Monoliths and laurel forests in La Gomera
The island of La Gomera boasts a multitude of rocky outcrops of volcanic origin sculpted by erosion. But few are as emblematic as the huge Agando rock and its four peculiar companions: Las Lajas, flat and leaning; La Zarcita, small and discreet; Carmona, defiant and sharp and Ojila, large and commanding. This combination of monoliths (or standing stones) circuled by the laurel forest of the central mountain tops of La Gomera, should definitely be included in any trip around the island – an island that has been declared Unesco Biosphere Reserve.
Views of the Agando rock and Teide
The rocks are located beside the TF-713 road, which climbs up to the mountains from the island capital, San Sebastián, and follows the line dividing the north and south, where you can often see waterfalls of clouds on either side. From two fixed observation points known as the Los Roques viewpoints you can see both sides, photograph the rocks from a variety of angles and discover Mount Teide's peak 'floating' above the sea. From the base of the Agando rock is a lovely 2.5 kilometre walk through a laurel forest to Peraza.