Tired of the hustle and bustle of urban living? Then disconnect and escape to the unspoilt wonderland that is La Gomera, the second smallest of Spain’s Canary Islands, where stunning scenery and leisure activities provide a much needed respite from the daily grind. Here are just a few of the things you can enjoy in this land of rare beauty:
Reconnect with Nature
With lush forests, dramatic ravines and breathtaking views as far as the eye can see, La Gomera provides the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature. The whole island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and almost 40% of it’s surface are protected areas, which ensures a rich ecosystem filled with diverse plants and animals.
In particular, the abundant beauty and wildlife of Garajonay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are sure to impress. For a real treat, venture into the El Cedro Forest region of Garajonay for a chance to witness evergreen trees wrapped in a veil of silver mist as well as the impressive El Chorro waterfall, the tallest cascade on the island.
Walk Your Worries Away
Walking is a therapeutic way to enjoy nature while getting in some exercise, and La Gomera is truly a hiker’s paradise thanks to an extensive web of trails that snake through its sweeping landscape. All trails are well marked and suitable for any skill level and there are plenty to choose from. History buffs can retrace the footsteps of Christopher Columbus in San Sebastián, La Gomera’s capital, where the famous explorer made his last stop before heading to America on 6th September 1492.
In the south, the quaint town of Alajeró offers a sightseeing trek through plains and grazing lands peppered with historical landmarks such as the 17th Century El Salvador church. There are also walks leading to reservoirs, coastal villages and rural mountain towns to enjoy wherever your go.
If you prefer biking over hiking, it’s just as exciting to see every corner of La Gomera on two wheels, and the experience of renting a mountain bike or an electric one for individual itineraries or in groups is a worthwhile option as well.
Take Time Out With The Tide
There’s nothing like a relaxing day at the beach, and despite its small size of almost 370 sq. kilometres, La Gomera provides no shortage of small beaches and coves for visitors to enjoy a little peace and serenity. Near the fishing village of Playa Santiago on the southern coast, Playa del Medio’s gentle surf is a top choice for an easy day in the sun. In the northeast, the crystal clear waters and black sandy shores of Playa de la Caleta are a spectacular sight, and the salted pools of Parque Maritimo in the north village of Vallehermoso are ideal for families with young children.
For the best selection of beaches, however, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Valle Gran Rey in the western part of La Gomera. Among them, Playa La Calera and Playa La Puntilla are prime examples with their black sands and gorgeous daily sunsets. Playa de El Inglés on the west side of Valle Gran Rey, where the coast is never crowded, is a fitting place to get away from it all. The little beach of Charco del Conde, also known as ‘baby beach’, is a small, natural bay that’s great for kids.
Add in La Gomera’s bountiful marine life off the coast, from turtles and tropical fish to dolphins and even whales, and you have the perfect excuse for a sailing trip to witness some of nature’s most beautiful sea creatures up close.
Get Cosy In A Natural Environment
Even as an unspoilt wonderland, La Gomera still has a wide and varied range of tourist accommodation available, from simple and inexpensive lodging to 3 and 4-star hotels with all the services and amenities. Additionally, there are plenty of rural houses and hotels scattered throughout the island that cater specifically to tourists who want to experience local life and authentic cuisine. No matter the choice, accommodation in La Gomera is guaranteed to provide guests with a cozy atmosphere in a unique natural environment.
About La Gomera
La Gomera, located off the coast of Africa, is one of Spain’s most famous Canary Islands. Flights run regularly from the UK to Tenerife, where visitors can then enjoy a short ferry ride to the island within 50 minutes. Alternatively, guests can fly to Tenerife North from the UK and board a 30-minute connecting flight to La Gomera.
For more information, visit: www.lagomera.travel/canary-islands/la-gomera/en