La Gomera

The quieter Canary

As far as the Canary Islands are concerned, La Gomera is one of the quieter ones. Covering an area of just 146 square miles, this tiny lozenge of land is often overshadowed by the all-singing all-dancing reputations of the larger Canaries.

Unspoilt resorts

Despite appearances, there’s more to La Gomera than meets the eye. For starters, it’s a bit of a rebel when it comes to the mass tourism market. Brit pubs, high-rise hotels and neon strips are as uncommon as cold weather here. Holiday resorts, like Playa de Santiago, are pocket-sized affairs with single-story accommodation and family-run restaurants.

Walking and history

On top of traditional towns, La Gomera offers up tangled rainforest, unexplored beaches and volcanic mountain ridges. As such, walking is the island’s bread-and-butter activity. But there are plenty of other ways to occupy your time. You can follow in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus, who lived here in the 15th century, or dive with barracudas in the island’s unspoilt coral reefs.

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San Sebastian

Often overshadowed by the larger Canary Islands, La Gomera has remained tranquil and unspoilt. And its capital, San Sebastian, is no different. Just a short ferry ride from Tenerife, this peaceful port specialises in traditional architecture, quiet beaches and ancient buildings.

Playa de Santiago

Playa de Santiago is a quiet fishing village on La Gomera, the greenest of all the Canary Islands. It’s a perfect base to explore the evergreen laurel forests and mountain ranges that the island is famous for – but it’s got its own thing going on with restaurants along the water and a couple of café-bars, too. The vibe here is laidback with a quiet strip of pebbly beach on the doorstep. Plus the island’s capital San Sebastian is just up the road.

Valle Gran Rey

Valle Gran Rey, which translates as Valley of the Great King, is one of the most popular places in La Gomera. The resort is situated on the island’s west coast, and is made up of a collection of traditional towns and villages that cascade down the mountainside to the Atlantic Ocean below.

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