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11 August 2018

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La Gomera: Viewpoint island

La Gomera’s uniquely mountainous terrain offers an extensive network of viewpoints from which you can appreciate the various landscapes and experience a whole host of different sensations.
Each of the viewpoints has its own special charm, and their diversity and panoramic views are sure to leave you impressed.
In this article, we focus on the viewpoints from which you can observe the geological landmarks that provide clear evidence of La Gomera’s volcanic origins.

They form one of the island’s most important features and will mark your journey at every turn.
La Gomera was formed 12 million years ago, and nowadays it offers a dormant and peaceful image. No volcanic eruptions have taken place on the island in the last 2 million years. This has allowed the processes of erosion to sculpt uniquely-shaped ravines, cliffs, crags and beaches that bear witness to the intense volcanic activity that took place in those far-off times.

Miradores de Los Roques

Los Roques infuse the island landscape with their majesty. This is an excellent set of vantage points for viewing the Agando, Ojila, La Laja, Carmona and La Zarcita roques. These geological monuments form the principal components of the landscape and were considered sacred by the original inhabitants of La Gomera.
When conditions are right, you can see cascades of mist plunging down the sides of the mountains. We have the trade winds to thank for this very special phenomenon.

Mirador de Igualero

The Mirador de Igualero is noted for its views of the Fortaleza de Chipude, a flat-topped rock formation that stands at a height of 1,240 metres.
You can also see the Erque ravine, 7 km long and 800 metres high. Here, its striking beauty, shaped by water, can be seen at every turn.
And it’s where you can find the monument dedicated to the Silbo Gomero (Gomeran Whistle), a symbol of the distinctive ancestral language that emerged from people’s need to communicate with one another and that is still in use today.
The viewpoint is located near El Cercado, a must-visit attraction from which to explore the island’s customs and history through the unique craftwork of its people.

Mirador del Santo

This viewpoint is to be found in the village of Arure. Enclosed by two imposing mountain formations, the view falls gently away towards the sea. You can clearly see the distinct compositions of the different sedimentary layers. The impermeable nature of the various rocks and sediments leads to the appearance of numerous natural springs that imbue this picturesque ravine with ample greenery.
The vantage point boasts unique views of Taguluche and is especially recommended for watching sunsets over the sea. It’s also ideal for gazing at the infinite number of stars that remain visible thanks to the clean, clear skies provided by the island. In the evening, the bells of goats can be heard as the animals make their way home between the impossibly steep sides of the ravine.