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Santa María
de Guía

Municipality


Ayuntamiento de Santa María de Guía
Eusebia de Armas 4,  35450 Santa María de Guía
Tel.
928 89 65 55 - Fax. 928 88 22 31


Other localities in the Municipality


Barranco del Pinar; Barranquillo Frío; Bascamao; El Calabozo;
Casas de Aguilar; El Junquillo; Mondragones; Montaña Alta;
El Palmital; Paso María de los Santos; San Felipe; San Juan;
Tres Palmas; Verdejo; Vergara.


Municipality Information


Area: 37,72 km²
Population: 14.086
Height of the City: 180 MSL.
Highest point: 1.500 MSL.
Coastal length: 10,16 km.
Distance to Las Palmas: 22 km.


Tourist Information


Oficina de Información Turística
Perez Galdós 24,  35450 Santa María de Guía
Tel. 928 89 50 77
Fax. 928 88 22 31 / 928 55 16 70


Sightseeing


Map Santa María de Guía


Map over the Municipality of Santa María de Guía



Police / Emergency / Court

Policia Local
Lomo de Guillén s/n
Tel. 928 88 25 83 / 928 89 58 95
Fax. 928 89 56 16
Emergency call  Tel. 092

Guardia Civil
Lomo de Guillén s/n
Tel. 928 89 65 65
Emergency Telephone 062

Guardia Civil Tráfico
Tel. 928 88 20 90


Emergency call   Tel. 112

Fire-fighting Service ( Bomberos )
Tel. 928 56 94 26
Emergency Telephone. 080


Cruz Roja  ( Red Cross )
Lomo de Guillén 13
Tel. 928 88 22 22 /
928 88 22 18

Protección Civil
Tel. 928 55 04 07

Juzgado de Paz ( Court )
Lepanto s/n
Tel. 928 88 18 72 / 928 88 17 74
Fax. 928 55 09 98

Taxi

Parada de Taxi
Tel. 928 88 28 46


Radio Taxi
Tel. 928 55 11 11

Busses

See different routes:  Salcai/Utinsa Global.


Hospital / Doctor

Hospial Ntra. Sra. del Pino
Angel Guimerá 93
Las Palmas
Tel. 928 44 10 00

Hospital de San Roque
Cuesta Caraballo 11,  35450 Santa María de Guía
Tel. 928 88 20 00 / 928 88 34 23 / 928 88 22 12

Centro de Salud
Lomo de Guillén  s/n
Tel. 928 88 16 58 / 928 55 07 68 /
928 89 55 32 / 928 55 26 93


Pharmacy

Look under Worth Knowing - Pharmacy


Post Office

Correos y Telégrafos
Plaza De Luján Pérez
Tel. 928 88 21 84


Library

Biblioteca Pública Municipal de
Santa María de Guía Real 47,  35450 Santa María de Guía
Tel.
928 89 54 77 - Fax. 928 88 22 31


Open Monday - Friday
08.00 - 14.00 and 16.00 - 20.00

Digital Library


Worth seeing

Parroquia de Santa María de Guía
35450 Guía
Tel. 928 88 18 82

Parroquia de San Francisco de Asís
Tres Palmas, 35458 Guía
Tel. 928 55 71 74

Parroquia de San José de la Montaña
Plaza Montaña Alta, 35457 Guía

Parroquia de San Pedro
35450 Atalaya de Guía
Tel. 928 88 16 57

Casco Antiguo: declarado conjunto histórico artístico en 1982

Conjunto histórico de Santa María de Guía

Tagoror del Gallego

Templo de Santa Catalina de Siena

Ermita y Convento de San Antonio


Edificio del Ayuntamiento

Edificio del Instituto

Casa del Capitán don Gonzalo de Quintana

Cenobio de Valerón
Antigua Carretera Las Palmas - Gáldar C-801, Km.32
(Cuesta de Silva)
35450 Santa María de Guía
Tel. 928 33 68 00
Opening hours:
Tuesday - Sunday
10.00  - 17.00

Admission: Adult 2,50 € Children Free

Cenobio de Valerón is a large basaltic arch, covering volcanic tuff. Into this rather soft material, the Guanche excavated about 300 caves, cavities and cubicles.

These cave are fascinating. To this day, nobody really knows why they are here... The Monastery of Caves are located on the north coast of Gran Canaria. They date back to the Stone Age and are widely recognised as the most important and impressive pieces of architecture on the island.

In total there are 298 caves here. It's considered a very holy place. But the question remains... who were the original inhabitants and why were they there?

Many people believe that it was a monastery or "cenebio" where young girls went in preparation of marriage, in order to practice spiritual exercises and perform various rituals. Others say the caves were just used as granaries. Whatever they were used for, they certainly are very impressive to look at!

This place is an agadir (a collective-fortificated granary) similar to the agadirs in North Africa. The ancient people stored their agricultural surplus here. The Faican, a religious, political and economic chief distributed it between the community.

The cavities were used as silos, closed with a wooden plank and marked with a seal called pintadera that indicated the owner.

The visitors reach this place in a few minutes from the well developed coastal highway. A small road winds along a steep valley and runs right below the cenobio. The small parking is only suitable for half a dozen cars, but it seems the typical Gran Canaria tourist is not interested to visit this place, and the this small parking is absolutely sufficient.

From the car the road is crossed to fence with a sort of ticket office at the fence. The guard tells you something about protection of the site and helps with some archaeological background info. But there is no fee and you are free to visit the whole site, as long as you stay on the paved paths.

This site, along with the Gáldar Painted Cave, is one of the most important relics of the heritage of Native Islanders prior to Spanish conquest.

To get to the caves, take the C-810 road to Las Palmas heading east of Guia until you get to Cuesta de Silva. Then just take the road up to the car park. You can walk up to the caves from here.


Casa Natal de Néstor Álamo

San Felipe

Cuesta de Silva

Beaches

Playa La Caleta de Arriba
Length about 40 m.
Breadth about 30 m.
Degree of coverage: Medium
 

Playa Roque Prieto
Length about 40 m.
Breadth about 10 m.
Degree of coverage: High
Rocky Area
 

Playa Punta del Angosto
Length about 175 m.
Breadth about 20 m.
Degree of coverage: Low
 

Playa San Felipe
Length about 450 m.
Breadth about 25 m.
Degree of coverage: High
Rocky Area
 

Playa Pagador
Length about 310 m.
Breadth about 36 m.
Degree of coverage: High
Rocky Area
 

Playa El Roque
Length about 410 m.
Breadth about 7 m.
Degree of coverage: Medium
 

Playa El Altillo
Length about 120 m.
Breadth about 21 m.
Degree of coverage: High
Rocky Area
 

Playa Boquini
Length about 480 m.
Breadth about 15 m.
Degree of coverage: Low
Rocky Area
 

Park / Square

Parque Natural de Doramas

Plaza de San Felipe
Barrio de San Felipe

Plaza de San Pablo
Becerril

Plaza de la Atalaya
Barrio de la Atalaya

Plaza del General Franco
Marqués del Muni
Santa María de Guía

Plaza de Luján Pérez
Eusebia de Armas
Santa María de Guía

Plaza del Palmital
Brezal
Barrio del Palmital

Plaza de San Pedro
La Atalaya

Plaza de Farailaga
Barrio de Farailaga

Plaza de Montaña Alta
Piedra de Molino

Plaza Grande
Marqués del Muni
Santa María de Guía

Plaza de Santa Rita
Anzo

Plaza de la Constitución
Urbanización Marente

Trip suggestions

Barranco del Calabozo

Theatre / Cinema

Teatro Municipal, Antiguo Hospicio de Santa Catalina de Siena
Canónigo Gordillo
Santa María de Guía
Tel. 382 88 20 04 / 928 88 21 50
Fax. 928 88 22 31


History

Santa Maria de Guía is located on the northern coastline. It was formerly part of Galdar.

This is where Lujan Perez grew up. He was the most famous architect and sculptor to come from the islands.

The busy, steep cobbled streets, pretty painted houses and the tree lined main square are just part of a visit to this lovely mountain town. Guía is one of those places where it is best to ignore vehicles, pushchairs, shops and people at usual height, but instead focus just above head height. There you will be amazed to see richly adornment balconies and terraces, carved ornamental wooden structures, highly decorative and impressive structures where it is clear that money was no barrier to obtaining quality workmanship. It is easy to lose yourself in a world full of colour and cheerfulness that will take you back to the former splendour of the municipality.

The story of Guía began when Don Sancho built a church in honour of Santa María de Guía (Saint Mary of Guía). Construction of the church was completed in 1509, and this marked the emergence of Guía as a new town. Inside the church you'll see some of Perez's most important works. In fact, it's more like a museum dedicated to the sculptor than a church.

The town is most famous for its flower cheese or "Queso de Flor". It's made from sheep and goats milk as well as thistle flowers. It's absolutely delicious. It has a surprisingly distinctive flavour and has won numerous awards. Every year they hold a cheese festival in honour of this unique speciality.


 

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