Destinations in the Canary Islands that are a World Heritage Site (not to be missed)

The other day we were talking about the places that are declared a World Heritage Site in Tenerife. But the Canary Islands have other areas that also have this recognition and that are well worth visiting. Specifically, today we are going to focus on La Gomera and Gran Canaria .

La Gomera

On this island, there is the Garajonay National Park , which crowns the upper half of La Gomera and is recognized as the largest pre-glacial forest in the world. One reason why it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

This park is largely covered – around 60% – by a dense laurel forest, being very similar to those that existed in Europe in the Tertiary Period . This forest has the particularity of being subtropical and humid with springs and streams fed by the fog and clouds, as well as being home to some 2,000 species of flora and fauna, including birds, reptiles or amphibians that are, for the most part, endemic.

The tour of the park leads us to walk along paths where there is a significant presence of moss and observe impressive views , in general, from the heights because they are steep paths.

You cannot leave La Gomera without knowing the rubber whistle , which was declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. This language is a language , which could be defined as whistling and which allowed communication through deep valleys and between different peoples, since it can be heard from a distance of five kilometers .

Gran canaria

The tour also takes us to Gran Canaria to see the Risco Caído and the mountains of the Sacred Heart . This place consists of a network of 21 hand- dug caves , which are located near Artenara, which is the highest town on the island.

Cave Six is most famous for its huge solar and lunar calendar with holes for light rays to enter and the equinoxes to be marked. It is the only known example of an astronomical calendar on an island in the world today.