Güímar is a municipality in south-east Tenerife, a short way from the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The municipality borders with Arafo, La Orotava and Fasnia. Standing at the highest point is Izaña, with a major astronomy centre and one of Spain’s oldest meteorological observatories. Nestled in the Valley of Güímar, the municipality houses the Malpaís de Güímar Special Nature Reserve, which comprises a huge volcanic cone and the landscape created by the lava flowing into the sea. Its abrupt coastline features some bays with beaches made of pebbles and black sand where the ravines of Herques, El Escobonal and Badajoz open into the ocean. It has a quaint marina with every amenity that sailors might need. Beside it is the popular beach of Playa del Puertito, where swimmers are sheltered from the waves by several stone breakwaters.
The Valley of Güímar also covers part of Corona Forestal Natural Park and the Protected Landscape of Las Siete Lomas. Running through the valley is the Herques ravine, which is classed as a Natural Monument. Up in the hills of Güímar, visitors will find the Pirámides de Güímar Ethnographic Park, which was built around the tiered pyramids that stood in the area. The creation of this museum-like park was encouraged by the explorer Thor Heyerdahl and it has several halls devoted to the world’s various ancient civilisations that have erected pyramids.