The Garajonay National Park is the stage on which this awakening is played out, and if you venture deep along its paths, you’ll get a front-row seat from which to enjoy the show and discover each shade, texture and fragrance that the season brings.
A countless number of endemic species make the park their own, including the critically endangered blue tajinaste, a species so threatened that to see it in all its splendour is nothing short of a privilege. Its flowers can be seen until April, before they make way for its fruit, from May to July.
Each nook and cranny of the forest, and every twist and turn along its trails, holds the surprise of new flowers, new plants and naturally created gardens that feature unique and ever-changing designs.
1. Late March to early April:
Heather, Argyranthemum broussonetii, Cistus chinamadensis, Euphorbia mellifera; cerrajón, girdana; canarina; forget-me-knot, arsila, palo blanco, follao, Ranunculus cortusifolius.
2. Late April to early May:
Codeso, Cistus chinamadensis, Cistus gomerensis, Canary Islands St. John’s Wort, Hypericum reflexum, Hypericum grandifolium, girdana, greenovia, Canary Island geranium, Canary Islands balm, elder, Aeonium subplanum, Ranunculus cortusifolius.
3. Late May to early June:
General budding period within the woodland, elder, yew, codeso, rockrose, Aeonium spatulathum, Grande strigosa, Gonospermum gomerae, Aichryson laxum, Aeonium appendiumlatum, Canary Islands St. John’s Wort, H. grandifolium, H. reflexum, Aeonium subplanum, Canary Islands balm, Scrophularia langeana, Aichryson pachycaulon, Pericallis hansenii.
This time of year is also when visitors are encouraged to get up very early in the morning and watch the sunrise from the various vantage points that offer views of the Los Roques area, or to wait at the Alto de Garajonay for the sun to set. And if you feel like it, you can also star gaze on clear nights.
Some trails within the park, such as Trail 15, “La Meseta de Hermigua (Las Tres Cascadas)” (Hermigua Plateau – The Three Waterfalls), provide visitors with the chance to see the flowers in bloom. The peaceful nature of this trail and its ease of access allow this time of year to be enjoyed to the full. On the forest track from Meriga to El Cedro, the spectacle of sunlight filtering through the treetops lights up the explosion of colours that can be found there. Elsewhere, the rest area of Las Creces is an ideal spot to eat a sandwich before continuing on the circular trail (you can see the Canary Islands cranesbill in flower from March to May in this area).
If you’re wondering why spring chooses the Garajonay National Park… it’s because it’s here that it found the ideal stage to present its yearly spectacle…