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El Balcón de Santa Ana

Playa de Santiago, La Gomera

La Gomera's Top Attractions

Posted by Luci Ackers on Jun 06, 2016
La Gomera's Top Attractions

If you're traveling somewhere new you might want a snapshot of the absolute 'must-see' attractions, so you can be sure you aren't missing out.

Some incredible sights are waiting for you on the pretty little island of La Gomera. Try to make time to visit some of the following!

Valle Gran Rey

The Valley of the Great King, on the west coast of La Gomera is a popular holiday destination for good reason! With terraced landscapes, numerous palm trees and colourful gardens, this valley is unique. There is a well maintained road which curves down into the valley, and this was once well known for its seclusion; it passes impressive cliff faces and idyllic settlements. Thanks to the warm climate there are forests of tropical fruit trees and bananas growing here too. The valley opens at the delta to the sea and there are some beautiful beaches around this area, and at night there are spectacular sunsets to enjoy as well as cosy restaurants and bars.

Garajonay National Park

Garajonay, the famous National Park of the island, is said to be named after the legend of two lovers, Gara who was Princess of La Gomera, and Jonay, the son of a peasant from Tenerife. The families of these two sweethearts did not approve, and the two tragically killed themselves by jumping from the highest peak of the island. Garajonay is largely a dense laurel forest but consists of a number of different plant species and is often filled with a gentle sea of mist, giving the forest a mystical feel. These fogs are absorbed by the forest and are essential for the growth of the lush greenery. There are around 2000 species of plants in the national park which is also home to an amazing number of wildlife. It's quite a contrast from the dry, sunny cliffs of the coast. Anywhere you visit in Garajonay is sure to provide fantastic views.

Los Órganos

Los Órganos is a beautiful rock-face formation situated on the northern coast of La Gomera. It is sometimes considered one of the most interesting formations in the Canary Islands and is named for its resemblance to the pipes of a huge organ. This natural work of art consists of huge, slender pillars which were formed when the remains of vast lava masses eroded over time to expose tube-like columns. The cliff face rises out of the sea to a height of around 80 meters and it is only possible to view it from the water. Boat trips depart from the near-by towns in order to take visitors to see it.

'Mirador De Abrante' Sky Walk

This spectacular viewpoint just above the village of Agulo, which is on the north of the island, was re-opened again in 2013. The site consists of a viewing area, as well as an enclosed glass skywalk and tourist facilities too. It is built on the cliffs 1000 ft above Agulo and provides great sweeping views out over the Atlantic, which is a further 500 ft below that. The breathtaking views, on a clear day, can stretch all the way to Tenerife and Mount Teide, Spain's highest peak.

Under the Sea

For something a little different venture underwater for the incredible rocky scenery and interesting sealife. The water will be a comfortable temperature for you to snorkel or scuba dive and you might get to see parrotfish, barracudas and pike along with some smaller animals too. There is a dive school close to Santa Ana in Playa de Santiago called Splash Gomera which is a PADI Dive School and offers excursions or dive courses for various abilities.

The Beach

On such a little island, there are many beaches to choose from. The sandy expanses at Valle Gran Rey on the western coast are a good bet, their fine black sand is formed from the volcanic rock and there are lovely views out over the Atlantic. Playa del Inglés is a popular one (though is sometimes a nudist area, so be warned) and Charco del Conde is a sheltered little lagoon beach, great for little ones.

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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.


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