La Gomera

Welcome to one of the greenest islands of the archipelago, La Gomera. The distance between Tenerife and La Gomera is only 30km, and in under 1 hour on the local ferry “Armass”, you will arrive to a completely different world.

The island of La Gomera has not seen a volcanic eruption for over 2  million years and is often referred to as the dead island. Another name given to La Gomera is Columbus island, in the period from 1492 - 1498 Christopher Columbus came to the island several times, where he rested before preparing for new adventures.

In the capital of San Sebastian you can see the house where Columbus worked from, Casa de Aguada, in the yard you can still see the original well that he drank from. With this water he also blessed the "New World", the continent of America. Also located nearby is the building in which Christopher Columbus once lived in back in the15th century.

The city of San Sebastian is famous for having some of the oldest buildings in the region, as well as the buildings from Columbus, you can also see, two churches from the 15th century and the city tower  La Torre del Conde, which was built during the period from 1447-1450. At the end of this excursion you will have time to visit these places of interest.

La Gomera is the second smallest island of the archipelago (the smallest island is El Hierro, if we are  talking about the 7 islands of the  archipelago).

During the tour you will be able to see most of the island, several valleys such as Valle de la Villa, Hermigua, Vallermosa and Benchijigua, of which the last two really are huge crater’s, they are at least two million years old. In addition to this we will also visit the visitor’s center Juegos de Bolas and the gem of the island the Garajonay National Park, which is the oldest forest in the world. In this forest you may recognize some of the scenery, as films such as Jurassic park have been made here.

Also because of plant diversity and amazing landscapes, the forest may remind you of the film "Avatar".  The National Park of Garajonay is also included in the UNESCO world heritage list. In the forest you can be find 9.5 times more plants than in the same parts of the continental climate zone. During the tour you will be able to see the giant heather, which are called Erica, they can grow to a length of 22m, as well as the giantlion teeth, the longest of which reaches 4m. They bloom in spring and autumn and have conventional yellow flowers. In spring it appears like the flower carpet festival (alfombras) from La Orotava have been transferred to the forest as everywhere you look there are purple flowers of canary geranium. In winter, the park is very mysterious, it is often observed in thick mist and rain.

During the tour we will stop for a traditional canarian lunch, vegetable soup made with sweet potatoes, beef with vegetables and rice, you will also be served traditional local wine. As you are enjoying your meal you will also be able to observe the local whistling language. Whistling dates back to ancient times in La Gomera, where it was used as an everyday form of communication between the local guanches.

Today the whistling skills are still being taught in the local schools. Interesting, that even without understanding the language (for example, Latvian or russion), whistlers are able to repeat the exact tone of voice so there is not the smallest doubt what exactly is being said.

If you choose this tour, please note that it is based on memorable landscape viewing.

During the winter period from mid September to May, take warmer clothing, jackets, trousers, closed shoes because the air temperature can be 13degrees.

Excursion is available Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from ~ 7:30-19:00.

Price 54  EUR for  adults,  children  37  EUR