La Gomera is a hiker’s dream and the Canary Islands’ best-kept secret. Only 50 minutes away by boat from Tenerife, this island is a whole world apart. You will quickly forget the hustle and bustle of Los Cristianos as you travel to this subtropical eco-haven where time seems to be standing still.
The second smallest of the Canary Islands, La Gomera is a laid-back little volcanic island, only 14 miles in diameter. La Gomera’s unique volcanic landscapes are a must-see: palm trees, banana plantations, fern rainforests dotted with peaceful whitewashed hamlets… all topped with dramatic peaks and gorges. The ecosystem of the island’s Garajonay National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. And did you know, it even has its own whistling language? keep an ear out for the locals using the fascinating ‘Silbo Gomero’. The hiking trails of La Gomera are well marked, following old tracks and suitable for walkers of every level.
The Canary Island’s sub-tropical climate with pleasant temperatures all year round make it an ideal destination for hikers. History buffs can retrace Columbus’s footsteps in San Sebastian, La Gomera’s tiny capital (only just over 8,000 in population) where the explorer made his last stop before heading to America.