The most beautiful places in La Gomera

Being the second smallest island of the Canary Islands, La Gomera has only 20,000 inhabitants and an area of ​​370 square kilometers, but the density of experiences is excellent. This is because the island is so diverse and full of contrasts: you can relax on the black volcanic beaches, hike through mystical forests, eat in the harbor bars or discover art in the mountain villages. Here are the most exciting places in La Gomera.

The capital of the island, San Sebastián

Where the island’s capital is called, there is a small town in the interior: San Sebastián exudes a cozy and rustic atmosphere and is an ideal place to get to know La Gomera. In the port city you will discover many historic buildings that reveal a lot about the history of the island – from the oldest building in the city, the “Torre del Conde”, to the port and city beaches, to the church “Parroquin de la Ascunción”, also known as Church of the Ascension.

The first stop of La Gomera is always in the capital of the island, San Sebastian.

This is proof of how closely the navigator Columbus was linked to La Gomera. In the church he once asked for divine help before starting his sea voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to America. Today the “Casa Colon” museum is dedicated to Columbus and his departure for the New World.

The Valle Gran Rey

In the south, well developed for tourism, Valle Gran Rey enchants its visitors in no time. The so-called “Valle del Gran Re” is a landscape dream: the most beautiful beaches of La Gomera meet countless palm trees, green terraced fields and lush flower gardens. The valley takes its name from King Guanche who participated in the rebellion of 1488 against the Spanish occupation.

Valle Gran Rey is the most developed tourist region of La Gomera.

Beaches play the most important role on vacation, and there are quite a few in Valle Gran Rey. The main beach is Playa de Valle Gran Rey, one kilometer long. The beach is black and fine and the water slopes gently making it perfect for families with small children. There are cafes, restaurants and shops along the promenade. The counterpart is Playa del Inglés: the natural beach is surrounded by high rocks that make the beach seem cut off from the outside world.

The Los Organis basalt columns

A spectacular sight is the Los Organos basalt columns – this is a rock formation made of basalt stone on the north coast of La Gomera, which forms the shape of the organ pipes of a church organ. This is how the name was born.

To see this natural spectacle, you should take a boat ride. You can see Los Organos best from the sea. The rock massif is about 80 meters high and 175 meters wide and was formed from volcanic magma. There are several boat trip providers, all of which depart from the port of Vueltas in Valle Gran Rey.

One of the most fascinating natural wonders of La Gomera: the “organ pipes” Los Organos.

The artists’ village of El Guro

In the upper part of the Valle Gran Rey, less than 2.5 kilometers from the beaches of the Valle Gran Rey, is the village of El Guro. There is a very special atmosphere here: El Guro is known as the artists’ quarter of the island. Many painters and sculptors have settled, some of them even founded a community of artists and helped shape El Guro together.

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One of the most exciting villages in La Gomera: El Guro.

Since the village is located on a mountain, you have to climb 130 steps to the top. Arriving in the center of the town, you immediately recognize the artistic imprint that its inhabitants have given to the town. Many house facades are brightly painted or decorated with sculptures and artifacts.

The palm village of Alojera

In the northwest of La Gomera, the village of Alojera is a tip for anyone who needs a break and wants to get to know the authentic side of the island. Only 400 people live there – there is no trace of mass tourism. But there are countless palm trees which give the village a very special backdrop.

Mountains and landscape around the honey palm village of Alojera in La Gomera.

Nowhere in La Gomera are there as many endemic date palms as there are. From the palm sap, in various small farms, the “Guarapo”, the “Miel de Palma” palm honey, for which La Gomera is known, is produced. There is also a small museum “Miel de Palma” in Alojera.