The Canary Islands have long been a popular destination for sun starved Europeans, but there is more to the Canaries than tourist development. The less visited islands of La Gomera and El Hierro have a lot to offer.
La Gomera is home to the Garajonay National Park, an ancient laurel forest in which there are some wonderful hiking trails that take you through the lush mountains. The coastline is equally dramatic with steep cliffs that crash into the sea, and black sand beaches here and there. The port of San Sebastian is an attractive town and the lively hub of the island.
El Hierro is the westernmost island in the Canary Islands and was once considered the end of the world. It has a unique landscape and flora and fauna, including ancient juniper trees that remain twisted by the Atlantic winds. The Camino de Jinama walk takes you to the highest point of the island where you can see magnificent views of the area. There are also fantastic diving opportunities to volcanic underwater caves.