La Gomera, The Canary Islands a one to one and a half hour sail from the port of Los Cristianos.
The second smallest of the main islands in the Canary Islands is marked by craggy volcanic mountains crisscrossed with hiking trails. Situated 25km South West of Tenerife, and having been spared the ravages of tourism, has maintained it’s authenticity.
The North is lush green, the South the scene for succulents. Birds include Bulwers Petrel, Macaronesian Shearwater, Madeira Storm-Petrel, Chiffchaff, Canary Islands Kinglet and Canary, of course.
Wildlife limited but includes the La Gomera Giant Lizard.
Wildlife Playa de Santiago is the nearest town to the HPB Resort of El Bancon de Santa Ana. The town has a small selection of restaurants and cafes. There are a few supermarkets and a bank. The bakery https://www.facebook.com/PasteleriaLelo/ The favourite stop during the visit. Great coffee, cake and Pasteis de Nata is a speciality of the Portuguese owners.
Valle Gran Rey, is situated in the SAW of the Island. It is one of the most impressive barrancos, an extraordinary rural landscape of terraces, palm groves and traditional architecture. The best beaches in the island are to be found here along with a super wholefood cafe restaurant Noah’s Ark Is well worth a visit. A local trail from El Cercado down into Valle Gran Rey starts opposite Bar Maria. The level of difficulty is medium with long descents of around 1000m. The duration of this walk is between 2 and 3 hours.
An Island Tour covers a superb landscape expedition that explores deep divines in the South, the large laurilsilva forest of the National Park of Garajonay and the lush valleys to the North, with their banana plantations, cultivated terraces and sub-tropical vegetation. There is a lovely stroll through the picturesque village of Vallehermoso,
the secret past capital of La Gomera many years ago. Lunch is included at the amazing Mirador de Abrante restaurant.
The capital of the Island and a main ferry point for arrivals. The Fred Olsen Express service from Tenerife takes around one hour fifteen to cross.
The town and harbour has a range of shops and good restaurants as well a central marketplace where good local produce can be sourced on Saturdays.
Tower del conde in the main square, built in 1450 the most significant military tower in the region, linked with Christopher Columbus. Open to the public and worth a visit. You need to know your Spanish to read any information boards inside.