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Visiting miradores (viewpoints) is an enjoyable way for people travelling by road through Valle Gran Rey to become more familiar with its landscape, because they are located at strategic points that provide the best panoramas.
Mirador de El Palmarejo: This viewpoint is an absolute jewel, from which you can observe another jewel. Designed by Cesar Manrique to also be a restaurant, the architecture of the viewpoint is completely integrated into the Gomera landscape and is an extraordinary example of the respect that the artist felt for the natural environment. And from this beautiful spot you can admire how the neighbourhood of Guadá flows in terraces down the cliffs.
Mirador de Piedras Hincadas: From this viewpoint you can observe the hamlet of Alojera and the entire northwest part of the neighbouring municipality of Vallehermoso. It is also a splendid spot from which to observe the surrounding mountain, which forms part of the western edge of Garajonay National Park and connects with all the rupicola forest formations on El Lomo del Carretón National Monument located directly below your feet.
Mirador de El Santo: This viewpoint is located in Arure. After passing through the aqueduct found there, you will see the impressive and enclosed Taguluche valley. Palm trees, terraces, traditional homes, sheer cliffs on both sides, and in the background the ocean, and even farther out the islands of La Palma and El Hierro are often visible.
Mirador de la Palma Tambarera: After passing Arure, you will find this viewpoint from which you can see the impressive canyon created by the erosive action of the Arure ravine. Layers upon layers of lava flows that form scarps, fanciful shapes. The scarce vegetation clinging to rocks on the cliffs, and in the background the ravine that carries water practically year round through one of the largest willow groves on the island.
Plaza de San Antonio: This almost circular plaza, which was chosen by the inhabitants of Guadá to build the hermitage of San Antonio after the ‘Guerra del Agua’ (Water War), is a magnificent spot to contemplate the splendour of the upper valley. Paredones (the thick stone walls used to support terraces), palm trees and traditional homes make up one of the most valued landscapes in the Canaries.
Mirador de la Curva del Queso: From here you can see the middle and lower part of Valle Gran Rey, how the town appears between the cliffs of La Mérica and Teguerguenche and then opens up as it stretches out to the ocean.
Juan Rejón: At the apex of the neighbourhood of La Calera, you will find this viewpoint, where the academy of Valle Gran Rey was once located. From here you can see the lower part of Valle Gran Rey: Vueltas, La Puntilla, La Playa, El Palmar… banana plantations, tropical crops, the ocean, from one of the most interesting neighbourhoods in the municipality: La Calera, the ideal place to wander the streets and see how the ascending buildings overlap each other between plants and flowers.