Apr 3, 2020

La Gomera. Dovn Valle Gran Rey, 19 January 2020

Looking for a jacket we had left we took the same trail down the steep clifs of Valle Gran Rey. We had very god weather and a very good hike but did not find the jacket!
View towards La Palma. La Palma, is the most north-westerly island of the Canary Islands, Spain. La Palma has an area of 708 square kilometres compared to La Gomera's 369 square kilometres
The Atlantic canary (Serinus canaria), known worldwide simply as the wild canary and also called the island canary, canary, or common canary, is a small passerine bird belonging to the genus Serinus in the finch family, Fringillidae
Berthelot’s Pipit was very common on the plateau we passed.
Abandonned house on the plateau, and in the background El Hierro the second smallest and farthest south and west of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, with a population of 10,798. Its capital is Valverde. At 269 square kilometres, it is the second smallest of the eight main islands of the Canaries.
A holy place for the Guanches? At the time of medieval European engagement, the Canary Islands were inhabited by a variety of indigenous communities. The pre-colonial population of the Canaries is referred to as Guanche. They were wiped out by the Europeans.
On our way on the plateau
La Fortaleza
Berthelot's spurge (Euphorbia berthelotii) La Gomera, Canary Islands. Endemic to La Gomera.
Berthelot's pipit (Anthus berthelotii) is a small passerine bird which breeds in Madeira and the Canary Islands. It is a common resident in both archipelagos. Berthelot's pipit is found in open country. The nest is on the ground, with 3-5 eggs being laid.
Our hotel in the town of Valle Gran Rey
View toward the town of Valle Gran Rey and our hotel.
Tenerife-Speckled-Lizard (Gallotia intermedia): A lot of them came to join us for our lunch, to see if there were any breadcrums to pick up.
Looking into Valle Gran Rey on our way down
In the town of Valle Gran Rey
A map of our hike

Apr 2, 2020

North-west coast of La Gomera, 18 January 2020

The hike was along the north-west coast of La Gomera with beautifull views to the coast and inland.
Roques de Arguamul rocks, Baja de los Roques
We also passed some laurel forest
Erica (lyng)
In the background Tenerife
On our way to a small chapel called Ermita de Nuestra Señora de Coromoto
View towards La Palme with a palm in the foreground.
A view inland with Roque Cano and Vallehermoso
The coast with Tenerife in the background
The descend to Vallehermoso was rather steep
Roque Cano
Resting at a bar in Vallehermoso before our hired bus takes us back.
The Hike of the day
Loa Gomera with the Hike of the day

La Gomera, Garanoay NP via Imeda the coast, 17 Jan. 2020

The hike of the day was at the south-coast of La Gomera,from the Garanoay National Park via the Saml village Imeda to the coast.
Leaving the Garanoay National Park
View towards Tenerife withTeide
Canarian pine tress - another endemic species
Another kestrel (tårnfalk) - there were many.
Aeonium (Aeonium spec.), growing on a roof of an abandoned house
A steep part of the hike
Our guide together with a local.
Our bus back to the hotel
The hike of the day

La Gomera, Garanoay NP to the coast/hotel, 15 January 2020

We started on top of the island at Garajonay Nacional Park and walked all the way down to our hotel in Valle Gran Rey. We had a lot of beautifull views to the cost and the valley, and were very tired in our legs when we eventually reached the hotel.
The Gomerans are very proud of Garajonay Nacional Park. The evergreen misty forest, with its unique atmosphere fascinates in the heart of La Gomera. The area around the highest mountain, Garajonay (1487m) has been a national park since 1981. Since 1986 it has also been protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The unique eco-system of the Laurisilva forest in the protected centre f the island is thought to be the remnant of subtropical woods which covered the Mediterranean area during the Tertiary period.
Just outside the park.
On our way we passed the village Arure.
Water reservoir. Water is scarse on La Gomera, and it rain during winter, So the Gomerans does a lot of effort to keep the precious water from winter to the summer period.
The north coast
We saw many kestrels
To go down we first had to go up!
There were a long way down to our hotel in Valle Gran Rey!
A map of our walk