Isla de la Gomera Travel Guide

  • stunning views on the ascent
    stunning views on the ascent
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  • going up to el cedro from hermigua
    going up to el cedro from hermigua
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  • Terraced Landscape, La Gomera
    Terraced Landscape, La Gomera
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Isla de la Gomera Things to Do

  • San Sebastain to Playa de la Guancha (4...

    San Sebastian to the secluded beach Playa de la Guancha4 km, 60-75 minTotal climb approximately 200 mRating: 8 out of 10This short walk brings you from the beach of San Sebastian to the relatively secluded beach Playa de la Guancha. The walk provides some nice views of San Sebastian and the harbor, as well of great sights of the cliffs and Playa de...

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  • Hermigua - Playa de la Caleta hike (14...

    Hike from Hermigua along Playa de la Caleta and back to Hermigua14 km, 4 h 15 min including breaksTotal climb approximately 600 mRating: 7 out of 10The hike starts close to the church in the village Hermigua in the north of La Gomera.It starts quite steeply uphill, but soon becomes easier. The hike passes the beach "Playa de la Caleta" but we did...

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  • Alto de Garajonay

    The highest "peak" of the island is called Alto de Garajonay in the National Park Garajonay.Being the highest peak, and closest to the gods, it was a holy place for the original inhabitants of La Gomera.It actually is not really a peak, more a highest point, but it gives amazing 360 degrees views of La Gomera.And on clear days you can see the...

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  • Garajonay - El Cedro hike (15 km)

    Hike in Garajonay National Park, from Pajarito to El Cedro, including Alto de Garajonay15 km, 5 h 40 including breaksTotal climb approximately 850 mRating: 8 out of 10This hike goes through the famous Laurel (or Laurisilva) forest of La Gomera, in the National Park Garajonay. The start is at the roundabout and parking called Pajarito. From here it...

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  • Chejelipes to San Sebastian hike (13 km)

    Linear hike from Chejelipes to the beach Playa de la Cueva in San Sebastian13 km, 4 h 15 min including breaksTotal climb approximately 750 mRating: 8 out of 10Normally we don't do linear walks, because it is always hard to get back to the start. However, we had our accommodation in Chejelipes and thought it would be nice to hike to San Sebastian...

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  • Garajonay - Laguna Grande hike (20 km)

    Hike in and around the Garajonay National Park, starting at Laguna Grande20 km, 6 h including breaksTotal climb approximately 800 mRating: 7 out of 10This hike starts in the Garajonay National Park at the recreational site Laguna Grande.It first leaves the NP and takes you along the villages El Cercado and Temocada. The views during this part of...

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Isla de la Gomera Restaurants

  • Zumeria Restaurante

    The place is nicely located at Playa de La Calera. Food was not too special. Tuna salad was not like extra ordinary fresh but ok, and with some Spanish beer provided. Due to my short Gomera stay, I learned that having a beer along with lunch is not too bad at least not if it's Spanish Dorada or American Budwiser.

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  • Cake at cosy Restaurant/Cafe Abraxas

    Restaurant/Cafe Abraxas' home-made hazelnut cake and hot waffles are a big draw. And so is its cold beer, wine, snacks, coctails, and their sweet, certain flavored, own produced liqueur. Decent African decor gives this place a feel of a modest and cosy atmosphere with Atlantic Ocean & beach right around the corner. Pls check out their link below,...

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  • Beautiful place with amazing sight

    Unfortunately no clue about the food as we had to recognize the sign saying closed after we did a pretty good walk that turned out to be a hike on hidden trails and confusing stairs up & down hidden hills. However, after that spot closed was found, the fantastic over look the Ocean was worth the hike.

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Isla de la Gomera Nightlife

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    I can only talk about night life at Valley grant Ray.It's this spanish way of entertainment with a bit of a tropical touch.You know the average temperature at the Canaries is 22 C and this fact makes people relaxed and good mooded .Many coctails (take a Caipirinha in hand), loud people ,late hours,and much much latin music.The capital of the island,San Sebastian has some good nightlife too,but you won't be staying there (port,ships,not a good beach etc)

    Dress Code: Take it easy ,this is la Gomera not Copacambana!

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Isla de la Gomera Transportation

  • Transport by either Garajonay/or Fred...

    Since La Gomera has no International Airport visitors (either for a day trip or for vacationing on La Gomera) need to get there via the Garajonay Ferry which departs from Tenerife's Los Cristianos harbor or with the Fred Olson Ferry from Tenerife to La Gomera's harbor of San Sebastian and then further with the Hermigua/Vallehermoso bus. The boat...

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  • Fast Ferry

    We got to La Gomera on the Fred Olsen Express, a trimeran fast ferry that was extremely fast and rather luxurious. You're greeted aboard by a hostess (similar to the one pictured) in much the way as you are onto an airline. No being ushered aboard by greasy dock workers, as seems to be the case at other places.The ferry has a variety of spaces, all...

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  • Ferry to la Gomera : FRED OLSEN

    Fred Olsen is more comfortable and slightly faster, but rather more expensive.Return ticket costs 42 euros + 6 euros (fuel surchage) = 48 eurosThe trip is 30 min long.Timetable:Departures from Los Cristianos to SS de la Gomera: 08:30 - 09:30 - 13:30 - 17:30 - 20:30Departures from SS de la Gomera to Los Cristianos: 07:30 - 10:30 - 13:00 - 16:30 -...

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Isla de la Gomera Local Customs

  • All sorts of fruits grow here

    The valleys of La Gomera are the perfect environment for growing a diverse display of fruit trees. The main fruit crop of the Island is the same throughout the Canaries - small sweet bananas are grown on plantations. We used to get this fruit in UK shops but not any more, some are still exported to Spain.

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  • Recycled legends

    The story goes - The volcanic eruption roared it's way down towards the sea - then changed course as the people took shelter in the church. Miraculously missing the said church. The story is repeated in every Canary Island but this one made me smile - The Church is painted white so you can see it plainly - Do you??

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  • Respect for nature

    The church of nuestra senora de la Ascension is where Colombus prayed before leaving for America (gave him good luck didn't it) in San Sebastian.I saw in a video the traditional way of communicating at the old times;it was a complicated wistling that was heard along the mountains.It was also amazing to see the respect the Gomeros show to nature and...

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Isla de la Gomera Warnings and Dangers

  • Beach of San Sebastian

    Although it is large and overlooks the harbor, I do not recommend the city beach of San Sebastian.It suffers from the diesel exhausts of the ferries that continuously come and go.You're better off at the Playa de la Cueva at the other site of the harbor.Or if you feel adventurous, visit the secluded Playa de Guancha.

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  • Beware Of The Mist

    La Gomera can often be shrouded in mist, especially up in the mountains. Some of the valleys can trap mist too while others remain free, depending on the prevailing conditions. When driving from A to B on La Gomera be aware that you may have to negotiate narrow twisting roads in dense hill fog.

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  • Hire an Italian driver

    Don't try these tracks in your hire car.Antonio was the lead driver on the Island trip & took every opportunity to scare every one witlessDon't worry - the tracks were empty - no one else would aspire to such great heights.

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Isla de la Gomera Tourist Traps

  • We really were TRAPPED...

    ...while we waited for a construction-slash-landscaping crew to remove an unstable palm tree from the edge of the roadway above us. Turns out they just tugged on it with some ropes and moved a few rocks and a bit of dirt but after causing a backup of a dozen or more cars and buses on this narrow mountain road fo nealy an hour, the workers finally...

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  • ...and an irrelevant photo

    I take the chance to place an extra photo of a painted house in which you could actually stay (by misfortune it was full when i went for it) at Las Pistas des Orijamas.Now tourist traps;taxis(as usual),the food at some 'miradors'(buena vistas).Nothing else

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Isla de la Gomera What to Pack

  • Don't Forget Your German Dictionary

    None of the places we stayed at supplied an iron or kettle. So a cheap travel iron and a little kettle might be a good idea if you need a tea or coffee kick start your day.You should also note, in case you did not know, that whereas the English seem to have colonised Tenerife, the Germans are in the large majority on La Gomera. I would swear that...

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  • Packing List

    These boots are made for walking...Surely some clothes suitable for walking or trekking .Nothing too warm,a coat will do.And here is a photo of playa de las Inglais at Valley Grant Ray

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Isla de la Gomera Off The Beaten Path

  • Warrior Hautacuperche

    In the 15th century the conquest and subsequent colonisation of La Gomera by the Spanish established a lordship regime on the island in the person of Hernán Peraza the Elder, who was the first in a series of twelve lords to rule the insular territory. The despotic rule and enslavement policy of his successor Hernán Peraza el Mozo faced tenacious...

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  • Baby Beach, nice for elderlies too

    Valle Gran Rey is the main destination on La Gomera, and has three main beaches. The Charco del Conde's Baby Beach is a small shallow bay perfect for toddlers, and also suitable for elderlies too. A little further from there lies the wild and rugged naturist beach, Playa del Ingles. This beach can be dangerous for swimming especially in winter.

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  • Gecko, La Gomera emblem

    La Gomera Gecko (Tarentola gomerensis), also known as Perenquén in Canary Islands, is a species of lizard in the Gekkonidae family. It is endemic to Spain.Its natural habitats are temperate shrubland, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, rocky areas, rocky shores, pastureland, plantations , rural gardens, and urban areas (wikipedia)

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Isla de la Gomera Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking with Timah Tours

    La Gomera is the hiking island of the Canary Islands. It is better to discover the island with an experienced guide, accompanied by a nice group of hikers. Please don´t forget to bring good hiking shoes. Timah Tours has already been operating on the island for many years and offers a full program of excursions and hiking tours.

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  • Hiking Garajonay

    La Gomera, in the Canarian archipelago, is the very small, and much less visited island among the Canary Islands. Its Parque Nacional de Garajonay, a deep green, misty laurel forest, is a UNESCO world heritage site. If you are one of those hiking fans you probably will find yourself easily amongst the many, mostly Spanish & German, hikers which you...

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  • Mountain-biking and diving - golf, even

    Mountain bikes are for hire in the bigger towns.Diving, including instruction, was on offer in Playa Santiago - the dive boat was moored in the harbour - and maybe elsewhere - www.gomera-dive-resort.com.The golf course with a driving range is on the eastern headland right next to the Hotel Jardin Tecina in Playa Santiago. It sloped generously...

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Isla de la Gomera Favorites

  • Playa de la Guancha

    This secluded beach can only be reached by foot or boat, for instance with a 4 km hike from San Sebastian.This hike is described in detail here.The beach itself is with stones, you can still lie there rather comfortable on a towel. It was a bit hard to enter and exit the sea due to the rocks in the water and the high waves. Water shoes would be...

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  • Playa de la Cueva

    The best beach of San Sebasian if you ask me.It is better than the beach directly at the center of San Sebastian (which overlooks the harbor) because of three things:1) it doesn't suffer from the diesel stench of the ferries in the harbor2) it got waves3) it is sandy (at some places)And it gives you a great view of Mount Teide of Tenerife!

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  • hire a car

    Better hire a car than going in busess full of tourist going where the tour goes. feel free of going wherever you want. You will discover what BEAUTIFULLNES meant¡¡¡¡TRANQULILITY¡¡¡you can be sure that here nobody will disturb you to sell you some souvenirs as in other places in the world.

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