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- Beautiful Island off Tenerife
- UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Christopher Columbus connections
- Unique language called whistled speech
La Gomera is a beautiful island off the coast of Tenerife and is the second smallest of the seven main islands of the group.
The island is easily reached by ferries which depart from Los Cristianos, not far from your resort and La Gomera is famously the last place that Christopher Columbus dropped anchor before setting off in search of the new world in 1492.
The Island is of volcanic origin, circular in shape and rises to 5,000 metres at its peak and is easily viewable from Tenerife. La Gomera is a very green and vertile 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 extinction of this language 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 our CLC World resorts.