We reach La Gomera early in the morning. We’re having breakfast in the bakery again and we’re going to disembark soon. There is a lot to see on La Gomera.
We discover La Gomera
We have already booked a rental car in Germany and planned our tour so that we can see enough of this interesting island. The car rental offices are in the cruise terminal, the takeover of our car goes smoothly.
La Gomera - Cruise Terminal, Marina & Beach
We leave the place towards Agulo, a village on the northeast coast. La Gomera is mountainous, at almost 1.500 m, Garajonay is the highest mountain on the island. Despite the curves and hairpin bends that the vehicle has to cover, driving is not overly strenuous. The roads are very good and there is little traffic.
La Gomera - Mirador de los Roques
Natural paradise of La Gomera
La Gomera is huge: a natural paradise with huge rocks and deep gorges, there are natural water reservoirs, the trees are overgrown with moss and the island looks different everywhere. As in other regions of Spain, there are many miradores on La Gomera, i.e. viewpoints that are pointed out with a camera symbol and from which one has a particularly good view of the overwhelming landscape. Stopping at a mirador is almost always worthwhile.
La Gomera - Roques de San Pedro
In Monteforte we pass the two volcanic chimneys Roques de San Pedro, a little later we reach Agulo. The small town with colonial buildings is located high above the sea on a steep rock face. We drive a narrow road to the remote Ermita de San Marcos. I don't want to drive my car here at night. During the day the views are overwhelming.
La Gomera - Agulo in front of the rock face
In the Valle Gran Rey
We follow the road to Vallehermoso past the huge rock massif Roque Cano, drive a short distance through the Parque National de Garajonay into the Valle Gran Rey. This valley is breathtakingly beautiful. The road leads in serpentines through small towns to the sea. From many miradores you can see the terraced fertile slopes and the colorful gardens. In a village shop we drink coffee, eat biscuits and water and are invited to a homemade honey liqueur by the friendly shopkeepers.
La Gomera - Valle Gran Rey - Lomo del Balo
We drive back through the Garajonay National Park. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and covers around 10% of the island's area. There you will find subtropical laurel forests, cloud forests with tree heather, mosses and lichens and ferns as high as a man. From the higher miradores you can at the same time see parts of the area in thick fog and directly afterwards mountain slopes in bright sunshine. This is impressive.
La Gomera - subtropical rainforest covered by clouds
At the end of our island tour we have a look at San Sebastian de la Gomera, the pretty island capital. There is not much to see: there is the Torre del Conde, part of the former city fortifications, the Casa de Colón, where Columbus is said to have stayed, or the Iglesia de la Asunción. Overall, however, a stroll through this picturesque place is worthwhile.
La Gomera - San Sebastian - Calle Real
Today is our last evening on board Mein Schiff 4. We eat early, unfortunately without dessert, after waiting almost 45 minutes for it. We pack our bags and take our farewell tour. In the theater there is the “goodbye show” with the crew, which is actually a must for crusaders. There are always amazing talent among the many employees on a cruise ship.