A Guide to La Gomera – Canary Islands, Spain
Also known as ‘Isla Colombina‘ it is round, has a surface area of 378km2 and a population of over 17,000 inhabitants.
It is a rich, densely wooded island with a large massif in the centre, called Alto de Garajonary, another National Park at a height of 1,487m above sea level. Its coastline is rugged and full of cliffs, while it is mountainous inland.
A famous feature of La Gomera is its whistle language, used by the inhabitants of the island to communicate from mountain to mountain.
The capital and harbour of the island and the place where the Conde de la Gomera Parador stands. It is a pretty, picturesque village with about 6,000 inhabitants. This is where Columbus prepared his ships, took in water and food supplies and where he attended mass before setting out on his journey to America. Here, Columbus was put up by Beatriz de Bobadilla, the widow of Hernan Peraza, Lord of the island.
This is also where and this is where you will find the church of La Asuncion.
Places of interest in La Gomera
Its white, luminous houses lie on one of the richest banana-growing areas of the island.
A place of unique beauty where the most varied species of fruit trees, banana-trees, savin-trees, palm-trees are grown. Also noteworthy are the called Los Organos cliffs (The name refers to the curious formations of the rocks)
A very picturesque fishing village with an excellent beach and clean waters.
Valle Gran Rey
Lies in a fertile, banana-growing are with beautiful palm-tree forests and a magnificent beach with golden sand, one of the best in the island.