Located off the northwest coast of Africa are the popular sunshine islands of the Canaries. As a Spanish archipelago and just a four hour flight from the UK they are the ideal luxury holiday destination. Whilst the most popular of the islands are Tenerife, Fuerteventua, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria for those looking for somewhere slightly quieter and more untouched, I recommend the beautiful island of La Gomera.
Situated just to the west of Tenerife the island of La Gomera is by far the most relaxing destination in the Canaries. La Gomera remains one of the most untouched islands of the islands differing greatly from the resorts of Playa de las Americas (Tenerife) and Maspalomas (Gran Canaria). The villages are peaceful and traditional, even the capital and main port of San Sebastian is a small town with a laidback atmosphere.
I can’t help but recommend this destination for those looking to relax on their luxury holiday; whilst still having the option of plenty of things to do. The natural beauty of the island sets to stun its visitors and there are numerous activities and places to see, ensuring that everyone enjoys all that La Gomera has to offer.
If you are intrigued by this island located in the North Atlantic Ocean, then here’s my suggestions on some of the best things to do in La Gomera.
Firstly I’d recommend the astonishingly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Garajonay National Park. The park covers a third of the island to which around 70% is laurel forest, a subtropical and humid environment with springs, streams and around 2,000 species of flora and fauna. For nature enthusiasts this park is unrivalled with various types of reptiles, amphibians and birds, many of them endemic. Hikers can venture to the park’s highest peak of Garajonay at 1,487 meters which offers spectacular views of the island.
With 90 kilometres of coastline you will be sure to find rest and respite in one of the islands secluded beaches or bays. These beautiful volcanic black-sand beaches are ideal for those wanting to soak up the sun and swim in the Atlantic. The beaches of Valle Gran Rey are perhaps the most popular and also the most beautiful. If you are close to the capital, not fair from the towns centre are the superb beaches of Playa de San Sebastian and Playa de la Cueva. For swimmers the coarse gravel beach of Playa de Santiago is protected from the surf by a jetty.
Other activities that you may wish to enjoy are dolphin and whale watching as many of these spirited creatures are often spotted off the coast. Sailing is popular with the Atlantic’s blustery winds and isolated bays, perfect for dropping anchor. Divers too will delight in La Gomera’s spectacular underwater world with diverse subaquatic terrain, subtropical species and fish such as barracudas and tuna.
The capital of San Sebastian offers numerous bars, restaurants and shops and the squares are popular with the locals and boast an animated yet laidback atmosphere. The capital is also most famous for being a stopover of Christopher Columbus on his way to America. The town of Valle Gran Rey is a popular choice with great beaches and stunning ocean sunsets to be enjoyed from one of its cosy restaurants or bars. The charming fishing village of Playa Santiago lies at the south of the island and its tranquil atmosphere can be enjoyed by all. Offering stunning views from the cliff-tops and a wonderful beach, it is perfect for swimmers and sunbathers.
If you’re looking for an island that offers natural beauty, charming traditions and relaxed atmosphere then La Gomera is the perfect destination for a luxury Canary Island holiday.
The splendid four-star Jardin Tecina enjoys a privileged position on the cliff-top above the aforementioned Playa de Santiago beach. With stunning landscaped gardens offering over fifty species of plants, wonderful cuisine and an air of tranquillity it truly encapsulates the island. The hotel’s facilities include an outdoor seasonally heated pool, children’s pool, health and beauty centre, several restaurants and bars and, the Club Laurel Beach Club located at ocean level which can be accessed by the hotel’s private lift. Whether you’re embarking on a leisurely hike, whale and dolphin spotting or enjoying the volcanic beaches, the Jardin Tecina is a delightful haven to return to or simply a place to spend your day.