One of the most affordable trips to the island of La Gomera is a day trip. Being a relatively small island, it is very easy to enjoy some of its most characteristic charms in just a few hours, through a series of routes by car.
But if you still don’t know what to see or do in La Gomera in one day, here are two options to enjoy the landscapes of the island and its nature in a few hours.
Option 1 - Route through the North of the Island
A day in La Gomera begins with the arrival at the Port of San Sebastian de La Gomera, the main gateway to the island. To start the route, the capital of La Gomera offers a wide variety of places to visit, including the Torre del Conde Park, the Church of the Assumption or the Casa de Colón. In addition, you can take advantage of the early morning to visit some of the island’s museums, such as the Archaeological Museum of La Gomera.
The route continues in the municipality of Hermigua, located just twenty minutes by car from the capital. Here, you can take the opportunity to get to know the most rural part of the island, marvel at the landscapes offered by the valley itself and soak up its culture and crafts, visiting places like the Ethnographic Museum of La Gomera or the Ethnographic Park Los Telares de Hermigua.
Ten minutes from Hermigua is the municipality of Agulo, the next destination on this route. This small town in the north of the island invites you to lose yourself in its cobblestone streets, full of colorful houses, before continuing the tour.
At lunchtime you will arrive at the area of Las Rosas, a perfect place to taste some of the most typical dishes of Gomeran gastronomy such as watercress potage, accompanied by white cheese from the island and, for dessert, a good assortment of homemade cookies.
Near Las Rosas we find the Juego de Bolas Visitor Center, a must for any traveler in the area who wants to learn more about the island’s flora and fauna, culture, orography, etc.
This route continues with a visit to the Mirador de Abrante. It is an exciting floating lookout over 600 meters high, with a glass floor, which will allow you to have the best views of the town of Agulo. In addition, the surroundings of this viewpoint, famous for its reddish soils, will make you feel like on another planet.
The day ends with the return to San Sebastian, enjoying the ride along the roads that run through the middle of Garajonay National Park. A perfect opportunity to enjoy the immensity of the laurel forest and fall even more in love with the island.
Option 2 - Route through the Heart of La Gomera
A day in La Gomera is a lot and if what you like is to enjoy contact with nature, this one-day route around the island will be your best option.
After arriving on the island early in the morning, you will head to the heart of La Gomera, Garajonay National Park, specifically to the area of El Cedro. The island of La Gomera has a network of trails that exceeds 600 kilometers, so finding different options in terms of duration and difficulty is an easy task.
At this point of the island you can find several trails to enjoy nature in all its senses. The tours located in the area of El Cedro are relatively short and circular, making them the perfect option for those who want to discover the wildest and purest part of the island in a short time.
For the more sporty, from El Cedro there are also trails that lead directly to Alto de Garajonay, the highest point of the island, which can be done in a few hours.
In the hamlet of El Cedro you can also enjoy a delicious lunch typical of the island, tasting the famous watercress potage offered by the only restaurant in this area and served in traditional wooden mortars.
After a morning enjoying the trails of the island, you can have lunch in the farmhouse of El Cedro, where you can enjoy the typical watercress potage. However, you will also have time to visit one of the five municipalities of the island to do so. If you feel like eating fresh fish, your destination will be Valle Gran Rey or the area of Playa de Santiago. If you prefer something more rural, you can choose the northern municipalities of Vallehermoso, Hermigua or Agulo.
After a delicious lunch, it will be time to return to the capital of La Gomera, but not before making a stop at one of the lookouts that you will find along the way.
This is the case of the lookouts of Roque de Agando, an obligatory stop on the route of any tourist who visits La Gomera, where you can take the best photos of this volcanic formation, which has become one of the most prominent icons of the Colombian island.