Laurel forests can be found in areas with high humidity and mild temperatures. They are characterised by evergreen and hardwood trees that can reach up to 40 metres in height. The wet air from the ocean comes as rain or fog and keeps the soil full of moisture. In the Canary Islands, you can come across several forests of such kind. One of them is located on the island of La Gomera. Laurel forests cover 70% of the Garajonay National Park, situated in the middle of the island.
The presence of springs and numerous streams assures lush vegetation on its territory. The forest hosts a great diversity of plant species, which are often surrounded by a sea of fog. Garajonay National Park consists of over 3,900 hectares of the best-preserved Laurel forests in the Canary Islands.
Los Tilos, on the island of La Palma, holds one of the most important laurel forests. The ecosystem inherited from the Tertiary epoch is declared a Core Zone of the La Palma World Biosphere Reserve. The best time to visit the forests is after the rainy season when the vegetation is particularly lush.