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“Good visitor center, educational trail and good restaurant”
Review of La Laguna Grande

La Laguna Grande
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La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife with Lunch
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 19 June 2018

i went twice it was so beautiful..i had a car so it was easy to drive to other quieter routes..i would definately recommend for hiking,it was peaceful and stunningly beautiful...the staff in the centre were very helpful and there were no crowds when i visited...

Thank lolly0100
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

For a walk in the forest choose another place as this is a place for tour groups mainly coming from Teneriffe. There are pic nic tables and bathrooms. There is a short walk aound the forest if you are short of time.
You can park here and start your hiking trips here. It is not a place to stay but a place to start.

Thank Per-Olov L
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Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

This is one of the classic places to start a walk up to Alto Garajonay through the laurisilva forest as there’s a small visitor centre, cafe, toilets, a children’s play area, parking and several signposted walks starting from here. It’s also the site of an ephemeral lake, though despite the moisture and damp throughout the cloud forest it’s clear it rarely if ever floods. Not such an exciting place to start from though if the whole of the Garajonay park is wreathed in thick low cloud, and even less so when the Cafe is closed for what’s obviously extensive refurbishment. Our whole large group pined for the cafes con leche on which we’d set our hearts - and the dulces - and spent a few minutes checking out the information boards in the small visitors centre, then set off into the clouds. Probably a fine place for a leisurely start on a sunny day, but NB there’s a reason why the vegetation is so lush at the top of the island!

Thank amdgriggs
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

Its a place to start hikes from, but actually spending time there...no. Don't get its why so many busses stop here.

Thank muellers_valley
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