Holidays to Valle Gran Rey showcase beaches washed by the royal-blue Atlantic against a cliff-lined valley.

Regal landscapes

All hail Valle Gran Rey, the standout feature of this Canary Island. This deep, tree-clad gorge – whose name means 'Valley of the Great King' – runs down the island of La Gomera's west coast. Its route cuts through the UNESCO-approved Garajonay National Park to the promenade by the shore.

Capital idea

Hugged by show-stopping natural landscapes, Valle Gran Rey's within daytripping distance of the island's capital, San Sebastian. Stock up on souvenirs from the 'tiendas' – traditional shops – lined up by the sea, or mosey about the stalls at the twice-weekly market. The small-town feel's worth the hour-and-a-half drive.

Volcanic beaches

Valle Gran Rey's black-sand beaches are a throwback to its volcanic past. Make your choice among the Atlantic bays, from family-friendly Charco del Conde – nicknamed 'Baby Beach' for its shallow lagoon waters – to scuba diving hotspot La Puntilla. Head along the coast for lunch in one of the seafood restaurants in Vueltas' port.

At a Glance

  • Follow hiking trails to artist Cesar Manrique's viewpoint
  • Lounge on volcanic beaches
  • Visit the Valley of the Great King

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