When we talk about the Canary Islands, we talk about our paradise in the form of islands. A tropical archipelago within our reach even for the weekend.
Landing on any of them is synonymous of relaxed adventure. None of them is similar to the others since they have a differentiating element and particular casuistry that will make you fall in love with each one of them for very different reasons.
They are ideal places, with a great cultural interest of traditions and corners full of charm that speak of the past of the islands and their people. The volcanic nature is a constant in the seven islands that make up the archipelago, sculpting sharp peaks and calderas full of life with steep canyons, as well as dream beaches, regions of lush vegetation and an incredible underwater life.
On this occasion we decided to visit La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera, the least touristic and most authentic of all the Canary Islands and the last ones we had yet to visit, thus closing a cycle that began almost a decade ago with the first visit to Tenerife.
With a particularly steep terrain, full of cliffs and winding roads, they are very difficult to access, thus scaring away tourists looking for the ease of long beaches with sun loungers and daikiris. These islands are for the intrepid who seek the rewards of places where the effort to reach them is part of their charm and where you feel a total connection with the environment.
The sunrises are particularly relaxing, as you can spend hours staring at jaw-dropping landscapes that are drawn around you, from high volcanic rock masses, such as views of other islands or simply admiring the power of the ocean.
You haven't left, when you can't wait to return.
La Palma is the most remote and rugged island of all. To go along its roads is like going on a roller coaster of curves and slopes without ceasing, always guarded by an endless number of banana trees.
In each area you will be captivated by its powerful nature. The laurel forests cover the northeast of the island, resembling walking through the Amazon. When you get ready to explore the "Caldera de Taburiente", you will be amazed, a giant hole that opens to the west and extends south through the spine of the island, where the landscape becomes a succession of volcanoes. Finally, the island's summit, "Roque de Los Muchachos", stands out among so many jewels, with its skies free of light pollution and the largest starlight reserve in the Northern Hemisphere. You can not leave without glimpsing a sunset and let yourself be carried away contemplating our galaxy covered by millions of stars.
They call it "La Isla Bonita", and no wonder.
La Gomera is considered Tenerife's little sister. Just an hour away by ferry you can experience the disconnection from the hustle and bustle of the south of Tenerife, although from practically the entire island you can feel the presence of Mount Teide, with its 3,718 meters above sea level.
The island, circular in shape, is formed by a series of valleys that rise from the center of the island and extend radially towards the sea, each having its own climate influenced by the direction of the "Alisios" winds. Crowning the center of the island is the "Parque Nacional del Garajonay", a cloud forest where you will be surprised by the radical change in temperature, always with mists and clouds traveling from one side to another and leaving in its wake a very green landscape, not precisely because of the rains as you might expect, but by the condensation of the water vapor that soaks into the ground creating a vegetation characterized by ferns and laurel forests.
El Hierro will leave you with your without breath. Completely uninhabited, you can explore it easily by car.
Its current geography is the result of three volcanic landslides in the past that generated three crescent-shaped cliffs that today give rise to the orography of the island. It consists of impressive rock walls, where through its viewpoints you can see the tiny villages that are located in the foothills of the mountain. The landscape is volcanic and it is the island par excellence to relax and enjoy good fresh fish directly from the sea at unimaginable prices.
The southern part of El Hierro is a paradise for scuba diving since the tip separates the sea into two parts creating the sea of "Las Calmas". Undoubtedly, it has more than deserved to be considered a marine reserve of the Biosphere, we had never seen such crystal clear waters.
Following the coastline from the south to the west opens the cliff of oldest origin of El Hierro, which has given way to a pine forest that seems to defy the laws of gravity with its pines resisting on the steepest slopes. Continuing west, the pine forest gives way to a volcanic landscape where the trace of civilization is more than an hour away in any direction. Only a lighthouse can take you out of that overwhelming feeling of isolation and remind you that at the end of the cliff you will see signs of life again.
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