Is a trip to the Canary Islands on the cards? Once you discover what awaits you on a holiday to La Gomera, it will be hard to resist a break in the sun. A volcanic island belonging to the chain of Canary Islands, La Gomera boasts a unique position just off the African coast. Kissed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, it is a paradise for nature lovers, with the majestic Garajonay National Park adding to the island's allure.
Since it is enclosed by volcanic mountains, La Gomera’s dramatic coastline is coated in a sheet of black sand. It's not just the beautiful beaches that attract holidaymakers to this scenic Spanish island but also, its proximity to Tenerife. Enjoy a day trip to one of the surrounding islands or take a hike around the mountainous terrain, where trails are carved into the landscape.
The highest point of La Gomera reaches 1,487 metres and if you venture into the central mountains on a trek, you can breathe in fresh, cool air while looking out onto a volcanic valley. After taking in the sublime scenery, unwind with a beer at a beachfront bar during sunset.
From the moment you land on La Gomera soil, you’ll notice how the environment is unblemished. It is this lush landscape that lures in hikers, cyclists, and all around nature lovers. Trek along the trails at UNESCO site, La Garajonay National Park, which is 70% forest. For wine tours and rock climbing, arrange a trip to the Roque Cano monument.
Alternatively, pack your bag and ascend to the peak of Roque de Agando. Standing tall at 1,250 metres, this natural rock formation is positioned further inland. Move closer to the coast and step inside the Church of the Assumption, or bask in the tranquil atmosphere at Torre del Conde Park.
A holiday to La Gomera would not be complete without sampling the culinary delights of the Canary Islands. Speciality fish dishes can be found on most of the menus at harbour facing eateries, but you won't have trouble seeking out a steakhouse, either.
The Canarian diet consists mainly of Spanish recipes, although many of the fish, meat, and vegetarian delicacies are inspired by the cuisine of Latin America and Africa. Take a sip of the island's culture by ordering a glass of red or white wine produced from the Forastera Gomera grape, which is grown at the volcanic vineyard valleys.
The Gran Telescopio Canarias is an observatory that attracts families and groups, as does the Mirador de la Cumbrecita camping ground. Museo Naval del Barco de la Virgen (Naval Museum of the Boat of the Virgin) will open your eyes to the maritime history of La Gomera, where the green valleys of Valle de Hermigua offer breathtaking views of the mountains and ocean. Play a game of mini golf with the relatives at Tecina Golf, stop off at one of the island's ice cream parlours, or spend a day riding donkeys to a traditional village.
Action & Adventure
One of the most popular excursions for active individuals who book a holiday to La Gomera is the Speedy Adventure tour. These whale watching tours will give you an opportunity to snorkel when the boat stops off at an isolated bay. Agulo is the ideal spot for trail running, whereas Hermigua and Valle Gran Rey attract hikers in search of pristine beaches.
Off road activities will reveal astonishing sights of the countryside that cannot be accessed on foot. Don't miss the chance to experience the longest zip-line in Spain at Via Ferrata! Extending for 436 metres, this aerial attraction is something you simply must try out if you want an adrenaline rush in the midst of the Andalusian mountains.
Despite the fact it is second smallest in size when compared to its neighbouring islands, La Gomera is blessed with 90 kilometres of stunning coastline! Wedged between towering cliffs, the beaches are a mixture of pebble and black sand bays.
Visit Avalo beach for a sunbathing and sightseeing experience. Here, you will find a quiet sandy bay, vibrant palm tree groves, and a quaint chapel displaying the Virgin of Guadalupe's image. For a sense of isolation, embark on a boat trip to Playa del Cabrito or stroll along the scenic trails leading to El Medio. If time permits, catch some rays on the beaches of Chinguarime and La Cueva.
Three of the best nightlife spots are positioned a short drive from one another on the island's coastline - Gomera Lounge, Kiosko Ramom, and Bar Terraza La Chalana. Don't expect the nightlife to be as loud as it is on neighbouring Canary Islands like Fuerteventura, however. A holiday in La Gomera attracts a more sophisticated and mature crowd, making it an idyllic getaway for wine connoisseurs who want to sip merlot near the ocean.
Most couples who book a holiday to La Gomera will have an interest in the great outdoors, what with the island being home to so many protected natural areas. Plenty of churches, cathedrals, and historic sites like Torre del Conde can also be explored on foot.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll around Garajonay National Park and spot wildlife as you walk. Alternatively, reveal your romantic side as you plant a kiss on your partner's lips beneath the trees at Bosque del Cedro park. If you prefer to set sail and spot dolphins, book a boat tour with that special someone and watch the sun set over the volcanic landscape.
There is a vibrant culture to be uncovered when you're on holiday in La Gomera. From the food and drink to the music and entertainment, the islanders are proud of their unique customs and traditions. Flamenco dancers can be seen moving in sync with the upbeat Spanish music at annual events, such as the Fiesta del Almendro en Flor. A prominent custom in Spain is the daily siesta, which allows Canary islanders to enjoy a comfortable work life balance.
If you were to spend time in the south of Spain, you would notice how the dialect spoken by the local people is similar to the language spoken by settlers living in the Canary Islands. Over centuries, the dialect has been influenced by immigrants, some of whom arrived from the Americas and others from the Caribbean. All religions are widely accepted in La Gomera, although most of the locals are committed to the Roman Catholic faith.