Nature and magic in the form of an island. This is La Gomera, a strange island, in the form of a volcano, with the Garajonay National Park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, in the center, 90 kilometers of coastline dominated by cliffs and dark sand or pebbled beaches, and some towns and cities which fascinate both with their architecture and the apparent distance they maintain with the more contemporary locations. An island difficult to describe and with a spectacular simplicity, it is one of the best places to put the brakes on the speed of daily life, to turn it into peace, harmony and discovery with each step.
If one thing grabs the attention on La Gomera it is its almost circular shape and its steep orography, with profound cliffs which plunge into the sea. This landscape, carved out over centuries by the erosion following two million years without volcanic eruptions, is coated with practically unspoiled nature where man has almost only intervened to create cultivation terraces on the sloping mountainsides, offering a landscape of great beauty. One which has given La Gomera 16 natural areas, 33% of its total surface area. Among them, the Garajonay National Park, a gem of Canary Island patrimony which, thanks to the activity of the sea of clouds (horizontal rain), has dense vegetation which enables the growing of faya, heather, laurel and fern, as well as El Cedro forest, a relic of the Tertiary period and a global reference point in the conservation of the laurel landscape.
But, in addition, La Gomera is full of vantage points which allow you to gaze at and understand an island as peculiar as it is fascinating. Divided into three categories according to the resources and possibilities offered to visitors, they are distributed around the various towns making up the island’s landscape. And among others, the hiking paths, also known as bridle paths and caminos reales (royal roads), the communication networks which, for centuries, were the only roads joining the towns with complex orography, and which have now become the greatest attraction on the island for visitors. It was precisely this difficulty in communicating that Silbo, a whistled language used from time immemorial to communicate over long distances and which was named Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2009, was born. It is not only a series of established codes but a language in itself, which allows an unlimited number of messages to be exchanged.
La Gomera is not only an island in the Canaries archipelago, it is ancient forests, it is the rough and calm sea, it is mysterious cliffs and the story of humanity, it is the water of the streams, the black sand of its beaches and its crystal waters, it is unassuming and simple gastronomy, it is a refuge for whales and dolphins, it is time almost at a standstill.
Don’t miss: The tapas of La Vieja Escuela, a small restaurant with great charm in the town of Agulo, in the municipality of the same name, which has become a mandatory stop on the road to recover strength.
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