Guayadeque is the place to go to if you want to learn more about the history of Gran Canaria
A number of us will go out of our ways to learn about the places we visit. Discovering what influences were prominent in creating the societies and cities of today has its own special allure.
Perhaps the best place to check out in Gran Canaria if you’re interested in its history is Guayadeque, an ancient home of the Guanche, the earliest-recorded inhabitants of the Canary Islands.
The ravine of Guayadeque separates the two villages, Agüimes and Ingenio. The road leading to the ravine of Guayqdeque can be hard to find. If you drive from Agüimes towards Ingenio on GC-100, there is a narrow road on your left hand side, just before you drive out of the center of the village. It is almost a 90 degree turn.
The name of the road is Calle de la Orilla(GC-103). Drive slowly, and you will see a small signpost with the name Guayadeque. Likewise, if you come from Ingenio, you take the first exit to the right, before you drive into the village of Agüimes.
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To understand the culture and make the most of your visit in Guayadeque, I recommend a stop on Museo de Guayadeque. It is located on the left side of the road before you drive up the ravine.
Museo de Guayadeque
(Centro de interpretación arqueológica)
Barranco de Guayadeque
Tel. 928 17 20 26
Tuesday – Saturday 9.00 – 17.00
Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
This steep-sided ravine, located roughly twenty minutes inland from Gran Canaria’s major airport, showcases a series of natural caves that were called home by the Guanche.
The climb up the ravine can be a bit arduous, but well worth the effort, showcasing the simple lifestyle of the aboriginal inhabitants to those willing to make the hike. Numerous caves, a gorgeous view, and the chance to stand amidst history are waiting at the top.
Enjoy a visit in the cave homes and the cave chapel in Guayadeque
In addition to the series of cave homes, Guayadeque also has a chapel, carved completely from the natural rock, situated at the base of the largest cave formation. It’s small, intimate, and always cool, no matter how warm of a day it is.
Next to the chapel is a more modern attraction, in the form of a Tapas bar operating out of one of the caves. The perfect way to relax and recharge after an interesting trip, no?
There is also a restaurant on the top of the ravine, at Montana de las Tierras you’ll find Restaurante Tagaror. If you want to have a real rural Gran Canaria Holiday, you can rent a cave house/appartment up here. And enjoy your breakfast at Restaurante Tagaror. The perfect place to stay if you love hiking in the mountains.
Although the history of Gran Canaria quite often seems to be dominated by the influx of other Mediterranean cultures, the simple life of the Guanche definitely played a part.
With descendants of the original natives still living their simple lives, accompanied by the curious, and being home to the only year-round source of running water on the island, Guayadeque has an undeniable place in the history of the island.
So take an afternoon while you’re visiting, and check out one of the islands favorite national treasures. I guarantee you won’t regret it.