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+ home arrow Rural Tourism in La Gomera arrow NATIONAL PARK OF GARAJONAY

This park owes its name to the mythical lovers Gara and Jonay who, like Romeo and Julieta, preferred death to resign to their passion. The Legend tells that native princess Gara fell in love with Jonay, son of the indigenous king (mencey) from Adeje in Tenerife, at the harvesting, the Beñesmén.

garajonayWhen their fathers learnt about the relationship of these young people, they opposed to this connection, since Gara was princess of Agulo, the place of water, and Jonay came from Fire, of the island of El Infierno (Hell), a union that would bring misfortunes for all.  Jonay was returned to Tenerife, but soon he returned swimming to La Gomera using inflated animal bladders to aid him. Once together and before the impossibility to live their love, Gara and Jonay fled to the summit and after nailing themselves with a cedar wood spear, they jumped from what carries today their names.   

This forest of Laurisilava (Laurel trees) of the central zone of La Gomera is a unique surviving sample of the forests that occupied the margins of the Mediterranean sea several million years ago, during the Tertiary period, and which disappeared glaciers during the ice age periods. In order to safeguard this alive sample of which is today fossil in Europe, it the National Park of Garajonay was created in 1981, occupying an extension of 3,984 hectares, 10.7% of the surface of the island.  

The different ecosystems that integrate the Park are located between 800 and 1,500 meters over the sea level. The Laurisilva of the National Park of Garajonay, with a great variety of perennial leaf trees in an atmosphere of high humidity and little temperature, lodges, in fact, several types of forests.  Access to the Park is easy, through many roads or footpaths that communicate the different municipalities and small villages of the island. The Park has four recreational zones, with the most important of them in Laguna Grande.

The others are Jardín de las Creces, la Ermita del Cedro or Nuestra Señora de Lourdes and Los Chorros de Espína.

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30 November 2021

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