La Gomera: The Forgotten Jewel Of The Canaries
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La Gomera: the Forgotten Jewel Of the Canaries

You may be wondering where La Gomera is, it could certainly feature as the million dollar question on some television quiz because this impeccable location remains relatively obscured by the glow of its noisy neighbour. La Gomera is a part of the Canary Islands archipelago, not so far from Tenerife.

For years and years Tenerife has served as a popular tourist destination for the British public, though for some incomprehensible reason La Gomera seems to have avoided the mass-hype and the hustle and bustle – which if you ask me, is a good thing!

In this particular case, this charming island’s smaller stature serves as a beautiful blessing. Geographically speaking La Gomera is truly a wondrous place. The island is only fifteen miles across and yet it boasts a wealth of stunning landscape for you to admire.

An ancient volcano grandly towers from the Atlantic reaching an impressive five thousand feet toward the clouds – and all around it there lies all manner of alluring microclimates: A luxuriant and dense, lush forest to the centre of the island, while another world of desert canyons and palms adorn the surrounding coast.

While La Gomera certainly sees its fair share of tourists it is pale in comparison to the whopping 12 million passengers a year that flock through Tenerife’s Airport. There are smaller inter-island planes and a ferry that makes access to the Island possible though for the most part La Gomera is able to filter out the majority of holiday makers. This paradisiacal destination attracts a certain flavour of traveller: perhaps a more cultured and refined type, looking for the true meaning of escapism – are you searching for the real jewel of the Canary Islands?

La Gomera and her residents go about life at an unhurried pace, enjoying the fruits of a relatively untouched environment. While the island’s economy is rather reliant on tourism, they have done well not to sell their soul to the industrial tourism machine.

There are many who rely on all of the comforts of home when they go on holiday; which is why many of the more developed Canary Islands are littered with fish and chip shops, boisterous bars and other amenities favoured by the Western holiday maker. That is not to suggest that there is anything necessarily wrong with such destinations, though the heart of the traveller resides in the unfamiliar; just as the soul of the traveller feeds on authenticity – something that La Gomera most certainly has in abundance.

La Gomera focuses more on the wildlife than the nightlife and the only way to truly experience it is to get off road and into the wild. The island is littered with delightful and breath-taking landscapes, hiking trails, ridges and ravines - Around every twist and turn there is a new and exciting view simply waiting to blow you away.

Many will contest that the true defining feature of La Gomera isn’t even actually on the island itself, but across the water in Tenerife. The fabled Mount Teide is the highest mountain in Spain and can be seen for miles around. Often the twelve thousand ft Volcano appears to be floating upon the clouds, while other-times it is entirely unobscured; an immovable object in the middle of the ocean – such profound and majestic discoveries are most certainly not few and far between on this incredible, un-touched island.

There is a wealth of quality accommodation for you to choose from as well. Whether you are looking to settle in the popular Playa de Santiago, San Sebastian de la Gomera or even Vale Gran Rey, you’ll be sure to find something suitable to your tastes - from self-catering apartments, to cottages, houses and villas; what will make your escape the perfect getaway? – A 3 bedroom yacht perhaps? There is simply so much choice for you to peruse. What are you waiting for? Book your next holiday today and make it one to remember – La Gomera will surely offer you that unforgettable experience that you’ll fondly day dream about for years to come.


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