Garajonay and its legendary laurel forests
The real treasure to be found in La Gomera is its dense, intense green laurel forests, which crown the centre rim of the island. The laurisilva, which grew in abundance millions of years ago, are now few and far between and found in only a few places in the world. One of these places is in the Canary Islands, and in particular in the protected 4,000 hectare Garajonay National Park, a place where natures continues to reign.
Ecotourism in a national park
Thanks to multiple entry points and the well-maintained roads which cross through it, access to the park is very easy. The visitors centre, Juego de Bolas, will take you through everything that this park, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, has to offer – which is a lot. Then put on your walking boots and suitable clothing and get out there for yourself to discover this intriguing forest as you walk along, feeling the freshness of the damp earth beneath your feet and listening to the leaves whispering around you.