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Hidden behind the mysterious southwest massif is Güigüi

Vallehermoso, Peñón Bermejo, Tasarte, Tasartico and Güigüi, together known as the extensive Massif of the Southwest, is a mountain range that hides a secluded little paradise at the foot of its slopes.

These lands were under the ancient monarchical regime have been virtually unpopulated, and continue to be so today. This untamed region, over the years, and since the 18th century, has had few registered residents, most of them from La Aldea. They varied between 4 and a maximum of 18, depending on levels of farming activity in the area. Perhaps it is due to the dispersed and empty nature of the area that has made it today one of the most sought after areas for basic enjoyment and rest.

The way to get there is by boat from Tasartico or any other nearby point along the coast, or alternatively by walking along the massif and following footpaths that survive today. The abrupt interior of the island led to the wise locals to devise a maze of pathways for communication, adapting to the rocky orography and skirting around hills, gorges and valleys. Today, from the starting point at Tasartico and on a walk lasting around three to four hours, it is possible to climb up to the gorge and down the Valle Grande de Güigüi as far as the beach.

This window over the ocean is part of a naturally formed strip of coastline that runs for over 60 kilometres, of which 33 belong to the municipality of La Aldea and the rest to Mogán, Artenara and Agaete. To get our bearings we can divide up the coast into four units: the cliffs and beaches of Agaete as far as Punta de La Aldea, the coast of La Aldea, the cliffs and beaches of the Southwest Massif (where we are now), and the coast of Veneguera, Mogán. All the beaches from this mountain rainge from Güigüi to Mogán were strategic connection points for the island’s maritime traffic due to the region’s isolated position until 1950.

Once we reach the so called Gúigüi Grande, where the valley of the same name opens out, we leave behind the stony footpaths and finally get to sink our feet into fine sand. As a contrast to the arid landscape dotted with cardoon plants, we reach the end of the path and a green copse of canes, palm trees and vegetation, as well as a source of drinking water where we can refill our bottles we have probably emptied on our way down here.

The beach is also divided into three areas, Güigüi Grande, Medium and Small. Here there are endless colourful shapes that change as the sun makes its way across the sky and adds light and shade depending on the time of day. You can easily find yourself alone here at this beautiful spot, although especially at weekends there are small groups of walkers or people who come here on boats or ski bikes who go for a swim in the crystal clear waters. It is one of the few places on the island where you won’t get a mobile phone signal, and you have to take special care due to its isolated position, but also a place you will not stop dreaming about.

The bright blue sky and some occasional mist that crowns the mountains and sometimes even drops down to the sand together make up a mysterious scene. To spend the night and then wake up in Güigüi can provide priceless personal enrichment. As Alonso Quesada once said “The colour blue holds all my invisible ideals, such as the stars this nightfall... and yet they shine on for eternity”

Güigüi is currently a Special Nature Reserve and since a short while ago has been public land, meaning it is well on the way to being declared a National Park, alongside Inagua, Tamadaba and Roque Nublo.

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How to get there

As we have already mentioned, access is by boat or on foot. The most common way is to park up at Tasartico, either in the village some three kilometres from the start of the walk, or at the point where the footpath begins.

To reach Tasartico from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria you can approach it by car both from the south or from the north. Now with the new road and tunnel, you can save some time if you choose the north route, and you can be there in around an hour and a half.

We take the north motorway towards Gáldar (GC-2), go on to Agaete and from there the GC-200 on towards La Aldea. Once you are through La Aldea, we carry on along the same road until the GC-204, which takes us to Tasartico.

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Places to visit

- La Aldea de San Nicolás: this is the nearest town and as such has small and peaceful beaches with clear water, and a tiny port for bathing.

- Tasarte: a village with hardly any inhabitants where visitors can eat right on the coast. We recommend you try the ropa vieja octopus stew. You can take a boat from there to Güigui, just ask in the village or at the bar.

- Tasartico: a point along the coast where boats come in and out on course for Güigüi. Also, the shortest footpath to Güigüi begins from here.

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