overnight stay in
|Arrival on La Gomera||San Sebastian de la Gomera (as after stage 5)|
|stage 1||15km||5:30 a.m||180m||1450m||La Calera|
|stage 2||11km||4:30 a.m||950m||100m||Las Hayas|
|stage 3||16.7km||6:45 a.m||730m||1550m||Vallehermoso|
|stage 4||17km||7:00 a.m||950m||950m||Hermigua|
|stage 5||17.9 km||6:30 a.m||800m||950m||San Sebastian de la Gomera|
|stage 6||21km||7:30 a.m||1140m||1140m||San Sebastian de la Gomera or|
Playa de Santiago
|In total||98.6 km||37:45 h||4,750m||6,140m|
6 beautiful day hikes!
The GR-132 can be completely hiked in 6 day hikes, each with 6 - 7 hours walking time (+ breaks). Depending on the stage destination, the selection of accommodation (which can be reserved online) is very limited. Good planning and early reservation is therefore advisable if you do not want to rely on spontaneously available private overnight stays!
Practical tip for getting started
In this respect, the route between "Playa de Santiago" and the "Valle Gran Rey" is particularly problematic. If you start from "San Sebastian" - the main town of the island - and stick slavishly to the route of the GR-132, this section would be hiking day 2 and 3. Purely from the route, an overnight stay in the middle of in Offer "La Dama", only that this place only offers holiday apartments and holiday homes - rather impractical for a long-distance hike.
We therefore propose a variant that does not require an overnight stay in "La Dama" and cleverly combines parts of the GR-131 with the GR-132. To do this, we get on the bus on the first day of hiking in "San Sebastian" and drive to "Pajarito". From there we hike directly into the "Valle Gran Rey". We actually skip the first two hiking days of the GR-132. But this is not a problem, since the beautiful, panoramic section between "San Sebastian" and "Playa de Santiago" can be very well placed at the end as the last stage. In addition, the beginning of the circular hike at the highest point of the island is a real highlight, as from here you can guess what else awaits you in the next few days.
advantages of this variant
This variant has several advantages. Advantage at the beginning: Our stage 1 can still be mastered on the day of arrival, even if you only arrive by ferry from Tenerife in the morning (see There & Away). Advantage at the end: The last stage ends in "Playa de Santiago", from where you can easily take the bus or ferry back to "San Sebastian" in the afternoon. It is therefore possible to stay two nights in a row in "San Sebastian" at the end of the hike and thus only be on the go with small luggage on the last day of the hike!
Recommendation: then relax for a few days on the south side of the island
Although only one week's holiday is required for the circular hike on the GR 132, it is worth planning 10 - 14 days for La Gomera when planning your holiday. Due to the rather complicated journey to La Gomera by plane and ferry, one should consider adding a few days of rest after the six strenuous hiking days.
Although this requires a certain logistical effort because of the additional luggage, it is a great reward!