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Ingenio

The municipal town of Ingenio is situated 27 kilometres from the capital of the island, but only 14 kilometres from Telde. Its highest point lies on a slope 1,200 metres above sea level (on the peak of Los Marteles Crater) and its lowest 310 metres above sea-level, which is the altitude of the town area. The space occupied by Ingenio is triangular in shape and its limits are formed by the Draguillo Gully to the north and the Guayadeque Gully to the south.

Iglesia de La Candelaria church
Church and Fountain of Ingenio

In the historical quarter of the municipal town of Ingenio is situated La Candelaria Square. Here you will find the Town Hall and the church with the same name as the square. The Church of La Candelaria whose construction dates from 1901, was built on the remains of the old hermitage of the same name as the church. As a characteristic element one must highlight its bells, constructed and donated by the Canarians from Cuba in 1820.

In the same historical quarter it is also possible to visit La Casa del Reloj (The Clock House), property of the Heredad Acequia Real de Aguatona (the Aguatona Canals Water-board). Here the farmers adjust their clocks or watches to that of the Water-board’s.

Sugar bowl sculpture
Girl laughing

To get to know the handcrafting work of the locality, one can visit the Museo de Piedras y Artesanía Canaria (The Stone and Canarian Handcrafting Museum), which also holds an extensive collection of minerals and handcrafting examples. Opening hours to the public, Mondays to Saturdays from 09:00 to 18:00 hours.

Ingenio is by excellence the handcrafting municipality of the island of Gran Canaria. This fact has resulted in the formation of a Handcraft Municipal Workshop and a Museum of Canarian Handcrafts.

The route of the Water Mills, which goes through the historic quarter, offers the visitor a perspective of the functioning of these mills centuries ago. In Ingenio, the visitor can also enjoy walking through Néstor's Park or visiting the Posthouse (Casa de Postas), where the Tourist Information Office is to be found. In the latter, the visitor can see, amongst other things, several openwork handcrafting rooms. Open to the public Mondays to Fridays from 09:00 to 16:00 hours.

El Burrero beach

Approximately 6 kilometres from historic quarter of Ingenio is the Gully of Guayadeque, declared Natural Monument of Cultural Interest, where it is possible to appreciate a multitude of both natural and man-made caves, that during pre-Hispanic times functioned either as necropolis or dwellings. Here we can find the Guayadeque Interpretation Centre, which shows what the Barranco de Guayadeque looked like in pre-Hispanic times. Open to the public Tuesdays to Saturdays from 09:00 to 17:00 hours; Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00 hours.

On the coast of Ingenio is situated the popular beach of El Burrero. This is a small sandy beach of some 500 metres in length, which is ideal for the practise of sailing and windsurfing.

For greater tourist information on the municipality we recommend you visit the Tourist Office situated in the historic quarter of the village.

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