Background: Carpobrotus edulis
Part of the Canarian Archipelago located off the west coast of Africa, La Gomera is a million miles away, yet just a forty minute ferry ride or a twenty minute flight, from its better known neighbor, Tenerife or Las Palmas.
Renowned for its ancient laurel forest; its lush, tropical landscape and its aversion to mass tourism, and remains wholly unspoilt, passionately preserving its environment and its heritage. La Gomera islands was awarded the prestigious Biosphere Reserve recognition by UNESCO in 2012.
On the southern coast of La Gomera, in the heart of the rural municipality of Alajero, lies the picturesque fishing village of Playa Santiago where daybreak sees the small fleet of cornflower blue fishing boats return from their night’s work to land their catch in the harbour.
Life moves at a gentle pace along the village promenade lined with small, family run restaurants and cafés with their sunny terraces looking out over the bay.