Welcome to Around Betancuria
The view is almost as spectacular at the pass over which the FV-30 highway climbs before it twists its way north through Valle de Santa Inés, a hiccup of a village.
In pretty Casillas del Ángel, on the FV-20, the petite Iglesia de Santa Ana contains an 18th-century wooden carving of St Anne. For a superb meal, try La Era at the western end of the town. A long, low ochre building, the elegant dining room attracts business bods from all around with its menu of traditional, superbly prepared local dishes. Advance reservations essential.
Heading south of Betancuria for Pájara, you soon hit the small oasis of Vega de Río Palmas (Fertile Plain of the Palma River). As you proceed, the reason for the name becomes clear – the road follows a near-dry watercourse still sufficiently wet below the surface to keep alive a stand of palms.