Haven for hikers
After a hike through the National Park, seek out Casa Efigenia, aka La Montaňa Restaurant (Las Hayas; 00 34 922 80 40 77, casaefigenia.com), for a late breakfast (€7.50) or a three-course lunch (€10). Serving home-grown vegetarian produce, this mountain stopover has been run by the indomitable Efigenia for as long as anyone can remember.
Sunset on the beach
Crowds gather at sunset every evening in the La Playa area of Valle Gran Rey, to share a beer or two and watch the nightly ‘Espectaculo de Fuego’ (fire dancing) with pipe and drum music, performed on the beach by troupes of New Age hippies.
Mirador de Abrante
This mountain viewing point/restaurant in the north has fabulous views over Agulo, La Gomera’s prettiest village. If you’ve a head for heights, you’ll love the unique seven-metre glass ‘skywalk’. A set lunch costs €18. For the best tables, arrive after 2.15 p.m., when the day-trippers from Tenerife will have left.
Get into the spirit of In the Heart of the Sea with a whale-watching trip aboard excursion boat ‘Tina’ (00 34 922 80 58 85; escursiones-tina.com). A four-hour sail, including lunch and a swimming break, costs €43 from Playa de Santiago (€40 from Valle Gran Rey).
La Gomera’s unque whistling language, El Silbo, was developed so that farmers could communicate across ravines and is a compulsory school subject on the island. Most hotels arrange demonstrations, as do many restaurants (including the Mirador de Abrante).
La Gomera loves to party, and almost every town or village holds an annual open-air festival, with fireworks, traditional dancing and special foodie treats. Most famous is the San Marcos fiesta in Agulo (24 April), when local daredevils jump over a run of juniper wood bonfires. For other dates, download the fiesta calendar from gomeralive.com