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Although the name of Barranco de La Palma indicates another one of the Canary Islands, it is located on the west coast of Gran Canaria. Sure, if the island of Tenerife wasn’t in the way, Barranco de La Palma would be facing the island of La Palma directly (but still Gran Canaria and La Palma are about 200 km apart).
Barranco de La Palma, looking downstream towards the coast.
There is grass, big blocks of rock, and a few standalone palm trees.
Barranco de La Palma, looking from road GC-200 inlands, up the mountains.
There is a cascade of small waterfalls in Barranco de La Palma, very close to the road. But there is not much water most of the time, so the waterfalls are not that easy to spot.
Barranco de La Palma is one of the largest barrancos on the western and north-western coast of Gran Canaria. It is accessible by the west-coast road GC-200 from Agaete (in the north) or La Aldea (in the south). While this road runs mostly on the cliffs high above the ocean coast, at the place where it bridges Barranco de La Palma it deviates from the coast slightly and there is a small space for parking (which is normally impossible along the whole west coast except for a few places like this one).
You won’t miss Barranco de La Palma when driving on GC-200. There is a big sign.
On the map it is here:
A barranco is a river, or more precisely a riverbed which is dry most of the time, but has caused massive erosion. The closest English word is ravine. You will find a lot of barrancos on Gran Canaria, but you would have trouble trying to find two identical or similar looking barrancos. The character of barrancos is most strikingly different when you compare those on the east or south coast of Gran Canaria with barrancos in the west or the north.
As virtually all the landscape and nature on Gran Canaria, this difference is caused by the different climate: the north and west of Gran Canaria get much more clouds and rain, and therefore the barrancos receive water more often and there is actually some vegetation in them (and the vegetation is quite diverse, as you can see in Barranco de La Palma), unlike the barrancos in the south, which are often just rocks.
Barranco de La Palma is part of the Natural Park of Tamadaba (Parque Natural de Tamadaba), which covers the whole coastal area between Agaete and La Aldea. Besides the specific landscapes and various rock formations you can (higher and further from the coast) see diverse vegetation and – if you are lucky – several endemic species of birds.
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