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Alto de Garajonay

Alto de Garajonay

Alto de Garajonay

Alto de Garajonay (La Palmita, 38869 Agulo) — Gara and Jonay, so the myth goes, were the Canarian version of Romeo and Juliet. Gara was from the town of Agulo (La Gomera) and Jonay from the neighboring island of Tenerife. When their parents forbade them to see each other again, they ran away but were cornered at the top of the island’s highest mountain and jumped to their deaths below.
This 1,484 meter-tall mountain (located in the middle of the island – its highest point) takes its name from the doomed lovers, along with the National Park which surrounds it. The rather newer Juego de Bolas visitor center is free to enter, as are many of the hiking trails which pass through this rainforest. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and has since attracted a growing number of eco-tourists.