Take a day out from Tenerife to visit the island paradise of La Gomera and discover an unspoilt place of enchantment and mystery.
After an enjoyable ferry ride to La Gomera, you’ll find yourself in a craggy fairyland with eerily beautiful cloud forests and magnificent volcanic rock formations.
Stop to admire and photograph some of the most dramatic landscapes on the island before enjoying an excellent lunch including tasty Canary Island local dishes. Learn about the extraordinary whistling language developed eons ago by the original inhabitants of La Gomera to communicate across the deep ravines of the island.
Before returning to Tenerife, find out about the connection between Christopher Columbus and La Gomera. Hear about the doomed romance between Columbus and a local beauty.
After pick-up from designated point, you will be taken to Muelle de Los Cristianos, where you will board Naviera Armas, the ferry which will take you to San Sebastián de la Gomera, the main city of La Gomera island.
The Naviera Armas takes around an hour to reach San Sebastian from Los Cristianos. It is a comfortable ship with a big terrace on the upper deck and a lot of bars and salons inside.
On arrival at San Sebastián de la Gomera, you will board a vehicle for your tour of La Gomera. This lovely island is the second smallest in the Canary Islands group. It is unspoilt and much loved by walkers and nature enthusiasts. Botanists are drawn to La Gomera by its rich plant life and the number of species unique to the island.
First stop on your tour is the Parque Nacional de Garajonay, a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park provides the best example of Laurisilva, a type of cloud forest that covered almost all of Europe millions of years ago.
In Laurisilva, the trees are watered by the mist which sometimes covers the top of the island, especially in winter. They are swathed in mosses and lichens creating an amazing atmosphere.
Another attractive feature of the Park is the dramatic rock formations found there. These are former volcanoes sculpted by erosion into amazing shapes.
You will make a stop at Mirador de Agando to view the imposing cliffs. If weather conditions are favorable, you will also stop at Mirador de Vallehermoso to photograph this beautiful green valley.
Between 1300h (1:00pm) and 1400h (2:00pm), you will enjoy lunch in the ‘Las Rosas’ or ‘Agulo’ districts of La Gomera. The meal will include: Canary vegetable soup with ‘gofio’, meat and rice, bread, ‘mojo’ sauce, ice cream, fruit, wine and water.
‘Gofio’ is roasted ground maize meal mixed with sugar. Mojo is the traditional Canary Islands sauce – a versatile combination of spices, herbs and flavorings such as garlic, paprika, coriander, olive oil, lemon or other ingredients.
While in the restaurant, you will have the opportunity to learn about Silbo Gomero, the unique whistling language of La Gomera. This whistled speech was 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.
The route will continue through the huge and fertile Hermigua Valley, planted with bananas, vines and vegetable, before returning to San Sebastián de La Gomera. In San Sebastian, you will discover the links between Christopher Columbus and La Gomera, who called at the port several times before heading off to the Americas.
You will hear the story of Christopher Columbus and his romance with Beatriz de Bobadilla who later became the wife of a tyrannical governor of La Gomera. You will see Casa de Colon, where Columbus is said to have stayed during his visits to La Gomera, Casa de la Agunada where Columbus is said to have taken water from the well and La Torre del Conde, an important military building dating back to 1447.
At the end of this fascinating tour, you will board the ferry again for the return journey to Tenerife. After arriving at Los Cristianos you will be driven back to your hotel.
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A do not miss trip from one fabulous island[Tenerife] to a very different not to be missed island [La Gomera].... DR ALAN J PARKER
La Gomera is well worth a visit...very beautiful... The guide Josine was very knowledgeable and helpful....in at least three different languages. Tour marketing offered hotel... Frank M Hegedus
Tour from North Zone (Santa Cruz & Puerto de la Cruz):
Tour with Spanish, French & German Guide: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Tour with Spanish, English & German Guide: Wednesday & Friday
Tour from South Zone:
Tour with English Guide: Daily except Sunday
8-10 hours (including hotel pick-up and drop off)
Start time: Hotel pick up from 07:00am to 08:00am.
Duration: 8-10 hours (including hotel pick-up and drop off)
The tour departs from:
North Zone (Santa Cruz): Need to make your way to Fabrica Flex bus stop, Fernando Beautell, 25 38009 S/C Tenerife.
North Zone (Puerto de la Cruz) and South Zone: You will picked up from you hotels.
(We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details).
At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at the pick-up point
Wear comfortable shoes for walking
Please call the activity operator at least 48 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Please state your language preference at time of booking.
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