The magic nature found throughout the Island is especially intense on the summits of Garafía’s mountains. The local lore places the tragic legend of two lovers on one of its many ridges. Up there, by a lava wall not far from Los Andenes, the lovers met under the glittering stars. She was a handsome aborigine maid from Garafía, whereas he stemmed from Barlovento. Their passionate love awakened the Devil’s jealousy. It is said He created the forementioned wall overnight in order to separate both youths, but the brave young man defied Him and fell into the depth of La Caldera de Taburiente while trying to climb over it. The Demon then wanted to possess the grieving girl, but she rejected Him and jumped into the abyss so as not to depart from her beloved. So it happened the Devil’s task was of no use, and, in a rage, He split the basaltic wall in two halves, to which a tragic nature has been attached ever since.
Foto: Felipe Lorenzo. Texto: Inés Dieppa | ADER La Palma