As we told you a few days ago, the town of Tejeda has been chosen as the first Rural Wonder of Spain in 2016, an initiative carried out by Toprural for five years now, taking into account the opinion of its users. Thus, thanks to the votes obtained by this wonderful town, Gran Canaria becomes the first island in the country to have a municipality on the list of the 7 Rural Wonders of Spain.
Despite being at the top of the list, Tejeda is a town unknown to many. For this reason, today at Vuela Viajes we wanted to move to the Canary Islands to tell you a little more about this corner that we are sure will make you fall in love. Would you like to join us?
Located in the center-west of Gran Canaria, Tejeda is made up of its municipal center and its 18 neighborhoods. As you can see for yourself by taking a look at the images that we show you in our gallery, it stands out for its natural heritage. In this sense, it is important to bear in mind that the municipality is located in the so-called Volcanic Caldera de Tejeda, which is characterized by the alternation of embedded ravines and steep mountains. Special mention should be made of the Cone Sheet System; whose focus is located 1,700 meters deep. In Tejeda you will find one of the symbols of the island. We are referring to the Roque Nublo , a monolithic basalt that was formed millions of years ago thanks to the eruptive volcanic processes that also formed the island. A few kilometers away is the Roque Bentayga, a larger monolith that was once a place of worship for the Canarian aborigines.
Do not think that Tejeda only surprises for its natural environment, but also for its cultural heritage. We must highlight the Roque Bentayga that, as we have told you, was chosen as a sacred place by the ancient Canarian aborigines , who lived in intimate relationship with nature. Here are the Caves of the King and some stone engravings that are worth knowing. We should also highlight its museums (Abraham Cárdenes Sculpture Museum, Tejeda Tradition Museum, Medicinal Plant Center and Tres Cruces Museum) and the Nuestra Señora del Socorro Church. On the other hand, it is important to bear in mind that Tejeda is one of the few towns in Gran Canaria that has known how to maintain the traditional architecture of the municipality, with stone, wood and tile as the main materials.
Gastronomy and folklore
How could it be otherwise, we must also talk about the gastronomy of Tejeda. Above all, its almond sweets made in an artisanal way stand out, although it is also worth trying the "Bienmesabe and the" Mazapanes ", other typical sweets of the municipality. Of course, Canarian music is also present in this town, with the timple as the most representative instrument of Canarian folklore.
Finally, we want to comment that Tejeda offers a network of rehabilitated trails for the use of walkers seeking nature and leisure. The route that goes from the town of Tejeda to the Roque Nublo, passing through the Culata, stands out. Without a doubt, it is worth it for the impressive views that can be seen from the base of Roque Nublo. In addition, you should know that Tejeda is considered the capital of classic climbing in Gran Canaria, being able to find hundreds of routes. In addition, from this town you can contemplate the stars in a unique way, as in almost any other corner of the Canary Islands. Next we leave you with our gallery , where you will find more images of Tejeda. Do not miss it!