Friday 14 September 2018

Cenobio de Valerón

The northern part of the island of Gran Canaria is the home of one of the most interesting archaeological sites in the Canary Islands. For a long time, it was believed that this place was a kind of monastery for priestesses - hence in the name Cenobio. However, Cenobio de Valeron was a huge granary used by the pre-Hispanic Canaries to store food and for cereals such as barley and wheat. The place consists of over 300 grain silos carved in soft rock with tools made of wood and stone. Silos are connected on several levels. In addition to the granary, there are caves that served as living quarters for people who permanently guard the contents of the granaries to prevent theft.

It's worth visiting this place because of its cultural and historical value on Gran Canaria. Granaries at Cenobio de Valerón have been prepared for visits and charge for admission. Visitors can visit this place alone or go on a guided tour. There is a car park with a toilet next to it. At the entrance, there is a small souvenir shop and typical local products.

Bottom view from the entrance
Cenobio de Valerón
Silos have different shapes
Cenobio de Valerón is located on a steep slope. On the other side are beautiful views


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