La Gomera forms a near perfect circle in Spain’s Canary Island Archipelago. The second smallest of its main islands, La Gomera is truly magical. A vast inland area of mountains and mist shrouded laurel forest add to the island’s mystique.
This in turn forms part of the stunning Garajonay National Park. The park is an adventurers playground and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The diversity of La Gomera’s coastline is just as fascinating. Dramatic cliffs plunge into the sea, and sun drenched beaches beckon visitors.
San Sebastian de La Gomera
The island’s capital San Sebastian welcomed Columbus during several of his voyages. Its port serves ferry routes to and from La Palma, Tenerife and El Hierro. This is the bustling hub of the island with a picturesque marina next to the port. An choice of services, shops, bars and restaurants line the main streets behind the marina. The town’s peaceful little beach lies within the protection of the harbour wall.
Valle Gran Rey, West La Gomera
Valle Gran Rey is home to the most popular of the islands beaches and forms part of a huge, stunning valley. A lovely bay boasts volcanic sand beaches on both sides. There are backed by several bars and restaurants. Playa de Santiago is another favourite choice. Unlike the majority of beaches on La Gomera that are quite remote, here there are good facilities. A wonderfully peaceful spot with a natural sea pool and pebbly bay is Playa Santa Catalina.
La Gomera’s beaches are not its main draw for tourists. The natural beauty of its coastline and inland mountains and forest have a wild appeal. Reaching down to the sea in the north of the island is Los Órganos (The Organs). Resembling a giant church organ, vertical lava pipes form perfectly symmetrical columns. These are similar in a way to the Giants Causeway in Ireland. The five natural blocks of Los Roques offer spectacular views. Some of the best hiking trails in Europe criss-cross the Garajonay National Park.