|After the island of El Hierro, the island of La Gomera is the smallest island of the Canary archipelago, with an area of 372 square kilometers, of which approximately 10% are covered by the National Park Garajonay, declared heritage of humanity by UNESCO.|
Almost round (25 km long and wide from 24), this island in steep terrain rises to Garajonay at an altitude of 1487 m, a dome around which radiate 38 deep barrancos (gullies) flowing into the sea between cliffs vertical. There is no coastal plain: the island is surrounded by steep cliffs and remotely resembling a real stronghold.
|In 1492, Christopher Columbus stopped over on La Gomera and revictualled its water vessel and food before starting his journey into the unknown.|
|Populated by only 30 000, La Gomera lives mainly on its agriculture: bananas, tomatoes, grapes, potatoes and commerce.|
|The Silbo Gomero (whistling La Gomera), a traditional form of language among the inhabitants of this island, that communicates mountain or mountain to mountain to the valley about 3 or 4 km.|
The silbo was made compulsory in schools by the government.
|The almogrote: La Gomera has a wide culinary tradition. The products supplied by the sea that surrounds it, exotic cultures and the spirit of indigenous, soft and elegant, combine to give the often unfamiliar specialties. Among them, almogrote specialty par excellence of La Gomera, is a former sauce that dates back to the Middle Ages, made with hard cheese, pepper, oil and tomato. It is a cream with a touch of spice, spreads or served with papas (potatoes). The cheese of La Gomera, prepared the traditional way with milk of three indigenous goat breeds, mixed or not with sheep’s milk, is considered by some connoisseurs as the best cheese in the world.|