Vallehermoso

Vallehermoso is the largest town on the island, covering an area of some 114 square kilometres. The population is divided between the town and several villages spread through the area, the most important being Chipude, El Cercado, Alojera, Tamargada, La Dama, Macayo, El Ingenio y Epina. The economy of Vallehermos is based mainly on agriculture, especially grapes, bananas and crops for local consumption (potatoes, fruit trees and corn). However, local handicraft has a certain importance: more than 80 people are involved in elaborating the penca (weaving together the ribs of palm tree leaves), weaving on the traditional loom, pottery, wicker, cane, wood, etc.

Vallehermos controls 1300 hectares of the Garajonay National Park, about a third of the whole Park. La Laguna Grande, a leisure area in the Park so used by the islanders, also belongs to Vallehermoso. Water, barbecues, toilets, special children’s areas and a restaurant are available in La Laguna Grande. In addition, several protected natural areas are also located in Vallehermoso: Los Órganos, Roque Cano and La Fortaleza an El Lomo del Carretón, places to be discovered and enjoyed on leisurely of walks.

A great number of very good hiking paths are also available, the most remarkable being Cruz de Tierno – Roque Cano – Vallehermoso, Epina -Tazo – Arguamul and Alajeró – Arguayoda – La Rajita – La Dama.

The town centre boasts several old style houses roofed with Arabian tiles, reminiscent of it’s vigorous agrarian past. The common administrative services of a small town are located here, and popular products such as a palm tree honey, almogrote (cured cheese spread), parra (local brandy), homemade cheese or mistela (indigenous liquor) are sold. Here visitors can find a room in a pension, apartment, restored house or a small hotel while thinking about what sites to visit or what forest path to hike.

Vallehermoso, La Gomera, town center

Vallehermoso, La Gomera

The architecture of the area is also of interest, not because of specific buildings, but because of its distinctive aesthetic appearance as a whole. The nearby villages of El Cercado, Tamargada, Epina, Arguamul or Tazo boast ancient ovens, community cellars, palm tree groves, and small gardens, as well as notable examples of the popular architecture of La Gomera.

The most noteworthy religious buildings found here are the Church of La Candelaria in Chipude erected in the XVI century, and the Church of San Juan Bautista located in the town centre and built at the end of the XVII century. There is nothing particularly striking about the beaches in this area although the beach at Alojera offers the most amenities (access, lodging, meals). Besides the maritime park at Vallehermoso beach (where you can swim in a brand-new swimming pool with sea water), more determined visitors will find small isolated beaches in Iguala, La Negra and La Rajita, in the southern part of the town, and La Sepultura beach in Tamargada.

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