Untouched by mass tourism and greener than any other Canary Island, La Gomera is home to a number of natural spots that are beautiful and stirring in equal measure. Exploring these areas represents one of the best things to do with your time on the island and there are opportunities to travel on either two feet or two wheels. Here are a few natural highlights you can look forward to discovering.
The Natural Monument of Los Roques
Commonly known as simply Los Roques, these natural structures give an insight into the island’s volcanic past. There are three giant rocks that rise up out of the ground and stand proudly in contrast to the deep valleys around them. The most recognisable is Roque Agando, typically seen on postcards from La Gomera. It stands at over 4,000 feet high and archaeological findings at its summit point to it once being used for sacrificial purposes. Climbing is now banned on these rocks and they have been classified a national monument. However, you can get a great view of them from the main road that runs through the centre of the island.
Garajonay National Park
We have talked a lot about the Garajonay National Park on this blog, but that is because it is so important to the ecosystem of La Gomera and a great place for walking enthusiasts to explore. There are various different trails that wind their way through this green heart of the island, showcasing the endemic flora and fauna along the way. One of the most popular hiking treks takes people to El Cedro, an idyllic village high in the mountains on the outskirts of the forest.
Image: Rainer Haessner
This natural landmark can only be enjoyed from the sea, but it is definitely worth the effort needed to get there. On the north coast of the island is a rock formation known as Los Organos, standing 80 metres high and measuring around 200 metres across. It gets its name from the fact that it resembles a cathedral organ. Large basalt columns have been cut into the rock by the sea, resulting in them looking like the pipes of the organ. Boat trips to see Los Organos are very popular and can be taken from many of the port towns around the coast.
If you would like to the see the natural wonders that can be found on La Gomera, the Hotel Jardín Tecina is the perfect place to stay. Contact us today for more information about winter sun holidays in this fantastic resort.