Welcome to La Gomera
From a distance La Gomera appears as an impenetrable fortress ringed with soaring rock walls. Noodle-thin roads wiggle their way alongside cliff faces and up ravines, and the tiny white specks that represent houses seem impossibly placed on inaccessible crags. Viewed from up-close, however, that rough landscape translates into lush valleys, awe-inspiring cliffs and stoic rock formations sculpted by ancient volcanic... Read More
Top experiences in La Gomera
La Gomera activities
Tenerife Mt Teide Cable Car Ticket
Make your own way by car or bus to the lower cable car station located on the slopes of Mt Teide in central Tenerife. Then, when you arrive, admire the stunning views of Mt Teide National Park and the mountains that circle 12,198-foot (3,718-meter) Mt Teide, the highest peak in Spain.The main entrance lines to the cable car can be long, so your ticket is a great bonus. Simply breeze past the main entrance line and enjoy fast-track entry via the Internet ticket line.Board the car and thrill as your 8-minute ascent takes you high above the Las Cañadas caldera. Behold the awe-inspiring views over the craters and lava flows far below, and snap photos of the moon-like volcanic terrain.Arrive at the upper cable station and visit the viewing platform to absorb the scenery. From here, at an altitude of 11,663 feet (3,555 meters), the views stretch across Teide National Park to the Atlantic Sea and on a clear day, to other Canary Islands such as La Gomera.Take time to snap photos, and if you wish, follow one of the three walking trails to different lookout points, depending on their accessibility on the day:Route 12 Pico Viejo Vantage PointA trail offering magnificent views over south Tenerife and the 2,624-foot (800 meter) crater of Pico Viejo, the site of Mt Teide’s last eruption in 1798.Route 11 La Fortaleza Vantage PointA path with views of north Tenerife including the La Orotava alley, Teno Massif and the Anaga Mountains.Route 10 Teide PeakAn access-controlled route to the summit with epic views of the Mt Teide crater and, in clear weather, to La Gomera, Lanzarote and other Canary Islands. To walk this trail, you need a special permit from the National Parks office. Permits are free of charge, but only a limited number are available each day. When you're ready to descend, enjoy priority access to the cable car back down, where your trip ends at the lower station.
Whale and Dolphin Watching in the Canary Islands
Choose a morning or an afternoon departure when you book, then make your way to the harbor of Valle Gran Rey ten minutes before your scheduled start time. With a small group of no more than ten passengers, board a traditional Canarian fishing boat and set off for sites known to be full of marine life. Your captain and your guide are working hand-in-hand with research programs to establish an ocean reserve dedicated to the protection of cetaceans, which you'll hear about as you sail.Respectful whale watching is paramount during this 4-hour tour, and the expert team on board will share their knowledge about what this means as you view the whales and dolphins in their natural habitat around the Canary Islands. Understand how the crew adapts the boat to the animals' behavior, so they feel comfortable being watched — they may even come up to the boat and ride in the bow wave.Sighting rates in springtime are almost 100%, but there are whales and dolphins to be seen during other months too. Each boat tour is different, as it is based upon the behavior of constantly moving wild animals. At the end of the four hours, return to shore with a new understanding of these beautiful animals — having engaged with them in a respectful way, on their own terms.
La Gomera's Forest of Fables National Park Tour
The Forest of Fables (national park): Today we start our hike Arure. But after a short while we already reach the oldest part of the laurel forest. Surrounded by wafts of mist we pass moss- and lichen-grown trees until we reach our picknick site in the middle of the forest. We continue our hike through this mystic part of the forest until we step into the warming sunlight again. Our last steps lead us to the pottery village of El Cercado where we wrap up the hike at a restaurant with Canarian dishes. Details Ascent: 230 m Descent: 230 m Duration: appr. 4 h Departure at: 9.30 a.m. Return to: appr. 4.00 p.m.
La Gomera's Northern Coast Hiking Tour
TUESDAY: The Northern Coast (Banana & Beach): Our motto for today: Bananas & Beach. We start in the middle of the banana fields in Hermigua, in the presumably “healthiest climate worldwide” and get to know lots of interesting facts about the banana industry on La Gomera. From here we hike up to the mountain ridge of Los Montes and enjoy the views of the wide green valley while we hike on a ridge path. After the break we continue our way, passing old houses and terraces, until we reach the beach of La Caleta. There our hike ends at the beach bar; if the weather is good, we can refresh during a bathing break. Ascent: 300 m Descent: 300 m Duration: appr. 4 h Departure at: 9.30 a.m. Return to: appr. 5.00 p.m.
Full Day Tour of La Gomera
TUESDAY: The Tour of the Island: Together we explore the island by bus and thereby discover the most important landmarks of La Gomera. After a first stop at the Mirador de Palmarejo, the restaurant designed by César Manrique, we ride to the potterers of El Cercado, whom we’ll look over the shoulder. On we go via Chipude into the national park with direction to Hermigua. On our way we’ll take a short walk, afterwards we ride to the village of Agulo, the „Bombón de La Gomera“, situated on a plateau. On we go to the visitors’ centre of the island, where we have lunch together. Then we ride to the “holy” springs of Epina via Vallehermoso. A day full of impressions and contrasts ends with our return to Valle Gran Rey. Details: Ascent: 50 m Descent: 50 m Departure at: 9.30 a.m. Return to: appr. 5.00 p.m.
La Gomera Rain Forest National Park Tour
The Rain Forest (national park): To the Green Heart via the highest point of the island! After the ascent we are rewarded by the fantastic view of the “Pico del Garajonay”, from where we hike down into the national park. On this botanically guided hike we receive information about the relations between mosses, lichen and trees in this unique tropical mountain forest, the world cultural heritage of mankind. Passing the best known pilgrimage chapel of the island, we reach the Green Heart of La Gomera; we have short breaks at both places. The hike ends at an old sough, where the bus is waiting for us (no opportunity for a break at a restaurant).Details: Ascent: 280 m Descent: 700 m Duration: appr. 4 h Departure at: 9.30 a.m. Return to: appr. 4.00 p.m.