Holidays in La Gomera
Located off the northwest coast of Africa, the Canary Islands have long been a favourite destination for British holidaymakers. Owing to the sub-tropical climate that prevails in this archipelago, the islands are as popular for winter breaks as they are for holidays in the summer. There are seven main islands and the second smallest one, a 40 or 60 minute ferry ride from Los Cristianos in Tenerife, is relatively unspoilt due to the mountainous nature of much of the island. This makes it an ideal place for people who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of places like Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. Although not a place that hardened partygoers are likely to invade, a good thing according to the people who like to holiday here, San Sebastian does have a handful of bars and is where several La Gomera hotels are situated. The food in the local restaurants is on the rustic side; think fresh, juicy tomatoes, huge avocadoes and meat dishes like goat stewed in wine. Exploring the island is great fun with all the hidden coves by the sea and the lush, green forests inland. Hiking is a popular pastime with visitors and at only 146 square miles if you rent a car it will not take long to drive round the island. Many of the more beautiful spots can only be reached on foot of course and they are well worth the effort. Follow in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus and see for yourself.
We moved to La Gomera from Ireland some 13 years ago with our young family. Gomera Apartments was started almost immediately with the purchase of our first apartment. Built on good service the business has evolved ever since, and has now developed into what you see here – a small, family run business with a unique choice of quality properties and a friendly welcome to the truly beautiful Island of La Gomera.
We hope you will find something to suit your needs in the content of this website. Please e-mail us with any queries or questions whatsoever.
We look forward to welcoming you to La Gomera soon.
Jim and Kirsten
Although the island shares the same mild climate that prevails in the rest of the Canaries, because of its unique geographical features it varies somewhat in different locations. In the North of Gomera hotels in Agulo can be found. This area is cooler and quite windy as opposed to the warmer and drier south. This affects the flora to be found on the island, the South being dotted with succulent plants in contrast to the banana plantations to be found in the North. The West is different still with a mountainous landscape containing a green valley that faces the Atlantic Ocean at one end. The centre of the island is home to the Garajonay National Park,a misty rainforest where you can follow trails that run alongside streams and pass beautiful waterfalls. Wherever you stay the temperature rarely dips below 20 degrees Celsius, even in the middle of winter. The many hours of warm sunshine make this beautiful corner of the Canaries a great place for a relaxing break. For winter sun holidays Gomera offers visitors the chance to escape from the daily grind of life back home and adjust to a slower pace, with time to sit back and enjoy the view. As with anywhere else in this part of the world it is advisable to take some high protection sun cream to stop your skin from burning when you first arrive. Drinking plenty of water will ensure you stay hydrated and feel fit enough to enjoy the hikes.
The original inhabitants of the Canary Islands were known as Guanches and, although as a separate race they are now extinct, traces of their culture still remain. One of these is the strange, whistling Silbo language that was developed to enable them to communicate with each other when on opposite sides of the deep ravines on the island. If you want to rent properties Gomera now has apartments as well traditional fincas, the small country cottages that are distinctly Spanish in their design. The Spanish conquered the island toward the end of the 15th century and as with the rest of the Canary Islands, are still there to this day. Despite this they are still keen to hold onto the traditions of the Guanches and when it looked like the Silbo language was going to die out the government introduced it as a compulsory subject in schools to ensure its survival. The Guanches worshipped their own God and stone structures that resemble altars have been found in the centre of the island. They are thought to have used these to offer sacrifices of goats and sheep. The local Spanish residents are a friendly people and most live in the small towns. Apartments in La Gomera can be found in these towns, especially the coastal areas such as Valle Gran Rey and Playa de Santiago. If you can speak Spanish then you should have no problems making yourself understood, it being the official language, although it differs slightly from mainland Spanish.
Things to do
In spite of the tranquil atmosphere on the island there is no need to worry about not having enough to do on holiday as there are many activities you can participate in like mountain biking and scuba diving. It is a great place for sailing and has much to offer both experienced and novice sailors. There is a Royal Yachting Association approved training centre on the island which runs courses ranging from those aimed at complete beginners all the way up to those where you can qualify as an RYA Yachtmaster. Sailing enthusiasts may want to look at the property for sale in La Gomera that is located near the harbour of Playa de Santiago on the south coast. Another option is the capital, San Sebastian, which is home to the training centre. Those who prefer to stay on dry land can enjoy a round of golf or go for a hike in the national park. There are tennis and basketball courts as well as plenty of opportunities for swimming, both in the sea and in hotel swimming pools. If you have always fancied scuba diving but never tried it you can attend one of the courses held at San Sebastian Bay and once you are proficient, explore the fascinating underwater world off the coast. With all these things to choose from there will still be plenty of time to soak up some rays on the beach and relax with a bottle of the distinctive local wine in the evening.
La Gomera hotels
The island has not been spoilt by the mass tourism that has blighted so many parts of the Canaries but this does not mean it is hard to find excellent hotels for your stay. Whatever your budget there is sure to be something that suits. From luxury resorts tucked away in discreet corners of the island to simple, clean guest houses, there are plenty to choose from. One thing they do all have in common is that they have been designed to blend in with their surroundings rather than dominate them, which makes a pleasant change. For a honeymoon the ambience of the more luxurious hotels, coupled with the natural beauty all around, is a winning combination. Days can be spent idling time away on the nearest beach and the evenings are best left to the imagination. For all sorts of holidays Gomera is the perfect setting and many visitors return year after year. If you plan on visiting at peaks times of the year such as Christmas, Easter or during the school holidays in the summer then it is advisable to book your room as early as possible. Many of them can be booked either online or via a reputable travel agent. With the abundance of picturesque locations and the year round sunshine, whichever hotel you settle on you are bound to have a great time. If you have any special requirements it is best to let the hotel know in advance so they can make the necessary arrangements.
Not everybody likes to be restricted by the timetables of hotel restaurants and cleaning staff who need access to the room during the day and for these people, instead of Gomera hotels, they may prefer to book an apartment for a couple of weeks. On our website you will find a selection of the best holiday properties on the island and to make your trip easier we will meet your ferry at the port and escort you to your accommodation. Ours is a family run business which means we are able to treat all our customers as valued friends and because we live on the island we are always here to help out if you have any problems. After browsing through the properties on our site, if you have any questions at all then please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to answer your queries. There is an email address and telephone number in the contact section for all enquiries. If you want to rent accommodation Gomera offers excellent value for money. We love the island and try to make sure all our clients enjoy their stay here as much as we enjoy living here. For larger families or groups of friends we have Canarian-style houses with terraces where you can sit and take in the superb views whilst enjoying an al fresco meal. Whether you are looking for a secluded property in the countryside or a comfortable apartment in town, we can help.