La Gomera, an island to discover
Just take a look at any map of La Gomera to see its curious circular shape. The island is located between those of Tenerife, El Hierro and La Palma, although much closer to the first, just 28 kilometers in a straight line. For those who know it in depth, a fact that also attracts attention is the only island in the Canarian Archipelago where there have been no recent volcanic eruptions.
Its profile is very rugged, for that reason it was very difficult to find enough space to seat an airport in its territory, an installation that did not come true in Alajeró until 1999.
367/5000Its coasts are cliffs and its radial network of ravines complicates road traffic but, on the other hand, offers a significant number of valleys in which many of the local cultural traditions and essences have been maintained. Of which the crafts, chácaras and drums, the whistle gomero, stories, tunes or dances like the tajaraste are only some examples.
Among its cliffs, Los Órganos attracts attention, basalt columns on the Atlantic waters with a prismatic profile that millions of years ago were lava fronts that reached the sea.
The insular capital is San Sebastián de la Gomera, or simply, La Villa, scale of Christopher Columbus in his discovery adventure of the New World. Hence, the island is also known as the Isla Colombina.
In it, you have to meet The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción and the Torre del Conde, both monuments very well preserved.
Localities full of typism that must be known in La Gomera, and for an essential list, are Hermigua, Vallehermoso, and, above all, Valle Gran Rey, located in the center of an impressive natural amphitheater in which terraced farmland is staggered of the cliffs created, expanded and taken care of generation after generation with the same zeal, with the same care for the same.
The interior, the heights and the center of La Gomera is a unique territory, that of the Garajonay National Park, a large extension of the original laurel that corresponds to the remains of forests that extended in these latitudes of the Globe in the Tertiary.
In the Cercado de Chipude, you can know the basics of Gomera pottery, not far from the impressive Chipude Fortress. In Agulo, it is easy to realize the value that the gomeros have always given to moderately flat lands and the importance of crops in the economy and survival of the families, the picturesque core of the population remains attached to the edge of the sea, high on cliffs and cliffs. So united, so isolated.
The modern tourist plant is concentrated in La Gomera, especially in Santiago Beach where visitors can enjoy sunny days and beach and, if they want, a table with the best of the sea and the rubber field.
In La Gomera, you have to dare to accompany the dishes with mojo, yes, but also with almogrote, cheeses, guarapo and close meals with desserts such as curd cakes, vilane cakes and gomero almonds.
La Gomera, one the island to discover.
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