Güímar Town Hall


The building that is now used as the municipal town hall was built in 1649 as a Dominican monastery. In the mid 19th century, it was used for civil purposes such as a court house, a school and a music academy. The patio has a colonial air to it as traditional monasteries do, and the wooden cloister is the key feature.

 

Puertito de Güímar Beach


You will love the experience of exploring this beach and its wonderfully atmospheric surroundings. Right in the heart of Puertito de Güímar, this beach made of pebbles and black sand is a one of the hubs of the town.

Its waves are gentle, making it perfect for families with kids. Furthermore, access has been made suitable for people with reduced mobility.

In the evenings, the promenade is bustling with people taking a stroll and enjoying the fresh sea breeze.

If you would like to make this the perfect day, go ahead and taste some of the local dishes served at the restaurants that specialise in sea food – you won’t regret it!

Useful information

Location:Puertito de Güímar, Güímar.
Length: 100 m (330 ft).
Width: 45 m (150 ft).
Composition: Pebbles and black sand.
Means of access: On foot (easy).
Disabled access: Yes.
Type of beach: Urban.
Amenities: Toilets, showers, waste bins, municipal cleaning service, public phones, bars and restaurants.
Parking facilities: No.
Bus service: Yes (inter-city).
Coordinates: 28° 17′ 32.40” N 16° 22′ 35.93” W.
UTM coordinates: X: 365 004.29 Y: 3 130 355.17 H:28.

 

The Cave of Chinguaro


This cave is classed as a Historic Site and historians claim it was once the cave-palace of the Guanche King Acaymo. Here, the Guanche people would worship the Virgen de Candelaria, who was associated with the aboriginal goddess Chaxiraxi until she was identified by the conquistadors as the Virgin Mary. This was, therefore, the first sanctuary devoted to the Virgen de Candelaria on the entire archipelago and is highly significant in archaeological terms.

 

The Chapel of San Pedro Apóstol


This square chapel was built in 1794 and is considered an Asset of Cultural Interest. Covering just 42 m2 (452 sq ft), its inner walls are adorned with murals representing the theological virtues. There is also a wonderful sculpture of Virgen de las Aguas made by Francisco Romero Zafra in 2006, a figure of Christ tied to a column and a smaller figure of San Pedro Apóstol, which is fondly known by the local churchgoers as “San Pedro El Chiquito” (San Pedro the Small).

 

The Church of San Pedro Abajo


Built in 1959, it has a Neo-Canarian style and is devoted to San Periquito, the fond diminutive for San Pedro. The figure of the saint that you will find inside dates from the 18th century and is considered the oldest statue devoted to the patron saint of Güímar. Legend has it that the small bell in the gable was taken from a steam boat that ran aground on the municipality’s coast.

 

The church of San Pedro Apóstol


The origin of this church, which has been declared a Monument, is linked to the Chapel of El Tanque. It was built in 1606 and extended several times to house three chapels, a rood screen and a baptismal font. The last extension in 1794 turned it into the church we see today. Prominent on the façade is the Baroque-style stone doorway and the 19th century steeple. Inside you will find a figure of San Pedro Apóstol by an unknown sculptor which is believed to date from the 18th century, and another of the municipality’s patron saint, Nuestra Señora del Socorro.

 

The Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán


This church was initially part of a Dominican monastery built in 1649 which was destroyed in a fire in 1775. The building that now stands is the refurbished church, with religious altarpieces dating from the late 17th century sharing its walls with more modern pieces from just a few decades ago.

Source: WebTenerife