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"Mirador" Lookout Network

Degollada de las Palomas Viewpoint

This point offers us a quite unique perspective of the Caldera de Tejeda. It is actually the top of a ravine which has been worn away by erosion over thousands of years.

Along this gully runs the borderline between the municipalities of Tejeda and Valleseco, coinciding with the royal trail which takes us from Cruz de Tejeda to Artenara. This pathway holds many important archaeological relics of the Ancient Canarians, such as the Cuevas del Caballero or the Cueva de los Candiles.

Views from the Degollada de las Palomas Viewpoint

Here the terrain dips down to reveal a window looking out over the landmarks of Roque Nublo and Roque Bentayga, and is a sacred spot for the prehispanic Berberer population on the island.

Down below, nestling in the depths of this depression, lies the town of Tejeda which, with its whitewashed walls and gabled roofs, is a fine example of traditional architecture, in a simple and austere style, but lovingly put together.

D. Miguel de Unamuno referred to this landscape, while on his way from Valleseco, thus: “Along paths that petered out into steep and craggy slopes, we came upon the valley of Tejeda. The spectacle is absolutely breathtaking. All those black walls in the great crater, with their crenellated crests, and their rocks jutting out, offering up awe-inspiring views...” 

Views from the Degollada de las Palomas Viewpoint
Views from the Degollada de las Palomas Viewpoint

This privileged vantage point affords us views of mountain ranges crowned with fine examples of Canary pine trees (Pinus canariensis) displaying the geological complexities of the so called Tejeda crater, a testament to the 14.5 million years of history of Gran Canaria as an ocean island rising up from the Atlantic.

This ridge serves as a viewpoint to watch birds of prey, such as kestrels, common buzzards, hawks and even the spectacular barbary falcon.

This area forms part of the World Reserve of the Gran Canaria Biosphere, as declared by UNESCO on 29th June 2005.

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