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La Palma


One of the finest examples of laurisilva forest in the Canary Islands

Las Nieves Nature Reserve is situated in La Palma, between the municipalities of Puntallana, San Andrés y Sauces, and Santa Cruz de la Palma.

This nature area is one of the best-conserved laurisilva forests in the Canary Islands, thanks to the large amount of waterfalls that are there are in the park. There are three nature areas here: Monte de Los Sauces y Puntallana Nature Reserve; Barrancos de Quintero, El Río, La Madera y Dorador Nature Reserve; and the Cuchillete de San Juan Nature Reserve They are currently part of La Palma Biosphere Reserve and are situated right next to La Caldera de Taburiente National Park.

  • Type of area Nature reserve
  • Area 5.094 hectares


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Environmental information

It stands out because it is one of the finest examples of laurisilva forest in the Canary Islands and it has a pine forest with protected species such as the Canary Island broom and cheirolophus falcisectus. It is one of the main breeding grounds for laurisilva pigeons, and in the pine forest, in the south, there are interesting species such as sparrowhawks and buzzards.

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