Stage 3: accommodation

Aparthotel Triana II

Aparthotel Triana II is fairly new and very clean accommodation at a very reasonable price (Link: Aparthotel Triana II). This is due to the fact that breakfast is not offered here, and that the reception is not always manned.

Neither is a problem for hikers: various bars in the area take care of the breakfast supply and for late arrivals the simplest of all possible solutions has been thought up: the keys are in the room from the outside and a notice at the reception assigns the guests to their room numbers. Life on La Gomera can be so easy!

The rooms are spread over two different courtyards, a small kitchenette is available in each room for self-catering - just perfect for hikers!

Update from 05/15/2017: Recently there have been different experiences as far as the problem-free check-in is concerned - the reception officially closes at 3:00 p.m. It is therefore advisable to write "Late Arrival" in the comment field when making the reservation and be prepared when you arrive at the hotel that you may first have to make a phone call and wait a short while before the keys are handed over.

From the outside rather without charm...

...from the inside but a perfect and well-kept accommodation!

For booking accommodation, we recommend our tabular and therefore particularly clear planning aid: to the tabular overview.

The second courtyard of "Aparthotel Tirana II"

Stage 4: map

Stage 4: Directions

Directions stage 4

We start today's stage in the main square of Vallehermoso and leave it downhill in the direction of the gas station. There we turn right in front of the playground decorated with female sculptures (waypoint 1). In the hairpin bend that follows, we branch off the road and take the stairs up as a shortcut. Back on the road we keep left at the next hairpin bend in the direction of "las Rosas" (waypoint 2). Soon the paved road leads to a concrete path. We leave this shortly afterwards to the left and go up on a path paved with dry stone walls.

The steep ascent leads us to the Roque Cano and from there, more pleasantly and with great views, to the beginning of the settlement of Cruz de Tierno. We keep to the left on the tarred road and shortly thereafter come to a fork in the road (waypoint 3). Both paths lead to the nearby reservoir. If you like to take the official route, go left, if you go right, you will reach your destination in the same way, as both routes meet again shortly afterwards. Arriving at the reservoir, we walk around it on the dam wall and get a glimpse of Mount Teide for the first time. A detour of 100m to the restaurant el Campesino is possible (waypoint 4).

The path continues up a flight of stairs at the north-eastern corner of the reservoir (be careful, the pavement here is fenced off with a lattice, if you discover the stairs too late you have to go back a few meters, waypoint 5). We reach a narrow tar road, which we follow uphill for a short while, but leave it straight ahead in the next left turn (waypoint 6). The path leads past a private driveway. The entrance is somewhat hidden, but can be recognized by the wooden steps.

After about 50 meters in altitude, the path branches off, we turn left past a power pole (waypoint 7). If the weather is reasonably clear, we will be rewarded for the ascent with a view of Mount Teide. We follow the path more or less straight ahead through a small depression and after the depression we cross a road, which we meet again shortly thereafter and which we then (i.e. the second time we meet) follow to the left (waypoint 8). Here again a view of the Teide. Along the road there are several restaurants designed for tourists such as "Juego de Bolas", "El Tambor" and a visitor center of the Garajonay National Park.

Facts about stage 4

Altitude: 950m ascent / 950m descent
Route: 17km
Duration: 7:00 a.m. (without breaks)

Route download - Stage 4 (GPX file)

All other downloads can be found at maps.

From the visitor center via Agulo to Hermigua

At the restaurant "El Tambor" there is the possibility to continue hiking directly to Hermigua - we do not recommend this route (waypoint 9). We recommend the detour via Agulo because of the spectacular view. To do this, we walk between the visitor center and the restaurant. At the end of the small cluster of buildings, turn left. More spectacular views of Mount Teide are our reward. We ignore all branches to the right. At a point that is somewhat reminiscent of a lunar landscape because of the raised mounds of earth, we are led by signs to the left (waypoint 10), catch a brief glimpse of La Palma and then begin a longer descent.

At a T-junction, after about 100 meters of descent, we meet another hiking trail. We go downhill to the right until we meet a road at waypoint 11. We turn right on the road and turn left just before the tunnel onto the hiking trail, which leads us downhill in a right curve to the cemetery of Agulo.

We follow the road through Agulo, where there are various opportunities to stop. We recommend a quick stop at "Restaurante La Vieja Escuela" which has nice outdoor seating in the alcoves of the street wall (located in the semi-circular "Calle Poeta Trujillo Armas").

We cross the church square straight ahead and leave it through the narrow "Calle Pintor Aguiar". At the next turn (waypoint 12) we turn left and don't let the dead end sign scare us off. In order to cross the gorge in front of us in the direction of Hermigua, we keep to the right at the next junction. With a view of the Teide we hike downhill, at the end of the road only on stone steps and through terraced terrain.

When we have crossed the small gorge, in the village of "Lepe" we meet a road again that takes us to the bay of Hermigua or to the "Playa de Santa Catalina". Here we turn the first possibility to the right (waypoint 13) and start the ascent towards the center of Hermigua. Although the route is no longer very spectacular and runs on a paved road, it does pass a large SPAR supermarket on the main road. Recommendation: since there are no rest stops along tomorrow's stage, buying in advance is a good idea here.

Stage 4: accommodation

Hotel Rural Ibo Alfaro

The building of the Hotel Rural Ibo Alfaro was originally an old manor house, which was lovingly renovated and converted into a hotel, so that the charm of the original architecture shines in all its glory today (Link: Hotel Rural Ibo Alfaro).

The rooms and bathrooms are comfortable and the breakfast is excellent: many hikers will be happy about the fresh wholemeal bread!

The hotel is located slightly above the village, so after a strenuous day of hiking, an extra 50 meters in altitude must be planned for. You will be rewarded with a beautiful view from the well-kept terrace or from your room.

For booking accommodation we recommend: our tabular planning aid.

Stage 5: map

Stage 5: Directions

Directions/Route

Today we have a strenuous climb ahead of us and we should have enough water and provisions with us: we will only find the first stop and shop shortly before San Sebastián de la Gomera.
The first part of our hike is along the driveway that climbs up the eastern slope of the valley (as the smaller, less frequented of the two driveways). In order to reach this driveway from the larger main road, we leave it at the level of the "Parque Curato" (waypoint 1) and walk a short distance uphill to the right of the river until we reach a green metal pedestrian bridge (waypoint 2). At this point we cross the river and walk straight ahead into the small banana plantation. A short climb takes us to the “Las Nuevitas” cemetery and onto the aforementioned road, which we follow uphill for about 1 hour.

At the point where our small road meets the main road again, we turn left onto the steep path (San Sebastián is written here as 14.9 km, waypoint 3). The ascent is steep and strenuous, our gaze wanders back to the valley of Hermigua, which we keep leaving behind us. The path leads past a small lake further up and meets the main road again shortly after a covered rest area (waypoint 4). We cross this and continue our ascent on a narrow path. The trees on this side of the ridge are draped in shaggy lichens - it's hard to imagine that we'll come across cacti and agaves just a few hundred meters away as the crow flies.

About 3 hours after the start in Hermigua we reach the highest point of this stage at about 850 m (waypoint 5): In front of us is a long valley, usually spoiled by sunshine. The use of our telescopic hiking poles is particularly worthwhile when the descent begins, partly on loose scree.

Ripe cactus fruits smile at us again and again, which we harvest with fork and pocket knife, carefully peel and enjoy. Unfortunately, one or the other thorn gets lost on our lips - still a pleasure!

On the descent we meet the main road again, which has passed under our mountain in the tunnel (waypoint 6). We follow this a short distance downhill until our narrow hiking trail branches off again in the next bend (waypoint 7).

Further down, our path meets a paved road that will accompany us through the "Barranco de Aguajilva" to San Sebastián. The landscape changes the further we descend, nature becomes more and more lush and green.
We cross smaller settlements and with a bit of luck there is the possibility to stop here. Highly recommended is, for example, the small and rather inconspicuous "Bar El Atajo" (waypoint 8). From "El Atajo" it is about a 7 km walk on asphalt roads to the center of San Sebastián de la Gomera.

Variant 1: If this last section is too boring for you or if you don't like hiking on asphalt, you can order a taxi from "Bar El Atajo" (Tip from Stephanie in her field report).

Variant 2: Dorothee has discovered another variant for very sporty types (caution: approx. 4 km and an additional 650 meters in altitude!): From waypoint 8 "El Atajo" a steep path leads to the mountain ridge running parallel to the valley (see separate map), over which you can then hike in the direction of San Sebastián with great views.

Facts about stage 5

Altitude: 800m ascent / 950m descent
Route: 17.9 km
Duration: 6:30h (without breaks)
no refreshments on the way!

Route download - Stage 5 (GPX file)

All other downloads can be found at maps.