Have you heard of the whistled language of Silbo? It’s a shrill UNESCO-protected calling that locals use to converse on the misty covered mountaintops of this almost untouched island. Traversing those towering rock walls you’ll hear the call and realise how far removed you are from the better-known Canaries. La Gomera holidays take you off the beaten track to a tiny jungle-like jewel far closer to nature and topography than to decadent bars and thumping clubs.
That’s not to say there isn’t carafe after carafe of wine, refreshing pools and well-designed hotels. It’s just played out in a different way – fresh fish and salted potatoes surrounded by banana groves and colossal ferns, 18-hole championship golf set high above a charming fishing village and sun loungers dipped in water overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Bird song wakes you up, hiking takes you to a verdant prehistoric core and family-run restaurants invite you in for home-made food. There are unexpected black-sand beaches in Valle Gran Rey, that Los Roques viewpoint almost touching the sky and Garajonay National Park’s ancient silver rainforest home to wildlife species that have all but disappeared elsewhere.
Holidays to La Gomera put you under-the-radar in the heart of an extraordinary Biosphere Reserve on a near circular isle where roller coaster thrills are found along precipitous winding roads, watersports play out on azure seas and sundowners are sipped at local fisherman’s bars. Chat to one of our experts to find out more.