La Gomera is a beautiful island off the coast of Tenerife and is the second smallest of the seven main islands of the Canaries group.
From your accommodation, the island is reached by ferry and was the last place that Christopher Columbus dropped anchor before setting of in search of the new world in 1492.
The island is of volcanic origin, circular in shape and rises to 1.487 metres at its peak – easily viewable from Tenerife. La Gomera is a very green and fertile island and is a favourite among nature and wildlife lovers.
The upper reaches of the island are covered in a densely populated forest and are almost permanently shrouded in cloud and mist, resulting in lush and diverse vegetation.
These wooded areas of La Gomera have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the slopes are criss-crossed with a wide variety of paths and trails that offer stunning views.
The residents of La Gomera have a unique way of communicating with each other and demonstrations are held for visitors on a regular basis. Believed to have been in existence since Roman times, inhabitants used a form of communication across deep ravines called ‘whistled speech’.
Indigenous to the island, the threat of this language becoming extinct prompted the government to require all children at school to learn the language.
La Gomera is also noted for its distinctive wines and other culinary delights include a cheese spread or almogrote and mile de palma, a syrup extracted from palm trees.
La Gomera has no real tourism of its own but is a real magnet for sight seeing tourists from Tenerife. The island offers a unique look at nature in fantastic surroundings and comes as a highly recommended day trip out during your holiday in Tenerife.
Planned excursions are available to book; for more information, ask at Reception while you are staying at Select Sunningdale.