Garajonay National Park

Garajonay National Park occupies the Northern area of the island of La Gomera one of the Canary Islands of Spain. Covering over 40km2 of protected land the park extends into every municipality of the island and not is not only a UNESCO world heritage site (since 1986) but also plays an important role in the islands economy. The park is naturally composed of massive rocks which were once volcanoes, towering above the earth and the park itself is named after the largest of these rock formations, Garajonay whose highest point reaches 1,484m above sea level.

Declared a national park in 1981 Garajonay National Park has an almost magical landscape; twisting vines, unusual flowers and mossy floors making it unmistakably beautiful and unique compared to other national parks on the Canary Island archipelago. Walking and hiking are the most popular activities to take part in within the park and there is so much to see its no wonder that this is the case! Unlimited routes and paths allow for a completely unique adventure around the forests and rocks depending on your hiking (or wandering if this is the case) expertise.

Flora and Fauna

One of the most important ecological factors to note at Garajonay National Park is its subtropical rainforest fauna which covers approximately 70% of its overall surface area. The park is home to several varieties of forest due to its particular landscape as well as lush undergrowth that flourishes in the humidity adding to its mystic beauty. An estimated 450 different floral species have been recorded within the park and there is ongoing restoration and recovery of endangered species making the park a haven for any nature lover.

In terms of wildlife, although Garajonay National Park does not boast a great variation of species as do many of Spain’s other parks; the landscape is still alive with life, principally birds and insects. A number of reptile and amphibian species also reside here and you may be lucky enough to spot one or two in the parks many springs and streams. For bird watchers the park is also known to be the best place to spot two Canarian endemic pigeons; the Laurel pigeon ad Bolle’s pigeon.

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Visitor Centres

The main visitor centre of the park is Juego de Bola and should definitely be the first stop before you explore the park. Naturally the centre provides maps, route information and general tips on how to make the most of your visit. In addition the centre houses exhibitions about the geography and landscape of Garajonay National Park as well as more information about types of fauna and flora that thrive there. The centres botanic gardens also house a number of particularly rare species of plant that are being restored and reintroduced into the park, this is the perfect place to view these species up close and learn more about conservation and protection within the park. The centre is also home to a small ethnology museum for visitors who have a particular interest in the subject.

Educational Activities program

If you are travelling to the island in a group, a special program is also available that includes guided walks and talks as well as access to a nature classroom for further learning opportunities.

For more information please visit the parks official website: