Explore La Gomera: Your Digital Nomad Guide

7th June, 2024

Why La Gomera is a Digital Nomad’s Dream

La Gomera, an ancient Canary Island gem, is rapidly becoming a hotspot for digital nomads. Found in the Atlantic Ocean, this island offers a mix of tranquillity, culture, and natural beauty, making it an ideal remote workplace. In this guide, we'll explore why La Gomera is a digital nomad's dream destination and what you can expect when you live and work here.

The Unique Geography of La Gomera

La Gomera's geography is unique compared to other Canary Islands. Imagine an orange with its center being the Garajonay National Park. Surrounding it are rugged gullies shaped by heavy rains over millions of years, offering breathtaking views and a timeless feel.

View of San Sebastian, La Gomera

The Majestic Garajonay National Park

Garajonay National Park, the heart of La Gomera, is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its ancient laurel forests. These misty, lush woodlands are a haven for biodiversity and provide a serene backdrop for those seeking a peaceful working environment.

The Biosphere Reserve Status

Recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2012, La Gomera boasts 17 protected natural areas, including maritime reserves. This status highlights the island's commitment to conservation and makes it a paradise for nature lovers and digital nomads alike.

garajonay national park
Garajonay National Park

The Alluring Climate of La Gomera

Coastal Climate vs Inland Climate

La Gomera enjoys a subtropical climate with mild, humid conditions year-round. Coastal areas are warm and sunny, perfect for beach breaks, while inland areas like the Garajonay National Park are cooler and mistier, offering a refreshing contrast.

The Influence of Trade Winds

The prevailing trade winds from the northeast bring moisture-laden air, resulting in diverse microclimates. This creates a varied landscape, from lush valleys to arid cliffs, making every part of the island a new adventure.

Volcanic beaches in La Gomera

Cultural Richness of La Gomera

El Silbo Gomera - The Whistling Language

One of the most fascinating aspects of La Gomera is its unique whistling language, El Silbo Gomero. This ancient form of communication, recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, is still taught in schools and used by locals, adding a rich cultural layer to the island's identity. 

Historical Significance

The whistling language dates back to the island's indigenous people and was adapted to Spanish in the 16th century. It played a crucial role in agriculture and animal husbandry, allowing communication across the island's rugged terrain.

Exploring La Gomera's Gastronomy

Iconic Dishes to Try

La Gomera's cuisine is a delightful mix of local ingredients and traditional recipes. Must-try dishes include almogrote, a cheese spread made from aged goat cheese, and watercress soup, perfect for warming up after a hike in the Garajonay National Park.

Local Ingredients and Flavours

The island's gastronomy is characterised by its use of local ingredients. Palm honey, a sweet syrup made from the sap of palm trees, and Gomeran wine, recognised by its Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), are just a couple of the unique flavours you'll encounter.

Local ingredients and flavours

Adventure Awaits: Hiking Trails and More

Best Hiking Routes for Digital Nomads

La Gomera is a hiker's paradise with over 600 km of marked trails. Some of the best routes include the trail to the Natural Monument of Barranco del Cabrito and the challenging paths in the Natural Park of Majona.

Scenic Spots for Nature Lovers

From the cliffs of Puntallana to the lush valleys of the Garajonay National Park, La Gomera offers countless scenic spots perfect for nature lovers and those seeking inspiration for their next project.

Hiking in La Gomera

Discovering the Villages and Heritage

San Sebastian de La Gomera

The capital of La Gomera, San Sebastian, is steeped in history. It's where Christopher Columbus stopped before he voyaged to America. Explore its historic centre, visit the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, and enjoy the local culture.

Agulo and Its Traditions

Agulo, one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, offers stunning views of Mount Teide and Tenerife. Known for its well-preserved historical centre, Agulo is known for the San Marcos bonfires, a centuries-old tradition that fills the streets with the aroma of juniper wood.

Opening of Cactus Coliving in La Gomera, San Sebastian

The Beaches of La Gomera

Black Sand Beaches

Unlike the golden sands of other Canary Islands, La Gomera's beaches are characterised by black sand, a reminder of the island's volcanic origins. Beaches like Playa de San Sebastian and Playa de la Cueva are perfect for a quick swim during a lunch break.

Water Activities and Relaxation

La Gomera's maritime reserves offer excellent opportunities for whale watching, scuba diving, and other water activities. The island's beaches provide the perfect setting whether you're seeking adventure or relaxation.

Our cactus colivers scuba diving in La Gomera

Practical Information for Digital Nomads

Internet Connectivity

Reliable internet is crucial for digital nomads, and La Gomera doesn't disappoint. Most accommodations and cafes offer good Wi-Fi and co-working spaces like Cactus Coliving provide a productive environment for remote work.

Accommodation Options

From traditional guesthouses in the villages to modern apartments in San Sebastian, La Gomera offers a range of accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences. Cactus Coliving, in particular, is a popular choice for its community-focused environment and excellent facilities.

Coworking space for digital nomads in La Gomera

La Gomera is a hidden gem in the Canary Islands, offering a blend of natural beauty, culture, and modern amenities. La Gomera is a dream destination for digital nomads seeking a unique and inspiring place to live and work. Its diverse landscapes, welcoming communities, and tranquil environment provide everything you need to thrive. So, pack your bags, bring your laptop, and get ready to explore La Gomera.

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FAQs

Q: What is the best time to visit La Gomera?

A: La Gomera has a mild climate year-round, but the best time to visit is spring and autumn when the weather is pleasant and the island is less crowded.

Q: Is it easy to find vegetarian or vegan food in La Gomera?

A: Yes, many restaurants and cafes in La Gomera offer vegetarian and vegan options, and the local markets provide fresh produce that you can use to prepare your meals.

Q: What are some must-visit places in La Gomera?

A: Some must-visit places include Garajonay National Park, the historic town of San Sebastian, and the scenic village of Agulo.

María Mayordomo
Founder of Cactus Coliving. In love with the Nature of the Canary Islands.

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