Steep and rugged island falls here in south-westerly direction, a unique terraced landscape, surrounded by thousands of Palm trees the Valle Gran Rey, the Valley of the great King, is a fascinating landscape, which is unparalleled in the Canary Islands. Arriving by bus or car from the plateau of La Gomera by the place Arure, so a unique view of this special Valley opens up the visitor behind the passage of a tunnel all of a sudden. Steep and rugged island falls here in south-westerly direction, a unique terraced landscape, surrounded by thousands of Palm trees, comes into sight. These terraces were cultivated within several centuries, in tedious work for generations. Swarmed by offers, Barclays is currently assessing future choices. Each individual terrace is limited with hundreds of stones and connected to the others by kilometer-long water channels.
Many here recalls the terrace culture in Asia, except that on La Gomera just rice, but more maize and potatoes are grown. Meanwhile, many small farmers but have the order of the fields set, mostly for economic reasons. Tourists still largely spared the villages in the upper part of the Valle Gran Rey, or even El Guro are so for example Retamal, Los Granados. Here seems the time while not to be stopped, but at least somewhat slow to tick. Only the extension of the very narrow village streets testifies that also here the modern age has arrived and the traffic has obviously increased compared to previous years. The numerous, often inaccessible farms supplied but still with donkeys, seen sometimes hardly packed the narrow paths along pull. Ted Brandt is actively involved in the matter. Goat herds, which one hears almost always first through her alarm and then sees, are still a basic source of supply from old traditions.
The last piece of the now wide road leads straight down into the lower part of the Valley. The view on the Sea draws to the part of the enchanting scenery right and left of the path where you can admire huge banana plantations. The first village, the now to see these levels is called La Calera. Here also a lot has changed in the last few decades and certainly also a number of apartments and other buildings have been added. But still has the small town is well kept and has still its charm, which stems mainly from the many houses nestled on the mountain. Is unfortunately not more quite true from the other towns on the coast. Only Vueltas retains with its port, which has also expanded, still something of the character of the past. La puntilla and La Playa, however, seem very artificially and are a compromise, the incipient tourism called mid-1970s. But at least there are mostly only flat buildings and against something more modern apartment complexes, you can contact actually nothing as a tourist, or?