Come to LA GOMERA
The original wild Canary Island of La Gomera is especially loved for its fantastic nature. She is the most archaic of the Canary Islands. Rugged mountains, valleys, gorges, so-called barrancos characterize the picture. Although it is so small, it has different climates. Desert-like, subtropical. Dry in the south, green in the north, dramatic in the west.
The Garajonay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, forms a large part of it the ecological diversity of the island.
There is also the rainforest, a primeval forest that is always humid thanks to the trade winds. It is very old and even survived the last ice age.
The rainforest has an important function as a water reservoir for the otherwise rain-poor island. Laurel forests, Canarian pine, 10 meter high tree heather, tall fern, Canarian dandelion, Aloe vera, agaves, and prickly pear cacti are typical of the island.
Bananas, mangoes, papaya, oranges, avocados and lemons, and other fruits, grow in the agricultural areas of La Gomera. Cultivation on stone terraces is typical
There are no dangerous animals, but there are gekkos, small lizards. Fish, rays, whales and dolphins off the coast.
Arrival La Gomera
La Gomera and the Casa Ambiente are best reached from Los Cristianos port (Tenerife south), by ferry. There are also transfer services from the airport to the ferry and on to Valle Gran Rey.
When you arrive at the port of San Sebastián de La Gomera, you can take a taxi (around 60 euros) or bus 1 (around 5 euros) to Valle Gran Rey and Casa Ambiente.
The popular speedboat "Benchi Express" in the Valle Gran Rey is unfortunately not operating at the moment.
The stop to Casa Ambiente is El Guro.
La Gomera belongs to the EU, Spain. The national language is Spanish. German is often spoken in the Valle Gran Rey, there are many German immigrants.
Impressions of La Gomera
The Gomeros celebrate many festivals. They are particularly attached to the island saint "Nuestra Senora de Guadelupe" and Saint Carmen, the protector of the fishermen. The traditional music has a Caribbean influence as well as a Spanish one.
The whistling language El Silbo has been used in La Gomera since time immemorial to communicate over long distances. It is not a number of prescribed ciphers used to express limited content, but an articulated, non-standard, simplified language that allows an unlimited number of messages to be exchanged by whistling the sounds inherent to a spoken language.