Chipude is the town from the highest area of the Municipality of Vallehermoso that shelters the high part of the middle areas in the southeast of the island, in the outskirts of the National Park of Garajonay. It was one of the first important populations in the island after the arrival of the inhabitants from Castile but in pre Hispanic times it was a very important region for the ancient inhabitants of La Gomera, thanks to the Natural Monument of La Fortaleza, a sacred and ritual place.
Chipude is actually a denomination for an area that is composed of other villages in the outskirts of the National Park such as Pavón, Apartaderos or La Dehesa. Locally, it is considered that Chipude only shelters the neighborhoods of La Vica, Triana and Temocodá which group together around the church of La Candelaria.
It is about a group of houses and buildings with different styles where the well preserved traditional styles and those of a special beauty mix with more modern ones. We can see threshing floors, thick walls and several important trails that go through the area and communicate nearly with the entire island.
Chipude was of a great importance in the past because it was a crossing place of the different ways of communication in the island and also because of the influence of its church which was built at the beginning of the seventeenth century, being one of the most relevant constructions of the religious heritage of the island. This village, until the nineteenth century, had its own town hall that was later annexed to the Municipality of Vallehermoso.
The celebration of la Candelaria takes place the fifteenth of August and as it coincides with the middle of the summer and Chipude is in a central area, this festivity has become one of the most important celebrations in the island as regards events and participation.
Next to the National Park of Garajonay, Epina is a village that has been traditionally related to fruit and vegetables crops. It consists of tens of houses; many of them are made of stone and mud wit Arabic tiles and two gabled roofing which are more than 200 years old but well preserved. Although the […]