The heart of the island of La Gomera hides somewhere I have written a tale of fantasy as I walked. Come with me into the lush Garajonay National Park.
LOS ROQUES NATURAL MONUMENT
The features jointly called Los Roques Natural Monument are El Roque de Agando and the rocks of Ojila, Carmona, Las Lajas and Zarcita. El Roque de Agando, one of the island's icons, is the heart of what used to be a volcano, sculpted by nature with the passage of time. You can get to it along the GR-131.
GARAJONAY NATIONAL PARK
Green and lush, Garajonay National Park is home to one of the richest and most important samples of laurisilva in the world, a forest formation comprising different plant species that died out in most places on the planet millions of years ago. We enter a forest that is like something straight out of a fairy tale. The high degree of humidity caused by the so-called horizontal rain means that the trees are constantly covered in moss and lichen. Believe me, as we continue further, the mists surrounding the trail will transport you to a dreamlike place.
MAKE A NOTE OF THIS TIP/RECOMMENDATIONS
- The park has 18 signposted routes. Trail 3 (Laguna Grande) is one of the most popular and simple loop trails for those who are not used to walking.
- From the park itself, you can get to the highest point: Alto de Garajonay. A place with incredible views of the island and La Palma, El Hierro, Tenerife – even Gran Canaria. Archaeological remains found in this place, where magic is still alive, indicate that sacrifices used to be carried out here in ancient times.