Alajeró

Overview:

The municipality Alajeró, is located on the south western coast of La Gomera island. It largely comprises of the Playa de Santiago holiday resort, and is also the home of the islands’ small airport.  

Located in the dry south, this region is surrounded by cliffs with arid lands, upon which almond trees and traditional houses are scattered. This little place is also called “The Balcony over the Atlantic”. It is here that you can find a wonderful palm grove, as well as settlement called El Paso, famous for its Romería, a traditional fair. Owing to its sea birds, the steep slopes are a nature reserve which is classed as a place of scientific interest.

Economy

Fishing and agricultural activities are very important in Alajeró, with tourism also playing a prominent role.

Sights:

Located in a historical part of the island, there are various churches that are worth seeing during your visit.

Iglesia del Salvador del Mundo Church

The Iglesia del Salvador del Mundo, the church of the world's saviour, is a must see. Dating back to 1512, it boasts a dark panelled bell-tower, as well as a wooden figure of Christ in its interior. High laurel trees garnish its beautiful church yard.

Nuestra Señora del Buen Paso Chapel

The pilgrimage chapel of Nuestra Señora del Buen Paso, is situated around three kilometres above Alajeró. A big celebration is held here every year on the 15th of September, in honour of its namesake. During this time, lovers of the islands traditional pilgrimages, unite at the chapel to the melodies of castanets and drums.

Hermitage of St Laurence, and La Caldera

Another sight of interest is the Hermitage of St. Laurence, above the Erques gorge. In addition, Alajeró possesses the island's only volcanic peak, La Caldera, as well as the oldest dragon tree, the Drago of Agalán, which stands in a lonely side valley near Alajeró. This tree can be viewed while walking along a levelled, well-signposted pathway.

Beaches:

Playa de Santiago

 Lying in the deep south of La Gomera, the small fishing village of Playa de Santiago, which belongs to Alajeró, is spoilt in terms of sunshine. In the past, fish processing was the central industry here, but today tourism provides its main income. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the quiet atmosphere of this quaint little town.

It has developed vastly over the years, partly due to the nearby airport, and also because of the many luxury hotels that have been built recently. Nonetheless, the harbour area has been able to maintain a little of its sleepy charm.

The central point of Playa de Santiago is the Plaza del Carmen, a lively square which is the meeting point for the locals. From here, there is a small promenade, by the harbour, which has various bars and restaurants. Here, you can enjoy typical Canarian cuisine.

The main beach of Playa Santiago starts at the harbour, continues along the promenade, and ends at the Club Laurel of the Hotel Jardin Tecina. The harbour mole protects the 500 meter long section of the beach in the harbour, in front of the surge. Here, bathers can safely enter the western part of the beach.