Garafía

The northernmost community of the island is ideal for nature lovers and people looking for piece and quiet

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garafia-callejoncitoThis region comprises the highest mountain "El Roque de Los Muchachos" (2.426 meters), vast pine forests, important rock engravings as well as hidden bays for swimming at the cliffs.

Although Garafía is very well connected to the road network, even today in many places time seems to stand still. The peaceful seclusion of this sparsely populated area has preserved its roots, wide parts were protected.

Opuntias and gorse grow in the coastal areas as well as partially endemic stonecrops and milk bushes.

Further up primeval dragon trees remind on days long ago. From February to November the breathtaking steep coast becomes home to the Cory's shearwater seabird, who raises its offspring there. After sunset their resounding peculiar chants break the silence of the Barrancos.

Potatoes, vegetable, wine and forage crops sprout on the fields and terraces

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garafia-cabrasDifferent fruits like apples, bananas and oranges are cultivated. 

During January and February almond trees adorn large parts of the landscape

 with thousands of blossoms. This spectacle of nature is particularly impressive around Las Tricias and El Castillo.

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There you still find cows grazing on rich green pastures, although farming cattle for working purposes and as a source of meat has been largely replaced by sheep rearing.

In exchange a delicious goat cheese is produced, from which some even have won a price.

Parts of the rare laurel forest, also native to the shy dove Boll's Pigeon, could be conserved.

In the upper pine area the Canary cistus (rock roses) as well as gorse and Viper's Bugloss come into blooming during spring and summer.

Astrophysical Institute of La Palma — the astronomical observatory of the northern hemisphere

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Reaching the tree line, almost on the summits of the Roque de Los Muchachos, the buldings of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias with their domes and towers stand out against the landscape.

It is where scientists from different countries research the solar activity as well as the starry sky, protected by a special law.

Stars not only can be observed at the edge of the National park La Caldera de Taburiente. Especially Garafía has a low light pollution and offers perfect conditions for the Astro-Tourism.

San Antonio del Monte

Once a year the small parish awakes from its deep slumber, when the festival Fiesta de San Antionio del Monte is celebrated. 

The highlight is the cattle fair, where thousands of visitors from the whole islands come together. Local breeds of animals are admired, one of them is the beautiful shepherd dog 'pastor garafiano', native to this area.

The main village is Santo Domingo

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It appears dreamingly and at the same time has its own town hall, a health care centre, a small supermarket and a restaurant. 

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The old harbour installation definitely is worth a visit, but be careful when the sea is rough. In this case it is better to admire the blustering waves from afar.

In fact the second biggest community in La Palma with only about 1.600 inhabitants offers lots of places to be discovered either by hiking or driving around with your rental car.

From mid of January until February countless soft pink almond blossoms adorn the communities of El Paso, Tijarafe, Puntagorda and Garafía.