“It’s common knowledge that if you want to spend your time hiking on a Canary Island, La Gomera is the island to head for.”

What’s still not commonly known is all the Canary Islands offer exceptional and diverse walking. But there’s no denying there is something extra special about exploring La Gomera on two feet.

My favourite La Gomera walking route is one that runs from the hills above the south west coast to Vallehermoso in the north.

We arrange for a taxi to drop us beside the mirador (viewpoint) at Igualero. Bruma (low cloud) cloaks the mirador, obscuring views of the surrounding area. It’s early morning and the sun has just started burning off the mist. As we set off along the path the fog begins to clear, as if curtains were being drawn apart in time for a performance to begin.

Within minutes the misty cloud is a memory, ahead is a landscape of deep ravines and flat plateaus, the most impressive of which is the table top shaped La Fortaleza; a natural fortress considered a sacred site by the aborigines who inhabited the island prior to its conquest …

Read full article, published in Hello Canary Islands June 2016