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About La Gomera
One of the littlest Canary Islands, La Gomera is so different from its bigger siblings as to be almost unrecognisable. Apart from its location…One witty visitor remarked that its landscape is like a Terry's Chocolate Orange which has been tapped and part opened, and is now gently melting into the beautiful sea. Indeed the best places to stay in La Gomera couldn't be more different from the vast sprawling resorts that you expect to encounter in the Canaries.
Instead of resort lined beaches and beach lined resorts, those alighting from the hydrofoil on La Gomera find themselves amongst banana plantations and ancient laurel forests. Backed by the steep volcano, and its surrounding gorges, which sits in the centre of the island.
Just 22kms across, there's plenty more varied terrain to explore - and just because we haven't gotten on to the beaches yet that doesn't mean they're not something special! All these views are linked by trails and bridleways, so La Gomera is perfect if your idea of a holiday paradise isle comes with plenty of opportunities to do some walking. And with the opportunity to see unusual plants and animals.
Whether you're a walker or not you should still try and make time to visit the laurel forest on the top of the island - it's a World Heritage Site, but its strange moss and lichen covered trees are an eerie and beautiful sight.
As well as walkers this is a great spot for divers.
Historic La Gomera
- Columbus set sail from La Gomera, the capital and main port San Sebastian, to be precise. This is where many people choose to stay, it's got some charming historic buildings and a couple of excellent black sandy beaches. Parador de la gomera, a chicly converted manor house, is one of the best places to stay on La Gomera if you want to be in San Sebastian. Traditional, with stunning cliff top views, this hotel has plenty of Canary character.
La Gomera for Foodies
- As well as bananas, La Gomera's volcanic soil has also been producing distinctive wine and an abundance of fruit since Roman times. Hermigua is where many of the lushest plantations can be found, and is also where some of the island's higher end accommodation options can be uncovered. As well as lush vegetation there are some nice beaches with views all the way to Tenerife.
Beach Break La Gomera
- Valle Gran Rey has the island's nicest beaches, and thus the largest beach resorts.
- Playa de Santiago is the second tourist resort area - this is the best place to stay on La Gomera for golfers, as it has the only course, part of the Jardin Tecina resort. Jardin Tecina is a 460 room resort, with loads of facilities, so its a great place for families and those who want to take things easy.
From either of these resorts you can arrange a boat trip to see the vast, volcanic-formed, church-organ like cliffs of Los Organos Cliffs - something like 'The Giant's Causeway', but on a larger scale.
Unique La Gomera
As well as the distinct charm of its black sandy beaches, La Gomera has many unique charms. For one, the residents of La Gomera have created their own way of communicating across their ravine-lined landscape, and this whistling way of speaking is considered so important culturally that it's still taught to school children.
Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay on La Gomera, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice. Alternatively check our recommendations for all the Canary Islands.
Best Hotels in La Gomera
Hotel Rural Ibo Alfaro 17 rooms from $78Hermigua, La Gomera
A traditional property commanding epic views of the Hermigua valley. Each of the 17 individually styled rooms has its own charm; think quaint prints, antique furniture and original features. The perfect spot to start out on a days hiking. Ideal for those in search of complete tranquility.Country Escape - This rural retreat offers startling views from rooms and terraces, and there is plenty of gorgeous countryside to be explored.Sights nearby - Wander through the historic village of Hermigua and be sure to visit the remarkable "Santo Domingo" church.Great walks - Discover the picturesque surrounding valley on long rambling walks.Views - Great views from hotel
Hotel Gran Rey 99 rooms from $84Valle Gran Rey, La Gomera
Hugging the west coast shoreline of La Gomera, Hotel Gran Rey exudes serenity and tranquility. With stunning ocean views, comfortable rooms and two swimming pools, it's perfect for a romantic break. Enjoy cocktails at the pool bar and delicious Canarian cuisine. A soothing, seaside gem.Local exploring - Located right on the beachfront, it's perfect for exploring the sleepy town of La Puntilla and the surrounding coastline.Great walks - Make the most of the great walking trails in the nearby Parque Nacional de Garajonay.Local markets - Explore the local market at La Puntilla, and pick up some yummy regional treats.Fishing - Fishing trips can be organised at La Puntilla harbour.
Casa los Herrera 8 rooms from $84Hermigua, La Gomera
A charming family run guesthouse in rural La Gomera. The rooms are individually appointed with bespoke antique furnishings and have a distinctly rustic feel. Start the day well with a delicious breakfast before exploring the beautiful valleys and coasts of the island. An excellent low-cost option.Country Escape - The hotel sits opposite the church square in the centre of Hermigua, a small rural town along a picturesque ravine.Great walks - Make the most of the stunning walking trails in Parque Nacional de Garajonay.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorViews - Great views from hotel
Jardin Tecina 460 rooms from $142San Sebastián de la Gomera, La Gomera
A stunning cliff top beach resort. A perfect spot for sports enthusiasts; golf, tennis, swimming, volley ball and watersports. Elegant contemporary rooms and suites with private balconies and sea views. Excellent restaurant, bar, swimming pool, beauty centre and spa. Ideal for families.Views - Stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean towards Tenerife and Mount TiedeActive HolidayBeach LifeSwimming Pool - Five swimming poolsRecommended by - CN Traveller
Parador de la gomera 52 rooms from $172La Gomera
A traditional chic manor house with stunning views out to sea. Charming bedrooms and suites with white washed walls, wooden floors, and private balconies. Lovely terraced restaurant, garden, and a large swimming pool. A characterful spot for a beach holiday and local exploring.Views - Stunning sea views from its cliff top locationBeach LifeSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorSailing - Can be booked nearby.Recommended by - CN Traveller