Biking in Gomera:
For all lovers of nature and cycling, the island of La Gomera offers a fantastic area to ride onto secondary paved roads  or unpaved forest tracks. There are also  trails that can be covered. Trails in the woods are up the hills and mountains, while the coast environment is rich with low vegetation and cacti.
In the many small villages there are bars and restaurants where the tourists will be immediately at ease. Traditional atmosphere and good "comida", visitors can enjoy genuine typical food and good wine! Visitors from Europe will also enjoy seeing and tasting the abundance of local fruit  in gardens, markets and local shops: bananas, mangoes, papaya, oranges, lemons and more!


Geographical information:


La Gomera is about 1300 km  far from mainland Spain and about 300 km from African West Sahara. The distance from the international airport Reina Sofia and the port of Los Cristianos and Tenerife is about 38-40 kilometers. The surface of the island measures 370 km, which is 4.94 percent of the total area of the territory of the Canary Islands.

In La Gomera live 21,153 inhabitants according to the latest statistics of January 1, 2013.


Towns:

San Sebastian de La Gomera, the capital. There are then the picturesque villages of Hermigua, Valle Hermoso, Agulo, Chipude, Arafo. Valle Gran Rey, El Cercado, Playa Santiago.
Over the years '60 and '70 many flower children migrate here from Germany and England to settle and make a living close to nature. Many of them are still living there today making and selling small hand crafts in Valle Gran Rey, the sunniest location of the island.
Many say that in La Gomera you can still live in a place where man and nature meet in balance and harmony. Perhaps this is one of the most peaceful and livable places in Europe.
Places of interest include San Sebastian, the home of Christopher Columbus, Park Rural Valle Gran Rey,
Natural monuments and attractions: Roque de Agando, Roque Cano, Los Organos, La Caldera, La Fortaleza, Charco del Conde, Acantilados de Alajero .


Natural Landscapes:

In La Gomera co-exist different climatic zones, as in all the Western.Canary Islands. Because of its position the climate is warm and subtropical near the sea and up to about 500m in height. Here grow many succulent plants and all those plants that love the sea salt. From 500m up begins the forest of laurel (Laurus azorica and others) and many green ferns and plants that love the cool. Above 1000 m there begin the mixed forests of Erica Arborea and Myrica Faya (Fayal-Brezal-Formation). La Gomera has different climatic zones, as indeed all the Western Canary Islands. In the south there is a very poor rainfall so dominate the different plants that support drought as the broom, endemic plants, and the Phoenix Canarensis. On the  coast there grow Verode, Lavender Canarensis, Euphorbia Canarensis, Prickly pear, Agave and many other typical local plants. In the highest part there is the famous Garajonay National Park, which covers about 10% of the total area of the island.

La Gomera was declared Biosphere Reserve in 2012 with 16 protected natural spaces, in addition to the National Park of Garajonay which takes 33,3% of the total surface of the island.

Since 1986 this ecosystem is protected by UNESCO. The forest of laurels (Laurisilva) is a living relic that has survived through the ice age which lacked in this area. In the heart of the forest there is a persistent thick fog, where the sun never gets. Green ferns as high as 2m, moss and lichens on the trees ... streams carrying water throughout the year. The north is often covered with clouds from 800-1000m and over.


Climate:

Like all the Canary Islands also La Gomera has an extremely mild climate.

During the summer temperatures are never too hot, thanks to the pleasant breeze of the Atlantic which is felt throughout  the morning and in the evening! This is a wonderful place to enjoy spring and summer holidays! Temperatures are between 18 degrees and 30 degrees maximum. No rainfall in the summer!

In winter from November to March the climate is cooler and occasionally there may be rain, especially in the mountains. However in the area of San Sebastan, Playa Santiago and Valle Gran Rey  there is always an enjoyable spring time! For an active holiday in the sun, La Gomera in winter is simply perfect.


Climate table:

 

Jan

Feb

Mär

Apr

Mai

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Okt

Nov

Dez

Durchschnittliche Höchsttemperatur (°C)

21

21

22

23

24

25

27

29

28

26

24

22

Durchschnittliche Tiefsttemperatur (°C)

15

15

15

16

17

18

20

21

20

19

18

16

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