Wild Place: Garajonay National Park

A Tolkien-esque fantasy landscape awaits those willing to trek deep into the island of La Gomera

You’ll have to go deep into the Garajonay National Park, on the island of La Gomera in Spain’s Canary Islands, to find this wilderness. Here, the island’s peaks funnel mist into the central valley of El Cedro – the heart of the evergreen laurel cloud forest that covers 70 per cent of the park – creating a landscape straight out of a Tolkien fantasy. Only problem is, it’s a trek to get there – you need to take a ferry from neighbouring island Tenerife.