Alajeró is a clear example of sustainable development and constitutes the ideal destination for nature lovers and for tose who want to enjoy the sun, the sea and the peace of its dearly loved places. It is a balcony to the ocean we are washed by, a hint of the memory of yesterday, which remains harmoniously in the present. Alajeró is “the southern path”.
La Gomera is the oldest island of the Canary Archipielago. Of volcanic origin and round shape, its exceptional geographic location and the influence of the Trade Winds provide the island with an endless spring of warm weather. The landscape of La Gomera surprises everyone for its contrasts, enormous rocks, deep ravines, impressive palm trees, blue and crystalline black sand beaches and its unique and matchless Garajonay National Park, declared world heritage by UNESCO, it also holds Monte “del Cedro”, relic from the Tertiary Era and the biggest reserve of rainforest in the world. From the top of “Alto de Garajonay”, 1470 metres high, you can see in sunny days the neighbour islands: La Palma, Tenerife, El Hierro and Gran Canaria.
La Gomera strikes everyone by its wild beauty, the virginity of its landscape and the friendliness and kindness of its people. Enjoying the sun and the beach without rejecting the pleasure of mountain and valley hiking in short distances or simply drive its roads and watch the vast and spectacular “mar de nubes”(sea of clouds) falling down its rough geography is an opportunity thay only this “magic island” may offer.
In the south of the island is the sunny region of Alajeró, a wonderful environment full of ravines and terraces that flow from the hill to the mild northern coast, dotted with palm trees, wild almond trees and prickly pears. To this painteresque and white village belong the country houses of Guarimiar, El Cabezo, El Rumbazo, Antoncojo, Targa, Imada y Arguayoda, of unique beauty and local atmosphere.
The cultural interest of this area is to be found in its natural and architectural monuments. Among the former are to be stressed “El Salvador” Church, made of stone from the XVI century whose portico is a Renaissance jewel, and “San Lorenzo”Chapel right next to the impressive “Erque Ravine”, one of the most beautiful places on the island.
The most relevant natural monuments are: “La Caldera”volcano, the only volcanic cone in the island; the “Drago de Agalán”, more the four hundred years old, which is the symbol of the region and the biggest specimen on the island and dwells in “Tajonaje Ravine”; the “Alajeró Cliff”, declared “place of scientific interest”, extremely interesting from the sea where it looks wild and untouchable.
The most important folckloric manifestation is the festivity of “la Virgen de El Paso”, in September, with “chácaras”(large castanets) and drums, typical dances and collections of ballads full of a very special emotive nature.
The local gastronomy stars are fresh fish, pork, and goat meat, “papas arrugadas”(salty skinned potatoes), the good “mojo”(spicy sauce), “almogrote”(sauce made of cheese, tomatoes and pepper), the local goat cheese, almonds, prickly pears and figs as well as the traditional watercress soup. You can also enjoy the typical and industrious confectionery with lard cakes, buns and ringshaped pastry, biscuits, roasted milk, palm tree honey made of “guarapo”(sap of canarian palm tree), they are always on the table and are used as companion with all the desserts.
The local beaches of quiet and crystalline waters, attract those who are looking for the peace of a sunny coast, stony and clear, full of deserted coves. Among all of them are to be stressed “Ereses”, “Las Canteras” and “La Negra”, where its natural beauty remains untouched. Playa de Santiago is an important village of fishing tradition which combines the appeal of a deeply fishing atmosphere with a newly and