La Gomera: Little-known Canary island; Laura French; Travel Weekly

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Laura French finds out first-hand why little-known La Gomera should be on your radar.

There are certain parts of the world that words and photos can’t quite do justice. The tiny, volcanic and barely known Canary island of La Gomera is one of those places, with scenes so dramatic they make Jurassic Park look dull.

In the north, fluorescent green slopes plunge into winding valleys, dotted with villages, vineyards and farmhouses.

In the south, red, desert-like rocks tower over giant cacti and black-sand beaches, so that it looks like some strange amalgamation of the arid American wild west and the lush Austrian Tyrol.

“The volcanic island is a place that words can’t do justice, with scenes so dramatic they make Jurassic Park look dull.”

It’s about as far from the brash streets and bright lights of south Tenerife as you can possibly imagine.

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