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La Cabezada Dairy

La Cabezada Dairy. Dairies of La Gomera

Traditional cheeses made from goats’ and sheep’s’ milk

One of the finest foods in the whole of the Canary Islands is made in La Gomera. The cheeses are made from fresh goats’ milk or a mix of goats’ and sheep’s milk, offering a variety of fresh, semi-mature and mature cheeses. The characteristics and flavour varies depending on curing time – from the mild taste of fresh cheeses to the stronger flavour of the cured variety. As well as being eaten as they are the cheese is also used in the production of other gastronomical delights such as almogrote.

Semi-matured cheeses; prize-winners at the World Cheese Awards

In one of the highest regions of La Gomera's capital San Sebastián, Manuel Padrón, an artisan cheese maker, has dedicated himself to the production of quality cheeses since the end of the last century. On his farm, in La Cabezada, he breeds his own goats and with their milk makes some of the world's finest semi-cured cheeses – considered third best in their category at the International World Cheese Awards. This dairy is open to the public for visits, although you need to book in advance.

Isla La Gomera