Welcome to La Gomera!! If you are thinking of travelling to our island or if you’re already here, we offer you 5 unmissable opportunities for your visit. Are you ready?
Walking in the Garajonay National Park
The island has more than 600km of hiking trails, largely within the Garajonay National Park. Although it’s recommended you travel around the whole island via the vast network of hiking trails, both on the coast and in the mountains, if you don’t have much time, you must do one through the Park. The first step in getting to know this magnificent place, representative of the Tertiary Age, is to visit the Tourist Information Office or the “Juego de Bolas” Visitor’s Centre, where the staff and guides will orientate you towards the best hiking trails and activities suitable for the time of year, as well as the best time of day to be able to enjoy the uniqueness. You can also go through specialised companies with guides who will show you every corner and landscape in detail, so you can bond intimately with the surroundings. You can see the companies that offer these activities at http://lagomera.travel/cat/actividades/.
Watch a sunset in peace and quiet
The pictures and feelings will stay engraved in your heart and you will remember them on your return home. The sunsets in La Gomera are so peaceful that you really do manage to bond with the surroundings and enjoy every shade of the sun as it heads towards the horizon.
You can do it from any lookout point, the west facing ones are like the tiers of an amphitheatre ready for one of the most beautiful events to be enjoyed on the island. There are very special lookouts such as the Mirador del Santo, where you can “feel” the silence in a unique way, as well as it being a privileged place from which to see the sun set, the only interruptions being the sounds of the goat bells or the birds preparing to roost.
You can also see the sunset from the coast. The sea and the sky merge so you can delight in the moment. It only lasts a few minutes, but the feeling lasts much longer. Sitting on a terrace is a good option, which leads us to the next suggestion.
Try the local cuisine
Palm honey, the almogrote (a soft paste made from hard cheese, peppers, olive oil, garlic, and other ingredients, which is typically eaten spread on toast), or the wine from La Gomera are essential on your visit to the island. Sit in a restaurant on the island and let the waiter give you recommendations, they will advise you of what to try to give you a good idea of the local cuisine.
You will have noticed during your visit that La Gomera is scattered with palm trees. The sap, known as “guarapo”, is collected from them drop by drop. After a slow process, inherited from ancient times, palm honey is obtained, a unique product known as the “queen of Gomera cuisine”.
Also explore flavours such as the cheeses, mojos (sauces), gofio (flour made from roasted grains)… products made in La Gomera which help you to understand the close bond tying the Gomeros to their island, and the landscapes they have uncovered amongst their trails.
Trip to see the cetaceans
It is a unique opportunity to have an intimate experience with nature, see animals free and in their true habitat. Boats leave the ports of La Gomera daily on sailing trips which are respectful to marine life.
On the trips around the coast and sea of La Gomera you can see species such as dolphins, whales, turtles, or birds like cormorants or the magnificent osprey. The seas of the island, where there are permanent colonies of cetaceans, are one of the best places in Europe to see them.
Interact with the locals
The roads in La Gomera reflect the history, the way of life and the Gomero’s communication systems between the hamlets and villages of the island. Every step reveals important elements of ethnographic interest, native vegetation, traditional architecture and, the most interesting of all, the local people, who give you a real feel of the island.
The Gomero whistle: A hallmark of the Gomeros, an exclusively unique language of La Gomera, recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
See you there!