Bar Cacatua (Calle Cuesta de Abisinia 5, 38870 Vueltas) – located in the harbor district of Vueltas, Cacatua (Cockatoo) has been popular with tourists – particularly Germans – and locals for more than 20 years. It has a large shady patio and live music at night. The bar’s second floor turns into a dance floor where electronic dance music is played on Friday & Saturday evenings.
Calle Real (San Sebastián) — just up from the port in the island’s capital is lined with boutiques, sports stores, souvenir shops, art galleries and sidewalk cafes. Shop for souvenir foods like palm honey, almogrote (a chess spread) or mojo. The street is flanked by magnificent traditional houses and bars, cafés, perfume shops, accessories, fashion and sports shops as well as an art gallery line the pavements all the way to the church of La Asunción, with its interesting ceiling.
Cicloturista Virgen del Carmen (Vallehermoso) – this is a cycling race involving 300 or more participants. It’s held in the Vallehermoso area every August, and covers 70 km (with cyclists having to climb as high an altitude as 2,000 meters as part of the race). This is one of the more exciting events that takes place on this otherwise tranquil island. More info on this event can be found at: www.mdsports.es/eventos/
Ág Ape Bistro (Calle Real 15, 38800 San Sebastián) – this small restaurant serves a variety of French dishes (using locally-sourced products), including those from the Alps (such as fondues la bourguignonne). It’s also known for its rich-tasting desserts.
Agulo – this is a village on the north end of La Gomera that’s surrounded by banana plantations. This village is known as “the green balcony” by the locals, and is made up of two parts: Agulo Casco is located in the lower part of the area, whereas the village center Agulo, founded in the 17th century, is located at an altitude of about 250 meters. Many say that Agulo is the prettiest village on the whole of La Gomera. Judge for yourselves with a paseo (stroll) around town. On streets which are too narrow for cars to pass through, which makes for a more relaxed walk.
The volcanic island of La Gomera is among the smallest of the Canary Islands (along with El Hierro). Located off the North African coast, it has a small population of just 21,136 inhabitants. La Gomera was colonized by the Spanish crown in the early 1400s. The island already made history then when Christopher Columbus made the island his last port of call before his voyage to the Americas in 1492. Columbus also stopped at La Gomera during his second and last voyages to the Americas.
Because La Gomera’s land was far more arable than neighboring islands like Fuertevenura, the local economy had more of an agricultural base (including sugar cane and wine production, and bananas & tomatoes later on). Still, due to occasional economic crises over time, there were waves of migration into the Americas over time (even to Cuba and Venezuela during the 1920s, due to a recession there).
Over the centuries, the island had limited contact with the outside world for a simple reason: its smallness (the entire island has a diameter of just 25 kilometers). This means there’s no airport that accommodates large jets, only small aircraft. Because of that, the more practice way to visit La Gomera is via ferry boat (from neighboring Canary Islands and from the Spanish mainland). For that reason, statistics note that La Gomera breaks the six-figure mark (100,000 visitors) annually only when the number of travelers going to another of the smaller Canary Islands (El Hierro) are counted together.
Still, for those who plan an excursion into La Gomera, its climate may be reason enough to go. The Canaries are known for the variation in temperature between the balmy middle of the day and the cooler evenings but, on La Gomera, you can experience cool spring weather requiring layers of clothing and rain gear up in the mountains while, by the seashore, high summer reigns supreme, with temperatures in the mid-20s (Celsius) and seawater warm enough to comfortably bathe in.