La Gomera Canary Islands Spain
La Gomera is pure nature. On La Gomera you find The stunning natural forests in the park Garajonay, and that is just an example of what La Gomera has to offer.
The island La Gomera is really full of palm trees. On La Gomera, there is still no airport What has helped to maintain the nature, landscape and local traditions.
Tourists arrive to La Gomera mainly from Tenerife by boat or hovercraft. (90 and 40 min).
The lack of an airport has helped to keep the natural environment of La Gomera, scattered with palm trees, thoroughly unspoiled. The rare botanical treasures found on its uneven terrain include the ancient, dense laurel forest of the Garajonay National Park, declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO.
It is a pity only to only do a day trip to the island La Gomera. A few days on a small pension and walking excursions or by bicycle is the best way to really explore the area. On the beach Playa de Santiago, one finds a few small hotels and guesthouses.
Playa de Santiago is a small fishing port where you can enjoy delicious fresh fish cooked according to traditional Spanish recipes.
Another option is the valley Valle Gran Rey. A small beach, a cute little fishing port and some small hotels and guesthouses makes the place perfect for those who want to escape civilization few days. Another little paradise on earth! And again on the surprising Canary Islands, Spain!
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The island of La Gomera is also known as the Columbine island, as it was the place where Christopher Columbus took provisions on board before setting off for America in 1492. It is characterized by its impressive ravines and in particular by the spectacular beauty of its laurel forests in the National Park of Garajonay, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This unique mountain geography has led to the development and tradition of the Gomeran Whistle, a language which is used to communicate across long distances, using only the lips and fingers, and which dates back centuries. People who love hiking are in for a treat, as the island La Gomera is full of delightful paths to be explored.
• Surface: 368.76 square kilometers.
• Highest point: Garajonay, at 1,487 m.
• Protected nature reserves: 17.
- Complete Nature Reserves: Benchijigua.
- Special Nature Reserves: Puntallana.
- Natural Monuments: Los Órganos, Roque Cano, Roque Blanco, La Fortaleza, Barranco del Cabrito, La Caldera,
Lomo del Carretón and Los Roques.
- Protected Landscapes: Orone.
- Places of Scientific Interest: Acantilados de Alajeró, Charco del Conde and Charco de Cieno.
- Nature Parks: Majona.
- National Park: Garajonay.
• World Heritage Site: 1/ National Park of Garajonay.
• Typical flora: Cactus (Euphorbia canariensis), succulent plants (Helichrysum macrantha, Senecio kleinia), dragon tree (Dracaena tamaranae), Canary pine, cedar, laurel, myrica shrub (Myrica faya), winter heath (Erica carnea) and fern (Davallia canariensis).
• Typical fauna: Giant lizard, laurel pigeon (Columba junoniae), Bolle’s pigeon (Columba bolli).
• Population: 22,259 inhabitants*.
• Capital: San Sebastián de La Gomera.
The Gomeran capital has an important historical connection with the discovery of America. Situated around a natural bay, San Sebastián de La Gomera has preserved numerous places and monuments of interest, such as the church of La Asunción, el Pozo (Well) of La Aguada or the Torre (Tower) of El Conde, which served as a place of refuge for the Spanish during a rebellion by the natives in the 15th century.
• Municipalities: 6/ Agulo, Alajeró, Hermigua, San Sebastián de La Gomera, Valle Gran Rey and Vallehermoso.
• Airports: 1/ Airport of La Gomera.
• Passenger Ports: 3/ Port of San Sebastián de La Gomera, Port of Valle Gran Rey and Port of Playa de Santiago.
• Yachting marinas: 3/ Port of San Sebastián de La Gomera, Port of Valle Gran Rey and Port of Playa de Santiago.
• Public hospitals: Hospital Nuestra Sra. de Guadalupe.
• Golf courses: 1/ Tecina Golf.
• Museums: 4/ Casa Colón (Columbus House), Casa de La Aguada, Archaeological Museum and Ethnographic Museum.
• Gastronomy: palm honey, rum, spicy cheese, thick watercress and vegetable soup served in wooden bowls, local fish with black potatoes, local sweets.
• Denominations of origin: 1/ Regulatory Authority of the Denomination of Origin Vinos de La Gomera.
• Public holidays: Festival of San Marcos in Agulo, Festival of Santo Domingo in Hermigua, Festivity of the Virgin del Buen Paso in Alajeró, Festivals of the Virgin of Candelaria in Chipude, Columbine Festivals and Five Yearly Festivals of the Virgin of Guadalupe, patron saint of La Gomera.
• Places of interest: National Park of Garajonay, Mirador (viewing point) of Valle Gran Rey, Los Órganos, Roque de Agando, Beach of Los Ingleses (the English), Fortaleza (Fortress) of Chipude, Torre (Tower) del Conde (the Count), and Beach of Santiago.
San Sebastián de la Gomera
There is only one way to reach San Sebastián de la Gomera, capital of one of the seven major islands in the Canaries archipelago, and that is by boat. Columbus visited San Sebastián de la Gomera several times on his way to the New World, though it is rumoured he was not so much attracted to the city itself as to the charms of a certain lady, Beatriz de Bobadilla. Today, travelers use this relaxing city as a base from which to explore the natural beauty of an unspoilt volcanic paradise, and it does not take long for them to realise just why the Canaries are called “the Fortunate Islands”, where every season is springtime.