La Gomera’s uniquely mountainous terrain offers an extensive network of viewpoints from which you can appreciate the various landscapes and experience a whole host of different sensations.
Each of the viewpoints has its own special charm, and their diversity and panoramic views are sure to leave you impressed.
In this article, we focus on the viewpoints from which you can observe the geological landmarks that provide clear evidence of La Gomera’s volcanic origins. They form one of the island’s most important features and will mark your journey at every turn.
La Gomera was formed 12 million years ago, and nowadays it offers a dormant and peaceful image. No volcanic eruptions have taken place on the island in the last 2 million years. This has allowed the processes of erosion to sculpt uniquely-shaped ravines, cliffs, crags and beaches that bear witness to the intense volcanic activity that took place in those far-off times.
Miradores de Los Roques
Los Roques infuse the island landscape with their majesty. This is an excellent set of vantage points for viewing the Agando, Ojila, La Laja, Carmona and La Zarcita roques. These geological monuments form the principal components of the landscape and were considered sacred by the original inhabitants of La Gomera.
When conditions are right, you can see cascades of mist plunging down the sides of the mountains. We have the trade winds to thank for this very special phenomenon.
Mirador colgante de Los Roques (San Sebastián de La Gomera)
The roques are ancient magma vents in which large amounts of lava accumulated. Shaped by erosion over many years, they were left exposed to jut impressively above their natural surroundings.
Mirador de Igualero
The Mirador de Igualero is noted for its views of the Fortaleza de Chipude, a flat-topped rock formation that stands at a height of 1,240 metres.
You can also see the Erque ravine, 7 km long and 800 metres high. Here, its striking beauty, shaped by water, can be seen at every turn.
And it’s where you can find the monument dedicated to the Silbo Gomero (Gomeran Whistle), a symbol of the distinctive ancestral language that emerged from people’s need to communicate with one another and that is still in use today.
The viewpoint is located near El Cercado, a must-visit attraction from which to explore the island’s customs and history through the unique craftwork of its people.
Mirador de Igualero (Vallehermoso)
Mirador del Santo
This viewpoint is to be found in the village of Arure. Enclosed by two imposing mountain formations, the view falls gently away towards the sea. You can clearly see the distinct compositions of the different sedimentary layers. The impermeable nature of the various rocks and sediments leads to the appearance of numerous natural springs that imbue this picturesque ravine with ample greenery.
The vantage point boasts unique views of Taguluche and is especially recommended for watching sunsets over the sea. It’s also ideal for gazing at the infinite number of stars that remain visible thanks to the clean, clear skies provided by the island. In the evening, the bells of goats can be heard as the animals make their way home between the impossibly steep sides of the ravine.
Mirador del Santo (Valle Gran Rey)
Mirador del Palmarejo
This viewpoint is the work of the artist, and Canary Islander, César Manrique, and it offers a spectacular view of the Valle Gran Rey ravine. The water that has filtered through the permeable materials of the different rock and sediment layers irrigates the whole valley and allows crops to be grown on terraces. The quality of this water translates into the various flavours of the local produce, which can in turn be savoured in the island’s restaurants. A distinctive feature of the area’s landscape is the large number of palm trees dotted all around.
Mirador del Palmarejo (Valle Gran Rey)
If you look towards the Valle Gran Rey on winter evenings, just as the sun is setting, you will see the Orion constellation with its distinctive belt composed of three stars.
Alto de Garajonay
This viewpoint is located at the highest point on La Gomera. At an altitude of 1,480 m, and with a 360-degree panoramic view, it allows you to wonder at the sheer scale of the beauty that pervades the island. On clear days you can clearly make out the backdrop formed by the other islands in the Canary Island archipelago.
The vantage point at Alto de Garajonay is situated on the island’s central plateau. And it’s from here that the steep ravines, found all around the island, emerge.
It was also an ancient site of worship for the pre-Spanish inhabitants. These original settlers would choose the island’s most symbolic sites for such purposes, as indicated by the various remains that have been found in the area.
Alto de Garajonay (Vallehermoso)
Mirador de Abrante
This viewpoint is positioned above the municipality of Agulo, at a height of 625 metres. It has a glass structure arranged like a balcony, and on clear days it provides exceptionally beautiful views of the neighbouring island.
Has it rained in the island’s upland areas? If so, you might be able to see some spectacular waterfalls, namely, La Vica, El Chorro and La Zula.
Mirador de Abrante (Agulo)
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