangements that meet the group transfer at Tenerife South airport. Meet the group in the arrivals hall by the exit from the baggage reclaim. If you are unable to meet this transfer you will be required to make your own onward travel arrangements. Transfers must be pre-booked. If you have not already booked your transfer please call +44 (0) Airport parking and accommodation If you require airport parking or accommodation before your flight, we recommend our partner Holiday Extras. Call and quote HX031 or book online at hfholidays To book online visit 7 Walking information Your walking leaders: HF Holidays leaders are a pivotal feature of our Guided Walking holidays. During the day they will guide you on the walks in a caring and considerate way, showing you places of interest en route. All our leaders have been selected on an intensive residential course so you can relax and enjoy your holiday knowing that you are in safe hands. Our leaders welcome your comments on the holiday survey; constructive suggestions for things that they might do differently are very helpful. We take pride in the quality of our holidays and work closely with all our providers to ensure our holidays meet your expectations. If for any reason you are not satisfied with any element of your holiday, our leaders are the best people to help. Local interest guides: In some of our resorts we may employ the services of a local interest guide who will accompany you on a walk to enrich and enhance your enjoyment of the area by giving you an insight into its history and culture. Tips for local interest guides have not been included in the price of your holiday. This is at your own discretion and we invite you to do this directly with the local guide. Maps: Your leaders will of course carry all the maps and detailed walk instructions needed for the walks. The map available for this area is 1:35,000 La Gomera Tour and Trail. You will also find maps for sale in San Sebastian. However, a free walking map of La Gomera is available at the tourist office in San Sebastian. Maps can be obtained by mail order from The Map Shop, tel: or visit Children: We welcome unaccompanied children of 14 or over on our walks on the basis that they can take full responsibility for themselves. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 8 Reservations - local rate (standard rate ) Walking safely We are committed to running our Guided Walking holidays in a safe manner and your co-operation with this is much appreciated. No outdoor activity can be 100% risk free; however, if you take sensible precautions and adhere to your leaders instructions, your holiday will be both safe and enjoyable. On the first evening of your holiday (dependent on arrival time), the leaders will give a short talk about safety on the walks we would ask everyone to attend. Walking as a group: Our leaders always consider the safety of the group as a whole, and will show more caution over potential risks (such as bad or exceptionally hot weather) than an individual or couple might make on a private outing. Walks may be modified or cancelled following the leaders assessment of the day-to-day situation. Your leaders will refuse to accept any guest whose clothing, equipment, behaviour or walking ability is considered unsuitable, and where it could affect the safety and enjoyment of other guests on the proposed walk. It is your responsibility to follow the leader s guidelines, for the benefit and safety of the group as a whole. If you leave the group, then your leader will no longer have responsibility for you. For safety reasons, we stipulate a minimum party size of two guests in addition to the leader. First aid: In line with current practice, each leader carries a group first aid kit but is not able to supply any medication, including aspirin, paracetamol, antihistamines and antiseptic cream. Hydration: In warm weather it is very important to keep hydrated. You will need to carry a minimum of two litres of water with you on walks, more during hot weather or on more demanding walks. One good way of hydrating is to use a two litre hydration pack which allows drinking without constant stopping. This can then be filled up from additional water sources as required. Your leader will inform you of the possibilities for replenishing your water during the walks. Your health: It is essential that you describe on your guest registration form any health condition or disability you may have. The leaders will treat this confidentially and may be able to take it into account on the walks; for example, by not delaying lunch if they know they have someone with diabetes in their party. EU citizens should ensure they have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) prior to their holiday. There can be problems with medical authorities and insurance companies if you cannot produce this when you require treatment details are available at uk/travellers EHIC cards have an expiry date please check yours is valid before you travel. Insurance: Insurance is a condition of booking. Therefore if you have not already arranged insurance, it is imperative that you do so, and advise us of the insurance company and policy number. We have negotiated special holiday insurance and full details of this cover can be found in our brochure or at There is no extra charge for pre-existing illnesses. If you would like to purchase insurance from us please call us on or Even with an EHIC card, medicines and out-patient treatm
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