The island covers an area of 396 km2, with highest point being El Alto de Garajonay (1.487 m). Its stunning laurel forest, pine and palm groves and giant heather trees all add to the unique qualities of La Gomera.
The steep, rugged terrain of the island has led to the creation of a dense network of trails. These paths criss-cross the whole island and are kept in excellent condition thus establishing itself as an outstanding destination for ramblers.
The Garajonay National Park is set in the central mountain peaks of La Gomera. This is one of the most symbolic forests of Spain. The Park's laurel forest covers an area of 3,900 hectares (10.7% of the island's surface area) and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The sub-tropical climate of the Canary Islands is no stranger to La Gomera. The island has two, distinct climates; one for north-facing exposures and another one for south-facing areas. The north is exposed to the Trade Winds, giving it mild and stable temperatures and an appreciable degree of moisture. In the south, temperatures are higher with many more hours of sunlight and much less humidity than in the north.
You only have to see the endless variety of flowers that abound all over the island to realise that the island have very little changeable seasons. La Gomera is of great scientific interest, with a large proportion of endemic Canary Island species and a considerable number of species that are exclusive to La Gomera.