"Silbo Gomero" (Whistled language)




"Silbo Gomero" (whistled language) It is the only whistled language in the world, fully developed and practised by a large community (more than 22,000 people). It is practised in La Gomera, in the Canary Islands, and is present in many of the local festivities. It has been awarded the Intangible Cultural Heritage designation. Why is it Cultural Heritage? Because it is a unique popular tradition that is passed down from generation to generation and practised by almost the entire population of the island of La Gomera. It has even been taught at school since 1999. What is it like? It reproduces the Spanish language by means of a series of whistles. It replaces vowels and consonants with whistling. Thus, two differentiated whistles replace the five Spanish vowels, and another four, the consonants. This language can convey any message.

  • World Heritage certification