Thursday, November 25, 2010

Woodland Bridge

Woodland Bridge

Deep in the heart of the Bosques de Garajonay or Bosque del Cedro (cedar woods) in La Gomera's Garajonay National Park is where you’ll find this idyllic spot within the most spectacular laurisilva - sub-tropical cloud forests - in the world: a true living relic of the past when all of the Canary Islands and much of the Mediterranean region was covered in this vegetation, way back in the Tertiary period.

The creation of the Garajonay National Park in 1981 and it's declaration as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, gives some idea of the importance of these woods.

Fed by the so-called horizontal rain - clouds brought by the tradewinds that impregnate the vegetation with humidity - the laurisilva forests of La Gomera are the most important in the world, with 400 species of plants, 200 of which are endemic to the Canary Islands. The walk through these ancient forest with moss cloaked laurel trees is like a fairy tale. If you are unfamiliar with the area, it’s recommended to start at the national park's Visitor Center, situated in an area known as Juego de Bolas, in the district of Agulo on the north of the island.

The director of the Garajonay National Park produced a report on the 25 years of management, in honor of the park's 25th Anniversary in 2006. Although the text is all in Spanish, the photos aren't. Smile Right click to download the PDF document here, or get it from the Environment Ministry's Garajonay website here.

Deutsch: Vom Fuß des Garajonay durch den Bosque del Cedro nach Hermigua

Fluent in Spanish and having spent 16 years on the island, Pamela Stocks has now been translating, researching and publishing information on customs and events in Tenerife for 25+ years. This takes a considerable amount of time and effort, for which she receives no payment whatsoever. If you find this work useful or interesting, please buy her a coffee. Buy Pamela Stocks a Coffee

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