After breakfast, we make our last cultural excursion to visit the Cenobio de Valerón. This fascinating archaeological site has nothing to do with a Monastery (Cenobio) as the name suggests. The Cenobio de Valerón is a unique pre-Hispanic settlement that consists of a series of artificial caves carved into the volcanic rock dating back to the 6th century AD.
The complex consists of around 350 individual caves that were used by the Guanche people to store grain, primarily wheat and barley. The caves are interconnected by a system of passages and walkways, creating a network of storage spaces. The design and construction of the Cenobio de Valerón are remarkable, showcasing the engineering skills of the indigenous group. The caves were strategically positioned to take advantage of the natural environment as the volcanic rock provides insulation, helping to maintain a cool and dry atmosphere inside the caves, essential for preserving the stored crops. The site’s location near fertile agricultural areas also facilitated the transportation of the harvested grains easily.
After enjoying our last expedition together it is time to transfer back to Las Palomas and say our last “Buen Camino.” We can’t wait to see you again!