It is the largest municipality of the island. It covers the north and south of the island and is, therefore, the territory that offers the most varied landscape of La Gomera. From the green Garajonay National Park peaks, we can observe the extensive palm grove of Vallehermoso, Tazo or Arguamul, contrasting with the dry landscapes of Chipude or El Cercado.
The “Silbo Gomero” is an ancestral whistling language unique of this island. Homage to La Gomera whistling language, Igualero. The natural landscape of Orone is one of the most spectacular because of the depth of its ravines on the south side of the island. The Roque Cano is without doubt, the most significant natural space of the municipality of Vallehermoso. Vallehermoso is dotted with small villages where time seems to have stopped, like Tazo. The historic center of Vallehermoso has interesting examples of traditional architecture, highlighting among all of them, the church of San Juan Bautista, a beautiful example of Gothic Revival Architecture completed in the early twentieth century. At the end of the gorge are steep seaside resorts with swimming pools prepared for the enjoyment of locals and visitors. In the opposite direction, at the beginning of the gorge, we find the dam of La Encantadora, a magical place from which we can observe the Roque Cano, the greatest geological rock in the north of the island.
Due to its length, Vallehermoso has a large number of villages split over the valleys and gorges where hikers can see the beauty in some places less traveled and where time has stood still. Real nice places to visit are Tazo, Arguamul or Alojera, the main producer of palm honey of the island and a virtually untouched natural beach.
While visiting the south side of the municipality you can find Chipude, with its church of Our Virgin of Candelaria, of the sixteenth century, it is one of the most ancient in the island. You can also be a witness of one of the most ancestral traditions of the island, the pottery of El Cercando. Potters still reproduce the same way of manufacturing the aborigines of La Gomera had. The views of La Dama or La Rajita are also important, where you can observe the ruins of the old cannery of the island.
With regard to the traditions, we must highlight the popular festivals in honour of Our Virgin of Carmen, that take place in the historical center of the village. It is a holiday marked in the calendar by thousands of people of La Gomera, who return to meet the Virgin and their most remote past every July of the year. Another essential is the prosession of La Candelaria in Chipude. This last festival takes place every 15th of August and brings thousands of faithful people together that meet around the church. It is perhaps the biggest in number of people of those held in the island.