Located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Africa, La Gomera is the second-smallest of Spain’s Canary Islands. Volcanic in origin, it is marked by rocky summits, mist-laden forests and black sand beaches, as well as whitewashed villages and the bustling capital, San Sebastian.
Things to do in La Gomera
Serving as the capital of La Gomera is San Sebastian de la Gomera, which centres around a pastel-coloured historic core. It’s renowned for its associations with Christopher Columbus, who stayed here on his way to the New World. Admire the religious artwork on display at the Church of the Assumption and learn about the island’s indigenous cultures at La Gomera Archaeological Museum.
La Gomera is famed for its black sand beaches, which include Playa de Santiago in the island’s south and Valle Gran Rey in the west. In the north of La Gomera, you’ll find Playa de Hermigua, which experiences strong surf but boasts a picturesque sea pool for swimming. Also nearby is Playa de la Caleta where you can feast on freshly caught seafood from the beachfront bar.
In the heart of La Gomera is Garajonay National Park, a densely forested area designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. It’s named after a rock formation that marks the highest point on the island and can be reached along the circular Pajarito trail. Not to miss is the Mirador El Bailadero, which offers sweeping views across the park and the Hermigua ravine.
Getting around La Gomera
La Gomera Airport is the main aviation gateway to the island and has regular flights to Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Ferries also connect from Los Cristianos in Tenerife to San Sebastian de la Gomera. Buses travel around La Gomera and car rentals are also available for getting around.