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The town of Valle Gran Rey in La Gomera. Crest (author Jerbez). Click to enlarge the image.The town of Valle Gran Rey lies in a deep valley, in stepped terraces incredible heights. The assembly is particularly exotic: palm trees and banana plantations form a green background on which stands the white houses scattered.
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The town of Valle Gran Rey in La Gomera. Click to enlarge the image.Valle Gran Rey means “great king of the valley”, referring to the leader guanche Hupalupa.


The town of Valle Gran Rey in La Gomera. Village location The town of Valle Gran Rey in La Gomera. Click to enlarge the image.Valle Gran Rey is located west of the island of La Gomera. For a long time it was completely isolated, no road allowing access.

The town of Valle Gran Rey has three villages: La Calera, La Puntilla and Vueltas. Beyond the valley lie the hamlets of Taguluche, Las Hayas and Arure, the last two being close to the National Park of Garajonay.


MountainLa Fortaleza
The town of Valle Gran Rey in La Gomera. La Fortaleza. Click to enlarge the image.La Fortaleza, near the village of Chipude, is the magic mountain of La Gomera.

This Fortaleza is an imposing table mountain with almost vertical walls are rich in endemic plants.

From the top we find a wonderful panorama to the south of the island.

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The town of Valle Gran Rey corresponds to the pre-Hispanic Township Orone, where King guanche most powerful had taken up residence, and yet we find there abundant vestiges of that past.

After the conquest, occupation of the territory began with the high zone, where the Counts of La Gomera situèrent one of their main homes. In 1812, with the separation of the territory of Chipude, the capital of the new entity was installed in Arure which gave its name to the municipality.

The occupation of the lower area, the proper valley, did not wait until the second half of the eighteenth century, and developed with the introduction of bananas and tomatoes for export, to the late nineteenth. This gave an important economic and population growth in the coastal area, where the main implanted residential nuclei of the municipality, Vueltas and La Calera, leading to the creation of the capital of Valle Gran Rey in 1950.

Currently, most of the population lives on the slopes of the ravine, between small gardens and date palms that form an enchanting landscape. Vueltas has a small port that has remained the basis of an important fishery.

Valle Gran Rey is the most prosperous place on the island: rich agriculture, a lot of water, relatively developed fishing industry and very important tourism.

However agriculture as fisheries have lost importance in recent years to the development of a residential and business tourism, thanks to weather conditions, the black sand beaches (La Playa, Playa del Ingles and Araga) the attractiveness of the landscape and the emergence of an offer of economic housing with houses made vacant by the rural exodus.

The traditional economic base remained export agriculture and artisanal fishing on the coast, and self-sufficiency crops (potatoes, vegetable garden vegetables) on narrow terraces inside.

Practical informationPractical information

El Palmarejo
Address: General Road Arure, s / n in El Palmarejo, in Valle del Gran Rey (45 km from San Sebastián).

Phone: 00 34 922 805 868

Good regional cuisine.

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