A deep, brilliant-green gorge running down to meet the island’s most popular beaches, the naturally spectacular Valle Gran Rey (Valley of the Great King) is La Gomera’s tourist epicentre. Dramatic bare-rock cliffs line the valley and coast, creating a large part of the scenery's grandeur, and, when the rest of the island is soaking in drizzle, the Valle Gran Rey is often happily working on its suntan. Most services here are geared towards the many German visitors in search of sunshine and nature (there are some good walks), plenty of whom are long-stay. Come sunset, people congregate along the seafront promenade, where fire dancers and other performers set up.
Valle Gran Rey proper is the low-key resort strip along the beachfront, with the barrios of La Playa and Vueltas at its northern and southern ends respectively and La Puntilla between, though the Valle Gran Rey district extends up the valley.