This is a good place to start your introduction to the Laurisilva forests of La Gomera. This is a small visitor center compared to the Juego de Bolas visitor center in another part of the island. However, Laguna Grande area is in the lush and green Laurisilva forest and there are trails you can take. This visitor center opens early to accommodate hikers and if you come early (before 10 am) it will be relatively uncrowded. Later in the day the buses full of day tourists coming from Tenerife arrive. It was our observation that many tour groups stop here to use the bathroom, buy coffee, snacks or a drink at the bar, but do not hike much. There is a short but beautiful and educationsal (with informational plaques) trail that very few visitors appear to take. It is not very long or difficult but you can learn a lot about the Laurisilva forest unique to the Canary Islands by reading the plaques along the trail. If you come early you can also birdwatch as this is a good area to spot birds. You may even spot the rare Laurisilva pigeons. We ate at the restaurant after our visit here and the food was pretty good (watercress soup- a Canadian classic- was excellent). This area can be cool even if it is not raining and we observed that most tourists do not seem to know this before they visit. Many people complained about being cold. So to make the best of this beautiful area you have to come early and come prepared with the proper attire for cold and wet weather. Of the two visitor centers this was our favorite and we visited here early and late in the day and both times of the day were great to avoid the crowds. In order to do this you have to stay more than one night in La Gomera. It is a fair drive from the city so we stayed at El Cedro which is not too far. Casa rural Los patos was a great place to stay and use as abase while visiting La Gomera.
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