The splendid Sea in Tenerife the volcanic island camino
The splendid Sea in Tenerife the volcanic island camino

Volcanic islands: Tenerife & La Gomera

67 km
8 days | 7 nights
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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€ 898
  1. Spain
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  3. Self-Guided
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  5. Tourcode ESSWS03

On Tenerife and La Gomera you will find all the uniquely fascinating landscapes of the Canary Islands quite close together. Both islands are volcanic in origin, but with very different countryside.

Tenerife is dominated by colourful lava fields, vast and barren, at the foot of Spain’s highest peak: El Teide. The neighbouring island of La Gomera is the greenest of the “Canarias”, carpeted with dense vegetation in its mysterious laurel woods, where centuries-old trees clothed in moss give the impression of a tropical rain forest.

Equally beautiful are the sculpted landscapes in the valleys, where humans have constructed terraces for exotic plantations of banana, papaya and mango trees. In sharp contrast to Gomera’s barren coastline of steep cliffs and hidden coves.

Both islands offer endless opportunities for hiking, with temperate sunny weather throughout the year.


  • Be amazed at the breathtaking views that open up suddenly as you walk through the forests,
  • Admire bizarre basalt formations, colourful deserts, lush vegetation and a stunning coastline;
  • Overnight stay at two friendly family-run hotels in small inland towns;
  • Enjoy the pleasant climate with temperatures from 15º to 25º year round!


Day 1

Arrival in Tenerife

Arrival in Tenerife

Arrival at TFS airport and transfer to the high village of Vilaflor where you’ll spend 3 nights at the welcoming hotel, with garden and swimming pool.

Day 2

Hike near Vilaflor, 14 km

Hike near Vilaflor, 14 km

After a short 10min transfer, you begin an intriguing walk through a veritable “moonscape” (‘Paisaje Lunar’) north of Vilaflor, following well-maintained way-marked tracks / paths. Pleasant pine woods and striking views over strange volcanic rock and southern Tenerife. At the end, you walk back to the hotel.

Distance: 14 Km

Ascent/Descent: +475/-675 m

Day 3

Walks near/ on El Teide, 8 o 4,5 km

Walks near/ on El Teide, 8 o 4,5 km

This morning you take the bus to the Parador at El Teide. A 2,5-hour circular walk at Roques de Garcia, near the Parador. Another option is to be dropped of at the cable car and do a short walk (max 1hr) around the peak (at an elevation of 3500m!) then walk from the lower cable car station back to the Parador (1,5hrs). Last bus for Vilaflor leaves the Parador at 16hrs!

Distance: 8 Km

Ascent/Descent: +250/-300 m

Day 4

Garajonay National Park, 10 o 13 km

Garajonay National Park, 10 o 13 km

After an early breakfast, you have a 30min private transfer to Los Cristianos harbour to get the first ferry to La Gomera (9.00 or 9.30hrs / travel time is approx. 40min). In San Sebastián de la Gomera, a taxi will be waiting to take you to El Contadero, a remote crossroads high up in Garajonay National Park.
From there you do a 4,5-hour walk down to Hermigua. The first section (2,5hrs) is a long but easy descent  on wide footpaths through the magical laurel wood. Near El Cedro, you do a short steep section on a stony, stepped path then continue on quiet inland roads to reach your comfortable and charming rural hotel in Hermigua. For dinner you have several options near the accommodation.

NoteFerry departures may change during the season and are always on request. If you want to have a rest day and prefer to book an afternoon ferry, please let us know at the time of booking.

Highly recommendedOptional 4x4 and walking excursion with local guide, to see beautiful “hidden spots” in Garajonay National Park. Pick-up is at the harbor in San Sebastian (you must get the first ferry). At the end of the day you’ll be driven to your hotel in Hermigua. This optional activity is 25€ p.p. and must be booked in advance with us. 

Distance: 10 or 13 Km

Ascent/Descent: +1275/-1410 m

Day 5

Circular walk from Hermigua, 12 km

Circular walk from Hermigua, 12 km

A circular route, going north from Hermigua past abandoned village along the stunning coastline. Spectacular views of Tenerife and El Teide peak. You alternate between wide dirt tracks and stony footpaths; all are well-marked, and protected by wooden railings on exposed sections near sheer drops. The last section takes you through papaya and mango fields in the valley. 

Distance: 12 Km

Ascent/Descent: +735/-735 m

Day 6

Juego de Bolas to Vallehermoso, 9 km

Juego de Bolas to Vallehermoso, 9 km

Morning transfer to the Garajonay Visitors’ Centre at “Juego de Bolas”, where you can marvel at the tropical flowers in their botanical garden. Then you begin an easy route on a long-distance hiking path, the GR-132, to Vallehermosa. Along the way you pass 2 Natural Monuments, Roque Blanco and Roque Cano, before your descent into the lush valley of Vallehermoso. After a refreshing drink on the village square, transfer back to your hotel in Hermigua. 

Distance: 9 Km

Ascent/Descent: +200/-750 m

Day 7

Degollada la Peraza to San Sebastián, 10 km

Degollada la Peraza to San Sebastián, 10 km

Transfer to Degollada de la Peraza for an easy but very rewarding, panoramic descent. It’s 4 to 4,5hrs on the GR-131 to reach San Sebastian, where you spend your last night at a comfortable hotel*** near the harbour. 

Distance: 10 Km

Ascent/Descent: +125/-1025 m

Day 8

End of the program

End of the program

This morning you have a 10min walk to the harbor, to get the ferry back to Tenerife. At Los Cristianos, a taxi will be waiting to take you to Tenerife Sur airport.


Is this for me?

An adventurous and exciting trip on Tenerife and La Gomera, two volcanic islands famous for their lush vegetation and ever-changing landscape. This trip is suitable for different training levels as you'll be able to choose between more challenging and easier walks. There are some exposed sections that may be challenging for vertigo sufferers.  


What is included

  • 7 Nights in rural hotels with breakfast
  • maps and detailed description of the itinerary
  • all the transfers mentioned in the day by day program
  • Medical and luggage travel insurance
  • 24h phone assistance

What is not included 

  • Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
  • Bus tickets from Vilaflor to El Teide and back
  • Transfer from Tenerife North airport to first accommodation;
  • lunches and dinners
  • visits and entrance fees - tips
  • personal expense
  • possible sojourn taxes
  • everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.

Optional Services

These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:

  • Single room supplement
  • Transfer from Tenerife North airport to first accommodation (55 Euros per booking)
  • cancellation insurance
  • Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.


We work with 3* hotels, B&Bs and farmhouses that reflect our way of experiencing travel: they are comfortable and characterful structures, which we choose one by one, managed by passionate and welcoming people.

Unless otherwise specified in the travel listing, all provide private en-suite rooms with breakfast included.


Hotel El Tejar
Hotel El Tejar- Vilaflor

El Tejar Hotel & SPA is a small charming hotel, designed and decorated according to our natural surroundings -in Vilaflor- and very close to La Corona Forestal Natural Park.

Casa de los Herrera - Hormigua
Casa de los Herrera - Hormigua

This is a rural welcoming hotel with coloured and funtional rooms. Owners are kind and helpful. The hotel has a inner courtyard and inner bar, TV, free Wifi.


Hotel Torre del Conde San Sebastian
Hotel Torre del Conde - San Sebastian

This is a modern and functional hotel in the city center of San Sebastian with spacious rooms recently renovated , well-furnished and comfortable. Behind rooms overlooking the garden with the access to it. Breakfast is rich and the staff is courteous.

When to travel

Tenerife and La Gomera enjoy a subtropical oceanic climate in general - with mild, sunny weather most of the year. However, there is a marked difference between the coastal and inland areas, with the coasts being more temperate and the central part of the islands more extreme. There are also major contrasts between the north coasts (moist and green) and those on the south (more arid). Over the course of the year the islands receive very little rainfall, most of which occurs from October to March.

Average temperatures fall between 18ºC in December-January and 24ºC in August-September. The highest highs can reach 30ºC – or even 35ºC in summer on Tenerife - and lowest lows dip down to about 14ºC. Inland areas, at a much higher elevation, may be considerably colder and receive occasional frost or snow in winter. 

The month of August offers the most sunshine, at 10 hours a day. The island receives a small amount of rain from November to March (2 or 3 days a month) and practically no rain from April to October. The average sea temperature reaches its maximum in September: 23ºC.

What to bring

Clothing and other items
You will need your regular walking/cycling gear, including some sort of reflective garment. For the evenings, smart outdoor style trousers (or shorts) are invaluable, as are quick-dry t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town.

Take as little as possible to avoid potentially lugging a heavy suitcase up three flights of stairs at the end of the day. Please be aware that laundromats (“Laverie”) are not common in rural areas, so plan to do handwashing of small items.

Lightweight walking shoes/ trainers
For wearing around towns & villages. They can also be a back-up pair.

Socks & underwear
Take only good quality socks with quick-dry and insulating qualities. Road test them before you go on the trip. Take a suitable quantity of underwear as washing facilities are limited.

Warm jacket, hat, gloves
Bring a fleece, Polartec or warm layers for the evenings especially in spring or autumn; be sure it is totally suitable for your needs.
A fleece jacket which blocks the wind (Wind-stopper) is the most preferable. In the summer months a lightweight jacket is suitable for evenings.
If you are cycling/walking in mountainous or coastal areas, even in the height of summer, the weather can change very quickly and unexpectedly and you should be prepared for fog, mist, rain, snow or hail at any time. Always take an extra layer with you, as well as a warm hat and gloves.

Waterproof jacket & trousers
If you are caught in heavy rain, with good waterproof clothing you should remain dry. Remember that most garments will lose their properties over time. Few will remain waterproof for more than five years and many deteriorate in three years or less. We recommend a rain jacket with a good hood and collar and waterproof or thermal walking/cycling trousers or tights.

Dress code
In general, you should wear suitable clothing when entering a church (in many places, it is considered unacceptable to go inside wearing shorts or a tank-top). We suggest that women carry a shawl to cover up bear shoulders or low-cut tops. It also comes in handy when your shoulders get sunburned!

It is considered inappropriate for men to go without a shirt / T-shirt (other than at the beach).

Trekking poles (adjustable)
Highly recommended. A pair works best, depending on what you are comfortable with. If you suffer from back or knee pain this should be considered essential. Remember to practise walking with your pole(s) on different types of terrain in the months preceding your trip.

Walking boots
The importance of good footwear cannot be stressed enough. Your boots should be sturdy and of good enough quality to handle all types of terrain. Lightweight boots, (cordura/leather boots) which have Gore-Tex or sympatex water-proofing are most suitable for this trip. They should provide good ankle protection and be well broken in. Waxing leather boots regularly prolongs their life.

Walking tops & trousers
We recommend walking trousers and shorts and quick-dry wicking t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town. Wicking T-shirts are fast drying, keep moisture away from your skin and are available at outdoor stores. You should also bring one pair of loose-fitting trousers to wear in cities and for evenings out, etc. Shorts or zip-off trousers are useful in warmer weather.

Practical info

How to arrive

Arrival in Vilaflor / Departure from San Sebastián de la Gomera

By taxi from/to the airport

Aiport transfers are included from Tenerife Sur airport (TFS) to your first accommodation in Vilaflor and from Los Cristianos harbour to Tenerife Sur Airport

If you’re flying into and from Tenerife-Norte airport (TFN), there’s an extra charge for the taxi transfer to and from hotel

By public transport

You can check the website for public transport lines

Mobile App

Use the SloWays APP for iOS and Android smart phones in combination with the written documentation provided.

The App has the detailed tracks and maps that you can use offline and without roaming. Thanks to the phone’s internal GPS, you can check your exact position on the map, so you always know exactly where you are. It also helps you self-navigate you way while travelling. More information on how to use the App inside the roadbook documents.

The navigation features include:

  • Offline navigation. Mobile data not required after initial download
  • Accurate GPS tracks
  • Autorotation of the maps
  • Daily route summary and elevation chart
  • Panorama of the track and at street level
  • Alarm and vibration that alerts you in case you go off track.
  • Emergency SMS button with position coordinates
  • Possibility to record and take georeferenced photos of problems on route alerting fellow travelers
  • Hotel information
  • Points of interest along the way
  • Historical background

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