Ingenio is a living museum of the traditions of Gran Canaria. But also among its streets and neighborhoods we discover the trace of the past with buildings and settlements of incalculable value. Here we offer the list of the essential sites in the visit to Ingenio.
The picturesque and unique rural settlement of La Pasadilla, has great importance for its location between three protected natural spaces, offering extraordinary environmental and ethnographic values related to the region’s farming and pastoral tradition. In terms of trails, established routes take hikers, with relative ease, to any point in the island’s lofty center. There is easy access to many places in the towns of Telde, Valsequillo, San Mateo, Tejeda, as well as Agüimes and Santa Lucía. Due to its average altitude, it is considerably easy to climb as we enter the center of the island, and then move from the summit to almost anywhere.
The Post House
This nineteenth century house boasts great splendor and a spectacular Canaryinner patio, which historically constituted a neuralgic point in land communications of the southeast region. This is one of the great examples of the town’s rich architectural legacy.
Casa del Cura (The House of the Priest)
Built in the second half of the nineteenth century, for over 50 years it was inhabited by two men of the cloth, hence its name. Thisacademism style was reminiscent of neoclassicism. Its owners’ religious fervor is attested by the eucharistic signs on the façade.
The house had its importance because of its cross located on top, it was always the town’s location reference. Constructed with the traditional technique, it has stone walls and a gabled roof, acquired and recently restored by the town of Ingenio.
House and Orchard of the Bishop
The House of the Bishop was built in the fifteenth century, in an extensive orchard that occupied much of the basin of the ravine. Throughout the centuries the orchard contained different, important crops such as: sugar cane, vineyards, cereals, fruit trees, such as banana trees.
Church of Our Lady of Good Success
Located in the old town of Carrizal, the parish began to be built as a hermitage in 1658, being blessed by the Bishop in 1920, after its last restoration and expansion. Three images represent the Virgin and it received several names, finally coming to be called Our Lady of Good Success.
Ingenio old town
Ingenio’sfondness and respect for its historical legacy, such as the important archaeological sites, its historic center or the cultural traditions in the form of crafts and customs can be seen in its well-kept streets and in the care with which they keep the flame of the traditionalive. A stroll through Ingenio takes about two and a half hours, as it should include the nearby Guayadeque ravine, so as not to miss the chance to learn the secrets of the area’s ancient aboriginal settlement.
The old town has fascinating places of interest, such as:
• Church of Our Lady of La Candelaria.
• New Street
• Néstor Álamo Park.
• Villa de Ingenio Caladoras Association.
• Clock House.
• Water Estate.
• Canarias Blás Sánchez Foundation.
• Francisco Tarajano Reading Park.
• Tourist Office.
• Municipal Ceramic Workshop.
• Artisan Bakeries.
Old town of Carrizal
• Plaza and Church of Our Lady of Good Success.
• Buen Suceso Park
• Néstor Álamo Park
Located in the historic center of the municipality, it is known, in addition to its beauty, because inside it houses what is considered the highest palm tree of the Canary Islands. It is known locally as “Palm Paquesito”, in honor of the one who tended it. The treereaches about 30 meters high. In addition, this beautiful park was built taking advantage of the bottom of the Ingenio ravine, which is popularly known as Barranquillo del Culo Pesao.
Museum of Stones and Crafts Canaria
It is a mansion of typical architecture, which has exerted its artisan activity since 1964. The Museum of Stones in its interior, exhibits more than five thousand stones of different characteristics, coming from Africa and the islands: olivinas, geodes de quartz, fossils, crystals and quartz, etc., local handicraft items and old farming and handicraft tools, which have given their name to national and international prestige. A permanent exhibition of drafts of different colors and shapes that capture the attention of all its visitors.
Caladoras Association of La Villa de Ingenio
The Villa de Ingenioenjoys a long history of craft work. There are many artisan practices that have kept alive craftsfolk, such as stonemasonry, sugarcane work, pottery, basketry, work with the palm leaf and the Canary knife, among others. But Ingenio most treasured tradition has long been its needlework and weaving (known as calado), most delicate, meticulous work, carried out within family circles until the end of the 19th century. The labor required was eminently female and rural, coming from the areas dedicated to seasonal farming. The weavers’ association is currently located at Ramón y Cajal Street,1.
The Guayadeque ravine creates a natural separation between the towns of Ingenio and Agüimes. It is one of the largest canyons on this island and is noteworthy for its pre-Hispanic archaeological remains as well as for its valuable endemic flora and fauna. It is also notable for the large number of cave houses there are, including a hermitage embedded in the interior of the rock and several cave restaurants, very famous for their typical Canary cuisine. The existing flora of the ravine is autochthonous, there are numerous Canary and Macaronesian endemic specimens.
- On February 2 and 3, the Patron Saint Festivities are celebrated in honor of Our Lady of La Candelaria and San Blas.
- On the 29th of June, the Patron Saint Festivities are celebrated in honor of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
- On August 15, the festivities in honor of the Virgin of Buen Suceso take place in Carrizal, a town that brings together the town’s coastal districts.