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Serene, low-key and dramatically beautiful, La Gomera is a dream destination for travellers looking for a holiday with a difference. This is a place where hikes take in all sorts of exotic landscapes and where simple pleasures like cheese and wine feel all the more special.
Formed from the remains of a volcano, the second smallest of the Canary Islands is an enigmatic place blessed with stunning natural beauty. It extends from the dark, dense forest at its heart to soaring cliffs, volcanic-carved rock formations and deserted beaches glistening with black pebbles.
With some 350 hiking trails, the best way to explore this natural wonderland is on foot. Some of the most spectacular walks lie within the Garajonay National Park, the lush laurel forest at the centre of the island that is nearly always shrouded in cloud.
Wander around the sleepy towns and tourist-free beaches and you’ll see why La Gomera has been dubbed “the island lost in time”. That laid-back spirit, which originally attracted bohemians in the 1960s, is still very much a big part of its charm today.
Low-key doesn’t mean boring though – the history and culture of the island is as unique as they come. Take Silbo Gomero (also known as EL Silbo) for example. The native whistling language of La Gomera is said to have originated with farmers communicating across the island’s vast ravines, and the pre-Hispanic language can still be heard today.
Love wine? La Gomera is a treat. The island has almost perfect conditions for winemaking, thanks to an abundance of sunshine and its extraordinary volcanic soil. White wine grape Forastera Gomera is the specialty. Join locals in pairing a crisp glass with a piece of toast spread with almogrote, a pungent paste made from hard cheese.
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