La Gomera - an island in the Atlantic Ocean belonging to the archipelago of the Canary Islands. Area - 369.76 sq km, population - 23 076 people (2011). Administratively, it belongs to province Tenerife and has a local government (island council, cabildo). The main town - San Sebastian de la Gomera, 9055 inhabitants in 2012. The island is almost round, diameter of 20-25 km. The island is the only one in the archipelago, where there are no traces of volcanic activity. Homer is massiv Garahonay Mountain (the highest point - 1488 m), declared a national park in which is stored the unique vegetation of laurel forests (Monteverde). Due to the constant exposure to the trade winds southern side of the island more arid and the north - more rainy that contributes to the development of agriculture. At night it glows mysteriously in the ocean twinkling lights. Happy sometimes completely obscured by clouds, and not have it at all. And sometimes it is seen so clearly that it seems - a stone's throw to the island. The small island of La Gomera is located 30 km from the south-west coast of Tenerife, very close. Let's say right away: nothing strikingly different from Tenerife (of course, if you did not spend all the time in Las Americas) in terms of landscapes on La Gomera not see. For a completely different landscape and feelings have to go to Lanzarote. La Gomera is primarily different in spirit and way of life: provincial, much less habitable, there is not as such the spa center and all tourist infrastructure is very weak. Island love ecotourists, alone plowing its forests and gorges with a rucksack on his back. However, we are now interested in La Gomera only as a place for one-day trips without overnight stays. History Like the other islands of the archipelago, before the advent of the Spaniards in the XV century inhabitants of Gomera was Guanche. Then they gradually recognize the authority of the Spanish seniors. Port is remarkable that in 2002 here Fedor Konyukhov went alone to cross the Atlantic in a rowing boat. And, imagine, swam to Barbados. A five centuries earlier, in 1492, made a last stop at Homer the famous conqueror of the oceans, Christopher Columbus otpravilsa search for a sea route to India, but accidentally opened, as it turned out, America. Generally, the port of San Sebastian - a popular starting point for all sorts of expeditions, competitions and simply adventurers adventures. If you do not know about it in advance, in sleepy San Sebastian hardly be suspected metropolitan city. The most remarkable episode of his centuries, but boring chronicle accounts at the end of the XV century. In ancient engraving Beatriz de Bobadilla - the embodiment of innocence. But in life it was different ... A certain court lady named Beatriz de Bobadilla, being a woman interesting in all respects, to the irrepressible carnal pleasures and intelligent, successfully combined the duties of honor of Queen Isabella of Castile with no less honorable role of the mistress of her husband. While not a direct employer offered her a choice: lose his head or go somewhere far away and it is desirable not to return. Bobadilla-quick married to gubernato Mr. La Gomera, which in return promised a close eye on them organized the murder of a prominent conquistador, and sent into exile to a remote island. courtesan Union and devoid of any moral principles the governor was quite harmonious, yet desperate and rebellious natives, the Guanches did not kill the cruel and depraved ruler. The last straw that broke the patience of the non-aggressive nature of the natives, was the seduction of their princess. Bobadilla children hid from an angry mob in the Count's Tower (Torre del Conde) and sat there until the arrival of reinforcements from Gran Canaria. Widow in retaliation arranged Guanche real genocide. I could not resist even the always loyal to like knowing the local priest and went to complain to Madrid. After intervention from the center of the surviving Guanches were released, the main patron to Gran Canaria for life locked up in prison, and Bobadilla, who had at the court patrons, again escaped with slight shock. Count's Tower - the last surviving fortifications of La Gomera conquistadors era - still stands today. It is a symbol of the island's capital. Other San Sebastian attractions compactly located on Calle de Medio its main street (Calle Real) and associated with the name of Christopher Columbus. During the first expedition on one of the ships was found leaking and fleet made an emergency stop at La Gomera. On the island, Columbus could not resist the charms of a bored widow, took the place of the governor and sincerely glad that finally someone brought from decent people in its wilderness. Romancing the Bobadilla was short, but bright. It so happened that La Gomera was the last refuge of Columbus before the opening of the New World. This fact is extremely proud of the islanders. Next to the well, drew water from the expedition ships, says: "With this water America was baptized." A little further away you can find the church Iglesia de la Asuncion, where Columbus prayed about the success of his expedition. And in the house №56 he slept, there is now a museum (Casa de Colon). Economy Agriculture - the cultivation of bananas and palm honey and alcohol from it. A large number of local people working on the nearby island of Tenerife. More and more importance is tourism, although 75% of visitors come to the island day trips. Sights seeing Park Garajonay One day a young man from the island of Tenerife on behalf of Hon fell in love with a beautiful girl named Kara from La Gomera. This happened long before the Canary Islands were first conquistadors. Gara said Hon reciprocate, but on the day of engagement volcano Teide on Tenerife has decided to prove himself not with the best hand and began to smoke. The parents accepted these things as a bad sign, and announced that the wedding will be. Lovers, against the will of the senior fled and took refuge on the highest mountain Gomera. Fathers ordered the fugitives to find them. Then fashioned Hona sharpened at both ends of the spear, the boy and girl fell into each other's arms and stayed together ... forever. Mountain in memory of the Canarian Romeo and Juliet called Garajonay, and in our time the same name was a natural park in the center of the island. Garajonay National Park - the main attraction of La Gomera - included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. An interesting fact that a piece of preserved subtropical laurel forests on its territory. Long ago, before the Ice Age (2 million. Years ago) are moist forests covered the whole of modern Europe, and today it still survived except the Azores and Madeira. Part of the relic park, located in the center of the island at an altitude of 500-1500 m, generally closed to visitors: a unique ecosystem can not tolerate intrusion. Somewhere specially laid hiking trails. Laguna Grande - a seating area with a picnic area and parking, furnished at the site of an ancient lake. Hence the name. In addition to the Garajonay National Park and other mountain areas of the island stands the main town of San Sebastian de la Gomera with a few surviving monuments. The sights of the island can also be considered "gomersky whistle» (silbo gomero, silbo gomero) - a language with which the shepherds were talking through a crossing island ravines and gorges. Use the "Silba" whistle words Spanish (although the "whistle" can be adapted to any other language, and the language was originally based on the Guanche language). Now it is a national treasure Canar is taught in the island's schools. La Gomera is famous palm honey (miel de palma). In fact, this syrup from palm juice, which is produced both in our birch, and then boiled until thick. Added to different dishes, mostly in desserts. And if you mix honey with palm moonshine, you get a cocktail called gomeron. Almogrote (almogrote) - gomerskaya spicy snack of cheese with tomatoes and spices. Like - can be purchased in the container. Some notable La Gomera can be seen only from the sea. These include the cliffs of Los Organos (Los Organos) on the northern tip of the island. Indeed resemble organ pipes. From the port of Valle Gran Rey and San Sebastian to go sightseeing by boat, but it unaffordable luxury in a one-day visit. Getting there To get from Tenerife to La Gomera in two ways: with the group tour or on your own. In the case of excursions is simple: buy, for you to the hotel at the appointed time comes the bus, in the evening return back. During the feed, the main show and something to tell. In the XX century on the island to build a network of highways and the airport (aircraft takes a local company "Binter Canarias"), although the primary means of transporting passengers and goods to the island ferries are carrying out regular flights between the Canary Islands. Tenerife and La Gomera ferries connect the two companies: Fred Olsen Express and Naviera Armas. Ferries Fred Olsen modern and a bit faster, but in ships Naviera Armas less swayed. Both companies weekdays on several flights to San Sebastian (San Sebastian de la Gomera, the capital of La Gomera) and back. Of course, it makes sense to go to La Gomera and the earliest return to the last, in order to use the daylight hours to the maximum. The main thing - do not be late for the return ferry. Well, if you suddenly do not have time - in San Sebastian, you can spend the night for € 30-40.
So come by car to the port of Los Cristianos forty minutes before the departure of the ferry, buy a ticket, get up to turn on the landing, team download, go to the buffet for breakfast, looking at similar dragonflies flying fish. If the ticket is purchased in advance, prior to loading onto the ferry it must be exchanged at the box office on the boarding pass.