Roque Bentayga

Gran Canaria

A few kilometres west of Tejeda village rises Roque Bentayga (1404m); it's signposted, but you'll need your own transport to get here. Various reminders of the Guanche presence include rock inscriptions, granaries and a sacred ritual site. Don't miss the Centro de Interpretación, at the base of the rock, for excellent insights on the area's Guanche history and heritage. Ask there about walking trails to visit the caves that would've once housed the Guanches.

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1. Centro de Interpretación

0.24 MILES

Sitting at the base of Roque Bentayga, this centre provides excellent insights into the pre-Hispanic settlement of the Gran Canaria central mountains,…

2. Museo de las Tradiciones

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Based in one of Tejeda's most charming buildings, this museum gives a good overview of local life, starting with the Guanche era and covering the Spanish…

3. Centro de Plantas Medicinales

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An appealing garden that showcases medicinal plants, with explanations in English. There's a small interpretation centre, and a cafe where you can…

4. Santuario de la Cuevita

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5. Museo Etnográfico Casas Cuevas

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Once inhabited by locals, this cave complex is now home to the village museum, a fascinating place that focuses on village life in times gone by. You…

6. Mirador de Unamuno

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8. Mirador de la Atalaya

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Mirador de la Atalaya overlooks several troglodyte caves, some still inhabited, as well as the distant peak of El Teide in Tenerife.