La Gomera in my opinion is one of the most beautiful of the Canary Islands. It feels like a massive rock has been placed in the Atlantic Ocean and it’s your job to investigate it.
Here are my top places to visit in La Gomera:
The first pretty little location is the Palm village of Alojera. This is a little off the beaten track but very beautiful so worth the drive and you will get to sample some of the local Palm syrup or take some home. For the journey into this beautiful part of the island you will drive down some very windy roads. There are a few areas to stop to get some nice holiday snaps in and when you find place to stop the car use it because it will be quite a different view when you find the next stop. The views are of so many Canarian palm trees with the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and on a clear day the two westerly Canary Islands. If you look to the top of the trunks of palm trees you might see how and where they take the palm syrup. Once you react the village you can visit the Palm Syrup museum, it is a small and well-documented museum and also has a little shop you can purchase different types of local palm syrup and other palm related accessories. After the museum continue down the road to enjoy a swim or stroll in the local Alojera beach and visit a highly recommended fish restaurant called Prisma, well worth the visit!
The second highlight of La Gomera would definitely have to be up in the clouds in the beautiful parklands of Parque Nacional de Garajonay. It is a grand park right in the centre of La Gomera. There are so many Places to hike many with stunning views. I would choose the very top where you will be walking above the clouds and then descend down below the clouds into the spectacular views then disappear once again into the trees of the park. Everything will fall almost silent and you will be able to enjoy the beauty. It is a must do for the regular hiker. Make sure you pack your lunch you could easily lose yourself for longer than you planned in the stunning landscape of the national park.
The third place I recommend is the lookouts on the way to the Valle Gran Rey; it translates to valley of the king and has spectacular views to match its name. The two I would not miss are Ermita del Santo and Mirador Cesar Manrique. As you walk on to the lookout it makes you feel like you are so tiny in this world you are almost on a cliff so the sheer drop down is magnificent and a little terrifying. An added bonus to this, from Ermita del Santo if you get a clear day you can see two other Canary Islands El Hierro and La Palma. The second fantastic photo opportunity is at Mirador Cesar Manrique. This little area is well-suited and easy to park. Here you get the views straight down in the Valle Gran Rey. Here there is also a restaurant below the look out so you also get the amazing views while you eat I didn’t get to try this restaurant but it comes with a recommendation so if you have time definitely try it it’s called Restaurante El Mirador de La Calera. There is also a little Cactus garden to enjoy.
The fourth place to visit would be an afternoon or evening in San Sebastian it is a cute little town and very easy to get to from Tenerife with a short 50 minute ferry just check the times and make sure you’re on the last one back or take a night in the quiet simple life San Sebastian has to offer. In the main town you can find a few museums, this is where Christopher Columbus stopped before he found the Americas so there is a museum Casa de Colon for him and the church Iglesia Matriz de la Virgen de la Asuncion it is made in very Canarian wood style and a pleasure to look at. Take some time to wander around the town, find the tower Torre de Conde in the grass square and walk around the little streets. There are a few shops that have some local products if you need an item for you mum. There is also a Market that sells the well-known La Gomera biscuits sweetened with the Palm syrup. My favorite restaurant in San Sebastian would without a doubt be La Salamandra, an edgy industrial styled restaurant located in the heart of San Sebastian de La Gomera, Make sure you book if you need a special day it is always busy.