HPB’s holiday booking service has been rated 4.7 out of 5
based on 14538 customer reviews on Feefo.
Feefo Platinum Award Feefo logo

El Balcón de Santa Ana

Playa de Santiago, La Gomera

Walk 7 - The Dragon Tree walking and hiking route


Walk Instructions

The Dragon tree (Dracaena draco) is a very rare tree indeed, the only mature specimen on the island, reputedly more than 400 yards old. There are said to be other Dragon trees cultivated in gardens, possible in the wild on other Canary Islands, in the mountains of Morocco and a few small trees on Madeira, but nowhere is there a Dragon tree to rival this one.
This mainly circular little walk includes both old and new routes - a former mule trail and a more recently engineered path which is obviously based on the format of the mule trail. Although this is a very short walk, as the tree is situated close to the bottom of a barranco there is a fair amount of rise and fall involved. Fortunately for the less energetic, there is a viewpoint part way down from which the tree can be clearly seen.

Start Point

Several spaces on the right at the junction of the main road with the little road signposted to Imada. From El Balcon de Santa Ana this junction is about 20 minutes by car along the main road, by-passing Alajero, or take the bus from Playa de Santiago or the stop by the Las Trincheras junction. Alight at the Imada road junction.
Cafe and bar on the Alajero by-pass road

Cross the main road to the small mirador and go down a flight of steps to join an old mule trail. Turn left to go downhill, passing several palm trees. Reach a narrow, surfaced road, turning right towards the Casas Agalan, a few scattered houses.

1. By the last house on the right turn right, along a narrow path behind the house, signposted ‘Camino de El Drago’. After passing the house join a broad earth track leading to a narrow path where the track has been close and emerging at a junction with an engineered path. Turn along this comparatively new path to another junction in less than 100 yards. This is the point of decision - either go a few yards to the right for the viewpoint or turn left to continue the descent on the engineered path, winding down the hillside to the Dragon tree.

2. Return from the tree to the last junction. Turn right for less than 100 yards to the first junction, bearing left here to stay with the ‘new’ path, though it is now heavily overgrown for some stretches, as it twists and turns, rising steadily with some steps through lovely natural rock gardens, rich in cacti and rock roses to join the main road by a large water tank.

3. Continue right, then immediately right again to descend along another section of the old mule trail, back to the start point at the foot of the flight of steps. Turn left, up the steps, to the main road and the parking area/bus stop.


Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.


How can I find out more?

The Holiday Property Bond could do as much for your quality of life as it has done for many thousands of families who have already invested. That's why we invite you to get in touch with us in any of these 3 ways and please don't forget our unique 'Money back promise' and 'interest free loan' options.


We're so confident you'll be delighted with HPB
that we offer you a 'Money Back Promise'!

In regular surveys, Bondholders tell us how happy they are with HPB holidays. That's why we feel confident in giving you the extra reassurance of our unprecedented 'Money Back Promise':

If you take your first HPB holiday within three years of investing and are not, for any reason, entirely happy, you can apply to cash in your HPB investment within 14 days of your return. Whatever the encashment value, the parent company of the issuer of HPB will make up any difference so that you get back the full amount of your original payment, including charges.

This offer applies to a holiday at any HPB owned property which is taken by at least one of the Bondholders themselves.

Full details of the offer will be provided before you invest.

Request our brochure Speak to a representative

Please request our fully illustrated holiday property brochure

Please read " How HPB works" and then we will be delighted to send you our brochure, including our property portfolio, and your FREE copy of Insight Magazine. See the beautiful holiday homes and magnificent locations where you can spend your holidays as a Bondholder and learn how impressed Bondholders have been by our handling of the problems caused by coronavirus.

Please complete and submit the form or,
alternatively, telephone our FREE brochure request line on 0800 230 0391

Request a brochure
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address *
Postcode *  
Telephone number

We will use the details you provide above to send you our detailed HPB brochure and keep you updated about HPB holiday offers.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

* Indicates required fields
HPB’s holiday booking service has been rated 4.7 out of 5 based on 14538 customer reviews on Feefo.

You can speak to one of our representatives

Your local HPB representative will be happy to call or video call you at a convenient time for an informal chat. Simply fill in your details and we'll do the rest.

Most of our representatives are Bondholders themselves and all have visited a number of Bond sites.

The representative will give you all the information you need and then leave you to make up your own mind. He or she will talk to you about your holiday requirements and what level of investment is needed to secure the kind of holidays you want.

Video chat now available with a local representative

This request is for new enquiries only, if you are an existing Bondholder please contact us via myBond.

How should we contact you? *  
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address *
Telephone number *  
Post code *  
Preferred Date/Time
Preferred Date/Time 2
Preferred Date/Time 3
Please contact me to arrange a date

Your local representative will contact you to confirm the date and time.

Date/Time *  
Chosen date (choose above) *
Chosen time (choose above) *

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

* Indicates required fields

See our stunning holiday properties for yourself

Having a Private Tour at an HPB holiday location is an enjoyable way to see the high standards of furnishings and facilities you could enjoy with HPB. One of our representatives will show you around the site and answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively, you are welcome to book a Personal Presentation at a hotel near you. You can chat to one of our representatives, ask your questions and view the complete portfolio of HPB locations.


This advertisement is issued by HPB Management Limited ("HPBM") registered at HPB House, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EH. HPBM is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is the main UK agent and the property manager for HPB, issued by HPB Assurance Limited ("HPBA") registered in the Isle of Man and authorised by the Financial Services Authority there. The Trustee of HPB is Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited registered at Jubilee Buildings, Victoria Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2SH. The Securities Manager is Stanhope Capital LLP of 35 Portman Square, London, W1H 6LR.

Holders of policies issued by HPBA will not be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if the company becomes unable to meet its liabilities to them but Isle of Man compensation arrangements apply to new policies. No medical examination required. HPB is available exclusively through HPBM. HPBM promotes only HPB and is not independent of HPBA.