I was absolutely fascinated by the valley of Guayadeque.

Guayadeque is a ravine or barranco as they’re called in Spanish, situated between the towns of Agüimes and Ingenio. What’s special about this particular place is the variety of cave dwellings along the route, which have been transformed into houses and restaurants.

Sadly on this occasion, we didn’t spend any time out of the car, as it was only the second point of interest along our rural tour of Gran Canaria. I would love to revisit and do some hiking around this area, especially during January & February when the almond trees are in blossom. Then I will have earned a long, lazy lunch at one of the many cave restaurants serving typical Canarian food.

There’s a lot of history to be discovered in this region of the island. The Museo de Guayadeque, an archaelogical visitors centre is open from 09:00 to 17:00 Tuesday to Saturday and 10:00 to 15:00 on Sunday.