La Gomera surface is 375 km2; its highest peak is 1487 meters. (Alto de Garajonay)
La Gomera is one of the most beautiful volcanic islands in the archipelago, although it is the 3rd youngest of the canary islands it is already extinct, having ceased to erupt about 3 million years ago.
The origin of the native population is still unclear, it is thought that the first to discover the islands were the Phoenicians who were bold sailors that crossed from what is today Cadiz in order to explore the Atlantic Ocean.
The first to settle in the island from 5000 B.C. are thought to be either from North African tribes or they might be part of a megalithic culture, it is unclear if the settlements were part of a specific migration.
It is assumed that the ancient inhabitants of the island, known as "Guanches" did not have contact neither with neighbouring islands nor with Africa. They lived a peaceful life in a Stone Age culture sustaining themselves from fishing and pastoral farming. The social structure of the Guanches was egalitarian and is thought to have been highly developed.
La Gomera's conquest began in 1404, when the Norman Jean Bethancourt annexed the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura for the Spanish Crown. His first invasion failed because of the strong resistance of the natives, the second attack subdued two of the tribes. It was in 1447 when Hernan Peraza together with Beatriz de Bobadilla ruled over La Gomera.
La Gomera is blessed with an attractive virgin forest covering the upper slopes on the north side of the island. it is a laurisilva forest. This lucious intense greenery has been enriched with a variety of trees and plants that grow beacause of the combination of high humidty and constant temperature all year round. The Garajonay National Park is an ecological treasure of biodiversity. Iit was declared to be a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.
The park is named after the rock formation of Garajonay, the highest point on the island at 1,484 m (4,869 feet). It also includes a small plateau whose altitude is 790-1,400 m (2,600-4,600 feet) above sea level.
The most humid and protected valleys oriented to the North have the richest and complex forests. They are called valley laurisilva, a true subtropical rainforest where the largest laurel trees can be found. As we reach higher altitudes, with less protection from wind and sun, the forest loses some of its more delicate species. It is called the slope laurisilva (laurisilva de ladera). At the south the forest is mainly a mix of beech and heather, species adapted to the less humid atmosphere.
A visit to the Juego de Bolas visitors centre located on the high part of Agulo can serve as a good guide to the Park. The centre offers information related to Grajonay, including Botanic Gardens, which have some endemic species you will later find in this wildness jewel. Tie up your boots and enjoy it!
La Gomera is a hiker's heaven, well marked trails along old pathways offer walks for every ambition. Information about paths, maps and professional guides are found in all tourism offices. A comfortable climate and the absence of dangerous paths make walking in La gomera pure pleasure, La Gomera has no dangerous animals, no snakes or scorpions, and one can only enjoy the numerous endemic species of plants and birds.
La Gomera is a Paradise for those with a passion for deep-sea fishing and jigging, it is kingdom for the blue marlin and a host of other species such as White Marlin, Spearfish, Tuna species including Blue Fin, Big-Eye, Yellow Fin and Albacore, Hammerhead Sharks, Dorado, Mako Sharks and more.
You can find many charter boats, mostly in San Sebastian's marina offering their services, with world-class boats, equipment and expertise for big game fishing, bottom fishing, jigging and blue marlin fishing.
Typically, the celebrations start with a colourful procession where participants dance to the rhythms of pagan instruments such as the "Chacaras" and "Tambor".
Hours go by and children, old couples and youth gather around the village square where local bands play the Latin American "Pechanga" until dawn.
Most of the Fiestas take place during the summer and these are some of the important fiestas celebrated in Alajero:
The villas are part of a unique and exclusive residential village on the sun soaked, southern shores of La Gomera named Santa Ana, characterised by organic farming, energy efficiency and sustainable living.
Close your eyes and think of waking up to blue skies and the infinite beauty of the Atlantic Ocean at your feet; where the tranquillity that surrounds your cliff top villa is broken only by the songs of birds in the fruit trees and the rustle of palm fronds in the gentle breeze. Breathe in the clean air; feel the energy of the ocean coursing through you and the warm caress of sunshine on your face, and smile at the dawn of your new life.
Welcome to Villas Parque Mirador, a unique living environment in which the beauty and purity of your surroundings blend with island traditions to create a natural paradise where nature and man live in perfect balance
First phase of the project consists of 8 detached villas of 120 to 320 m2 all built on 500 m2 plots, and designed in a contemporary canary architectural style.
Houses with 2 and 3 bedrooms, modern kitchens, large gardens, private swimming pools, wooden porches, separate garages and a host of convenient details. The Villas have a maximum of 2 floors high to guarantee optimal insertion in nature and benefit from great unobstructed ocean views.
Light space and gardens were in focus at the planning of all units, creating large and bright spaces while maintaining the essence of local architecture. The villas have lush gardens each one including Canary palms and selected fruit trees and blend perfectly within the landscape as rural homes do maintaining the essence of Santa Ana.
Conveniently located in front of the east entrance of the new "Parque Mirador". Parque Mirador is 75,000 sm2 organic agriculture themed park with nice Miradors and enchanted walks. The park contains many local species as well as local veggies, where residents are invited to grow them as part of a living experience.
As an added benefit from been an owner at Parque Mirador is the right to enjoy your own allotments or as we called "Huertos de Santa Ana". TFSA has developed this small garden and retreat area in a plot right below Parque Mirador Villas for the prospective neighbours at Santa Ana to enjoy the social benefits that emerge from urban organic agricultural practices.
These have been long proved mainly been a better health and nutrition because of the organic diet the benefits of the enhanced community social life, improving the livelihood of people living in and around cities.
Calle las Trincheras S/N
38812 Alajero - La Gomera, CANARY ISLANDS
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Terra Fortunata SA is a property development company that has been created by Petter Olsen to provide discerning clients with a perfect environment to establish a second life in an ideal location with a perfect climate, and a pleasant and rewarding natural and social environment. We are located next to Playa de Santiago, a charming fishing village about 40 minutes from the island capital San Sebastian. This peaceful gem has all the facilities to meet most needs, with some very pleasant restaurants.
The location of La Gomera, away from the mass tourism locations provides the ideal conditions to develop an environment that will appeal to those who can combine peace and relaxation with intellectual, artistic and physical pleasures.
The island has countless possibilities for hiking, sailing, deep sea fishing and a multitude of other activities. The local population is friendly and there is virtually no crime on the island. The infrastructure is well developed with an excellent road network.
Our team are ready to welcome our clients and to assist with every conceivable need, such as local knowledge, bookings, transport, cleaning, gardening and maintenance services. Our team is there to help. We are developing an organic fruit and vegetable farm to ensure a healthy food supply, and the local fishermen will always have exciting fresh catch for sale every morning. It is our dream to create an environment where our clients will feel secure, comfortable and inspired tom make the best of their second life.
We believe that there is a large and growing customer segment that is looking for precisely the offering we believe it is possible to develop on La Gomera. This segment is highly mobile both geographically and professionally and is characterized by a high activity level. When they take precious time off they wish to relax and regenerate. "Packaged entertainment" would offend their intelligence. They need high quality "components" that can help them to package their own experiences.
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