La Gomera

Tranquil and beautiful, La Gomera, known as Isla Magica (the magical island) is the second smallest of the Canary Islands, measuring barely 20 km. Its rugged coastline is dotted with small, black sandy beaches set between cliffs and it is a paradise for nature lovers.

Its wild, mountainous landscape is packed with contrasts – from palm-covered valleys to huge canyons; from arid coastal areas to fascinating forests, crammed with vegetation. The prehistoric forest in Garajonay National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is particularly outstanding.

La Gomera Photo Gallery



Then off they would go, arm-in-arm. While he was off ‘performing’, those of us left behind in the lounge would carry on drinking as if nothing was going on. A girl would reappear periodically to bring us more beer and we treated the whole event as just being at yet another bar. At the less salubrious establishments, we were sometimes reminded where we were because we could hear the grunts and squeals and slap-slap sounds coming through the paper-thin walls. This would culminate in cries of fake ecstasy from the girl, then silence, at which point we would whoop and cheer and clap. The partaker would eventually return wearing a half-embarrassed-half-victorious smirk, the mama-san would come in beaming and try to entice another customer, and then we would have another beer while we waited for our taxi. I made a wretched fool of myself at a whore-house in Singapore – I think it was somewhere in Katong, off the East Coast Road. I was ashore from the Horomaya with the second engineer a big, course Welshman – and one of the fifth engineers who was a timid first-tripper. The second was taking the fiver to lose his virginity. We sat in the lounge on rattan furniture while the parade started.

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