Ermita de Guará

El Cercado

Dedicated to the island's patron saint, the Virgen de Guadalupe, this tiny white 1960s chapel perches on a spectacularly scenic crag 6km southwest of El Cercado, engulfed in sweeping panoramas across the Barranco de Argaga to the ocean and, beyond, the distant island of El Hierro. A gentle walking trail leads here from El Cercado (around 1½ hours).

The chapel was built by a local shepherd in thanks for one of his cows not dying when it fell down a gorge.

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Around 6km northeast of Valle Gran Rey proper, the highlight of this modern roadside chapel is the view from the plaza outside.

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3. Playa de Vueltas

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5. La Playa


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6. Centro de Interpretación Las Loceras

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7. Playa del Inglés

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8. Ermita del Santo

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