The Island Director of Historical Heritage of Tenerife, Emilio Fariña, has launched the initiative ‘Guided routes through our historical heritage’ in order to “offer the general population, of all ages, residents and tourists, the opportunity to learn about the history behind each of the corners that we will visit during pleasant walks through five municipalities of the island”. A free bus service from the capital of Tenerife will also be provided for those registered.
The first of the routes will take place on 30 October, under the name ‘La Villa y Puerto de Garachico una arquitectura ante la adversidad’ (The town and port of Garachico, architecture in the face of adversity). Registration is already open at https://lhorsa.com/garachico.html . It aims to show those who sign up why the Villa and Port of Garachico was the nerve centre of trade in Tenerife, as it was one of the most important ports on the island in the 16th century. “What we intend with this route is to give first-hand knowledge of the architecture of the municipality and how it developed, through an educational and entertaining tour,” said Fariña.
The second route, ‘The splendour of the Port of La Orotava: the 18th century’ will take place on 13th November and aims to show how, after the difficulties that Garachico had to face, after being buried by the Trevejo or Arenas Negras volcano in 1706, the old Port of Arautapala re-emerged. “It is a matter of extreme sensitivity at the moment, we are aware, as a consequence of what is happening in La Palma, so we believe it may be important to know this part of our history”.
Al pasar el zaguán, los patios del antiguo Realejo de Arriba’ will be the route that will take place on 14th November, through one of the most transformed historical sites on the island of Tenerife, which preserves a considerable number of traditional houses.
On the 21st of November, the route entitled ‘Singularities of a historical complex: Icod de los Vinos will take place, which will cover the centre of the municipality, which conserves a variety of architecture that allow us to take a tour of the different artistic styles from the 17th to the 20th century.
The last of the routes will take place on 27 November, in Güímar, under the title ‘Typologies of heritage protection in a historical place’, whose itinerary will cover different Assets of Cultural Interest and will start from its nerve centre, the parish church of San Pedro, and will end in the area of Chinguaro, where tradition marks the first steps of the devotion to Our Lady of Candelaria.
Registration for the first route is already open, and the rest will be activated in the coming days, on the website https://Ihorsa.com. If you have any questions, you can call 696.568.419 from 9:00 to 20:00 hours.