Saturday, April 16, 2016

La Gomera

With the rainy weather outside I cannot help but dream myself back to sunny Teneriffa and La Gomera, sipping a zapparoccho or barraquito, a coffee drink infused with liqueur 43, in the sun...

After the first days in Teneriffa we took the ferry over to the neighboring island of La Gomera where we stayed at a small finca in a remote valley which we found on AirBnB. Our host, Lothar, a German expat renovated the typical Canary-style houses in the fall of 2015 so we were one of the first guests to enjoy a wonderful and calm homestay there. Since it is really secluded, shopping for groceries means a one-hour drive, one can order food at their little task where they prepare typical Spanish cuisine for you in the evening. However, the houses all come with a fully equipped kitchen so one could easily prepare dinner there aswell. A short walk up the cliffs was the Mirador de Abrante, offering a little café with the most scenic views on the sea and the Pico del Teide of Teneriffa in the distance. We really enjoyed our barraquitos there after our daily hikes and watched the clouds mount from the sea.

Upon Lothar's recommendation, we went for two full-day hikes around La Gomera which were both very beautiful. Especially the first one, around Ojila, offered an ever-changing vegetation from cedar forest to exposed rock to cloud forest.

On our way back to Teneriffa we spent a few hours on the beach, dipping our toes in the water and soaking in the sun and the holiday feeling.

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