La Gomera, the Canary Island where you can find peace and tranquillity and eco tourism at its best. Connect the experiences with rough nature and old local culture. From visiting the National Park, Garajonay witch is one of the oldest forests in Europa to kayaking in the sea.
La Gomera is well known for its clay. Get your hands dirty as you get into the local process of making pottery. Get out on the sea and experience the beautiful sea birds and the island from a kayak. Last, but not least get to know about the shepherd’s culture.
Location: La Gomera, the Canary Islands Spain
Best time to travel:
Recommended stay: 5 – 8 days
Suitable for how many people: From two to eight people.
Where you will stay: Traditional home and guesthouses
Day 1 Get to know San Sebastian and Agulo
Enjoy the ferry ride as you see La Gomera and San Sebastian approaching. San Sebastian is the capital of La Gomera and is the port of call for fery routes to the islands of Tenerife, La Palma and El Hierro. It is a pretty little town and on arrival you will enjoy a guided walk led by an a local expert.
Afterwards, drive the scenic 35 km north to Agulo. Agulo is a picturesque little village with its ancient atmosphere and history. You will overnight in a local guesthouse.
Day 2: Go green in Garajonay National Park
After your lovely local breakfast, your guide will meet you at your guesthouse and tell you more about the week you have ahead of you.
Today you will get to know the National Park, Garajonay. It is in the center of the island with its highest peak Garajonay at 1487 metres. In the old times, it used to source the main industry of the island. It has an evergreen cloud forest, which is one of the oldest, largest and best preserved example of this type of Ecosystems in Europe and is today protected. Visit the different ecosystems of Tertiary Laurel Forest with a ranger of the park. Short walk with all senses on alert!
Enjoy a local lunch at a small traditional restaurant with authentic canarian food.
PS: Remember to ask you guide why the National Park is named Garajonay park
Day 3: Get a taste for palm honey…
After your breakfast it is time to check out and say goodbye for now to your hosts. Move to the west part of the island, to Alojera. This place is the main area for palm honey production.
First of all, palm honey is not honey… The history of palm honey goes back 5000 B.C. when the first people settled on the island. They learned that the canarian palm tree gave them a luxury drink. It takes a special technique to tap the trees. You will see how. Visit the exhibition canter for palm honey. Have a taste and see the different uses of it.
Day 4: Be friendly with dolphins and whales
To day you can relax it a bit in the morning before strolling to the pier and starting point of the Whale Watching tour. The crew will welcome you on board and you can lean back and let the peaceful sea breeze calm your senses. Sail along the shore of La Gomera and the Valle Rey cliffs.
Between La Gomera and Tenerife there are up to five different ypes of cetaceans that live her all year round. This trip also offer the opportunity to swim in the sea and enjoy a freshly barbequed fish lunch!
Day 5: Ways of clay (El Cercado)
Today we travel back to the past to get to know the origins of traditional pottery in La Gomera. Visit important aborigine’s places around El Cercado village, including the Exhibition Center of Las Loceras. You will also get to try the pottery with a traditional pottery workshop with local artisans.
Lunch and dinner will be served at local restaurants, serving local food.
Day 6: Sea Kayaking and bird watching (Alajeró)
Today you will be experiencing the island from the sea level by kayaking. This will happen by the Alajeró cliffs. Enjoy the scenery as you paddle among the cliffs where we can see several seabirds nesting species.
We stop at a peaceful bay to enjoy our picnic lunch and swim in the crystalline water.
Day 7: Culture of the Shepherds, local cheese and whistling language
Today you will learn about the culture of the shepherds. This will start with getting to know more about the local goat cheese. Goat cheese is very important in the local cuisine, and very often while you wait for your food to be served at restaurant, you will get some bread and cheese. You will work with the goats and learn about all the process to make a very tasteful local goat cheese.
After a tasteful learning experience get immersed by the gomeran whistle language, a unique language that were used to communicate between villagers. You will also learn about the canarian shepherds jump! The correct way of getting quick down the mountainside!
Day 8: Departure
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