Terraces of Gomera

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Philippe Buffard on April 12, 2007

Here another shot of Gomera, this one is much more typical of than you will be able to see on this island, some explanations general below:

La Gomera is situated west of Tenerife, about 28 kilometres from its nearest point. The highest peak is the "Alto de Garajonay", which rises up to 1,487 m. La Gomera is a small island, yet it boasts a large variety of natural and man-made landscapes, a result of the complexity of its relief and of the notable capacity of its inhabitants for adapting to difficult terrain.

Such efforts have succeeded in making the exploitation of it resources compatible with nature and environment, and have given rise to an indigenous rural culture, many of whose characteristics are still obvious today. Laurisilva : subtropical humid laurel forest (or laurel type), that disapeared from the mediterranean area since the tertiary era.silbo : whistled language originated in pre-Hispanic times, which allows communication on large distances. The scarcity of arable land has obliged the peasants to construct terraces, which have given rise to some of the most remarkable landscape of the island. They look like giant stairways and are fruit of the efforts of many generations of farmers.

Thanks to both orographic and historical factors, this search for agricultural space has been compatible with the conservation of an important natural legacy. Nowadays fully a third of the island is protected by series of environment laws and judicial dispositions. The most important of these protected areas is the Garajonay National Park, remarkable for its Laurisilva. The natural beauty of the island is complemented by impressive cliffs, rocks, and palmgroves which dot the farmland and form numerous oasis in the ravines. The isolation of the island has ensured the preservation of numerous cultural traditions. Some of these, like the typical pottery, the peculiar "Silbo" a whistling language or the drum dance, originated with the aboriginal people. Others, like the native architecture and cuisine, skillfully combine external influences with indigenous elements.

The rehabilitation of rural houses for turism give to the visitor a unique opportunity of proximity with this inheritage, while enjoying the wonderful surroundings.


Anothers shots of Gomera

Philippe Buffard on May 3, 2009

Thanks for your correction...

Philippe Buffard on July 19, 2009


karlskarls on January 27, 2010

Hola, me llamo Carmelo Martínez, presento el espacio meteorológico en los servicios informativos de la Televisión Canaria y tengo que felicitarte por la fotos que realizas. En la sección del tiempo hay un apartado en el que los espectadores muestran sus fotos del archipiélago, si estás interesado en mostrar alguna de tus fotos tan sólo tendrías que enviármelas a meteo@tvcanaria.tv con la explicación de lo que estamos viendo y con tu nombre y apellidos para rotular la foto. Saludos Carmelo

Gabriel MaXoTe on September 1, 2012

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Gracias por tu visita a mi galeria , un saludo desde Tenerife

klerh on September 19, 2012

Εξαιρετική εικόνα!Μου αρέσει 2!Χαιρετισμούς από Ελλάδα ,Κλέρη .

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