This island is characterised by its central massif of a height of 1487 meters, dropping steeply to the sea. The region of Alto de Garajonay was declared a National Park.
Particularly interesting are the population's very old and original popular customs. The inhabitants of the different valleys use to communicate with each other in a whistling language, comparable to the "yodling" in Central European Alps.
Here we find mostly small bays with fine sand, in the island's steep coast. Playa de Santiago a picturesque small fishing-village with a fine beach and crystalline water. At the exit of Valle Gran Rey a valley with important plantations, is located one of the island's best beaches. Playa de Vallehermoso, another fine beach close to Acantilado de los Organos.