“Mirador de Abrante” (Abrante Viewpoint): A magical painting

“Mirador de Abrante” (Abrante Viewpoint): A magical painting

When you visit the municipality of Agulo, in the northeast of the Island, for the first time, your attention will very powerfully be drawn to the immense cliff wall that rises to the highest point. Situated more than 620 metres above sea level, it is crowned by the “Mirador de Abrante” and its famous walkway with a glass floor.

At seven metres long, the viewpoint walkway is an experience for the most daring: not only can you “lean out” over the cliff, you can also walk over it. Looking at your feet over the valley running down to the sea is a completely unforgettable adventure that is recognised worldwide. This enclave also offers one of the best views of the whole Canary Islands: Teide (3,718 metres) and part of the island of Tenerife. It is worth mentioning that, due to it being situated in a sort of natural amphitheatre, its location enables you to constantly see the outline of Teide, as if it was a mirage or a magical oil painting. Cloudy days also have their charm, with the clouds creating complex shapes and caressing the landscape.

Mirador Abrante

This steel and glass construction, a work of architect José Luis Bermejo, has been described in hundreds of mentions around the world as a “true spectacle for the senses”, and is one of the most essential points of tourist interest in the Canaries.

To access the viewpoint you can choose to take the “Los Pasos” trail that starts from the town centre, if you are a hiker and have the appropriate materials. However, the recommended option is to take part of the route by car through the north, after stopping at the Visitor Centre at Garajonay National Park. The road that provides access from this centre has some points where driving in both directions is not permitted, so you must be patient and understand that this natural area is unique, corresponding to the unique orography of La Gomera.

Being inside the facilities of a restaurant, you can also enjoy its services whilst marvelling at the majesty of the area. The usual opening hours are Monday to Friday from 11am – 6pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 7pm.

From this point there are various trails such as “el Juego de Bolas” and “Agulo” (via El Roquillo) that form part of the more than 600 kilometre long network offered by La Gomera. The “Mirador de Abrante” is undoubtedly one of the experiences that you will never forget, as the immensity of the landscape in La Gomera and views of the neighbouring island will remain engraved in your eyes like the great paintings displayed in museums.

Mirador Abrante