Hotels in La Gomera
The dramatically sheer volcanic cliffs of La Gomera rise from the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa like a giant fortress. It is one of Spain's Canary Islands and the second smallest in a group of seven. At its peak, this dramatic place rises to 4, 879 feet.
Almost circular and extremely mountainous, La Gomera is characterised by physical extremes. There are deep ravines, dense forests thriving on the rich volcanic soil, and jagged peaks. One stunning natural monument is Los Organos, which is a huge basalt outcrop that can only be appreciated from the sea. As the Spanish name suggests, it appears like a giant black pipe organ, rising from the water. The sounds that the sea makes as the waves break here are extremely atmospheric. It's an essential boat trip.
One third of La Gomera is made up of the Garajonay National Park, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. Within its extensive boundaries you will find hidden treasures such as â€˜El Cedro', which is a unique relic from the Tertiary era and an internationally important site for the conservation of laurel species. This dense ancient forest is accessible via a series of good hiking trails.
Local cuisine is simple, bold and shaped by the exceptional ingredients from both land and sea. Hospitality is warm and welcoming too. Naturally seafood of the finest quality dominates. At Bar-Restaurante Le Puerto in Valle Gran Rey you can sample the most authentic local delicacies such as grilled peto, and the value is excellent.
If you fancy the finest tapas on a relaxing outdoor terrace, then the ever-popular La Casa Creativa is the place to be. House special is octopus salad and it's very special!
At Playa Santiago, lurking in a cosy cave by the port is La Cuevita. The menu is filled with unbeatable fresh fish specialities such as tuna and parrot fish, and there are succulent grilled meat dishes too.
Culture and History
The history of La Gomera is long and rich. It appears in the writings of classical author Ptolemy and was famously a haven for Columbus as he resupplied on his great voyages. To explore the layers at your leisure, visit the Museo ArqueolÃ³gico de la Gomera. Here, in a classic Gomeran town house, you can explore the Guanche past and present-day culture too.
La Gomera hotels place you at the heart of an extraordinary place where the forces of nature have sculpted a masterpiece. It's not about endless beaches or noisy nightlife, but a perfect balance of authentic culture, welcoming comfort, prehistoric nature and eye-widening views.
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