The fattest tree of all

Corona Forestal National Park is home to the so-called “Pino Gordo” (meaning Fat Pine). And its name is not without reason: the trunk alone is three metres wide, meaning it measures ten metres round. People often try to get their arms around it, which takes several sets of arms, but the picture they take home with them makes for a fun souvenir of the feat. The Fat Pine is a Canarian pine tree dating from several centuries ago that bore witness to the formation of the Island's most recent volcanoes. It towers 45 metres above the ground, meaning there are few trees in Europe to rival its height.