Parque Nacional de Garajonay

Top choice in La Gomera

La Gomera's prime attraction, the magical, often-misty Parque Nacional de Garajonay extends across 40 sq km of dense, primeval laurisilva forest at the heart of the island, where warm breezes collide with Atlantic trade winds. A national park since 1981 and a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1986, this mountainscape carpeted much of the Mediterranean millions of years ago (surviving here because the last Ice Age didn't reach the Canary Islands), and provides outstanding hiking opportunities.

Around 7.5 sq km of the park's laurisilva was devastated by a terrible fire in 2012; though it's estimated that these areas will take around 30 years to recover, there's still plenty of beautiful natural country to explore.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby La Gomera attractions

1. Ermita de Nuestra Señora de Lourdes


A 1.7km walk (signposted) southwest from El Cedro along the official national-park Route 2, this small, white forest chapel was founded in 1935 by…

2. Centro de Interpretación Las Loceras

1.93 MILES

El Cercado's small but fascinating earthenware museum explores the history of the island's pottery tradition through multilingual panels and collections…

3. Mirador Roque de Agando

2.88 MILES

Views sprawl across to Tenerife and the 1250m-high volcanic rock 'needle' Roque de Agando (the most impressive in the Canaries) from this sensational…

4. Ermita de San Antonio

3.65 MILES

Around 6km northeast of Valle Gran Rey proper, the highlight of this modern roadside chapel is the view from the plaza outside.

5. Iglesia de San Juan Bautista

3.71 MILES

Guarding the north end of central Vallehermoso, the whitewased Iglesia de San Juan Bautista was originally built in the 16th century, but destroyed…

6. Drago de Agalán

3.73 MILES

The island’s oldest drago (dragon tree) rests in a palm-sprinkled valley, 2km north of Alajeró. Take the signposted road 300m west (downhill) from the…

7. Parque Etnográfico Los Telares

3.76 MILES

A reconstructed 19th-century gofio (roasted Canarian grain) mill sits at the heart of this multifaceted private ethnographic centre, which also takes in a…

8. Mirador del Palmarejo

3.79 MILES

About 9.5km inland and up the valley, the César Manrique–designed Palmarejo lookout enjoys incredible views across Valle Gran Rey’s gorge, its sea of…