Parador de La Gomera
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- Twin rooms (32)
- Double rooms (4)
- Room with living room (2)
- Capacity (112)
- Conference room
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Swimming pool
- Airport (30km)
- Port (1km)
Parador de La Gomera, Canary Islands - Canarian manor house (4*)
La Gomera's Parador is stunningly situated on a terrace high above the sea, with spectacular views over the Atlantic. On a clear day, guests are treated to a backdrop of neighbouring Tenerife with its lofty Pico Teide. The Parador itself is a traditional, unpretentious Canary manor house, capturing the flavour of local architecture with a veranda and a beautiful pan-tiled roof. Inside, the furniture combines Castilian and Isabelline styles, with spacious rooms offering views onto the sea and hotel gardens.
The large terrace features a swimming pool overlooking the sea, and the surrounding garden is replete with subtropical species native to the island. These public areas are some of Parador de La Gomera’s most popular features and provide a relaxing environment for guests to take in the ocean views.
Situated in the island’s capital, San Sebastián, the Parador de La Gomera is easily accessible with several daily 45 minute ferries across from Tenerife’s Los Cristianos port, and flights from both Tenerife and Gran Canaria airports. The capital is also a prime location for tasting some of the local specialities, and exploring the renowned Canarian black sand beaches.
Upgrade to a superior room for a balcony/terrace and views.
La Gomera, the second smallest of the Canary Islands, is a renowned environmentally and historically important island. Known as the “Isla Mágica” (Magic Isle) and measuring a mere 20km from North to South, it is famed as Christopher Columbus’ last stop before his voyage to discover the Americas. In fact, it is said that Columbus rarely voyaged without stopping off at the island, and it is through this association that it received its other nickname, the “Isla Colombina” (Columbus’ Isle).
Protected through UNESCO as a World Heritage site, the beautiful Garajonay National Park has been given Biosphere Reserve status and is one of the main attractions of the island. A prehistoric rainforest filled with native flora and fauna; it is often described as a fairy-tale forest, the centre of which stands 1,000 metres above sea level, surrounded by lush vegetation and offering an incredible experience to walk above a sea of clouds.
The best way to experience all that La Gomera has to offer is on foot, and there are plenty of guided walking tours and paths for visitors to explore the island and each Saturday morning a free guided tour takes visitors through the national park.
For those who prefer the sea, boat trips are another way to discover the spectacular natural beauty of the island. The island’s volcanic cliffs, named “Los Organos” (the Organs) after their likeness to giant organs with towering pipes, are popular among many visitors to the island.
All-year-round mild temperatures make beach trips possible during all seasons, and the black sand beaches with their crystal clear waters are hugely popular. Nautical sports are practised all around the Canary Islands, and La Gomera is no different with a number of different water sports available in the San Sebastián port.
Rich in history, like all of the other Canary Islands, La Gomera still holds on to many of its pre-Hispanic traditions. The silbo gomero, a fascinating language made up of a series of whistles, was used to communicate across vast valleys, and can still be heard today as it is taught in the island’s schools.
There are daily ferries and boats across to Tenerife (a mere 45 minute journey) for those looking to explore more of the Canary Islands during their stay. ‘El Teide’, the dormant volcano at the centre of the island, and the highest point in Spain, can be seen from La Gomera on a clear day.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 10.30 and dinner from 19.30 to 22.30.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.
The gastronomic display is represented. Young goat cooked with aromatic herbs, wine and almonds, Canary island grouper cooked with peppers and onions, and baked caramel custard served with palm honey.
The Parador’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open in 2019 all year round.
Please note that opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
How to get there
The Parador de La Gomera is located in the east of the island, close to the port of San Sebastian de La Gomera. It is just off the main road which links the port to the town. Driving towards the port it is raised up on the left hand side. The island can be reached by plane or ferry. The ferries run from Los Cristianos in Tenerife, El Hierro and La Palma to San Sebastian de La Gomera. By plane there are flights from both Tenerife and Gran Canaria operated by Binter Canarias which fly into the airport at Playa de Santiago 30km away in the south of the island. There is a local bus which runs between Playa de Santiago and San Sebastian.
Canadas - 2 hours by plane
La Palma - 3 hours by plane
El Hierro - 4 hours by plane
La Gomera Airport - 30km
Region & Cuisine
The Canary Islands
The seven islands are some of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain, particularly the islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. Just off the coast of West Africa, the Canary Islands enjoy year-round mild temperatures and are surrounded by the wild and majestic Atlantic Ocean.
Despite their beaches being famous as a haven for sunbathers and windsurfers alike, the Canary Islands do not have any natural white-sand beaches. The volcanic nature of the islands which creates the wonderful rocky terrain also means that their natural beaches are formed of black sand which can get very hot, so white sand has been imported from locations around the world - including the Sahara Desert – in the areas frequented by tourists, although the traditional black beaches are still a favourite amongst locals.
One of the main attractions of these islands is the natural beauty on offer. There are 141 protected nature areas on the islands, four of which are National Parks which vary from rocky volcanic landscapes to verdant forest such as La Gomera’s UNESCO World Heritage Garajonay National Park. The island has been declared a Biosphere Reserve and laurisilva forests and dense vegetation create misty, atmospheric nature park where you can ‘walk above the clouds’ on designated walkways and marvel at the thousands of examples of indigenous flora and fauna. The natural beauty is not just to be found on land, whale and and dolphin watching are popular activities on the islands, and you can even take a boat trip around the islands to see some magnificent structures such as ‘Los Organos Natural Monument’ – a rock formation handing onto the island of La Gomera - so named because it resembles a church organ.
Tenerife, the largest of the islands, is home to Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain, an imposing dormant volcano that is so grand it can be seen from neighbouring islands on a clear day. The volcano is the centre of the Teide National Park whose surrounding landscape is rocky and cavernous, resembling a foreign planet, and as such has been used as a filming location for numerous science fiction films and TV shows. The national park’s terrain and location are also perfect for high-altitude training so do not be surprised to find groups of cyclists practicing on the island. The cosmic theme does not end with Tenerife’s Martian-like terrain; the archipelago is renowned as one of the best locations for stargazing. The island of La Palma is particularly famous as an excellent location for stargazing due to low pollution levels and the ‘Roque de los Muchachos Observatory’ is an internationally renowned astronomical facility.
The history of the Canary Islands is heavily interwoven with the Discoveries and the Spanish Conquistadors. The strategic Atlantic location of the islands made them an ideal stopover for fleets heading out west to discover the New World. The islands were conquered in the early 1500s with the indigenous Guanche peoples being overrun by Spanish soldiers and settlers. Some elements of these native peoples can still be found in archaeological discoveries, local patterns and designs, typical Canarian names and in local folklore on the islands. The Canary Islands, and Tenerife in particular, are also famous for their role during the French Revolutionary Wars and Admiral Horatio Nelson famously lost his arm in the Battle of Santa Cruz. The Canary Island’s connection with Spain’s colonial past is evident in much of the architecture and you will notice many old buildings are very similar in style to the colonial architecture often found in the Caribbean. Traditional wooden balconies are also a staple of the typical island architecture and examples can be found in the Parador de La Gomera.
Cuisine in Spain can vary greatly from region to region and the Canary Islands are no different with their very own range of delicious local specialities. Gofío, a type of flour, is unique to the islands and is used in a variety of dishes including various breads, stews and even desserts; it can be somewhat of an acquired taste but locals are passionate about it. No visit to the Canary Islands is complete unless you try their staple potato dish papas arrugadas. The name translates to ‘wrinkly potatoes’ and is created by boiling the islands’ indigenous potatoes in heavily salted water until the potatoes shrivel up, resulting in a delicious fluffy centre. The potatoes are typically served with ‘mojo’ a traditional red or green sauce made with olive oil, peppers, garlic, cumin, coriander and paprika. Chickpeas are a staple in Spanish cuisine across the country but Canarians love their chickpeas so much there is an entire dish simply named 'chickpeas’; garbanzas is a chickpea stew made with chickpeas, pork belly, chorizo, tomatoes, onions garlic and seasoning and is the perfect sharing starter. As with any island, fresh fish and seafood forms a large part of the local diet, particularly sardines, prawns and chicharros (Blue Jack Mackerel), the last being so synonymous with the islands that ‘chicharrero’ is an affectionate nickname given to people from Tenerife. In addition to the readily available fresh seafood, meat is used heavily in Canarian cuisine with pork, rabbit, chicken and goat forming the base of many dishes.
Of the seven Canary Islands, there are currently Paradors on five of them: La Gomera, La Palma, El Hierro, Gran Canaria (Cruz de Tejeda) and Tenerife (Las Cañadas del Teide) each of which aims to make the most of their individual locations.
Please be aware of the following:
- 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
- Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.