The Canary Islands are well-known as a popular holiday destination, so much so that certain resorts can become quite the bustling metropolis in high summer. The solution for those seeking the beauty of the Canary Islands but also some peace and quiet is the island of La Gomera. Holidays here enable you to uncover the natural beauty of the Canary Islands in a variety of ways. |
La Gomera is small – the second smallest of the Canaries, in fact – but that does not mean that it offers little to do. There is amazing natural beauty packed in this island, which measures just 25km across. Renowned as the ‘quiet island’ of the Canaries, it is the ideal destination for those looking to embrace nature. The unspoiled landscapes, breathtaking scenery and overall ambience of authenticity that can be found here is immeasurable. Whether you want to challenge yourself to a mountain hike or prefer a more gentle walk in the park, La Gomera showcases its natural beauty.
There are several parks situated on La Gomera, all equally beautiful. The Garajonay National Park, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consists of 4,000 hectares of tranquil and lush nature. There is also the Valle Gran Rey Rural Park, which showcases the island’s diversity in nature. Here you will find examples of agriculture meeting wilderness, which creates a striking seam in the landscape. Palm groves, untouched forests, deep slopes and ravines – this park has it all.
I would also recommend taking a boat ride from the park that ferries you to Los Órganos National Monument. This magnificent natural phenomenon is a gigantic sculpture of basalt rock, 200m wide and 80m high, which has been carved by tide and time. If you are looking to stay in the midst of nature on La Gomera, holidays are best spent at the Jardin Tecina in my expert opinion. It offers some delightful accommodation with beautiful Edenic surroundings.
Head to the Palmarejo Viewpoint for a breathtaking view of the Valle Gran Rey, where you can see it in all of its glory. Whilst you are there, you can also check out the work of acclaimed architect César Manrique. If you can’t get enough of the views, make sure to visit the Los Roques Natural Monument. The monument symbolises La Gomera’s ancient origins, with five volcanic monoliths rising from a bed of laurel forests. The road from San Sebastian offers several designated viewpoints from which you’ll get to see striking panoramas. If you still want to see more of the island from above, stay at the Parador Conde De La Gomera, which is situated high on the cliffs of San Sebastian.
La Gomera holidays are ideal for anyone looking to explore the beauty of the Canary Islands, without having to deal with crowds. There is so much natural beauty to explore, whether through the several national parks housed on the island or by the amazing panoramas on offer. Make sure to take some time to relax on the island as well and enjoy all that it offers.
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. For over 30 years he has been providing luxury La Gomera holidays, as well as holidays to Bermuda, Sicily and many other destinations around the globe. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.
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