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The proliferation of Guanche archaeological sites around the caves and ravines of Güímar are testament to the importance of the area before the Spanish conquest of the Island. Güímar is one of Tenerife’s oldest towns as a result of a pact made between the Guanche Mencey Añaterve of Güímar on behalf of the southern Menceys and Alonso Fernández de Lugo, the Spanish leader of the conquistadores. As a result, with friendly relations already established, Güímar was one of the first areas to be settled by the Spanish.
Blessed with year round plentiful water supplied by the Barranco de Herques and the Badajoz and El Río Ravines, Güímar became wealthy from its rich agricultural output. Güímar’s rich supply of water was ingeniously tapped by farm workers through aqueducts, galleries and wells, ensuring a constant flow to the plantations of sugar, tomatoes, potatoes and avocados and making Güímar the principle supplier of produce to the south of the Island.
Set against the dramatic Izaña Mountains, the town of Güímar has a beautiful, well preserved old quarter with historic churches, traditional houses, and pretty plazas as well as a picturesque seaside and marina at El Puertito.
Restaurants in Güímar
Plenty of restaurants offering mainly traditional Canarian cuisine. There are a couple of excellent restaurants in the rural hotels. El Puertito has a choice of very good fish restaurants.
Accommodation in Güímar
There are no modern hotels but Güímar does have a couple of beautiful rural hotels in and near the town and more modern apartments at El Puertito.
Beaches in Güímar
There are pebbly beaches at El Puertito and a rather snazzy wooden sun deck area. Wonder into the malpaís and there are even tiny gold sand coves to be found.
The Pick of What to do in Güímar: Pirámides de Güímar
Mysterious step pyramids within a fascinating ethnological park complete with gardens, museum, exhibition areas, restaurant and shop.
+34 922 514 510; open 09.30-18.00 daily
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