Erque and Erquito

These are two little villages located inside the Protected Landscape of Orone, at the top of the Barranco de Erque, on the southside of the Municipality of Vallehermoso. We can get there by a little paved road between Igualero and Chipude.

These are two very scattered settlements along one of the most amazing and deepest ravines of the entire island. This area, which was already inhabited in the eighteenth century, was isolated from the rest of the island due to the great variations in altitude, that’s why its inhabitants had to be self-sufficient. The great sources of water in the area as well as the rich agriculture by means of terracing, the livestock and the exchange of materials with the coast and summit areas made it possible.

The groups of houses have the traditional rural aspect, with old houses made of stone and other new ones made of cement which are distributed in a stepped way on the slopes. Next to the houses there are also well preserved thick walls, ways, threshing floors and stone ovens. All of them are surrounded by big palm trees.

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The whistle language

The inhabitants from La Gomera preserve a really unique prehispanic custom, “el silbo gomero” (Gomera whistle language). It is a curious way of communication at a distance, an articulated whistled language that permits to exchange an unlimited range of messages when reproducing the sonic characteristics of a spoken language by means of whistles. It is […]

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