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Isla de la Gomera Travel Guide: 151 reviews and 398 photos

Others taunt me with having knelt at well-curbs
Always wrong to the light, so never seeing
Deeper down in the well than where the water
Gives me back in a shining surface picture..

Once, when trying with chin against a well-curb,
I discerned, as I thought, beyond the picture,
Through the picture, a something white, uncertain,
Something more of the depths - and then I lost it.
Water came to rebuke the too clear water..

What was that whiteness?
Truth? A pebble of quartz?
For once, then, something.
-Robert Frost

The history and settlement of La Gomera still leaves space for presumptions and hypotheses. Legends and myths still make up most of the knowledge about the ‘Islands of the Luck-blessed’, which was what the Canary Islands were called in the classical antiquity. Poets and philosophers praised them for their mild climate, the heavenly nature and the happy lifestyle.

Though the mathematician and geographer Claudius Ptolemäus registered the exact geographical position of the islands in the 2nd century, the islands were almost forgotten out of disinterest until the Middle Ages. When the Europeans rediscovered the archipelago in the 13th century they found no indications that there were any contacts between the Canary Islands and other people. The seafarers were surprised not only by the European appearance of the islanders but also by their untouched Stone Age culture. Plenty of theories exist even up to today about where the natives originally came from and how they managed to completely close up their culture from the modern civilisation. One of the thesis claims that Northwest African nomad tribes settled the islands about 500 BC, though there are no traces to prove that.

Another thesis (is) more likely which claims that the natives came from the Iberian Peninsula. The currents and trade winds between the eastern Canary Islands and morocco should’ve proved almost insurmountable obstacles for the nomad navigation technique. Modern simulations of these ‘primitive’ techniques show that the rafts, which start from the Moroccan coast, pass the Canary Islands in the south. The only sea-travels, which could’ve been successful, were therefore the ones that started as far in north as possible. Therefore it is not to rule out that the settlement started from Spanish Cadiz or the Portuguese coast.

At the beginning of this century the tourism slowly developed in the Canary Islands. But back in those days only the rich and noble could afford a stay on the islands. The introduction of package tours to the Canary Islands in the sixties made it possible for more and more people to choose the archipelago as their holiday destination.

La Gomera though was only accessible twice a week via boat, which limited the amount of tourists (1973: 20.000 visitors). Later the Ferry Gomera created more regular connections to the second smallest island of the archipelago. From then onwards La Gomera became a secret tap for individualists, dropouts (mainly Germans), hippies and hikers. Though, after an increase in guest beds of 500% (from 1970 to 1990) the natives, called ‘Gomeros’, want to inspire all kinds of tourist to visit the island.

Quoted from http://www.vista-lanzarote.com/la_gomera/history.html

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Awesome Atlantic Ocean.
  • Cons:Very little English. No airport.
  • In a nutshell:Laid back island that is nice for folks that like to get away from the common humdrum.
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  • Balam's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    It would be nice to see you in Lisbon next year. Sagres is miles away from Lisbon. it is on the Algarve about 200km away but there will be many great things to see

  • saraheg77's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Thanks for the tips... the Italian ice cream looks tasty!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2008 at 9:16 AM

    Oh, your such a cute pie! What a amazing page Maria! Great job and all those lovely pictures and tips are so helpful! Thanks!!!

  • Feb 20, 2008 at 6:32 AM

    Great new job! and great photo!

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    Feb 19, 2008 at 6:23 AM



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