The little treasure of the Canary Islands. With a surface area of only 370 km2, the island of La Gomera is home to great natural beauty. And where time seems to have stood still. Its green and impressive mountains with deep ravines. Its precious laurel forests. Its small beaches of black volcanic sand, dizzying cliffs and majestic rocks. And picturesque hamlets that seem to have been carved out of the same mountains adorned with beautiful palm groves.
This is La Gomera, an island where its people live in total harmony with nature. If you dare to visit the island, be sure that you will discover great treasures that you never imagined you could find:
Natural areas of La Gomera
The island was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 2012 because of all the beautiful nature that its people have been able to preserve so well. With its 17 natural areas and more than 600 kilometres of trails, this island is a true paradise. It also has a spring-like climate almost all year round. It has one of the most important ecosystems in the world, declared a World Heritage Site and National Park. This is the Garajonay National Park, considered the best preserved laurel forest in Europe.
Once here, you won’t have time to get bored. There is plenty to see and do on the island. Like hiking, cycling, diving or snorkelling in the southern part of the island, which has a seabed rich in flora and fauna. Perhaps take a boat trip for whale-watching, kayaking or paddle-surfing. Or simply recharge your batteries at one of the famous yoga retreats that are frequently organised on the island. In addition, due to the rugged terrain of La Gomera, there are also many breathtaking viewpoints that offer unparalleled panoramic views. Such as the Abrante viewpoint, which gives you the impression of being suspended in the air, or the Palmarejo viewpoint, the work of the great Lanzarote artist César Manrique. All of them are certainly worth a visit.
Culture and Gastronomy in La Gomera
La Gomera is an extraordinary island when it comes to culture and history. It is a people that has managed to maintain the purest customs and traditions, reflecting a rich folklore. Proof of this is the Silbo Gomero, an ancestral form of communication inherited by the ancient inhabitants of the island. It was declared by UNESCO in 2009 as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It is also a seal of identity for all Gomeros.
As for the gastronomy, it is very tasty and varied. They have been able to prepare delicious dishes with local products. Among them, Almogrote, a kind of pâté made from cheese, palm honey made from the sap of the Canary Island palm tree and an excellent accompaniment to cheeses, desserts and cocktails. Watercress stew and goat’s meat. And as well as the Gomeran sweets, the wines with designation of origin are also famous.
What to see in La Gomera
- Garajonay National Park, located in the heart of the island. A precious ecosystem where a great diversity of flora and fauna coexist in perfect harmony. Entering this forest is magical. Here you can find many trails, viewpoints and recreational areas. In addition to a very well equipped Visitor Centre and Information Centre.
- Los Órganos Natural Monument, located on the north coast of the municipality of Vallehermoso. It is a beautiful cliff whose shape resembles that of an organ, as its name suggests. An ideal place for whale and dolphin watching.
- Fortaleza de Chipude, This great natural monument is 1242 m high. It is one of the most popular scenic symbols of the island. It is located in Vallehermoso itself. At its summit we find one of the most important archaeological sites on La Gomera. It is thought that this imposing mountain was a sacred place for the ancient inhabitants.
- Valle de Gran Rey, a whole village nestled in a narrow valley between palm groves and cultivated terraces. It is a beautiful sight. That is why César Manrique, that famous artist from Lanzarote, could not resist this charm. And he made his great masterpiece by building the Mirador Palmarejo, from where we can enjoy incredible views of this great valley. Not to mention the spectacular sunsets.