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La Gomera: Rainforests and Sleepy Fishing Villages - Little Observationist
On our last day in La Gomera in Spain’s Canary Islands, the day after my 30th birthday, we took an hour and a half drive, winding up into the centre of the island and back down again to another coastal town called Valle Gran Rey. The road twisted through Garajonay National Park, the island’s subtropical rain forest and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mist settled around the edge of the forest, trees standing in rows like a surreal skeletal army. The temperatures crept way down and the wind whipped up as we climbed higher through the moss-covered branches that formed tunnels over the car in some places. It’s lush, green, leafy and full of ferns bigger than me. We also had a sobering glimpse at the remains of blackened trees left behind from the horrible fire that raged across the area in 2012. The name of the park has a fun story attached to it – a Romeo and Juliet style romance. There are various versions, but it usually goes like this: Gara and Jonay were lovers. Gara was a beautiful princess from La Gomera and Jonay was a prince from Tenerife. Their families were against their relationship. So, naturally, they decided …