Imagine yourself in the jungle: the best-preserved forest in Europe is located in Spain

by Lorraine Williamson
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The best-preserved forest in Europe is not in France or Germany, as might be expected. This jungle, as it is also called, is located in Spain. The famous laurel forest is an explosion of greenery and biodiversity. It is therefore one of the great attractions in all of Spain for nature lovers.

The forest of Tilos is located on the Canary Island of La Palma. A spectacular forest, which according to some is even reminiscent of the Amazon. The shades of green that predominate in this forest are absolutely spectacular. After just a few metres you imagine yourself in the middle of the jungle.

Parque Natural de las Nieves

This spectacular enclave is hidden in the Parque Natural de las Nieves. And while it may not look like it, it has stood the test of time for years. It consists of a huge thick, moist laurel forest that is unique in the world. You can only find it in the Canary Islands, Madeira and the Azores.

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Best preserved forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Due to its uniqueness, the forest was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In addition, there is also a World Biosphere Reserve. The highlight of this spectacular and beautiful forest is its springs, which keep the water level high and the humidity constant. The best known are the Marcos and Cordero springs. But there are also impressive waterfalls, such as the Tilos waterfall. It is more than 75 metres high and gives its name to this magical environment. You can get there via a relatively short walk of less than three kilometres. As a reward, you can enjoy swimming when you get there.

Activities and walking routes

For sports enthusiasts and adventurers, it is good to know that the entire area of this best-preserved forest in Europe is ideal for endless activities and hiking trails. You can walk to the springs, to the viewpoints or to the caves carved into the rock.

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