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Información Turística de Agaete

Trekking Paths

1.- SAN PEDRO – TAMADABA (“path of La Rama”)

TECHNICAL DATA:

  • Starting point: San Pedro
  • End Point: Tamadaba
  • Total length: 8,5 kilometres
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Difference of slope: 1.055 metres
  • Difficulty: little
  • Attention: steep slopes
It is a traditional and old path used in the past by the neighbours of Agaete Valley to get wood and coal and to collect leaves from the pines, that then were sold in the banana warehouses situated in the Northwest of the island. Nowadays, this path gets especially important the night from the 27th to the 28th of June when people from the zone go through it in search of branches as Canary Islands Mint (Bystropogon Canariensis), eucaliptus and glomerate savory (Micromeria pineolens) and other plants, to then present them to San Pedro in His chapel after dancing with them around the neighbourhood all day long.

Along the path we can observe a vegetation that changes at the same time we go further, leaving behind Leafless Spurga (Euphorbia Aphylla), palm trees (Phoenix Canariensis) and Gran Canaria Bugloss (Echium decaisnei) and getting into the pine forest with other vegetation like Canary Gum (Cistus symphytifolius).

We start our way in San Pedro, and following the asphalt road, we cross the ravine to find a sign which says “Camino El Valle-Tamadaba”, that leads us to the beginning of the path. We go up among agricultural lands, passing by Lomo de los Balos to get to a plain zone known as La Cañada de las Amapolas, full of almond trees. After that we can rest in the place called La Gotera and refresh us with the water spring that comes out full of clean and clear water which let a lot of small and humid vegetation survive. We follow the path on a zigzag to finally find Berbique Caves, which are caves dug in the volcanic rock by our aboriginal people and used at that time to keep the grain left from the crops. The cultivation of cereals in the zone went on after the conquest of the islands, which also gives an explanation to the existence of plain places among the two ravines opened to the north and protected from the wind to facilitate the threshing activities. Following the path we get to the Ravine of María and to Vuelta del Palomar, from where we can contemplate a beautiful view of the north-west side of the island. From here, we go on a stony path and we get into the pine forest of Tamadaba through El Laurelillo. Soon we will find a road that we follow, passing by the dam called Los Hoyos, getting to a path-cross, from where the path that gets us to the interior of the forest starts and leads us first to the access of a path in finca of Samso, through which we go up softly to the leisure area of Tamadaba.


2.- TREKKING PATH KNOWN AS “NEW PATH”

TECHNICAL DATA:

  • Starting point: km. 1,6
  • End Point: Barranco del Juncal ( geographical limit between Agaete and Gáldar)
  • Total length: 2,5 kilometres
  • Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Difference of slope: 200 metres
  • Difficulty: little
  • Attention: careful when you walk on the road GC-231
About the kilometre 1,600 in the GC 231 to the Valley, in the place called Casa Amarilla (yellow house) on the left side of the road, starts this trekking path with a hairpin bend shape. This one was used in the past by the people of the zone to exchange goods. Products from the land and sea were changed by singings and dancing in the festivity days in the neighbouring municipalities (Santiago de Gáldar, El Pino de Teror and San José del Caidero).

The path ascends through la Cardonera, in the Risk of El Chapín, to the place called Las Chobicenas, where an archaeological site called Los Acarreaderos is found here. This archaeological site is formed by three burial caves (we can here observe the different ways used by the native Canarians to bury their dead people).

Once we end this first part we go crossing a road till we get to a land road. We go on for at least 10 minutes, and then we get off the path that goes to the deep ravine of El Juncal, the geographical limit between Agaete and Gáldar.

Along all this trip we can observe a typical vegetation of this base ground, especially spurges (Euphorbia regis-jubae) and cardones (Euphorbia Canariensis), among which we find: spurges (Euphorbia regis-jubae), Euphorbias Canariensis (Cardones), Balos (Plocama pendula), Canarian Shrubby Stock (Parolinia ornata), Rosemary (Campylanthus), Cornical, Canary Madder (rubia fructicosa), Canary Islands Candle Plant (Senecio kleinia), etc.



3.- TREKKING PATH LA PALMITA-GUAYEDRA

TECHNICAL DATA:

  • Starting point: La Palmita
  • End Point: Guayedra Beach
  • Total length: 3 kilometres
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Difference of slope: 200 metres
  • Difficulty: little
  • Attention: when you walk on the asphalt road GC 200

 

This is the first part of an ancient path with a hairpin bend shape that long time ago led from Agaete to the village called La Aldea de San Nicolás, situated on the west side of the island. Nowadays, a great part of it, it is found under the asphalt road built in the 40’s to join these two villages.

We get out from the leisure area La Palmita through a path that goes parallel to the asphalt road besides the restaurant “La Palmita” and which ascends softly among sweet spurges (Euphorbia balsamífera), and also cardones, cardoncillos and asparagus. Among birds normally found at this altitude, so as the bird called moor, we can find another one called bisbita caminera or la curruca tomillera, we get to the road GC-200. Walking to the right about 370 metres on this asphalt road we will enjoy gorgeous views of Port of las Nieves and the Rock called Finger of God. We leave the road and we take the path signalled that goes down from the road on the right side of it, and following the path down we will get to Guayedra.

The beach of Guayedra, of stones and black sand, is located at the end of the same ravine and it is divided in two by some rocks called Stones of Guayedra. If we are going to bade in these two beaches, El Negro to the north and Guayedra to the south we should be careful with winds and local currents.



4.- TREKKING PATH: LOS BERRAZALES – EL SAO – EL HORNILLO

TECHNICAL DATA:

  • Starting point: Los Berrazales
  • End Point: El Hornillo
  • Total length: 9,5 kilometres
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Difference of slope: 1.010 metres
  • Difficulty: little
  • Attention: Steep slopes

 

First Part: LOS BERRAZALES-EL SAO
The trekking path called Los Berrazales – El Sao – El Hornillo forms part of the traditional Path with hairpin bend shape that used to join the coast of Agaete with the highest top of Gran Canaria. Through it, fisher women and water carriers used to walk on it to go and exchange their products from the sea for products of the land in the highest villages like: Lugarejos, Coruña, Artenara or Tejeda or even places at medium heigth like Teror.

Doing this trekking path we will enjoy a great diversity of landscapes. The Valley of Agaete and the rocky mountain of Tamadaba offer us beautiful natural stages with a great variety of vegetation, where species like: palm trees, almácigos, Canary tree mallows (Lavatera acerifolia), Pulido’s Burnet (Dendriopoterium pulidoi), knapweeds (Cheirolophus), fountain bushes ((Bosea yervamora) are found in this area.

We start from about the kilometre 4th in the road GC-231 that joins the centre of the village with El Sao. In this point known as the House of la Solana, a bit before the old water bottle up factory, there are stairs that descend and get to a passage. We go across the ravine over a bridge and right away we start going up through a steep path that going on a zig zig will take us to the Mountain of Las Vueltas. If we get a bit out of the path we can rest on a vantage point, from where we will be able to contemplate one of the most beautiful views of the Valley of Agaete, Los Berrazales and the Natural Park of Tamadaba. We will go on the asphalt road to the very end in the small neighbourhood of El Sao.

Second Part: EL SAO-EL HORNILLO
We start going up through the cement road to where we get to the path among the houses that will lead us to the ravine of Los Cabucos. The beauty of the place is increased by the different elements that men have constructed along centuries and which are perfectly integrated in the landscape. After crossing the ravine we find on a side of the path, one of the three water mills of El Sao, which deserves a visit in spite of the great deterioration it has suffered the last couple of years. We follow our way to discover on a zig-zag some house-caves already abandoned and with an oven to cook with wood among Canary tree Mallows (Lavatera acerifolia) that with its flowers give colour to the environment around.

With a last ascend we get to El Hornillo, a beautiful place full of house-caves, where time seems to have stopped to let us enjoy the charm of nature and the well-doing of the people of the place.



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