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Sunday, 10 May 2009 16:56

The Island Council of La Gomera works on the diagnosis of 30 existing viewpoints on the island, which the institution wants to value to highlight the Gomeran landscape and promote tourism. This was reported by the chairman of the corporation, Casimiro Curbelo, who stresses that, according to the proposals of the municipalities, an increase in the number of these enclaves scattered around the island of La Gomera is also being studied.

Curbelo states that the visits to the viewpoints on La Gomera have already been completed, together with the first phase of meetings with town councils, which has allowed to collect all the necessary information to begin to define the specific characteristics of the project. This initial work envisages promoting tourism by means of complementary uses of these viewpoints with the refurbishment of squares, bars, coffee shops and similar services.

"The team for this initiative on La Gomera, with the counselor of insular tourism infrastructure in charge, has conducted multiple field works and have a real vision of the state and the needs of existing viewpoints, in addition to visiting new sites proposed mainly by local corporations", Curbelo says before commenting that this action enables to lay the groundwork for planning actions on medium and long term.

He adds that the ultimate aim is to ensure the conservation and improvement of existing viewpoints as complementary tourist activity, create new recreational areas and raise awareness of the landscape of La Gomera, for to finally articulate the integration between the natural and cultural heritage of the island.

“The viewpoints will make more livable and enjoyable the driving on roads and walking on footpaths of the island", he says and then adds that "the viewpoints will also value the beauty of the landscape of La Gomera, while they will serve as resting places within the scheduled routes for all those who visit the island." Curbelo underlines that the landscape of La Gomera which is defined by the rugged mountainous relieve of the island, is one of the main insular tourist attractions, and hence the insular institution intends to enhance and capitalise on the existing infrastructure.

"This is only an idea of departure and these are just a few examples, as La Gomera has many more facilities and all of them have an important value", Curbelo concludes noting that the action described above links with the island's bet for sustainable tourism and empowerment and care of the natural environment.