The small island of La Gomera is a hidden gem of wild landscapes and unique sites among the Canary Islands. La Gomera is different to the rest of the Canary Islands as it doesn’t offer the tourist trappings of golden beaches and wild nightlife associated with the Canaries.
The island is defined by the rugged volcanic landscape, which has been shaped by centuries of erosion and volcanic activity. The beautiful Garajonay National Park which highlights the beautiful landscape and is full of unique and magnificent flora and fauna not to be found anywhere else in the world is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
La Gomera is the perfect destination for those seeking a more active holiday as there are a myriad of hiking trails all across the island, weaving through the lush and spectacular terrain. There are also plenty of opportunities to indulge in some mountain biking, deep-sea fishing, diving and sailing, or simply relax on one of the small, untouched cove beaches.
La Gomera isn’t served by any major airlines and is most easily reached by a ferry from the nearby island of Tenerife, which offers the perfect opportunity to combine stays on both islands for a multi-centre stay holiday.
Things to do
Torre del Conde: Considered to be one of the most important examples of military architecture in the Canary Islands, Tore del Conde is located in a lush subtropical park. The fort, built back in 1447 was the first building of note to be built on the island. Today it is home to a historical exhibition which includes maps of La Gomera dating all the way back to 1492.
Museo de Gofio: This reconstructed windmill is now a museum to the traditions and customs of rural life which are so important to the Canary Islands. Here you will also find an attractive small garden and gift shop.
Iglesia de la Virgen de la Asunción: Visit the site where Christopher Columbus and his men supposedly came to pray before they set off for the New World. Originally built in 1450, the chapel was reconstructed in the 18th century and is a stunning example of Gothic and baroque architectural styles.