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La Gomera Island ~ Getting to know La Gomera Island, Canary Islands, Spain

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About La Gomera Island
La Gomera, lying opposite the west coast of Africa, is part of the Canarian archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. La Gomera stands on a four hours flight from the Northern Europe and just 300 kilometers from the African coast. After you arrive to the International Southern Airport on the neighboring island of Tenerife, there are fast ferries from Los Cristianos that are taking you to the island's capital of San Sebastian in 35 minutes.

The footprints left from 10 to 12 million years of erosion are easily visible and can be seen from the air.

Nature is amazing. The wind and water have performed deep ridges in the volcanic rock.

 
 
There are around 50 deep gouges radiate out from the center down towards the sea. The cliffs spread through the Atlantic Ocean like the enormous tentacles of an octopus. La Gomera measures only 22 kilometers from east to west and 25 kilometers from north to south. It is the second smallest of the Canary Islands.

Places to Visit and See in La Gomera
The island of La Gomera has everything necessary to mesmerize its visitors. With its evergreen dunk laural forests and its Garajonay National Park, the island is being doubt as the magic island. Here lies the most ancient and best preserved forest in Europe, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The Garajnay National Park is a wonderful environment for all nature lovers. It watches over the island of La Gomera from above. Within its bounds grow the islands’ finest specimens of laurisilva, a humid forest of laurel and similar plants and bushes left over from the Tertiary and now practically nonexistent in the rest of the world.
 

An environment full of mysticism with majestic clouds streaming continuously across the treetops. There are glorious views of Tenerife, La Palma and El Hiero. This botanical gem is heightened by giant heather and a wide selection of endemic plants sprouting from the sheer rock faces found in this designated area.

On the jagged shoreline, crested by the cliffs of Alajeró and Carretón, the spectacular coastal rock face of Los Órganos, with its column-like structure, is used as a nesting ground by a large variety of seabirds. From the capital San Sebastian, with its 2,500 inhabitants, the island's good roads lead to the other centers of population.

On the southern route, the picturesque fishing village of Playa de Santiago in the south or Valle Gran Rey in the west take one hour by car. Those choosing the northern route, arriving in 45 minutes in Hermigua, Agulo and then finally a pretty valley of Vallehermoso.

 
 

The islanders stayed faithful to their origins and culture. Donkeys and goats still play a part in daily life for many country people. Pot making without a wheel and pure handicrafts are fascinating. In the mountain villages, visitors can try the delicious local wine made principally in Vallehermoso and Hermigua.

Valle Gran Rey, with its fertile green terraces is without a doubt a picturesque jewel of the island. Comfortable apartments and small hotels invite the visitors to stay awhile.

The three volcanic and exotic black sand beaches of Valle Gran Rey are perfect for sunset watching. Small restaurants cater for the differing culinary tastes of all the valley's guests.

 

How to Get to La Palma
By Air
La Gomera’s airport (Phone: +34 922 87 30 00) is located 3 km. outside the Playa Santiago.There are direct flights to La Gomera from Spain mainland by the Spanish airlines of Binter Canarias (Phone: +34 902 39 13 92; www.binternet.com) or Islas Airways (Phone: +34 902 47 74 78; www.islasairways.com).

By Sea
La Gomera stands on a four hours flight from the Northern Europe and just 300 kilometers from the African coast. After you arrive to the International Southern Airport on the neighboring island of Tenerife, there are fast ferries from Los Cristianos that are taking you to the island's capital of San Sebastian in 35 minutes. (The Fred Olsen (Phone: +34 902 10 01 07; www.fredolsen.es) and the slower Naviera Armas (Phone: +34 922 87 13 24; www.navieraarmas.com) from Los Cristianos. Also the fast ferry Garajonay Exprés (Phone: +34 902 34 34 50; www.garajonayexpres.com) operates from Los Cristianos with San Sebastián, Playa Santiago and Valle Gran Rey three times a day.)

 
 
 
 
 
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