TravelFeedTravelFeed Logo
La Gomera Hike #6: Agulo

La Gomera Hike #6: Agulo

January 2020 · 3 min read · Canary Islands

Our week on La Gomera had flown by, and the final hike was upon us. At least we wouldn’t have to go far … our chosen route led directly past our cabin at the Casa del Chorro, up to the Mirador Abrante, and over the mountains to Agulo. Had we saved the best for last? Let’s find out!

Red Sanded Hills
Red Sanded Hills

Sadly, the weather today was much the same as what we had experienced while hiking around Vallehermoso: a heavy layer of cloud obscuring everything from view. This hike normally begins in Agulo, but we started at our cabin, which was already in the mist… so the first couple hours were unspectacular. Except for a Mars-like landscape of deep red soil just past the Mirador Abrante, there wasn’t much to see, and we made swift progress along the trail.

Of course, the experience would have been better with views, and with more time on La Gomera, we might have waited for another day. But even a hike through the clouds is better than no hike at all. No other activity puts me in such good spirits… I’m never more content than when outdoors, midway through a demanding hike. Once you fall into a rhythm, allowing your mind to let go of the normal life-stress, and you’re just plodding along, inhaling fresh air, hiking can become meditative. Even rejuvenating.

Although our final hike didn’t start with ideal conditions, it did improve once we descended to Agulo. This tightly-packed nucleus of buildings might be the cutest town on La Gomera, and our trail led us straight through its streets, past the stunning Iglesia de San Marcos, and toward what looked to be a straight, vertical wall cutting Agulo off from the island’s interior. I checked and double-checked the map; yep, our trail seemed to go straight up that wall, without any deviation.

It wasn’t until we were standing immediately below the immense shadow that we could finally spot the trail. This starts as a flight of steps carved into the rock, so steep and straight that it might as well be a ladder. Intimidating, but as we began the ascent, we realized that it wasn’t all that difficult. Trails on La Gomera are as practical as possible; these are paths which people had been using for non-recreational purposes, many, many centuries before the advent of cars and roads.

The stairs weren’t easy, of course, but neither were they overwhelming, and we took frequent breaks which gave us plenty of time to look back over Agulo and the Atlantic. This section of the path was my favorite of the day, and one of the overall highlights of the entire week. This was a perfect way to conclude our hiking adventure on La Gomera. Once we finally got to the top, we felt accomplished and content… and also completely done with hiking for awhile.

Well, at least for a week… Tenerife has some amazing trails, too, and I don’t know how long we’ll be able to hold out.

From our Tenerife Travel Blog

Ready to Blog & Earn?

With TravelFeed, easily start your own travel blog and earn as you go. It's the smart platform for travelers who want to profit from their passion. Create a free account

Don't Forget: Get Travel Health Insurance!

To make your trip a worry-free experience, TravelFeed recommends SafetyWing Nomad Insurance. It provides comprehensive health coverage while you travel, so you can focus on exploring, not the unexpected. Get a quote here

Travel Resources for your trip to Spain

Recommended by TravelFeed

Flights: We recommend checking to find the best and cheapest flights to Spain.

Accomodation: Explore the best places to stay in Spain on, Agoda and Hostelworld.

Travel Insurance: Medical emergencies abroad can be pricey, but travel health insurance is not. We always use SafetyWing for affordable and reliable coverage.

Transportation: Use 12go and Omio to find detailed bus and train schedules, making travel planning easier.

Car Rental: For hassle-free car hiring, DiscoverCars is our trusted choice with a wide selection of vehicles.

Internet: Got an eSIM compatible phone? Airalo is perfect for reliable internet access during your trip. Just install it before you go, and you're set!

Day Trips & Tours: We recommend GetYourGuide for a variety of well-organized and enjoyable activities.

Tickets: Save on entrance fees in Spain with Klook and Tiquets.

Travel Planner: Need a hand planning? Our free travel planner chatbot is your personal guide to Spain. Chat now.

Disclosure: Posts on TravelFeed may contain affiliate links. See affiliate disclosure.

Share this post