Garajonay Park House, la Gomera IslandGarajonay Park House, la Gomera Island

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    Famous park on the islands. But very off the path treks!
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      Very good article. A tip for a unique visit would be welcome!
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      Yes, 1 pic.
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An excellent introduction for those who want to visit the Garajonay national park or La Gomera island.

My experience, Explo description: 

La Gomera is a small island of 370km2, with 17,000 inhabitants. This is a former volcano, which is 2 million years old. Erosion deeply undercut it slopes, which are streaked with deep ravines, also called the "Barrancos".

Part of the UNESCO world heritage since 1986, the park covers 10% of the Gomera island. It is located between 800 and 1487m altitude. 85% of the park is covered with forest, contrasting with the aridity of a large part of the other Canary Islands.

This is due to the island particular climate : high humidity, frequent smog, condensing in little droplets.

The vegetation is of two types :

  • Laurel trees in the shaded and wet areas (called in latin Lauresylve)
  • The "fayal brezal" are ferns, often than 2 meters high, forming bushes in more dry and poorer places.

These forests are a relic of the Mediterranean primitive forests dating from several million years and which have persisted on islands because their particular climate.

Park House :

It is recommended to begin your stay at La Gomera by visiting the Centre of information Juego de Bolas, which provides documentation, tips and maps for the hiking organization. An exhibition and videos present the climate, geology, vegetation and traditional crafts of the island.

Outside, you can visit a beautiful botanical garden with varieties of specific plants of the region.

Opportunity to take part in guided tours (free) every Friday during the year and also on Wednesday in the summer. For more information and registration, call "Juego de Bolas" visitor centre at the 922 80 09 93 (9:30 a.m. to 4p.m. from Monday to Sunday).

hiking map :
http://reddeparquesnacionales.mma.e...

How getting there: 

Quite North of the Park, 4 km of Las Rosas .

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

Monday through Sunday, including holidays and schedule is 9:30 a.m. to 4p.m.

Visit duration: 

2 hours.

Entry fees: 

Free.

Contact: 

http://reddeparquesnacionales.mma.e...

Tel : 922 80 09 93 (9:30 a.m. to 4p.m. from Monday to Sunday).