La Gomera 2010

I’ve just returned from a very relaxing trip to La Gomera… a vertiable paradise for walkers.

Miles of quiet trails and caminos criss cross this delightful Canary Island and, as of 2004, are now very well waymarked.

We stayed in the relatively parched south and enjoyed sunshine for most of the week. A testing drive along a hair-rasing, hair-pinned road soon took us into the mountains, another climatic zone and the eerie laurasilva forest in the clouds.

Guidebooks are a bit sparse for this island and I picked up a translation of the Rother guide by Klaas and Annette Wolfsperger. However, Paddy Dillon has returned to this and neighbouring Islas Canarias to update Cicerone’s guides and these are due to be published soon.

Freytag and Berndt 1:35,000 maps are available too and would be a prudent investment if tackling more of the challenging ridge routes.

Although this was not a walking holiday, I managed an easy trek to the island’s summit, Alto de Garajonay at 1,487 metres, and a more demanding tramp along the GR132 from Playa De Santiago to San Sebastian, the island’s capital. Reports and pics to come.


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