Garajonay National Park (1986)
Spain (La Gomera in the Canary Islands)

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Spain 1991. Garajonay National Park. La Gomera, Canary Islands.

Laurel forest covers some 70% of this park, situated in the middle of the island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands archipelago. 

The presence of springs and numerous streams assures a lush vegetation resembling that of the Tertiary, which, due to climatic changes, has largely disappeared from southern Europe. 

  • Spain 1991. Garajonay National Park. 

The Canary Islands or Canaries (Spanish Islas Canarias), is a group of islands and autonomous region of Spain in the Atlantic Ocean, off the northwestern coast of Africa, comprising the provinces of Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 

Their capitals are, respectively, Las Palmas on Grand Canary and Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Tenerife Island; the cities also serve as dual and alternative capital of the region. 

The chief islands of the group, in descending order of size, are Tenerife; Fuerteventura, the nearest to the African mainland; Grand Canary (Gran Canaria); Lanzarote; La Palma; Gomera; and Hierro. In addition, several barren islets are included in the group. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Spain (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Spain-section, for further information on the individual properties. 

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