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“Fantastic walking and good beaches” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Sebastian de la Gomera

Stockport, Cheshire
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“Fantastic walking and good beaches”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2006

We spent a week on La Gomera in September 2006 and could have stayed a lot longer. When booking the holiday, I couldn't find very much information on the island and the guidebooks were a bit thin, mostly focusing on Tenerife - its popular neighbour. But there's plenty to see and it's a lovely island.

We stayed in Alajero, a village up towards the middle of the island from Playa de Santiago. The roads there from the port are a bit hair-raising, as they are on a lot of the island, as they wind up the steep slopes inland. Something to bear in mind when racing to catch the ferry home. The Garajonay National Park is a beautiful, forested area covering the middle of the island. It has a number of way-marked paths through it and you can buy maps from the visitor centre showing the walks, or from shops in a couple of the towns. Don't be fooled by it being very hot elsewhere on the island - mist can come in and make it a bit chilly.

Another recommendation is the town of La Playa in the Valle Gran Rey on the west coast of the island. Although the beach isn't huge, it's a nice town with a good selection of restaurants, a good diving place and good snorkelling from the beach. If I went back to the island I would look to stay here. It's a fair drive from the port, but you can get the passenger ferry to the next-door town of Vueltas (this is also where boat trips leave from to go and see Los Organos - also recommended).

We didn't get time to visit the north of the island. Even though distances don't look far as the crow flies, journey times are quite long. The roads make for slow driving and you have the temptation of stopping at view points every few miles to admire the views across the island to the ocean and sometimes to Mount Teide on Tenerife. Some of the smaller roads, such as the road to El Cedro, are paved rather than tarmac and are beautiful driving before you even start heading into the forest on foot.

The island is a lovely, slow-paced place with a beautiful climate - you can either bake on a beach or get lost in the mists in the forests. I just hope it doesn't get too popular!

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Dartford, United Kingdom
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“What a lovely unspoilt place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2004

The main town of the island, it has a busy ferry port connecting to Tenerife (where bus-loads of day tourists come from for tours of the island) and other islands, and a marina. There is a small beach, of the usual black sand of the islands, but nothing to write home about. There are little tree-shaded squares, a good palm-tree lined promenade, a couple of historical sites/museums, narrow steep lanes up the sides of the valley, and the government and town offices. Also a small twice weekly market mainly of local produce and atrefacts. The main hotel is the excellent 60 room Parador de la Gomera above the town, although there is an enormous hotel complex being built on the outskirts, with apartments, villas and so on, and a couple of miles further away is another development in a valley by the sea which looks as if its come to a halt with only the roads in. Hopefully these won't affect the town itself too much, as it currently has the authentic small-town sleepy Spanish feel to it.

That does mean its very quiet with not much to do, and a limited number of eating-out places, but the attraction of the island is its magnificent scenery and walking, a most relaxing place.

Thoroughly recommended by a seasoned traveller for a real "get away from it all" holiday.

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