Cenobio de Valeron cave is a huge pre-Hispanic volcanic rock (with around 300 smaller caves inside) in Santa Maria de Guia...north of Gran Canaria.
And although it's not well known it really is worth the visit. Even if you are only vaguely interested in the Canary Islands history and Gran Canaria history it's a place you should stop by.
In fact not far from here you'll find possibly the best pre-Hispanic or Guanche site - The Painted Cave - in Galdar. So if you come here you can visit both places in one go.
There are many theories to explain Cenbio de Valeron's existance. They go from it being a holy place or monastery...to a place where the youth were prepared for marriage...to it being a giant barn. The last one of these theories is the most accepted one.
When you arrive at the reception make sure you get the information brochures which explains this in more detail.
And if you're lucky....the man that will greet us when we went, will also be there when you go. He's so friendly...he even taught us how he called the lizards as if they were his pets. They would come out there hiding places and take food from him.
It was really impressive!
To get to the cave itself you'll have to walk up some stairs. But the path has lovely views of the valley as well as interesting information panels about the animals and plants in the area.
Once you get to the cave you'll see a large arch 20m high and 27m wide. And inside it some 300 smaller caves that were used to store dried fruits and grains such as corn.
We spent 45 minutes during our visist. And on leaving the place there is a shop where you can buy typical products like 'gofio' ... which is a toasted corn powder which was used by the Guanche and still is used by locals.
Cenobio of Valeron also offers guided tours for groups. To do this you'll need to make a group reservation by calling (+34) 928 219421 or (+34) 618 607 896.
If you come here you will most likely be driving here and outside the entrance there is a small parking lot where you can park your car.
The price for adults is 2.5 euros.
Summer (April - September): 10:00 to 18:00 hours
Winter (October to March): 10:00 to 17:00 hours
Cenobio of Valeron is open from Tuesday to Sunday. It's closed on Mondays, 1st January, 6th January, 1st May and 25th December.
The only way to get here is by car.
Telephone: (+34) 928 219421 or (+34) 618 607 896