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Canary Island - La Gomera
A round. warm and beautiful island to visit.
When I hear the word La Gomera, I instantly think about the ancient and unusual language Silbo Gomero they have preserved in generations. They whistle across the ravins and valleys. I have posted videos so you can listen!
The island, which belongs to Africa with reference to geography and to Europe politically, is within a stone's throw of the African coast, extending at only about 150 km distance, between the 27th and 29th degree of latitude. Gomera stretches over about 373 km2 and therefore is the smallest but one of the seven main islands of the Canary archipelago.
Due to its pleasant climate, Gomera is especially popular with Northern European visitors. Average temperatures of 22 Â°C in winter and 27 Â°C in summer give rise to feelings of eternal spring.
For most tourists the reason to come to La Gomera is the breathtaking nature. Wild and fractured landscapes have imprinted the island's picture. The central mountain massif of the Garajonay measures 1487 m at its highest peak.
The inhabitants of La Gomera have a unique way of communicating across deep ravines by means of an amazing whistled speech called Silbo Gomero. This whistled language is indigenous to the island, and its existence has been documented since Roman times. Invented by the original inhabitants of the island, the Guanches, Silbo Gomero was adopted by the Spanish settlers in the 16th century and survived after the Guanches died out. When this unique means of communication was threatened with extinction at the dawn of the 21st century, the local government required all children to learn it in school.
More videos about the really fantastic whistle language
It is like you travel hundereds of years back in time when you hear it.
Some facts for a tourist
On La Gomera live about 18 000 people today. Many tourists that want peace and quiet and beauty are coming here all year around. The climat on the Canary Islands is wonderful and do not change very much over the year.
Even if La Gomera dont have an airport and the photos look quite countryside, they do have cities with banks, restaurants and excellent hotels.
You can pay with your Credit Card here. To get cash you can go to San SebastiÃ¡n and/or Valle Gran Ray.
To travel on the island, I recommend to rent a car. If you want to go by taxi it is quite cheap. You can also rent a bicycle or moped. La Gomera also have good buslines.
LIke on the other Canary islands, you can find black beaches here. The lavasand and lava rocks is dictating the nature.
You can scuba dive, go by mountainbike or play tennis here too. Do you like golfing? There is a golf court too at Playa Santiago!
Get to know La Gomera
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