Sixteenth century Italian poet Torquato Tasso wrote a famous epic poem in which he tells the story of Armida and Reinaldo. According to the poet, during the medieval Christian Crusades, the handsome soldier Reinaldo participated in one of the sieges against the city of Jerusalem. Reinaldo caught the eye of the witch Armida, who was an enemy of the crusaders. She immediately fell in love so rather than killing him she plotted his kidnapping and whisked him away to one of the ‘Fortunate Islands’, as the Canary Islands were once known.

Not long after Tasso wrote his poem, military engineer Leonardo Torriani toured the Canaries on behalf of King Philip II, to build fortresses to defend the islands. Legend has it that when his ship passed by Montaña Amarilla Torriani was so struck by its beauty that he concluded that this was the place where Armida had brought her handsome soldier. Even though Tasso had spoken of an island with a mighty river and covered with vegetation, the engineer believed that the poet must have been inspired by this corner of La Graciosa and then let his imagination run riot…

We certainly have no wish to argue the point because we are also convinced that the beautiful shapes and colours of this volcano that sprang straight from the sea, is worthy of legend.