Vallehermoso, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
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|Autonomous region:||Canary Islands|
|Province:||Santa Cruz de Tenerife|
(109.32 km² in 2003)
|Length of coastline:||26.75 km|
|Location:||28.1667/28°10' N lat.
17.25/17°15' W long.
|Mayor:||Jaime Luis Noda Morales
(Progresistas de Vallehermoso
The municipality of Vallehermoso is located on the southwestern and northwestern coasts of La Gomera in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife of the Canary Islands. Its capital, the town of Vallehermoso on the north coast, is linked with a main highway encircling every part of the island and is located WNW of the island capital, San Sebastián de la Gomera.
The population is 3,141 (ISTAC, 2005), its density is 47.6/km² and the area is 109.11 km²/10,911 ha, some reads 109.32 km². The elevation is 230 m. Vallehermoso is the second largest municipality in area. Farmlands are in the valley areas and within the Atlantic, the mountain and the hills dominate the central part and part of the coastline are cliffs. Its climate is mainly vegetation.
Part of the area are made up of farmlands, while the mountainous areas are forested or grassy. Its main industry are agriculture, tourism and some businesses. Vallehermoso is famous for its "miel de palma" (palm honey) production as well as tomato, potato and banana production.
- El Cercado
- La Dama
- El Ingenio
The population decreased until the mid to late 1990s when it slowly boomed up again. The population began to boom again but declined close to the 2004 population level.
Sites of interest
The municipality features a rock-formed mountain Los Organos which are made up of basalt rocks. Mountaintops includes El Cercado and La Fortaleza or Chipude. The natural beauty of the mountain area forms a part of the Garajonay Park. Directly by the coast of Vallehermoso features a cultural centre named El Castillo del Mar, located in an old banana factory which was used until 1950 is the centre for concerts, cinema and folklore music. The Castillo was restored in 1981 by the photographer Thomas K. Müller.
A botanical garden, Jardín Botánico del Descubrimiento de Vallehermoso, was constructed in 2000 under the direction of botanist Dr. David Bramwell of the Botanical Gardens in Las Palmas at a cost of 310 million pesetas. The garden covers an area of 16,219 square metres with plant species from five continents, especially species found by discoverers of the New World. Plants from all the Canary Islands archipelago are included, with a special focus on the endemic plants of La Gomera.
Vallehermoso has schools, a few lyceums, a gymnasium, churches, a small beach, a post office and a few squares plazas.
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|Northwest: Atlantic Ocean||North: Atlantic Ocean||Northeast: Agulo|
|West: Valle Gran Rey (surrounds)||Vallehermoso||East: Atlantic Ocean|
|Southwest: Atlantic Ocean||South: Atlantic Ocean||Southeast: Alajeró|