Hiking To Chorros De Epina La Gomera

By Jill

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This is a very short walk to the Chorros De Epina La Gomera, mystical spring water jets steeped in legend. If you are driving past Epina on the northern stretch of the GM-1, it is worth a short stop to take in the springs and the small church, Ermita de San Isidro Labrador.

Basic Information – Chorros De Epina La Gomera

Chorros De Epina La Gomera Canary Islands Spain Information Table
Chorros De Epina La Gomera Information Table

Introduction – Hiking On La Gomera

If you like hiking, you will love La Gomera. The island has the most incredible variety of landscapes, with steep cliffs overlooking rocky coastlines, and inland the coast gives way to volcanic peaks, dramatic rocks and staggeringly steep ravines.

In the heart of La Gomera is National Park Garajonay, with damp, dense forests of moss-coated trees. It seems a world away from the sunny and arid south coast. The variations in climate result in a vast range of plant life in La Gomera, where you will find cacti, lush green forests, palm trees and banana plantations.

Although the climate varies dramatically as you move around the island, the temperature is surprisingly constant. You are unlikely to experience temperatures much outside the 15-25 deg C range at any time of year. This means that the weather is almost always perfect for hiking.

Spring Water Flows From Pipes Into A Stone Trough At Chorros De Epina La Gomera Canary Islands Spain
Spring Water Flows From Chorros De Epina La Gomera

However, the most significant advantage for us was the sheer volume and range of hikes on La Gomera. The Garajonay National Park has an incredible network of well-defined trails, many of which have been designated as “recommended routes.” These numbered routes, or “rutas,” are signposted and easy to follow.

The only downside of hiking on this wonderful island is that you won’t find a trail without some elevation gain. Also, many of the trails are high with steep drops and definitely not for the faint-hearted. If you dislike heights, check your routes carefully before setting out.

Overview – Chorros De Epina La Gomera

This is a very short walk to the Chorros de Epina Springs, but worth a stop if you are in the area. You will also see the small white church, Ermita de San Isidro Labrador.

It is an easy, well-defined walk along a cobblestone path. There is some elevation gain as you return, and there are also some steps to get to the springs. The stone trail can be slippery when the weather is wet (which is often), so wear shoes with a good grip.

Start Point & Route Description – Chorros De Epina La Gomera

A Wide Paved Path With A Notice Board Is Starting Point Of Trail To Chorros De Epina La Gomera Canary Islands Spain
Trail Start Point Chorros De Epina La Gomera

This walk starts from the GM-1, around 8.5km southwest of Vallehermoso. Watch out for the Restaurante Chorros de Epina (on your right as you travel southwest) and a string of parking spaces on the opposite side of the road. This is where you should park.

The start of the trail is around 50m past the restaurant on the same side of the road. You will see a wide stone path with an information board at the entrance.

Follow this trail downhill until you see the small white church. Just before the church are stone steps on the right, which take you to the Chorros de Epina. Turn left at the bottom of the steps, and you will see the jets alongside a wall on your left.

Steep Stone Steps Surrounded By Trees And Ivy On The Trail To Chorros De Epina La Gomera Canary Islands Spain
Steps To Chorros De Epina La Gomera

Points Of Interest – Chorros De Epina La Gomera

The first point of interest on the route is the small white church known as Ermita de San Isidro Labrador. The church was closed when we were there, but it is a quiet tranquil spot to spend a few minutes and take a few photos.

Church Ermita De San Isidro Labrador On A Wet Rainy Day Surrounded By Trees Near Chorros De Epina La Gomera Canary Islands Spain
Chorros De Epina La Gomera – Ermita De San Isidro Labrador

The main point of interest is the springs themselves. The spring consists of 7 pipes/jets (known as chorros) from which spring water flows into a stone trough. The water is said to have mystical powers, and there are legends about winning over your loved one by drinking from the jets in a particular order.

In Conclusion: A Must-Visit for Nature Lovers and Adventure Seekers

If you find yourself on the idyllic island of La Gomera, don’t miss the opportunity to hike to Chorros de Epina. This short and easy trail offers more than just a walk; it’s a journey through diverse landscapes and a step into local legends. Starting near Restaurante Chorros de Epina, the cobblestone path leads you to the mystical springs and the quaint Ermita de San Isidro Labrador church. The springs themselves are steeped in folklore, with seven jets said to possess mystical powers.

So, why not lace up your hiking boots and experience this unique blend of nature and culture? Just remember to wear shoes with good grip, as the stone trail can get slippery. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just looking for a quick adventure, Chorros de Epina is a trail that promises to leave a lasting impression.

Would you consider adding this hike to your La Gomera itinerary? What aspects of the hike intrigue you the most? Are you ready to discover the mystical powers of the springs?

About Us

We’re Kevin and Jill; we are from the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Canada but were blown away by the impossibly steep mountains and ravines of La Gomera. We hope to inspire you to visit this unique island and strive to create the ultimate guide.

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