La Gomera is mountainous and only accessible by ferry, La Palma is the northernmost island with intense natural beauty and El Hierro is the smallest and most remote of the Canaries. With an abundance of hotels, more than a dozen golf courses, exceptional water sports (including windsurfing and scuba diving) 140 plus nature reserves, 29 archaeological sites, four national parks and hundreds of volcanoes, you may be torn between lying on the beach doing nothing and getting out and about discovering the islands.
What really matters though, is that La Gomera is a place remote enough to renew your soul and yet popular enough that you’ll meet travelers from all over Europe. You can hang out in bars on the coast and listen to the waves and the wind whistling in the palm trees during the days and you will even find places that serve you until early in the morning. And the Magic island, as La Gomera is called, with its rough yet serene landscape, wild yet peaceful, is full or surprising treasures for visitors. Anyone who has time will also have the opportunity to get to know the special whistle language silbo silbo,that the island’s inhabitants have used for centuries to solve the communication problems inherent in a land of such mountainous distances.
Of the seven major islands in the Canary archipelago, La Gomera is the one that preserves its traditions in the purest form. Only in La Gomera can you listen Silbo, an old language what Gomeros use to communicate in the distance by whistling. The history of La Gomera is forever linked to the discovery of America and the Conde Tower, built in 1449, and the Casa de Col?nd Casa de la Aduana are testimonies to its proud history.
A brief journey through the most important towns of La Gomera will lead in the south to the small fishing port of Playa de Santiago; in the west to the curious town of Chipude, to the foot of the impressive natural monument of La Fortaleza, and to the picturesque villages of Agulo and Hermigua. The best way to travel between Tenerife and La Gomera is on one of the boats which sail between the two islands daily.
La Gomera is home to ancient protected laurel forest and precipitous palm-lush ravines that radiate out from its central peak. La Gomera is the second smallest of the Canary Islands, measuring just 25 kilometres at its widest point. The scenery is stunning and, because of the relative lack of tourism, it can be explored and enjoyed in peace and at leisure. The flora of La Gomera is also of great scientific interest, with a high percentage of plants endemic to the Canaries and a large quantity of species which are exclusive to the island. Apart from the evergreen laurel forests and huge canyons, we will visit tropical valleys with plantations of bananas and citrus fruits.
The best way to explore the scenic areas of La Gomera is to take several days and either travel the many paths and peaceful trails of the island on foot or by bicycle. San Sebastion is the largest town on the island. La Gomera is only an hour and a half from Tenerife by ferry, or only 35 minutes by hydrofoil. The schedules allow you enough time to get there for a day’s car touring or walking.
Today the population of La Gomera is around 17,000 and most economic activity is based around tourism. The agriculture that remains is largely bananas for export, and vegetables mostly for home consumption.