Having finished breakfast we return to the Alto de Pavón where we begin our descent into the green valley dotted with small cave houses. Passing through Hoya de Pineda, we may even see some pottery ovens where the locals make bowls and jugs.
Gáldar has a rich historical and cultural heritage. It was the capital of the Guanche kingdom of Agáldar before the Spanish conquest in the 15th century. Today, the town retains some of its historical charm and features several notable landmarks. One of the most famous attractions in Gáldar is the Church of Santiago de los Caballeros (Church of St. James the Apostle). This beautiful church dates back to the 16th century and combines Gothic and Mudéjar architectural styles. The church marks the end of the Camino de Santiago of Gran Canaria. On holy years, pilgrims can obtain plenary indulgence if they access the temple through the Holy Door.
Another important site in Gáldar is the Cueva Pintada (Painted Cave), an archaeological site that features ancient Guanche cave paintings. These paintings depict various geometric and anthropomorphic designs and provide insights into the pre-Hispanic culture of the Canary Islands.
The last portion into Gáldar follows the walls of the ravine and the open vertical chasm. We head straight to the Church of Santiago de los Caballeros for our last stamp in our Pilgrim’s Passport and admire Saint James literally standing on a wave of the Canary Islands – Congratulations pilgrim!
After our day of walking we transfer back to our accommodations in Gáldar for a celebratory dinner with the tour group that we have come to know! While we savor some of the last time we have with our fellow pilgrims, we can toast to our accomplishment and look back on the memories of our walk on the Camino de Santiago with Fresco Tours.