Cenobio de Valerón, Santa María de Guía
Cenobio de Valerón
Cuesta de Silva
35450 Santa María de Guía
Tel. 928 21 94 21
Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-13.00 & 15.00-17.00
Cenobio de Valerón is a large basaltic arch, covering a volcanic tuff. Into this soft material, the Guanche people excavated about 300 caves, cavities and cubicles which now form Cenobio de Valerón. These caves of Cenobio de Valerón are truly fascinating and the possibility is there for you to decide why they exist, and what they were used for, the only inhibitor is your own imagination. To this day nobody can be really certain why these structures are here. The monastery of caves that are Cenobio de Valerón are situated on the north coast of Gran Canaria. They date back to the stone age and are recognised as the most important and impressive, if little understood piece of architecture on Gran Canaria. Cenobio de Valerón is considered to be a very holy place, and being as old as they are, their religious significance could easily pre date the advent of Christianity on Gran Canaria. Certainly Cenobio de Valerón is an area that was used by the ancient Guanche people of Gran canaria. The burning questions that still remain, are, "who originally inhabited these caves and why were they there?" Whether as some believe the caves were used to prepare young girls for marriage or as vast but simple granaries, the fact remains that the caves at Cenobio de Valerón, are still a truly impressive sight to behold.
You may buy into the idea that Cenobio de Valerón was used to store the agricultural surplus for the leaner times and the Faican, who was the religious, economic and political chief, would have divided it up amongst the community. Or, it is of course possible that these caves at Cenobio de Valerón were used to store animal feed and would have been covered by a simple wooden door that contain a seal identifying the owner.
Parking at Cenobio de Valerón, is limited but sufficient. It seems that locals and tourists alike have not yet realised just how important Cenobio de Valerón is, and so it is not the most popular. On your arrival at Cenobio de Valerón, a guard will explain to you, how to care for the site and will impart a little Archaeological information. Admission to Cenobio de Valerón is free and you can visit the whole site provided you keep to the paths. Cenobio de Valerón and Cueva Pintada are the most important relics on Gran Canaria that pre date the Spanish Conquest, and therefore the time that the Guanche people inhabited the island of Gran Canaria.