This part of the island shows us its charm through its hamlets, neighbourhoods, forest and beaches where the sun is the protagonist.
Its more than 300 days of sunshine guarantee the climate you always wish for to be able to enjoy a truly unforgettable holiday. The area invites you to discover it by foot, car, bike or boat trips and allows you to do all sorts of outdoor activities.
If you come from the north in a south easterly direction, once you cross the park, you will find yourself on the other side of the municipality, with scenery that changes as much as the temperature and the humidity in the area. Today we will tell you about Chipude, La Dama and La Rajita.
The farm terraces welcome us to this picturesque village, some of them with grapes which are used to make wines full of personality. La Fortaleza Natural Monument (link) guards the area with its towering walls and holy past. Its flat summit houses archaeological ruins and its flora includes protected and endangered species. The name “fortaleza” describes all of the elevations of land with the highest, flattest part rising above its surroundings, dominating it.
Numerous trails cover the area which bear witness to its importance as a crossing point for different routes of communication. The church, built at the beginning of the 17th century, is one of the most important ones of the religious heritage of the island. The Candelaria festival is celebrated here each year, on the 15th August, with everyone dressing up and welcoming visitors from all over who don’t want to miss the celebration.
When you reach this village, situated between two imposing cliffs, Erque and Iguala, you will marvel at the feeling of infinity of its skyline. Situated on a large hill, the sea surrounds the entire landscape, each and every corner, inviting you to contemplate it with a wide and open view and to enjoy it peacefully.
Thanks to its mild climate, this area allows for banana growing and the cultivation of tropical fruit which you must try on your visit to La Gomera.
There is a legend about a mysterious light associated with this village that you can read in the article “La Gomera: an island of legend II”.
This beach has a special importance in the recent history of La Gomera. The remnants of the largest fish cannery on the island can still be seen, of mainly tuna and caviar in oil which is considered a true delicacy, known as “Gomeran caviar”. This Factory had its boom at the beginning of the last century, but its production declined in the 1970’s and it had to close, leaving behind this legacy with an industrial air that we can see today.
As well as bathing all year round, this beach also gives you the chance to enjoy a “chiringuito”, a small bar on the beach, open mainly in summer.
There are boat trips leaving the neighbouring municipality of Valle Gran Rey that, as well as whale-watching, take you to see the beaches and coves of the area, highly recommended for those who want to get a different view of the island.
Without a doubt, seeing the different villages of La Gomera will help you to connect with the true essence of the island and fall even more in love with it.