Fancy a summer break that promises you and your kids a great time? La Gomera is the perfect destination for families travelling with children. Safe, gorgeous and full of adventure for all ages, nature’s favourite Canary Island has everything to keep the little ones amused and the parents impressed. See a few of the possibilities.
Walks on the Wild Side
A nature hike is a wonderful way to kick off your family holiday in La Gomera. Garajonay National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that owes its name to the impossible love between Princess Gara and Prince Jonay. Along with legendary stories, the park has plenty of walking trails with different degrees of difficulty, and they all have their own specially prepared route.
As you take in the lush scenery, you may be lucky enough to see the sea of clouds over the laurel trees. This permanent humidity makes the forest ideal for any adventure: the mosses and lichens hanging from the trees, the intense green of the ferns and the carpet of colourful leaves join walkers wherever they go. This same laurel forest is the oldest in Europe, living proof of those who existed during the Tertiary period millions of years ago.
Garajonay also holds the history of giants: the “Roques” rise thousands of feet from the depths of the earth, setting the stage for the richest stories in a child’s imagination. In the heart of the park, there are viewpoints to observe these natural monuments in all their glory, such as the Los Roques viewpoint. Or, if you visit Vallehermoso, you can see the Roque Cano. All of these viewpoints tell excellent tales about the volcanic origin of the island.
Beach Days Away from the Crowds
After all that hiking, you’d probably like to cool off, and the beaches of La Gomera won’t disappoint. Most are away from the crowds with safe, natural pools and beaches for all tastes. Some of them have fascinating stories to teach children, like the beaches of San Sebastián de La Gomera, which are tied to expeditions of Christopher Columbus. Other beaches offer older kids the chance to snorkel, paddleboard, kayak and scuba dive. Even the most adventurous types will find deep reef and caves to explore.
If you’re looking for a quieter bathing spot for the kids, Charco del Conde is a safe bet. Set in Valle Gran Rey, the pool provides an enjoyable lake for all ages to swim in at high tide. And when the surf starts to ebb away, smaller children can play in a pool that is protected from the open seas. The nearby village centre adds the final touch to a day of family fun, sun and relaxation.
Swimming With Dolphins
There are few sights more impressive than a school of dolphins playing for an eager audience or a pod of whales breaking the water’s surface to greet you. And thanks to its warm coastal waters, La Gomera can virtually guarantee sightings of 30 different species all-year round.
Boat tours from the port of Veultas, San Sebastián and Playa Santiago take you past scenic valleys and secluded inlets into the open Atlantic. Dolphins and whales often come out to play near the coast, providing a unique opportunity to get close to these impressive mammals. Curious kids can learn from their experience through a special education programme from Oceano.
Fly your family into Tenerife and get a 50-minute ferry to La Gomera. A short flight from Tenerife will get you there too.
Family-friendly hotels and restaurants are easy to find once you touch down, most within easy reach of the beach. Fishing village Playa de Santiago serves up a selection of friendly harbour bars and restaurants. Meanwhile, Valle Gran Rey’s volcanic backdrop is a fantastic base for families that love the great outdoors.
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About La Gomera
La Gomera is known for being the most rural, authentic and visual of the Canary Islands. Flights run from the UK to Tenerife, where visitors can then take a 50-minute ferry ride or a 30-minute connecting flight to La Gomera.