The Island of dreams
WE see it every day … it’s there, just over the water. And, believe me, La Gomera is totally different from Tenerife. It’s peaceful, tranquil and attracts a type of clientèle alien to the norm of our Island.
Los Cristianos terminal, just down the road, so easy. A few minutes sorting out the paperwork and we were off!
In all my years residing in Tenerife, I had visited our neighbouring island twice: once on a jeep safari, and the other for a hotel break when my eldest was just a few weeks old.
So to take the car over, and to be able to explore, was rather exciting. I love driving aimlessly, with no particular place to go, and this was the perfect opportunity.
Initially, we headed up towards the National Park. I can describe the island very simply: it is just like one big Masca Valley, with seriously-breathtaking views, as well as jaw-opening drops at the roadside!
There’s something quite special about being able to explore a small island. Its circular coastline marks our boundary, allowing us to wander freely, safe in the knowledge that we won’t get too lost.
If you don’t seek wild, vibrant night-life, or beautiful sandy beaches, nor dining on fish ‘n’ chips or a full English, here you will find an island unspoilt by mass tourism, featuring spectacular scenery and steep gorges, with white, stone cottages that salt the slopes.
We stopped off for coffee in Valle Gran Rey, which was a delight. There just seemed to be an ambience about the place that has made me decide I really need to return and discover this beautiful island.
The thought of ever staying in a four-star hotel and devouring hotel food while here will never cross my mind again. So many quirky little restaurants on offer … who would want to?
From restaurants in caves, to genuine rural eateries, one thing’s for sure: there is not a McDonald’s in sight!
Instead, you’re offered freshly-grilled tuna steaks and other catches of the day, along with meaty stews, steaks and other cuts, as well as the speciality sauces found on all the Canary Islands.
I am sure that getting around La Gomera on foot would be far less terrifying than negotiating the winding, hilly, hairpin bends in a car.
Yet the precipitous footpaths, seemingly so narrow in places, look as though they have been carved out for mountain goats.
One thing I did note was the many trail options on offer, and all well signposted, so it’s definitely a walker’s paradise.
The only way I can describe the forest is like something out of an Enid Blyton fairytale book – The Enchanted Forest or The Magic Faraway Tree. It really is surreal, where life seems to stand still. Until the road system was built, the people of La Gomera used to communicate across the valleys using a whistling language called el silbo, which is actually quite fascinating.
So my next task is where to stay for my next visit? Well, a hotel is definitely not on my list. There are so many guest houses, apartments, and bed-and-breakfasts to choose from, and we also found some great rural cabins, so that’s another plan.
I promise you, La Gomera, I won’t leave it as long again … until next time!
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