La Gomera Holidays

la gomera holidaysLa Gomera Holidays - La Gomera is the second smallest of the Canary Islands. It's only 30 km west of Tenerife.


Like La Palma and El Hierro, La Gomera is also much wetter and greener than the warmer eastern islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.


The best way to get here is to take the ferry from Tenerife. If you're not on Tenerife you can also fly in.


Once you're on La Gomera it's a good idea to rent a car (or you can also use public transport) to explore the island...


If you want a small size Google Map of La Gomera that you can carry with you...just download it and print it out.
 

Things To Do…


See some of the things you ''must do'' for a great La Gomera holidays:


1) Garajonay National Park - this is a subtropical forest in the islands centre which extends to the north of the island.

A microclimate has allowed this amazing forest to flurish. And in 1986 UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site.

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There are a number of walking tracks know as 'Caminos Reales' which will allow you to discover this forest on foot.

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In Garajonay National Park you'll also find rock structures which are known as 'fortresses'. These have been formed by erosion over thousands of years.


2) Los Organos - located on the island's north coast Los Organos is an impressive volcanic formation! It's a basalt wall made by pillars of solidified lava.

As the lava cooled down it created these hexagonal looking pillars, which resemble the pipes in an organ, thus its name...

los organos la gomera

The wall is about 800m high and drops into the sea. To see it you'll have to jump on to a boat which will take you there.


3) Mirador del Palmarejo - like so many other emblematic touristic points throughout the Canary Islands this ''mirador'' was built by one of the islands' most famous artists, Cesar Manrique.

Here you'll find excellent views of Valle Gran Rey!

Valle Gran Rey

And if you're feeling hungry...you'll be able to enjoy of typical Canarian food in its restaurant.


4) Valle Gran Rey - It was actually here where the only 'whistle language' in the world was developed. That's right whistle language!

People here have been able to communicate with each other over long distance (up to 4km) for centuries by whistling to each other. The deep ravines have allowed this to be a very effective way of communicating. The language is called El Silbo Gomero.

However this whistle language was almost lost as mobile phones became increasingly popular…

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…but then the local government made it mandatory in schools for children to learn this unique language.

In Valle Gran Rey you'll find two famous Chapels. Those of Los Santos Reyes and San Nicolás de Tolentino which are worth visiting.

There's also a fishing port and two of the islands best beaches here Playa del Ingles and Charco del Conde.

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Charco del Conde is not really a beach but a beautiful natural swimming pool.


5) El Barranco de Benchijigua - also known as Barranco de Santiago this is a one of the most popular ravines on the island. It has an amazing deep canyon and a caldera.

El Barranco de Benchijigua

This ravine is located in area of San Sebastián de La Gomera inside Benchijigua Natural Reserve.


6) San Sebastián de La Gomera - this is la island's capital. And whether you fly in or take a ferry in you'll have to come through here.

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The capital itself has a long history which dates back to the 15th century. A great example of this is its old quarter. La Iglesia de la Ansunción, El Pozo de Colón and La Casa de Colón are historical sites you must visit while in San Sebastián de La Gomera.

Close to here is of course Benchijigua Nature Reserve.


And don't forget your map of La Gomera!


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