Although the second smallest island in the Canaries at 370 square kilometres, La Gomera has a great variety in landscape, from subtropical laurisilva forest shrouded in mist to cultivated terraces of banana groves and vineyards to a vertiginous rocky coastline.
At the heart of La Gomera is Garajonay National Park, whose deep ravines are covered in ancient laurisilva, or laurel forest, the largest and best-preserved example of its kind in the Canary Islands and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Despite La Gomera’s relatively small size, half of the archipelago’s laurisilva is to be found here.
On a clear day you can see the islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, La Palma and El Hierro from the 1487 m-high summit of Mount Garajonay. The Gomerans have developed a unique whistling language, called El Silbo, to communicate across these ravines, the only country in the world to do so.