A bit of History:
The history of Guayedra is singled out by its being the only territory in the Canaries which kept its own aboriginal organization, isolated from the Castillian Crown authority. The Area Redondo de Guayedra was turn into a reserve by Tenesor Semidan –later known as Hernando or Fernando Guanarteme- as an independent territory after his agreement with the Catholic Monarchs in 1483.
Nowadays this portion of Gran Canaria guards the echoe of those times, keeping dwellings, caves and other remains of those Canarians who were willing to continue living according to their old uses and customs. Several archaeological sites are currently a proof of this and support the area being declared Site of Cultural Interest which recognizes and protects this area of singular value for the Canaries.
Guayedra’s landscape is the outcome of continuous geological, climate and economic changes in different periods. Its slopes once held lavish woods, now show the scars of shepherding and agricultural activities, uncontrolled tree cutting and extensive cattle breeding, all of these activities being now in a process of restoration. The trace of each historic episode is still visible in its corners, forming a landscape which is natural and rural at the same time, where the pine tree forests flanking the valley embrace steep cliffs and ravines with little Canarian palm oasis, malosma and fruit trees, amongst which old dwellings, threshing floors, ponds, irrigation canals an even archaeological remains of the aboriginal inhabitants of the island can be found. A context of majestic rugged terrain where the Tamadaba and the Roque Faneque massif enters into the sea from over one thousand metres high.
Ethnographic and natural values recovered:
Redondo de Guayedra is the result of an individual project that started, slowly and progressively, over twenty years ago. After that time, the project has become reality and its initial goal, creating a unique place where ethnographic, landscape and natural values of the area were recovered, is now a reality.
Preserve and recover to enjoy responsibly is the mantra repeated for every action and project carried out.
- Our instlations are rooted in ancient buildings originally for agriculture and cattle breeding activities which have been now recovered.
- We have supported the reforestation of the area in order to recover the original flora, being a lot of the species endemisms.
- We are Ecologic Growing Operators registered by the Government of the Canary Islands with registry number 3317P and the ecologic products we produce are used in our kitchen.
- We have recovered different elements of ethnographic and cultural value found in the area: threshing areas, lime kiln, etc. and we have fitted out natural paths so can be trodden.
- Our ecologic orchard water is brought from the island tops and driven to ancient water dams we have rebuilt and used again.
- Our agricultural and environmental activities are carried out in compliance with the Good Environmental and Agricultural Practices Handbook issued by the Ministry for the Environment.
- Redondo de Guayedra is today that paradise dream corner where you can enjoy, respectfully, what used to be right there hundreds of years ago.