Chipude La Gomera is a mountain village located on the plateau of La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands. It is believed to be the oldest settlement on the island, with evidence of habitation dating back to pre-Spanish times.
Today, it is a popular destination for tourists who come to explore its rich history and culture. This blog post will explore some of the best places to visit in Chipude La Gomera and discover why it is such an attractive destination.
Getting To Know Chipude La Gomera
Where Is Chipude La Gomera?
Chipude La Gomera is located in the upper part of Vallehermoso, in the southeast of La Gomera. It borders the Garajonay National Park
Getting To Chipude La Gomera
Chipude isn’t the easiest of places to get to. Sitting high in the mountains, your options consist of Taxi, Car Hire or a lengthy bus ride.
The drive is approximately 45-60 mins from Port San Sebastian and a similar amount of time from the airport near Playa Santiago.
The Number 1 bus from San Sebastian will take approximately 75 minutes (ignore other websites that suggest the bus takes 25 minutes, they are wrong!)
The History And Culture Of Chipude La Gomera
Chipude is considered one of the oldest settlements on the island, with evidence of human activity dating back to pre-Spanish times. The most prominent feature of Chipude is the Chipude Fortress, a natural monument located on a plateau with excellent views and a long history.
The fortress has been an important site throughout La Gomera’s history. In the first half of the fifteenth century, it was at the center of one of the most significant episodes in La Gomera’s history: an uprising against Spanish rule led by local hero Bentejuí. The fortress was also used as a lookout point during battles between Spanish and French forces in 1814.
Facilities In Chipude La Gomera
Chipude today is a small settlement, and the limited facilities reflect this.
Accommodation In Chipude La Gomera
Accommodation is restricted to the Hotel Bar Sonia (where we enjoyed an excellent 2-night stay). Or one of a (small) handful of Airbnb accommodations.
Restaurants In Chipude La Gomera
Again limited options are available. Those that are are centred around the small square in the center of Chipude. We found Hotel Navarro and Hotel Bar Sonia more than sufficient for our needs.
Services In Chipude La Gomera
There is a small supermarket adjacent to the Bar Navarro on the main square. There is also an ATM in the same area.
Also, in the square charging points for electric vehicles. For petrol, you will need to head out of town towards the Fortaleza
Best Things To Do In Chipude La Gomera
Visit The Fortress (La Fortaleza De Chipude).
La Fortaleza de Chipude is a geological formation located near Chipude La Gomera. It is made up of beautiful red basalt and has a unique profile that resembles a great altar. The ancient Gomerans considered it to be a sacred place, and it has been declared a Natural Monument by the Spanish government.
The fortress offers stunning views and is home to archaeological sites that date back centuries. Visitors can explore its many bastions and enjoy activities such as climbing, hiking, and simply taking in its beauty.
Take In The Views From The Mirador De Igualero
The Mirador de Igualero is a stunning viewpoint located in the center of La Gomera Island and at the boundaries of Garajonay National Park.
Situated at an altitude of 1321m above sea level, it offers breathtaking views from the summit to the sea.
The monument to Silbo Gomero, the unique whistled language of La Gomera, can also be found here.
Visit La Laguna And Garjonay National Park
La Laguna on La Gomera is a magical setting located in the heart of the Garajonay National Park. It is said that ancient nocturnal rituals were performed here, and it is now a popular destination for tourists looking to experience the beauty of the island.
The area includes La Laguna Grande, which is a recreational area in Vallehermoso, as well as Restaurante La Laguna Grande and Laguna de Santiago. Visitors can explore the forests of Garajonay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The history of La Gomera can also be explored through stories and legends passed down through generations. One such legend tells of a shepherd who stumbled upon the lagoon while searching for his lost sheep and found himself captivated by its beauty.
Tak In The Pottery Museum In El Cercado (Centro De Interpretación Las Loceras)
El Centro de Interpretación Las Loceras is a fascinating earthenware museum located in El Cercado, Spain. It explores the history of La Gomera’s pottery tradition through multilingual panels and collections, as well as providing visitors with an exhibition space to learn more about Gomiran pottery.
The perfect place to learn about this important artisanal trade, the Interpretation Center of Las Loceras provides all the information needed to understand the island’s pottery tradition.
Opening hours can vary from day to day so you should always confirm current hours.
Watch The Sunset On The Playa De Argaga (Argaga Beach)
Playa de Argaga is a stunning beach located in the western part of La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands. This black volcanic sand and pebble beach is a sight to behold, with its dramatic cliffs and crystal clear waters.
The area around Playa de Argaga is also known for its rugged terrain, making it an ideal spot for adventurous hikers looking to explore the island’s unique landscape. Visitors can take in the breathtaking views from the nearby Barranco de Argaga or take a dip in the warm Mediterranean Sea.
Playa de Argaga is difficult to get to, and the only current options are to hike or visit by boat.
To hike, you will need to go via the Barranco de Argaga or take the dangerous path from Valle Gran Rey (see video below)
Conclusion: Your Next Adventure Awaits in Chipude, La Gomera
So, what’s the verdict? Chipude in La Gomera isn’t just another village; it’s a treasure trove of history, culture, and natural beauty. From the ancient La Fortaleza de Chipude to the awe-inspiring Mirador de Igualero, this mountain village offers a unique blend of experiences that cater to history buffs, nature lovers, and adventure seekers alike.
Getting to Chipude might be a bit of a journey, but isn’t that what makes an adventure memorable? Whether you opt for a taxi, car hire, or a bus ride, the travel is part of the experience. And once you’re there, the limited but charming accommodation and dining options add to the village’s quaint appeal.
So, are you ready to take the road less travelled and explore the oldest settlement on La Gomera? Trust me, whether it’s your first visit or a return trip, Chipude never ceases to amaze. Pack your bags, set your GPS, and let Chipude be your next unforgettable getaway.
Questions to Ponder:
- What aspects of Chipude’s rich history intrigue you the most?
- How do you plan to explore the natural wonders around Chipude, like the Garajonay National Park?
- Are you up for the challenge of getting to Chipude, and how does that add to the adventure for you?