Escape the buzz of daily life and discover the tranquil haven of Hermigua in La Gomera. This beautiful municipality is a treasure trove of natural beauty, rich history, and serene ambiance. With ancient terraces cultivated by the Guanches and picturesque valleys nestled between imposing mountains and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean in view, it is the perfect place for anyone wanting a peaceful escape. Whether you’re a history buff eager to explore its centuries-old churches, an adventurer looking to get lost in verdant hiking trails, or simply searching for a serene spot to soak in breathtaking views, Hermigua promises an unforgettable experience.

History: From a Guanche Settlement into a Colonial Enclave

The ancient inhabitants of the Canary Islands, known collectively as the Guanches, settled across the archipelago, including what is now La Gomera. Hermigua, alongside the village of Agulo, was one of the places where they lived, referring to it as “Mulagua,” a term some experts believe meant ‘place of collection.

Juan Rejón, a key figure in the history of the Canaries, is closely tied to this land. During his time as governor of Gran Canaria, he founded Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and later traveled to La Gomera, disembarking in Hermigua, to help Hernán Peraza, the island’s feudal lord, gain control over the territory. However, their alliance was short-lived as Peraza saw Rejón as a potential rival and had him killed.

Playa Santa Catalina Pescante de Hermigua
The Four Columns in Pescante de Hermigua – ©gadzius

The 16th century witnessed the establishment of two settlements within what is now known as the municipality of Hermigua. Valle Alto, or the High Valley, became the site for the church and convent of Santo Domingo, which was the spiritual center of the area. Meanwhile, Valle Bajo, or the Low Valley, saw the construction of the church of Our Lady of the Incarnation around 1650, further solidifying the community’s religious and cultural identity. These developments transformed Hermigua from a Guanche settlement into a colonial enclave, highlighting the blend of indigenous heritage and European conquest.

Top Attractions

As you wander through Hermigua, you’ll come across a place where nature’s artistry and historical whispers blend together, creating many attractions that are sure to amaze you. This captivating municipality is a delight for all the explorers out there. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a history buff, or someone simply in love with the serene beauty of the Canary Islands, Hermigua promises a variety of experiences that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Roques de San Pedro

Have you ever laid your eyes on something so magnificent that it seems to be out of this world? If not, then you need to see the Roques de San Pedro or Roques de Petra y Pedro, also known as ‘The Twin Rocks of Hermigua.’ With a gate-like shape, these iconic rocks look like a doorway to another dimension. They stand proud and mighty amongst bigger natural giants, sitting atop a mountain with terraced fields and vibrant abodes on its slopes. It’s hard to believe that they are just volcanic formations. But trust me, the view is worth it – a refreshing sight you won’t forget anytime soon.

Hermigua Valley in La Gomera
The Twin Rocks of Hermigua – ©Violin

El Convento de Santo Domingo

El Convento de Santo Domingo, one of Hermigua’s well-known landmarks, had humble beginnings as a small church with a different name. Over the course of centuries, it underwent significant changes and expansion to become the lovely structure it is today.

The Chapel of San Pedro was the first structure in this religious complex. Built in 1598, it replaced the old one that was destroyed by a flood. Then, the adjoining Chapels of Del Rosario and Santa Rita were erected. All the additions and changes gave way to the current structure.

This whitewashed 16th-century ex-convent is of traditional architecture. While its design mirrors other churches across the archipelago, lending it a familiar charm, its extraordinary location sets it apart. The complex is in a tranquil town of palm trees and alabaster houses with brick roof tiles, fenced in by towering massifs that are beyond awe-inspiring. While not exactly unique, it boasts certain elements that make it a noteworthy stop in the heart of Hermigua.

Molino de Gofio Los Telares

If you want to learn more about La Gomera, Hermigua, and the Gomeros, a great place to visit is the Molino de Gofio Los Telares. This museum features an extensive exhibition of the island’s arts, crafts, culture, food, history, and flora. It also provides an audio-guided tour, which makes it easy for tourists to enjoy and learn more about what makes the area uniquely La Gomera.

The open-air museum is near the Twin Rocks of San Pedro viewpoint and the Convent of Santo Domingo. Make sure to drop by, as no other place can better introduce the community. It has different sections, so everyone will find something that interests them.

The Ethnographic Park, housing significant antiques and the famous Gofio Watermill, shows the Gomeran everyday life in the distant past. The hydropower mill is the last remaining on the island, making it of great importance.

The other two sections are the handicrafts and cafe. Here, visitors will be intrigued by the potteries created using aboriginal techniques. They can also sample and purchase local crafts and produce that unquestionably represent the island and Hermigua.

Last but certainly not the least is the eco-orchard, farm, and botanic garden. The flora on the island thrives and is well represented in the garden, which features both traditional crops and a vast botanical inventory. This is an ideal spot for those who appreciate nature and its beauty, a little piece of Canarian Paradise.

The Coastal beauty

Pescante de Hermigua
Aerial View of Pescante de Hermigua and Teide – ©gadzius

The Canary Islands is a world-class destination for vacationers, most especially Europeans, who seek a lovely dose of sun, sand, and sea. While Hermigua’s coastal offerings are not what immediately comes to mind when you think of a beach escape, they are scenic and absolutely worth experiencing.

Playa de Hermigua

The beautiful Playa de Hermigua is a serene and untouched shoreline where the rough azure waves of the Atlantic Ocean meet the stony coast. Despite the strong currents in the bay, the beach offers a peaceful and picturesque setting backed by mountains, a small lovely hamlet, and a patchwork of plantations. This captivating landscape is home to two notable attractions visitors should not miss, each presenting a unique experience.

Pescante de Hermigua

The four concrete towers of Pescante de Hermigua give the beach a unique aura. They seem to have sprung from the rugged seaboard. In reality, though, they are the pillars of the loading station dismantled in the 1950s.

It’s hard for people to imagine why there was a need for such a high structure. But you see, even big ships that brought goods and people to and from La Gomera struggled with the strong waves at Hermigua’s shore. The tall arm that used to be on the pillars acted like a crane, helping to unload and load ships because the usual methods didn’t work well here.

Saltwater Pool

Swimming in Playa de Hermigua is not recommended due to its unsafe conditions. Keep in mind that even a regular port where ships could dock wasn’t feasible here, requiring the construction of Pescante de Hermigua. However, if you still want to take a dip in this side of the island, there is an alternative.

Hermigua is home to both natural and man-made seawater pools that provide a breathtaking view of the coast, mountain slopes filled with banana plantations, and the famous Pescante. Who wouldn’t want to take a dip in a basin that provides such stunning panoramas? Moreover, powerful waves hardly make it into the pool, so swimmers need not worry about getting swept away. But if the waves are rougher and stronger than usual, then it’s time for some body surfing.

Playa de La Caleta

Playa de La Caleta is without a doubt the most splendid beach in northern La Gomera. The waves here are much calmer than that of its neighbor, Playa de Hermigua. However, still practice caution as even this wind-protected cove can have harsh currents.

This coastal charmer is a favorite amongst locals and a growing number of tourists. It is still very much secluded, though, so there is no need to worry about overcrowding. Visitors can admire the vistas of the beach and even the majestic Mount Teide in Tenerife. They can also have a meal with family and friends in the picnic areas here. During summers, a small bar opens and offer delicious fresh fish.

How to Reach Hermigua

To explore the enchanting landscapes of Hermigua, travelers must first navigate their way to the island from Tenerife. The journey begins at Puerto de Los Cristianos, where visitors board a ferry to cross the sea to La Gomera. Two main ferry services, Fred Olsen and Naviera Armas, provide regular trips to San Sebastián de La Gomera, the island’s capital and primary gateway.

From San Sebastián de La Gomera

By Car: Renting a car is convenient, offering the freedom to explore La Gomera at your own pace. The drive to Hermigua takes approximately 30 minutes via the GM-1 road.

By Bus: For those preferring public transport, the local bus line 02 goes from San Sebastián to Hermigua.

From Valle Gran Rey

By Car: The trip from Valle Gran Rey to Hermigua takes roughly 1 hour and 10 minutes, covering some of the island’s most breathtaking landscapes. You’ll follow the GM-1 road northeast towards the island’s interior, passing through Vallehermoso and then continuing to Hermigua.

By Bus: To travel from Valle Gran Rey to Hermigua by bus, vacationers will need to take a two-part journey, as there’s no direct bus line connecting these locations directly. Start with bus line 8 from Valle Gran Rey to Vallehermoso. Upon arrival in Vallehermoso, switch to bus line 2 for the final leg of the journey to Hermigua.

From Playa de Santiago

By Car: When driving from Playa de Santiago to Hermigua, anticipate a journey of approximately one hour. Start on the GM-3 road, then transition onto the GM-2. Finally, merge onto the GM-1, continuing north until you reach Hermigua.

By Bus: While there is no direct bus line from Playa de Santiago to Hermigua, you can take bus line 3 to San Sebastián de la Gomera and then change to a Hermigua-bound bus line 2.

In Hermigua, visitors are treated to the best of both worlds, where the choice between rural charm and coastal beauty is a dilemma they won’t face. Accommodations in the uplands boast not just mountain vistas but also offer Atlantic views. Similarly, those staying closer to the shore will find themselves captivated by both the expansive seascapes and the stunning backdrop of rural landscapes and towering massifs that define Hermigua’s unique allure.

Where to Stay

Hotel Rural Casa Los Herrera

Hotel Rural Casa Los Herrera, a smoke-free property, is ideal for travelers seeking comfort, convenience, and picturesque scenery. It offers access to shared facilities such as a lounge, terrace, and an on-site restaurant, ensuring a stay that’s as social as it is serene. Free WiFi is available throughout the accommodation, allowing guests to stay connected.

This charming and meticulously renovated 19th-century house embraces a rustic style harmonizing beautifully with its surroundings. Its decor, characterized by wooden doors and floors, complements the property’s historic essence. From the outdoor pool, guests can marvel at the Nuestra Senora de La Encarnacion Church and soak in the stunning views of palm-lined terraced fields. The roof deck presents a breathtaking panorama of the Atlantic, enhancing the tranquil experience. Book Now!

Casa Rural Llano Campo

An idyllic option for those seeking a holiday home, accommodation options in Casa Rural Llano Campo include a cozy one-bedroom villa and a spacious two-bedroom house, both featuring gardens and terraces where vacationers can relax and soak in the natural beauty. The interiors feature traditional architecture with exposed wooden beams and stone walls. They also offer well-equipped seating areas and kitchens for a comfortable holiday. Guests can stay connected with complimentary WiFi throughout the property and benefit from free public parking in the surrounding area. Whether you’re looking to explore the nearby beach or venture into the Garajonay Nature Reserve, Casa Rural Llano Campo offers the perfect base for your adventures. Book Now!

Casa Rural Maria

A former barn lovingly transformed into fully-equipped and spacious country cottages, the charming Casa Rural Maria provides guests with a serene escape amidst nature. Visitors unwinding on the terrace are treated to breathtaking views of Playa de Hermigua and the majestic Mount Teide on the neighboring island of Tenerife.

The cottages themselves are a feast for the senses, with cool stone flooring underfoot and walls painted in cheerful, bright colors that capture the vibrant spirit of the Canary Islands. Each cottage is outfitted with a fully-equipped kitchen, giving guests the pleasure of preparing meals just the way they like. The dining area and living room offer ample space for relaxation and enjoyment, making Casa Rural Maria an ideal choice for those seeking a tranquil getaway with all the comforts of home. Book Now!

Casa Luz

Nestled above Playa de Hermigua, Casa Luz boasts panoramic views of the sea, the quaint village below, and the imposing Mount Teide. It is accented with classic Canarian features – simple, whitewashed walls that invite relaxation and contemplation. The apartment offers a spacious layout with one bedroom, a well-equipped kitchen, a dining area for guests to enjoy their meals, and a seating area for relaxing. Casa Luz prioritizes comfort and convenience, providing free WiFi and on-site parking to all guests. The property is both non-smoking and soundproof, ensuring a peaceful retreat. Additional amenities include barbecue facilities and outdoor furniture for guests to relish the garden and mountain views. For those looking to explore further, a car rental service is available, making it easy to discover the area’s surrounding beauty and the rest of the island. Book Now!

Where to Eat

The culinary landscape in Hermigua is defined by an array of seafood and meats, elevated by locally sourced fruits and vegetables. Here, tradition takes a harmonious step with the contemporary, with an increasing number of meat-focused restaurants offering plant-based options dotting the landscape. As you create unforgettable gastronomic memories, don’t forget to add some mojo Canarios, a staple on every Canary table.

Las Chacaras

Known as one of the best restaurants in the municipality, Las Chacaras boasts a great selection of vegetarian-friendly dishes, including their famous avocado salad and Ensalada tropical. For meat and dairy enthusiasts, we highly recommend their grilled goat cheese, tuna steak with Rojo mojo, and orange glazed rabbit and duck. Besides their savory dishes, they are also famous for their heavenly sweet delights. You definitely don’t want to miss out on their chocolate parfait with mint, cheesecake with maple syrup, and triple chocolate cheesecake.

Tasca Telemaco

Looking to dine with a breathtaking backdrop of the mountains while being serenaded by live music? Look no further than Tasca Telemaco. Their seafood dishes are highly recommended, especially the catch of the day fish and lagostinas served with mojo and papas, tuna with mojo, and prawn and mushroom salad. If you prefer meat, you can try their pork chops with dates and bacon, croquettes, and chicken in cider with Canarian potatoes. Don’t worry if you’re a vegetarian, as they also serve delicious dishes such as vegetarian Paella, almogrote with sweet potatoes, and eggplant with palm honey.

Bar Restaurante Camping La Vista

When hiking from Hermigua and returning from Alto de Garajonay, make sure to carve out time for a meal at Bar Restaurante Camping La Vista in El Cedro. It is in the middle of a national park and the crossing point of a couple of trails. The restaurant’s somewhat remote location adds to its charm, making the delicious food and breathtaking vistas all the more rewarding. Don’t expect fineries, though. It’s a very rustic and into-the-wild kind of place. Their must-trys include watercress soup, Canarian potatoes with mojo sauces, salads, and chicken, pork or goat with Canarian potatoes.

Traveler Tips

Embrace Early Mornings: Hermigua’s landscapes are especially magical at sunrise. The early light illuminates the valley in a way that’s perfect for photography and gives you a cooler start for hiking.

Footwear Matters: Whether you’re exploring the ancient trails to Alto de Garajonay or strolling through the village, comfortable and sturdy footwear is a must. The terrain can be uneven, and good grip shoes will enhance your experience.

Garajonay National Park La Gomera
Garajonay National Park Encompasses All Municipalities Including Hermigua – ©charles03

Water Is Your Best Friend: Always carry water with you, especially when hiking. The climate can be deceptively warm, and staying hydrated is key to enjoying your adventures in Hermigua.

Respect the Silence: Hermigua is cherished for its tranquil ambiance. When hiking in the national park or visiting quiet spots, maintain a low volume to respect the natural environment and other visitors’ experiences.

Explore Beyond the Guidebook: While Hermigua has its well-known spots, don’t be afraid to explore less-mentioned areas. The village of El Cedro and its surroundings offer lush landscapes and hidden gems that many tourists overlook.

Prepare for Microclimates: The weather in Hermigua can change rapidly from sunny to cloudy, especially as you ascend. Dressing in layers will keep you comfortable regardless of the weather shifts.

Attend a Local Festivity: Check the local calendar for any festivals or celebrations happening during your visit. Hermigua, like many parts of the Canary Islands, hosts vibrant festivities that showcase local traditions, music, and cuisine. Participating in or observing these festivities can offer a deeper connection to the local culture.

Sample Gomeran Cheese: Cheese production is essential to La Gomera’s culinary tradition. Look for opportunities to taste and learn about the local cheeses, which can range from fresh and soft to aged and robust flavors.

Seek Out Artisan Workshops: Hermigua is home to artisans who maintain traditional crafts, including pottery, weaving, and woodworking. Visiting these artisans supports local crafts and is a chance to bring home a piece of La Gomera.

FAQ

Are there any guided tours available in Hermigua?

Guided tours to Hermigua that cater to a variety of interests are available. These tours can take you through the lush greenery of the Garajonay National Park, along the historical paths where the ancient water channels run, and through the terraced landscapes characteristic of the area. Expert local guides offer insights into La Gomera’s flora and fauna, geological formations, and rich cultural heritage. From walking and hiking tours that explore the rugged beauty of the island’s landscapes to cultural tours that delve into the history of the Guanches, the Canary Islands’ indigenous people, there’s a guided experience for every type of traveler. Additionally, some tours might focus on the agricultural practices of the area, including visits to banana plantations and vineyards, providing a deeper understanding of the local economy and way of life. For the most current offerings and to match a tour to your interests, it’s best to check with local tourism offices or consult travel agencies in Hermigua.

Is Hermigua a suitable place for families with children?

Hermigua, with its tranquil atmosphere and natural beauty, is indeed a suitable destination for families with children. The municipality offers a variety of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by holidaymakers of all ages, such as easy hiking trails that meander through lush valleys and along scenic coastlines, making it a wonderful place for introducing children to the joys of nature and outdoor exploration. The natural seawater pools in Hermigua are a safe and enjoyable option for children to swim and play in, protected from the open sea’s stronger currents. Additionally, the local culture and history present educational opportunities for children, from visiting ancient sites to learning about the island’s unique flora and fauna. Accommodations and dining options in Hermigua often cater to families, ensuring a comfortable and welcoming experience. While it may not have the amusement parks or entertainment complexes found in larger tourist destinations, Hermigua’s charm lies in its ability to offer a peaceful, family-friendly environment where children can experience a slower, more relaxing pace of life and the incredible wonders of nature.

What are the best places to watch the sunset in Hermigua?

For a captivating sunset experience in Hermigua, the Playa de Hermigua, with the historic Pescante de Hermigua at one end, is an exceptional location. The vista becomes exceptionally magical as the day wanes, particularly because of the spectacular view of the orange hues casting a glow on Mount Teide across the water in Tenerife. The contrast of the fiery sky against the tranquil sea creates a mesmerizing tableau, offering a peaceful yet awe-inspiring end to the day. In addition, the elongated shadows of Pescante’s old banana-loading structures cast an almost ethereal silhouette against the golden sky, creating a dramatic and memorable scene. The beach itself, framed by rugged cliffs and the soothing sound of the waves, becomes especially enchanting at dusk.

Moreover, the higher elevations of Hermigua, such as the areas around the Convento de Santo Domingo, afford viewers a sweeping vista of the valley bathed in the sunset’s warm hues. This highlights the traditional architecture and terraced landscapes that make Hermigua so distinctive. These locations encapsulate the tranquil beauty of Hermigua, making sunset watching here an unforgettable experience.

Hermigua And Its Many Layers of Gomeran Identity

Describing the rural allure of Hermigua in mere words barely scratches the surface of its multifaceted beauty. Here, the grandeur of towering mountain ridges coexists with the gentle slopes, presenting a landscape as majestic as it is welcoming. The vigorous Atlantic surf crashes against the shore, yet nearby lies a coastline that radiates unparalleled tranquility within the Canary Islands. The villages, while peaceful, brim with vitality and a sense of community.

Hermigua is an essential destination for those who revel in long walks through nature and a sanctuary for anyone seeking to connect with the natural world. Despite its relative seclusion, it remains a sought-after location for travelers. With its rich offerings, from agriculture and leisurely hikes to serene beaches and vibrant village life, Hermigua reveals the many layers of its Gomeran identity, each more inviting than the last.