Looking for a last minute Easter escape? La Gomera beckons!
La Gomera, the Canary Islands hidden gem proves an idyllic choice for families seeking a well deserved break this Easter. With temperatures averaging 22 degrees, breath-taking scenery, adrenaline-fuelled activities, unparalleled marine life, well-being adventures and historical heritage sites- it proves a number one choice for all.
La Gomera is renowned for its authentic location; rugged mountains, lush greenery and botanical wonders blanket the island. Active families can choose from a range of options when it comes to exploring the area such as mountain biking, guided walking or hiking through acres of subtropical rainforest. For those ocean-lovers snorkelling, kayaking, diving and paddle boarding are opportunities not to be missed.
Culture and History – an Educational Stay!
Those keen to learn about the islands history and culture can immerse themselves in a range of workshops, tours and events on offer. Discover the point where Christopher Columbus departed from San Sebastian on his journey to the New World, or visit the centre of Agulo; a small village empowered with history. Traditional workshops such as clay pottery and cloth weaving are a great way to interact with the local islanders and a trip to the picturesque southern region of Alejero offers an insight to the ancient church of El Savador – built in 1512.
Run Wild in the Rainforest
Nature lovers will adore La Gomera, in particular the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Garajonay National Park – one of Europe’s oldest laurel forests. Packed with abundant natural beauty, a diverse range of local plants and an extensive array of wildlife; families can enjoy spotting tropical birds and animals during a visit, plus the mystical layer of cloud which falls over the mountains only adds to the magical experience. During a family hike, visitors will discover impressive waterfalls along with uncovering unusual flora and fauna, growing naturally in the subtropical climate. Family-friendly facilities and services are also available such as a visitor’s centre, an information centre, a choice of well-marked trails and key recreational points.
The Perfect Day in Valle Gran Rey
One of the highlights of the island is the beautiful Valle Gran Rey, situated in the Southern part of the island. The region is ideal for a family day out, due to its diverse nature. Picturesque black sandy peaches line the shores, where children can play, sunbathe and enjoy turtle/dolphin watching. Why not sail away for the day, exploring the marine life before enjoying a picnic at one of the nearby beaches. Take a stroll down to the port and watch the fisherman moor their boats and celebrate over their ‘catch- of-the-day’, another truly authentic site to be seen.
‘Must-See’ Marine Life
La Gomera’s marine life is undoubtedly a major attraction, with species such as turtles and dolphins being regularly sighted off the coast (whales are even spotted on occasion!). A sailing trip is one of the best ways to spot these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat; there are plenty of caves and deep reefs to be explored during a day out at sea.
Sightseeing and Shopping
The pretty harbour capital of San Sebastian is ideal for shopping breaks or sightseeing. The bustling marina port is surrounded by a wealth of shops, bars and restaurants, home to delicious island cuisine; such as the well-known delicacy – watercress soup! Dotted with beautiful architecture, San Sebastian is home to some of La Gomera’s most renowned hotels and resorts, which provide the perfect retreat for families. There are plenty of sightseeing opportunities too – exploring the Chapel of Puntallana offers an insight into the Patron Saint of the island, the Virgin of Guadalupe.
La Gomera is renowned for being one of the most rural, authentic and visual of the Canary Islands. Flights run regularly from the UK to Tenerife where visitors can then enjoy a short ferry ride to the island within 50 minutes. Alternatively, flights to Tenerife North are also available from the UK, where guests can then board a 30-minute connecting flight to La Gomera.