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In an attempt to flee from the European winter we decided to jump on a plane to the Canary Islands and go on a 2 week hiking trip through Tenerife and La Gomera.  The Canary Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Morocco and the Sahara and most of all: they’re having a mild climate year round. It was our best (and at the same time affordable) chance to get some sun in the dark european February.

For the first time in years I decided not to journal. I needed time off. Off media. Off. Just off! So I didn’t bring my phone, didn’t bring a journal. I only brought some small blank papers for a “just in case” bright aha-moment (which indeed happened once. Oh it was wonderful to write something down underneath the pine trees… just for me.) While hiking the PCT I experienced some pressure in “having to” journal, “having to” blog and something that I loved turned into something that I felt like I “had to” do. Not journaling on this trip through the Canary Islands took away a bit of the pressure and that one time I wrote something down I really really enjoyed it and it felt like a relieve.

TenerifeAs for gear, we brought our regular lightweight set up. This time bringing a Zpacks cuben fiber camo tarp though instead of a tent and I used the Gossamer Gear Pilgrim backpack, cause my Base Pack Weight was some 3,5 kg, sub 10 pounds and there was no need to bring the bigger Gossamer Gear Gorilla. (Loved the Pilgrim by the way… I’m gonna try to do a little gear review about it soon ;c)

Anyways. This is gonna be a small trip report. Not too much details, mostly pictures :cP Those who want more infos on hiking on Tenerife and La Gomera are welcome to get in touch and ask. As you know I’m always happy to help.

Also I’ll add some tips and infos for hiking on the Canaries. You can find them below the day by day trip report and pics ;c)

Here we go:

The first 5 and a half days of our trip we spent on La Gomera. Gomera is THE hiking island. It’s small, pretty quiet compared to Tenerife, hitching is soooo frikkin easy (the mostly german tourists all have a rental car and they will pick you up the moment you get your thumb out), and the hiking paths are really well marked.

We arrived (both kinda seasick because of the crazy sea) in San Sebastian de Gomera around noon and immediately started hiking along the GR 132, a hiking trail that goes around the island. After only 15 minutes you leave the city behind you and you’re in untouched (well almost untouched) wilderness with views off the steep cliffs on the Atlantic Ocean. We weren’t lucky in seeing whales and dolphins. But we could have been cause La Gomera is the place to be for whale and dolphin spotting.

Here’s an overview of the stretches we hiked along the GR 132 / on La Gomera:

O ya, what I want to remind you of: Forget about hiking big miles on the Canaries. The trails goes either up or down, mostly steep. Lots of scrambling and some boulder hopping. There are no flat stretches what so fucking ever!!! We mostly didn’t even get 12 miles a day under our belts.

  • Day 1: GR 132: San Sebastian de Gomera – Barranco de Machal – Playa de la Guancha – Barranco de la Guancha. Instead of going down to El Cabrito via the GR 132 we took the trail down northwest to Barranco Juan de Vera and back up on the other side. We slept in a goat cave almost up on the Barranco.

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  • Day 2: GR 132: Cave up in Barranco Juan de Vera- Seima – Baranco de Chinguarima – Playa de Santiago. We were already 3 km north of Playa de Santiago when we wanted to make camp. A bad storm (even the airport got closed) however forced us to go back down and search for a place to stay in Playa de Santiago.
    Day 1 and 2 are actually one section if you walk the sections as given. I can however say that is a pretty long one and I’d split it.

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pain can be a cage

You won’t often find me NOT smiling. But I was in soooo much pain that day that I could hardly move. I can no longer go sit down without assistance, let alone get up without assistance. Each morning HQ had to pull me up from my sleeping pad like a potato sack and hold me for a few seconds till my legs/hips could carry my weight (good thing I’m lightweight just like my pack ;c)

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  • Day 3: GR 132: Back up a few km to the airport from where we hitched up to  Alajero. By hitching we skipped a section, which didn’t seem very interesting to us. In Alajero we picked back up the GR 132 – Barranco de la Negra (this was our absolute favorite Barranco and hiking section in La Gomera) – Arguayoda – La Dama – Barranco de Iguala – Playa de Iguala. Playa the Iguala can only be reached by foot or boat and we had the whole beach to ourselves! It was absolutely amazing. We slept in some kind of cave underneath the rocks. Our own private beach. Damn what more can one ask for right?!!!

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  • Day 4: GR 132: Playa de Iguala – Gerian – Crossing the Barranco de Argaga on the upper part (we decided not to go down there as it is known as a huge scramble… A scramble I’d rather go up than go down… Next time) – decending into Valle Gran Rey via the GR 132. Next time I’d skip this section. The climb up from Playa de Iguala is nice but then the stretch till the descent into Valle Gran Rey is a bit boring. The decent into Valle is beautiful but absolutely steep and exhausting and it killed my knees and hips. I’d rather walk out of the Valle this way then down into it. As everyone says you shouldn’t try to camp wild in Valle Gran Rey, we found a cheap room in La Callera (30€ a night for two persons – Ask for a room in the Zumeria next to the church down in La Callera. That was a tip given to us by hikers we met and luckely the old lady had a room left for us.)

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  • Day 5: Hitch up to Pajarito – hike up the Garajonay (highest mountain on La Gomera) with great views of Tenerife and the Teide following the Route 18 –    onward through the National Park and the El Cedro forest along Route 18 till  the only official camping site “La Vista” on the north side of the island. Camping for 6€ a night

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  • Day 6: Hike down along Route 37, passing the highest waterfall on La Gomera (not veeeeeery impressive but still beautiful) till where the trail crosses the road to San Sebastian – hitch to San Sebastian – Ferry boat over to Tenerife at noon.

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On Tenerife we continued along the GR 131 and some local trails.

  • Day 1 (=Day 6 La Gomera): Arriving in Los Christianos around 1pm. Hiking out of Los Christianos was the worst. It was hot, busy, full of tourists. We couldn’t stay here for an hour without becoming unhappy. So after resupplying and buying more sunscreen we headed up towards the mountains and the crater of the Teide. We had to walk on paved road and then some local trails till Vueltas de Adeje, then find our way till Vento (where we asked on old man for water) from where we could hike the GR 131 and found a hidden spot to camp in Barranco del Rey shortly before ascending towards the saddle. Mozzies ruined our night. Damn those fuckers.

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Camo tarp ;cP

  • Day 2: GR 131: Barranco del Rey – Ifonche – into the Canarian Pine Tree forests till Montana de la vica (some 2 km before Villaflor). We found the most awesome beautiful campspot in the pine tree forest on top of the Montana. An absolutely beautiful day guided by the heavenly smell of fire scarred pine trees!!!

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  • Day 3: GR 131: Montana de la vica – Villaflor (resupply food and water) – Paysaje Lunar – Campspot on the crater rim, on the saddle between the Guajara and the Morra del Rio. Crazy epic (but veeeery windy and pretty cold) campspot at 2300m with perfect view of the Teide.

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  • Day 4: Local Trail over the mountain Morra del Rio (2529m) in alpine conditions – crazy descent with lots of snow – down the pine tree forests to a campspot on old terrasses close to El Contador.

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  • Day 5: Local Trail PR TF 86 from El Contador – Barranco de Puento – Ortiz (sports climbing and boulder canyon) – Villa de Arico – Last 4 km to where HQ’s aunt lives (about 150 m above sea level)

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We stayed another 3 days with HQ’s aunt and uncle (they offer a great service “first and last night on Tenerife: They pick you up from the airport, offer you a room (they have supercool cave rooms) in their finca, breakfast and then bring you to the ferryboat that’ll take you to La Gomera or El Hierro…. And the other way around when you come back )and had a wonderful time just relaxing and doing nothing, spending time with the family, going out eating in El Medano, going to the beach in Abades,.

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Tips for hiking on the Canary Islands:

  • WATER! The LACK of water is the biggest issue you will encounter while backpacking through the Canary Islands. If you have a place to stay and you’re going on day hikes it’s not a problem. Then you just take your water for the day and you’re set. If you’re backpacking and camping (“wild camping” as we call it in Europe is illegal but I’ll get to that later) then you have to act like you’re in the desert, which you kind of are. Most streams (or what used to be streams), especially in the south, are bone dry year round. We were “lucky” there was some stormy weather in the sky and we had some decent rainshowers which filled some puddles. But really expect to find no “natural” water sources along the trail. The villages is where you should fill up your water bottles. Sometimes for 2 days. So we howled lots of water. Up to 7 L.  On the crater rim and on our mountain day we melted snow. It can get very hot in the desert vegetation as well as on the exposed rocks and you need lots of water!
  • Camping. As said “wild camping” (sleeping in a tent on public land) is illegal on the Canary Islands (as in most parts of Europe). Therefor I cannot openly encourage you here on my blog to camp.  I don’t know the spanish law well enough (the Canary islands “belong to” Spain) but I know in most european countries there is something like the right to bivouac (sleep under the stars or in a not enclosed shelter -tarp- for one night. Also and very important if you bivouac: LEAVE NO TRACE. Nobody should know or see that you’ve been there. Take care of the vegetation, pack out ALL of your trash), be aware of the fauna (though there isn’t veeery much big wild life on the Canaries, there are lizards and insects and those you should consider and take care of too!), burry or pack out your human waste in a proper way, carry out all tp,… If you love hiking, if you love this planet, take frikkin good care of it. We want our children and the next generations to experience this beauty too!!!
  • Bring sunscreen. You’re on Sahara level here! The sun is high in the sky and is super strong. Also bring a hat and sunglasses. We also brought lightweight longsleeve clothes for protection against the sun.
  • We’ve hiked on the Canary islands twice now and each time we brought a tarp. This time however there was a loooot of wind (not so very uncommon for an island haha) and we could hardly sleep because of our cuben fibre tarp flutttering in the strong winds.
  • Both HQ and I are fans of trailrunners for footwear. This is the first time in years that we said: Maybe we should have brought sturdier footwear, like with ankle coverage. The Canary Islands are volcanic islands and are very rocky and steep. Some rocks are very loose and wobbly and in combination with the steepness sturdy footwear might be a good idea. It’s not that our trailrunners couldn’t deal with it, it’s that with sturdier footwear you’d be able to move faster and not concentrate as much with every step you take. If you wanna train your ankle and foot muscles, then go for trailrunners. You’ll have some decent training on the Canaries ;cP
  • Food: I dehydrated 2 kind of sauces (one tomato sauce and one thai curry sauce) and 1 dish (a veggy chili) and made my own superfood muesli bars and hummus for lunch Because of the fact that the Canaries are part of the EU it was no problem what so ever to take the dehydrated homemade food with me on the plane and across the border. We carried enough dehydrated food for 9 2person meals. In local stores we’d then buy angel hair noodles, tortillas and muesli. That made resupplying super duper easy. Cause even the tiniest stores had noodles and tortillas and some kind of cereals.
  • Maps and stuff. We used the Kompass maps and the Gaia GPS app. HQ brought his iPhone with the app on it and we mostly only used this app while on trail. (We brought our suntactics solar charger to make sure the iPhone woulnd’t run out of battery ;c)

We definitely had an amazing time on La Gomera and Tenerife and got the much much needed sun we were longing for. It really is the perfect hiking destination to get away from the cold depressing european winter ;c)

Cheers,

Cat

Disclaimer: A reader brought to my attention in Mai 2019 that apparently it is illegal to bivouac, quoting following law text: Artículo 2. 1. A los efectos de esta Orden, se entiende por “acampada” la permanencia temporal en lugares situados en plena naturaleza, de grupos libres de personas, cuyo único objetivo es disfrutar del contacto con el medio natural con o sin tiendas de campaña o albergues móviles.” Please act accordingly and only camp in designated campsites. 

64 thoughts on “Hiking on the Canary Islands ‘La Gomera’ and ‘Tenerife’

  1. I like how you were escaping cold euro winter, but there was still snow in the mountains and it looked cold! Lol. I’m only teasing, it does look beautiful and a lot warmer than Northern Europe I’m sure. I loved your photos. It looks like a beautiful place to hike! Cheers.

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    • Hahaha absolutely true Anna! I was freezing my ass off!!! But only that one day/night when we hiked above 2000m/6000ft. Apart from that we mostly had Tshirt-weather during the day. The Canaries sure are a beautiful place for hiking! Cheers, Cat

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  2. Absolutely amazing photos!!! 😀 😀 Really digging your trip report, sorry to hear that you are having very bad pain 😦 , your camo Zpacks tarp is very cool. I am really looking forward to your GG pilgrim pack review. Take care of yourself best wishes to You and HQ

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    • I don’t know the exact ‘why’. You might have to go read the laws of the different european countries to find an answer. What we did however was not illegal. We didn’t have a tent (tent = camping) and often slept under the stars. That is called bivouac and is allowed for at least one night in one place. It’s a grey zone really. Everyone has to decide for him- or herself whether he or she wants to go there. Anyway if you wanna know the details, just check the law texts 😉 Cheers, Cat

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      • I really like your blog, but you are very wrong when it comes to the law about camping in the Canary islands. It says that it is ilegal WITH OR WITHOUT A TENT, and you really shouldn’t be advising people to camp anywhere they want. I live in Tenerife and I’m specially appaled by the picture you have taken camping in las cañadas del Teide. It is one of the most fragile ecosystems in Spain and every human activty that takes place in that area has a profound impact. I think the most ethical thing you could do is to take down the pictures you took during your visit and not encourage any more people to camp wherever they like. Specially since your post is one of the first that appear when you google “camping tenerife”. No matter how careful they are, campers will always have a negative effect on the wildlife and flora of the area. We do not need more clueless tourists wondering around the island and damaging our landscape. Good intentions do not count. For example, a few years ago the largest wildfire in la Gomera was started by a clueless german hippy tourist who decided it was a good idea to burn his toilet paper and create “zero waste”. He burned thousands of square miles of forest. There is no gray area:

        Artículo 2. 1. A los efectos de esta Orden, se
        entiende por “acampada” la permanencia temporal
        en lugares situados en plena naturaleza, de grupos
        libres de personas, cuyo único objetivo es disfrutar
        del contacto con el medio natural con o sin tiendas
        de campaña o albergues móviles.

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      • Hi! Thank you for giving your input and sharing the law texts. When I speak of a grey zone, I speak of the fact that in most law texts it isn’t clearly stated what camping or acampar really means. In most countries it means sleeping in an enclosed shelter (read tent) on public land. Sleeping under the stars or under a tarp is considered as bivouac and is mostly accepted. Does the Spanish law prohibid bivouac? I have never slept in a tent in a country where it isn’t allowed. I do have slept under the stars and under tarps, meaning I do have practiced bivouacing
        There are many different perspectives and opinions in how we humans can behave in order to create the most nature protection. The way I see it we have different opinions on this one.
        I firmly believe people should spend time in wild places in order to experience deep nature connection. Through the experience of connection the willingness and need to protect nature grows. Experiencing nature from driving with your car to the Roques de Garcia and walking around the Roaues will -in my opinion- not create a longlasting desire to protect nature, be it in Tenerife, or in any homecountry people return to after their holiday is over. Sleeping on the land under the stars is a whole different story…
        Speaking of Leave No Trace or Zero Waste: I did hear of the fire in La Gomera caused by that backpacker some time back. I wouldn’t wanna call him hippy, as it seems like it’s being used as a negative connotation and not all people who identify as such would behave the way he did, but that aside… He didn’t practice LNT or Zero Waste. Burning your tp is not considered zero waste. Practicing LNT means leaving nothing behind except for footprints (which shouldn’t be left behind in creosoil or any delicate soil, that is something I think we agree on). It means packing out all your used tp, sometimes (in heavy used areas) even your faeces. It means being aware of the ecosystem and finding a place where you don’t cause any harm. Like I said before. I believe humans are a part of the ecosystem and belong in and to it and need to be in it in order for the “system” to be complete. I tend to say “humans need nature” but “nature doesn’t need humans” but I am actually not 100% convinced. There are studies (I’m sorry, I can’t quote them) that say that the earth lacks certain nutrients ever since humans have stopped living in nature (of course there’s the problem with over population, so it’s all far far more complex). Anyway, I think you get my point of view. We might not agree on this one, which is ok, it keeps the discussion and the topic alive.
        I wasn’t aware my blog comes up that high in the google ranking when you google ‘camping tenerife’, as it’s just a trip report. However I do get that there’s a certain responsibility connected with it. I will be happy to put up a disclaimer, making people more aware of the law text you shared and what their options are. In the end people have to decide for themselves as how they think nature protection can be lived. Like that one saying says ‘The earth does not need a handful of people practicing zero waste perfectly. The earth needs millions of people practicing it imperfectly.’
        Anyway, once again, thanks for sharing your point of view and the legal text here. I won’t have time to go into a big discussion about this topic in the next few weeks because I’ll be giving birth to my baby any time now and I’ll be focussing on my family. I will put up a disclaimer in my blogpost quoting the law that you shared. Cat

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  3. Also I’d have to add that even when it is prohibited, in some countries it is “tolerated” and it is very unlikely you’ll get fined, as long as you practice Leave No Trace. Like I said: grey zone 😉

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  4. OMG…wat is het daar mooi. Daar moet ik dus ook ooit nog naar toe!

    Verstuurd vanaf mijn iPad

    > Op 7 mrt. 2016 om 10:32 heeft walking womad het volgende geschreven: > > >

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  5. Heel leerrijk verslag, ik en mijn vriendin zijn nog aan het kiezen tussen het Lake District en één van de eilanden dit voorjaar… Als je maar één week hebt, zou je eerder kiezen voor La Gomera of Tenerife?

    groeten Bart (en snel beter worden 😉 )

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    • Dankje Bart. Ai da’s geen gemakkelijke keuze. Maar ik denk dat Tenerife (maar dan wel weg van de touristische plaatsen!!!) toch mijn favoriet blijft, omdat ik het heel divers vind. Ik vind het zalig om door de verschillende vegetatielagen te wandelen. Van woestijnachtig, tot zalige zuiderse dennebossen tot alpien. Gomera is iets ‘eentoniger’ (wrong word really) maar ook echt prachtig. The Lake District is ook wel zalig, maar dan zeker minder warm en zonnig 😉 Enjoy!!!!

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  6. Hi there!
    Very nice description of the tour – looks great! Me and my boyfriend are talkning about hiking Tenerife in march. But the water issue worries me a bit, though. It’s a lot of water to carry, and I was hoping to get the chance to use my new water filter – but that sounds like a no-go.
    Also, are the trail you walked on Tenerife well marked? And how many villages did you get through on those 5 days? Can’t figure out either if it’s one single trail you took? And would you say it’s a bad idea to free camp with a tent on Tenerife?
    Thanks in advance. Love hiking – but the worst thing is the planning – especially when hiking multiple days, så hope you can help on these questions 🙂
    Best,
    Marlene

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    • Hey Marlene,
      ya, water is a bit of a challenge. However even though the conditions are “desert-like” it’s not like walking in a distant desert where there is zero civilization. You will find water in villages or sometimes in closed campgrounds… Anywhere where you find a tab ;c) So you’ll probably won’t need your filter. At least we didn’t use it. I can’t really remember how many villages we came through, but if you get in trouble (when you notice you hardly have water left), you mostly are in a walking distance to people or villages. It definitely is smart to carry some extra water though and always keep an eye on how much water you have left.
      It’s not a single trail we took. We just hiked a combo of local hiking trails and the GR 131 (you can find that info on Tenerifes map, I don’t know it by heart and I don’t have the map here with me, otherwise I’d check ;c) We found out the maps aren’t always to be trusted (some trails no longer exist, new ones pop up) so we also used Gaia GPS on our cell phone.
      We always camp wild on Tenerife and never had a problem. If you choose do so, please make sure you practice 100% Leave No Trace and keep some distance from villages (or you could also ask people of course if they’d let you camp on their private property).
      Have fun, it’s beautiful on Tenerife. One of my favorite places for hiking!
      Cheers
      Cat

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      • Thanks very much for the response. I’m probably a little nervous about breaking the rules regarding camping wild – or nervous of being caught doing it, at least 🙂 But I think that free camping is part of what I love about backpacking, so we’ll probably end up doing it anyway – with no traces of course!
        Just bought a map and guide book online – can’t wait for it to come, so I can begin planning the trip 🙂

        By the way – I’m in doubt about clothing in march. Will it be enough with wool underwear, fleece, and a thermal west? Or do I need a warmer jacket instead of just multiple layers?

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      • Last time I was there in March I was fine with my normal hiking Tshirt, a longarm Tshirt, and my lightweight down jacket. If I’d get cold, I would add my Patagonia wind jacket and my rain jacket. I never carry a fleece or wool underwear ;c) But I do always bring a warm hat and lightweight mittens. I bet you’ll be fine. While you’re hiking you won’t get cold, and when you get cold after you’re done hiking, you can just crawl into your sleeping bag ;c) Have fun!!!!

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  7. Love your report and the shots! Very nice trip you had. I was hiking the Arona road last year with some friends. Now I’ll be there alone and I wonder how it’s like to do the hike alone and sleeping in the tent, what do you think?

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  8. Hi

    My partner and I are Flying out to Tenriffe for 3 weeks from 8th December and flying back form Gran Canaria. We are trying to work out the best options for hiking on both isalnds, and avoiding all the package tourism. We wont be camping but will be staying where poss in pensions, hostels, budget hotels. We like to stay for 3 or 4 nights in one place and do local hikes if that’s possible, 6 hours or so in duration. I am now wondering about going across to La Gomerra and how accessible it is for day walking, ideally circular walks or using public transport? Do you have any thoughts please. I have bought several hiking books but to be honest they don’t really give much of a clue as to where to stay. very best wishes

    Tim

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    • The Cicerone guides of written by Paddy Dillon has a lot of day walks on all three the islands. They have also the GR 131 included. Most of the budget options are closer to the sea in Tenerife. I camped on the trail.

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    • Hey Tim, I don’t have too much information myself about La Gomera to be honest. However what I can tell you is that you can basically hitch anywhere on La Gomera. We never used public transport but just put our thumb up when we needed a ride. Worked great. As for where to stay: Sorry, no idea really, I always camp… If I were you, I’d just go and I’m sure you’ll find something along the way ;c)
      On Teneriffa: Maybe there’s a nice hostel somewhere in Villaflor, from where you can go to Paisaje Lunar, Guajara, the Canadas,… Good luck, and mostly: have fun!

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  9. Heey! If you need to find a Base Camp in Tenerife contact us, we can help you in everything that you need here! We live here. Find us at FB Base Camp Tenerife, there you will find the link to Airbnb 🙂 Have a great trail !!

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  10. Thanks guys much appreciated, I will check out base camp Tenerife. Basically we just want to stay somewhere not too touristy, where we can eat out in the evening etc and go off hiking through the day or visiting places of interest.

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    • You’re welcome Tim. We can help you to choose the best Base Camp for your adventure, close to a lot trails, good public bus connection and local markets 🙂 See you soon. Allan | Base Camp Tenerife

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      • Please have a look in our Airbnb profile.

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        Saludos

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    • Hey Michele, we didn’t find many good places near Playa de Santiago. We covered a roofless old sheperds hut with our tarp 3 km above Playa…. You might get more lucky a bit further away from Playa. Have fun!

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      • Thanks for the info 🙂
        In the end I slept 40min outside santiago, near El Joradillo (very quiet, not cold but a lot of wind), which was perfect as I had to walk all the wau to S.Sebastian the next day (long walk :P)

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  11. Hi, thanks for this nice report and beautiful photos – once we’ve been there as well, I appreciate them even more than before going there :-). Oh I already miss that beautiful trip so much. We’ve been to La Gomera for 1 week in March 2017, I’m recommending that location to everybody since that time, it was really worth even for just 1 week as it is fairly easy to travel there and back.
    Thank you very much also for your tip for the “cheap room in La Callera (30€ a night for two persons – Ask for a room in the Zumeria next to the church down in La Callera…)” – we met the old lady as well 🙂 The most funny thing was that we were unable to explain to her that we’re not from Germany. Even after taking our Czech passports for the registration, she was still pretty sure that Czech republic is just a part of it 🙂

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    • Hey!! Thanks! Good to hear you had a great time and how awesome you met the old lady in La Callera and were able to get the room. There really are a lot of german travelers in La Gomera I guess… I didn’t even mention I’m from Belgium haha. :c)

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  12. Hi Cat,
    Sorry to dig up an old post, but I’m heading to the Canary Islands for 18 days of backpacking in March and totally relate to your travel style. Reading this post sold me on the trip in the first place! I have noted that y’all got by using Kompass maps and Gaia gps, but I was wondering if there’s any need for a guidebook? I’m a fan of Cicerone in general, but I’d prefer to leave my itinerary open and I’m certainly not going to buy(or carry) a book for each island! I’m a fellow piece of hiker trash and can “wing it” with the best of them, so I’m not worried about hotels or restaurants. Quite the opposite. If I can camp every night and hit a supermarket every few days, I’ll thrive.
    Also, any idea if the Kompass maps available on the islands or should I snag them before I head out?

    Thanks for sharing the adventure and inspiration.
    Peace,
    Owen

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    • Hi Owen,
      I love it when people dig up old posts. Takes me back to an awesome memory. Can’t wait to go back to Teneriffa myself. I never used a guidebook for Teneriffa. You might just go to your travel bookstore (if you have a store like that close) and just look through the Cicerone or other guide books, just to see if there’s anything you don’t wanna miss. But ya, I wouldn’t take a guidebook either when I go hiking. If I were you I’d buy the Kompass maps at home before you fly over. Just to be sure. Also be aware that the maps nor the trails are always up to date on the Canary Islands. But nothing you shouldn’t be able to deal with if you have some experience.
      Have fun & happy trails!!!
      Cat

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  13. Hello Cat. I really liked Your blogpost, good report and so beautiful photos. I allso find the scandinavian winter so depressing. Last winter me and my family fled to philippines 6 months, next winter we will go two months to Tenerife. I have red that you can live on hippiebeach la Caleta and other places for long periods of time. We have small kids so we can not hike around all the time. About camping wild – I personally believe its a human right to sleep out in nature. Noone can forbid You that. I allways wildcamp wherever I go, You are not hurting anyone and not doing any harm but as you say – we must behave and not leave any trash. I actually wildcamped before on both tenerife and gran canaria. (and sicily and sardegna). Its super easy, you allways find good spots and noone ever bothered me. It allso give you a sense of adventure and excitment when wildcamping. Spicing up the trip.
    Can I ask you about your postprocessing of your photos? they look a bit retro? Very beautiful.
    I will follow your blog, really liked it.
    Thanks.
    Noa fromsweden

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    • Thanks Noa. Yeah Tenerife and the Canary Islands are perfect for spending winter. So much better than central and northern Europe ;c) I haven’t really postprocessed the pictures much. So unfortunately I can’t help you much with that. Maybe it’s the camera? Cheers, Cat

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