Few places in the world have the natural wealth
of this circular volcanic island, highlighted by its singular prehistoric
character. The variety and contrasts of the Gomera landscape are
After El Hierro, La Gomera is the smallest of the
Canary Islands, with a surface area of 378 square kilometres, approximately
10 percent of which is covered by the Garajonay National Park which
has been declared a Mankind Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Island,
in the centre of the westernmost part of the Canary Islands, between
La Palma, El Hierro and Tenerife, is the ideal setting for outdoor
activities throughout the year.
A walk though charming little villages will take
you through the rugged terrain, with surprises in store around every
bend in the road. The natural wealth of the whole Island is so impressive
that it has, in fact, won the highest possible distinction as a
protected natural space.
The Garajonay National Park
Benign temperatures make it easy to enjoy activities
like rural tourism or trekking. La Gomera is a wonder of countless
beautiful tracks and trails.
And the trade winds, which bring welcome rains,
have generated a lush vegetation of interesting native species that
in turn encourage the formation of clouds that give its forests
a certain other worldly charm.
The Gomera scenery is surprisingly varied and full
of contrasts; impressive gorges, grand rock monoliths, marvellous
palm groves and the Garajonay National Park, which offers an unprecedented
ecological treasure of crystal clear waters and lush laurel forests.
There is such a variety of microclimates that just
a few kilometres away in the south west of the Island, temperatures
are pleasantly temperate, reaching 20ºC in winter and 29ºC in summer.
All this lush ambience has led to the creation of some
beautiful residential and tourist areas, where peace and calm prevail.
La Gomera is genuine and a special effort has been made to conserve
its natural treasures as seen in the multitude of protected areas:
Garajonay, Benchijigua Integral Nature Reserve, Puntallana Special
Nature Reserve, Majona Nature Park, Valle Gran Rey Rural Park, the
natural monuments of Los Organos, Roque Cano, Roque Blanco, La Fortaleza,
Barranco del Cabrito, La Caldera, El Lomo del Carreton and Los Roques,
Orone Protected Landscape as well as places of scientific interest
like Alajero Cliffs, Charco del Conde and Charco del Cieno.
La Gomera`s deep-rooted customs and history should
be savoured slowly: stopping in the villages, talking to the people,
understanding the typical whistles the locals use to chat from one
side of the gorge to another, trying the culinary specialities or
losing yourself to the rhythm of the dance of the drums. There are
several spectacular routes for doing this: El Cedro (The Cedar)
route, the cheese route, La Aguililla route (Egyptian vulture),
the Valley to Valley route, Argodey route, or the Los Roques route.
El Cedro route
The natural monuments of Los Órganos
A typical product of La Gomera is 'Guarapo', the
sap taken from the countless palm trees dotted around the Island
which is cooked to make 'palm honey' . The cultural centres include
the Juego de Bolas Interpretation Centre devoted to promoting its
culture and natural environment. The Colon Museum, with an excellent
collection of pre-Hispanic pottery, is another place that should
not be missed.
The most important rock formation on the Island,
Los Órganos Natural Monument, is in the borough of Vallehermoso
in the north. This is an impressive cliff that rises up out of the
sea, and has been eroded into the form of towering parallel tubes
looking like a classical church organ, thus giving the monument
its name. El Cedro National Park deserves special mention as a magnificent
example of a cool shaded laurel forest, criss-crossed by cold clear
streams, that allows you to forget the sun shining outside.
Special thanks to The Consejería de Turismo y Transportes del Gobierno de Canarias