Section 03: Angulo – Vallehermoso
The third leg of our trek was another nice calf-burner, but also super beautiful. But first things first: What rhymes with Angulo? Gran culo! 😀 Nuff said. Well, after a nice breakfast at the only cafe that was open (at the bus stop, good croissants), we headed straight for the „red wall“. A relatively straight and steep trail up the cliff – with the rising sun mostly behind us, the red color of the rock was strikingly intense and beautiful. Unfortunately, the Mirador de Abrante is closed on Mondays, so we could not enter the building, but it looked great from the outside. :-/
After that, we were in the middle of the outback all of a sudden. Red sand everywhere and not a tree in sight. But also no flies, no racist males, and no snakes. So maybe not Australia after all. 😉 As usual on La Gomera, you have to cross a few barrancos to get from A to V, so the first climb of the morning was not the last one. But the landscape kept changing and after passing the impressive Roque Cano, we finally descended to Vallehermoso. Vallehermoso is a beautiful little town, surrounded by steep hills with a small stretch of valley floor extending some 3km towards the coast and ending in a tiny rocky beach. We had a fantastic little casa rural here, with lots of space and a very nice courtyard. Also, there’s a good cafe in town (Lucia Cosas de Verdad), right on the main square (Plaza de la Constitucion), try out their cakes! And don’t buy fruit and veggies at the Spar supermarket, go for the local one across the square. Also, a few kms after the Mirador, you come across the national park centre, great place for rest and fantastic cookies!