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A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde


Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
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20 Feb 2017

As with many unique things about the Island of El Hierro, its capital city Valverde is the only capital city in the Canary Island Archipelago that is not on the coast. It is also called the city in the clouds

Valverde is over 600 metres above sea level and when first built it was not visible from the sea to passing pirate ships.

The best place to start your adventure in this small city is to start at the Plaza Virrey de Manila. The Plaza has a mesmerising pattern of tiles that appear to change shapes in the bright sunlight. The tall imposing building to the right of the Plaza is the local town hall. If you walk to the white stone parapet’s it gives you a spectacular view over the church Nuestra Señora de la Concepcion

Church Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, Valverde, El Hierro

In the distance you can see the Island of La Gomera, with Tenerife behind. Today Mount Teide is capped with snow, quite a contrast against the blue sky and sea. Outside the church the white flag fluttering in the breeze is a reminder that this year is the 4 yearly Fiesta of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes.

I descend the steps and enter the imposing church, through its large solid wooden doors. As your eyes become accustomed to the light there is a magnificent painting to your left depicting biblical scenes interposed with iconic symbols from the Island. To the right is a painting of Christ featuring a well-known British actor, it’s just propped up against the wall of the church. The inside of the church is quite impressive with lots of lovely architectural features and icons.

Biblical scenes Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, Valverde, El Hierro

I then left the church and walked back out into the bright sun light. I turned right onto Calle Dr Gost and walked past the only hotel in the city The Boomerang Hotel and near by the imposing building that was once the home of Dr. Gost, now the home to the Institute of Architects. I took the next road on the left Calle Veintidós de Febrero. To my left was a statue in memory of Salustiano Brito Beboso. My nose tells me I´m outside one of the local Quesadillo bakeries. I keep to the left and take the path up the side of the gully or Barranco as they are known locally. When you come out into the car park, I took a quick detour to the right and looked for the post box on the outside of the post office. When I was first told you post your letters into the mouth of the lion, I thought I’d misheard! (There is also one in the airport).

I then crossed the road and walked up the cobbled street at the side of a car park, you then cross what used to be the main road in the city and climb a few steps onto another track which goes left onto the now main road out of the city. I turned left and followed the road, Avenida Dacio Darias towards San Juan. One thing you will notice is that many of the roads are named after ex residents of the city. (There is a book which explains many of the origins and a brief bio of these people, but it only comes in Spanish). To your left in places you have views down to the airport, coast and views over the city. You could also see the Island of La Palma at the back of me. The views are quite beautiful and everywhere is so lush and green, you can see where the city got its name from. Valverde translates as green valley. 

As I crossed the road I passed Calle Aquilíno Padrón on my right and came across what appears to have been an old well for the city. It’s now a seat and provides shelter from the sun. A few yards further on is an old wooden house called Casa Del Conde which is surrounded by a virtual forest. The tracks in the garden look to lead to all kinds of interesting corners, I would have loved to have been able to explore its nooks and crannies. A little further on I turned right onto Calle Armas Martell and after only a few yards I was at one of the cities visitors centres, Casa de Las Quinteras. I paid a small admission fee and went off to explore, and there was plenty to see. 

Casa del Conde, Valverde, El Hierro

I took the path at the side of reception and walked up to the first of the exhibition areas.  This room was partitioned off into different zones which depicted a weaving workshop showing an old traditional loom, and examples of local cloths, still made to this day on the Island. 

Next to this was an old blacksmiths workshop, which featured the biggest pair of bellows I have ever seen and many old pieces of equipment. As I moved onto the next exhibition area you can’t help but notice the plants growing wild on the outside of the buildings. I then entered the textile exhibition area. This shows old clothing through the ages, old shoes, traditional blankets, costumes and bags and many other curios too. There is even an old hat mould.

The next room was dedicated to old wooden utensils, from forks, spoons, barrels, plates and many other pieces of artefacts. There was also local pottery which came in all shapes and sizes, some in mint condition and others had obviously been repaired. The quirky window seats give different views over the city.  Some of the old stools, in corners, where lovely, curious and looked extremely comfortable and well worn.

Lastly there was an eclectic collection of curios from the 19th and 20th century displayed in huge cabinets. They don’t appear to be in any particular order and it takes a while to take everything in. There was literally something for everyone to see.

I then went back down to the reception area which doubles as a small shop selling lots of souvenirs from drums to key rings, local costumes to mugs.

Back out into the sunshine I turned right and walked back down the road, through the small tunnel under the main road and down into the centre of the city, back to my starting point. There you are spoilt for choice for bars and cafes to have a much needed coffee. I chose to walk back onto the Plaza and take a drink in the appropriately named Bar Cafeteria Plaza which is newly refurbished and has an enormous window looking out across the Plaza. Suitably refreshed I was ready to explore more.

Who says there is nothing to do In Valverde.

Ayuntamiento, Valverde, El Hierro

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Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
www.hellocanaryislands.com