How to Spend 1 Day in La Gomera
Less frenetic than neighboring Tenerife or Gran Canaria, La Gomera—among the smallest islands in the Canary archipelago—benefits from its relative peace and quiet. If you plan carefully, you can experience its unspoiled wilderness, mountainous topography, and lovely beaches all in one day. Here’s how.
Morning: Explore by Sea
Because it has no airport of its own, the petite island of La Gomera is much less crowded than most of its Canarian brethren, though high-speed ferries make it easy to zip over from Tenerife for a day. Begin your island excursions with a morning boat tour. Whale- and dolphin-watching journeys will introduce you to the area’s wealth of wildlife, while self-led boat tours make it easy to snorkel, swim, and discover some of the most spectacular black-sand beaches along the island’s southern coast (some of which are only accessible by boat).
Afternoon: National Park Excursions
In the afternoon, after a restorative bite, trade the beaches for the forest and journey into La Gomera’s heart (happily, the island is just 14 miles—22 kilometers—in diameter, so this is less challenging than it sounds). Garajonay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, occupies the center of the island, and hiking tours make it easy to wander amidst lush laurel forests and semitropical vegetation, hike towards the Pico de Garajonay for panoramic island views, and admire La Gomera’s volcanic topography as you journey.
Evening: Dinner and Sightseeing in San Sebastián
Before retreating to your hotel (or returning by ferry to Tenerife), make your way to the island’s small, rainbow-hued capital city of San Sebastián. As the sun starts to set, go for a brief wander around town, where you can spy churches, stroll along the beach, and spot landmarks related to Christopher Columbus, who set sail for the New World from La Gomera. Venture to a local eatery to enjoy fresh seafood, and even try wine made from the local Forastera grape.