Callejón Santa Trinidad en Aripe, Tenerife
Callejón Santa Trinidad en Aripe, Tenerife

Surprising historical facts about Guía de Isora

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Guía de Isora is a municipality that belongs to the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the municipal capital is located in the town of Guía. Originally, the territory was known as Isora and it is said that it comes from the name of a Guanche princess.

Later, in the 16th century, it is said that the settlers witnessed an image that for them was the Virgen de la Luz or Guía, and from that moment onwards the name Guía was adopted. Some also maintain that the name refers to the “high point” that serves as a guide within the steep terrain.

A place of refuge 

Due to the inhospitable conditions it was not considered a suitable place to establish a settlement. However, that very particularity gives it a quality of refuge during the colonial period: its dense pine forests, steep terrain and deep ravines allowed the aborigines to hide during the colonisation process.

Montaña de Tejina

Rich archaeological heritage

Precisely because Guía de Isora was originally a refuge for the Guanches fleeing from other parts of the island already populated by settlers, it has an abundant archaeological heritage. 

It is worth noting that Guía de Isora is the municipality in Tenerife where the first station of these engravings is located, specifically in the vicinity of the village of Aripe.

The municipality experienced the last eruption of El Teide 

On 18 November 1909, the Chinyero volcano erupted, and although it was located further north on the island, the ash, the materials spewed out and the lava (which extended for 4 kilometres) affected agriculture not only in the northern part of the island but also in Guía de Isora. 

Smart methods for collecting and transporting water

Due to the scarcity of this precious liquid, so important for daily life as well as for agriculture, the settlers developed various methods of collecting water and transporting it. One of the most commonly used methods was to transport water from springs on the summit through badger canals to the villages.

Interior de un distribuidor de agua

One of the most important Canarian landscape painters

The Isorran painter Manuel Martín González is known as one of the most important Canarian landscape painters. His oil paintings show us the landscapes of the island, in them we can witness a wide range of tones of each colour to give realism and texture to the landscape. 

As you can see, there are a lot of surprising historical facts about Guía de Isora. Don’t miss this incredible municipality with so much to discover.

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