Dreaming of a winter-sun getaway to escape the UK drizzle? La Gomera, the Canaries boutique gem, home to rural landscapes, naturalistic wonders, cultural activities and yearlong sunshine, is the idyllic choice for couples, families and friends, seeking a relaxing, rejuvenating break.
The island is home to an array of experiences which can be enjoyed by even the most prestigious traveller; these can be booked through La Gomera’s official tourism website, before jetting off to the heavenly retreat;
For those who like to get ‘stuck in’ with cultural activities, why not become a potter for the day and enjoy an arty-crafty experience in one of the most beautiful regions of the island. The ‘Chipude Fortress’, located in Vallehermeso is known as the sacred land to locals, as it is where many ancient traditions and rural ways of life, are still very much alive. Cultural women will guide you through this hands-on experience, teaching guests ancient technique’s of how they forged their own future, by the power of their hands. A traditional feast is included at the ‘Victoria’ restaurant, a spread of cheese, rich stew, homemade bread and wine is provided for all, the perfect way to end a fun-filled day.
If hiking, exploring, diving and the wonders of biodiversity are boxes waiting to be ticked, the islands ‘Project-40’ is an experience not to be missed. This 4-day adventure is jam packed with extraordinary activities, starting in the enchanting ‘El Alto de Garajonay’ the highest central peak of the famous forest, known for its 2000 plant species, rare wildlife and mythical atmosphere (rather like being inside a fairy-tale), trek through this botanical jungle and explore natures finest creations. The following two days are also spent hiking around Gomera’s luscious landscapes, in the “Bosque Termofilo” (Thermophile Forest) and the tranquil base of “Suculentas” (succulent plants), located on the rocky coastline and home to unparalleled panoramic views.
Having explored the land by foot, it is time for guests to spend the last day joining the marine life in the deep waters of the Atlantic. Whether a beginner or experienced diver, a professional and knowledgeable team are on hand to show you the way. If diving is not your cup of tea, snorkelling can be enjoyed with just as much enthusiasm, 21 species of whale and dolphin have been recorded since the late 19th century, including the Pilot whale, Atlantic Spotted dolphin, Striped dolphin and Sei whale who can often be found leaping in the crystal waters.
The island also offers an array of adrenaline-fuelled activities for sport fanatics, including biking tours in the picturesque, western region of Valle Gran Rey. Visitors are guided around the rocky cliff-faces, bowing palm trees and colourful gardens for a visually spectacular experience. ‘Gomera Activa’ also located in the valley, offers a wide range of exhilarating activities including paddle boarding and kayaking along with tailored walks such as the ‘Sunset in La Merica’, where guests can watch the melting sunset from the mountain side.
Are you a fashionista or a lover of cultural crafts? Become a local and join in the ancient tradition of ‘weaving’ on this exciting packaged experience. Staying at authentic apartments within Hermigua, the north-eastern town of La Gomera, guests can spend a day visiting the natural beauty of the quaint region. Set in a stunning wide valley and home to the largest banana harvest of the season, incredible architecture and a picturesque bay, Hermigua is a must-see for all travellers. The following day is spent venturing around the restored ‘Molino de Gofio’ (Cornmeal Mill), where the world of looms await. Visitors will have the opportunity to show off their creative streak by making bags, accessories, decorative fabrics, tapestries and more, this is an idyllic opportunity for some family bonding time, the kids will love it!
La Gomera provides the perfect, rejuvenating retreat for a summer vacation or, a ‘winter-sun’ break, due to its high-climate, pretty beaches, tavernas and shops which can be located in the heart of the capital. The island however, provides so much more authenticity and culture which can be explored through memorable activities. Hiking, diving, snorkeling, whale-watching, crafting and biking are some of the few attributes the peaceful Canary island has to offer.