Something for everyone on this beautiful Island
La Gomera is the second smallest of the Canary Islands chain located just off the southern tip of Morocco, gracing it with all year round sunshine and an average temperature of 27 degs (C). In the summer a moderate temperature is maintained by the continuous summer breezes. During the winter months the temperature is around 20 degs C! This alternative Canary Island is just a short fast ferry ride from Tenerife.
Almost the entire surface of this volcanic island is made up of rugged mountains, deep ravines, idyllic valleys and subtropical rainforest. Its steep terrain has kept mass tourism at bay and preserved the natural environment which is a paradise for hikers, walkers, birdwatchers and nature lovers. This quiet, undiscovered Canary Island remains completely unspoilt by tourism and is your ideal destination for a relaxing summer break, or an alternative winter sun holiday.
Despite its small size, there is not one single climate on the island but rather several microclimates. The southeast, which is home to the main harbour town of San Sebastian and its cultural sights, has a rugged mountain terrain with long winding “barrancos”, or river bed ravines, lush valleys and several quiet beaches. San Sebastian has a central bus station and is an ideal base for discovering the diverse and well-maintained trails of Gomera. Most are ancient goat paths that traverse the terraced valleys. The windy north with its long sloping valleys, traditional whitewashed towns and luscious banana plantations offers a lush contrast to the warmer, dry south. The sunniest part of the island is the south where succulent plants cover the dry and rocky mountainsides and terraced slopes. Here you will find the charming fishing harbour of Playa del Santiago. The west with its wild mountain landscapes is where the popular destination of Valle Gran Rey can be found, a green and fertile valley dotted with palm trees that opens up onto the Atlantic.
At the heart of the island is the Garajonay National Park, a stunningly beautiful subtropical ‘laurisilva’ forest designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. The misty Laurel Forest, with its one-of-a-kind ecosystem, enchants trekkers as rays of light push through the dense canopy of trees and trails wind along past small streams and waterfalls.
The natural surroundings of the island offer a wide variety of activities to visitors. Very few people visit La Gomera only once!