Hermigua, La Gomera
The municipality of Hermigua has a population of just over 2,200 people. It is located in the northeast of the emerald green island of La Gomera, in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. It is quite small and covers an area of 39.67 square kilometers. Hermigua is a picturesque rural area, mostly occupied by a narrow yellow-green and fertile valley, surrounded by high mountain slopes. The population of the municipality is relatively evenly distributed throughout the valley. The main settlements are Hermigua, Las Hoyetas, El Correlete and other small villages.
Hermigua is an isolated area. In this corner of La Gomera tourism industry gives way to well-developed agriculture.
Here are grown huge variety of vegetables and tropical fruits such as dates, bananas, papayas and mangoes. Because of its mild climate and year-round daytime temperatures ranging between 20 and 27°C, they thrive very well in Hermigua.
Most of the shore of Hermigua is occupied by the beach of Santa Catalina, also known as Hermigua Beach. This is a large and deserted beach covered with gray and oval pebbles.
The most typical feature of this pristine coast are the waves that rarely subside. While not the best place for swimming, Santa Catalina Beach offers excellent opportunities to relax and recover from the stress of everyday life. The beach is usually empty.
Locked between high mountain slopes, it is surrounded by vast banana plantations. About 50 meters east from the beach there is a great saltwater pool.
It is a good alternative if you want to swim into the sea, but the combination of large waves and strong ocean currents does not allow it.
In fact, it is interesting to note that this type of “natural” swimming pools are quite popular in the Canary Islands. You can find them in many other places along the coast of the archipelago.
South of Santa Catalina Beach is located Playa la Caleta, quite smaller but also rocky and deserted beach. From this secluded place you have a beautiful view of Mount Teide on the neighbouring island of Tenerife.
If you prefer to travel to less famous destinations, which are still far from it all, Hermigua will be an interesting place for you.
High in the mountains, above the fertile valley, you will find the rainforest of Garajonay National Park. The road to the park winds through the valley, rising to increasingly higher altitudes.
Approaching Garajonay National Park, the vegetation becomes more lush and green, and gray clouds and dense fog suddenly cover the clear and blue skies.
On both sides of the road there are fresh cedar forests. While still in the valley, traveling through the picturesque landscape is recommended to visit the twin rocks Roques de San Pedro.
They are located next to the small village of El Correlete and are considered one of the main attractions in the area. Creating something like a rock gate, the two rock formations are really spectacular.
When to visit Hermigua? Although the weather in the municipality is nice all year round, it is still best to travel during the summer months for two reasons.
First, during the summer season waters along the coast of Hermigua are calmer and second, the weather in the mountainous areas is warmer and more predictable.
Getting to Hermigua? The best and most convenient way to travel to Hermigua is by ferry from Los Cristianos, Tenerife to San Sebastian de La Gomera.
Having arrived in San Sebastian, you can reach to Hermigua by car or bus. The distance between the islands is approximately 40 km, and the distance from San Sebastian to Hermigua is about 20 km.