Towns and Villages
The are 17 specific population settlements in the municipality from the coast all the way up into the mountains. Nature, culture and tradition in its purest state combine together throughout the region.
Chiguergue, Chirche, Aripe, El Jaral and Vera de Erques can be found in the higher parts and they pride themselves on their traditional heritage.
Chío, Guía de Isora, Tejina de Isora, El Pozo and Acojeja are found in the central zones and display a historical side of the municipality, and finally you can find the coastal towns of Cueva del Polvo, Varadero, Alcalá, Fonsalía, Playa San Juan, Piedra Hincada and Aguadulce
Guía de Isora
There is a historical centre, which was declared an area of Cultural Interest in 2009 due to its rich architectural heritage.
You will find numerous buildings dating back to the 19th and 20th Centuries which show both popular and rural domestic architecture from this era. They are painted in bright colours in keeping with this period of the old town.
The agriculture in this area is rain fed and irrigated (garlic, grapes, potatoes and tomatoes among other things, which are grown for self-consumption) give us clues about its origin. The area dates back to the eighteenth century and grew due to the expansion of cultivation in the area. It later became the planting area for major crops of nopal cacti in the nineteenth century.
It’s an area of serene natural beauty with its feet still firmly planted in the past.
This town is home to many greenhouses and nurseries and is where you can find contact with the earth and cultivation. It’s one of the newer towns and can be found in the lower-central area of the municipality.
The smell of salt brings us back to the origins of the town which dates back to the twentieth century, where there was a fish cannery. Until the present day the factory has still been preserved, although now it’s used for other things.
You can find many fishermen’s boats and a multitude of marine species that live in the ponds and clear seas.
There is a central area with a town square where you have the chance to try typical coastal cuisine at one of the various restaurants available. There are also many shops and a market that takes place every Monday from 8:00 to 13:00 in the Plaza del Llano (Town Square).
Aripe is situated between Guía de Isora and Chirche. This little hamlet was declared a site of Cultural Interest in 2008 and is therefore a perfect place to learn about the history of agriculture and how work was done in the fields.
The town also demonstrates significant architectural heritage, which can be seen both in the traditional houses and in the existing traditional worksites, which include ovens and mills – which were the tools and materials used for producing and preparing gofio, the local grain-based foodstuff.
These traditions and customs blend seamlessly into the idyllic landscape in this small rural village and connect perfectly with the more urban towns below.
Chirche and it’s viewpoint
There are many small houses from the XVIII and XIX centuries that have been kept in an excellent state of conservation and have a rich ethnographic heritage which led to Chirche being declared an area of Cultural Interest in 2008 alongside Aripe.
This hamlet is 800 metres above sea level and as such, you can be guaranteed some fabulous panoramic views of the municipality from the viewpoint.
Some of the traditional houses have been converted into hostels and rural hotels so that you can book into a room and be transported back into the past.
We invite you to take a stroll through the narrow streets that have been restored to their former glory and at the same time see the numerous ovens, mills and springs that used to be used by the local inhabitants.
Inside the village you can find beautiful old houses and a rich heritage evident in the beautiful mills, bread ovens and tiles, which enable us to take a step back into the past customs of the area.
You can also enjoy the countryside and the outdoors by walking any of the trails leading into the main town. You’ll love it.
You will be captivated by the traditional buildings with rural features which surround the town square where a quaint old church dominates. There are a network of narrow streets and alleyways leading around the village along with many historical features such as the springs, which up until a short time ago were used daily by the local villagers.
The first chapel which existed in the village was constructed in the seventeenth century, but it was torn down because it had become too small for the number of parishioners, even though it had been renovated to accommodate the growing population. The Church of San Juan Bautista de Chío was built in 1960. Inside it you can find two especially magnificent statues: Our Lady of Peace and St. Juan Bautista.
If you take the opportunity to stroll around the area you will see lots of vineyards and be able to breathe in the fresh air.
Cueva del Polvo
El Jaral stands alongside the El Pozo ravine. It’s a small town that is centred around agriculture, which is grown for local consumption. It has many hiking and walking routes that you can enjoy whilst taking in the excellent views.
This village is located next to Tejina de Isora. Its origins along with its name remind you of ancient elements, for its origins are linked to a spring located near the Church Square, which has survived to the present time.
The visitor will be delighted due to its warm environment. In this small village, both small agriculture fields, where locals carry out their subsistence crops outdoors and animal caring, and greenhouses for tomatoes in the upper areas of the borough, coexist in a confined place.
Piedra Hincada is a village in the lower inland area of the island, located next to Agua Dulce. Both villages have a similar tradition of cultivating tomatoes and bananas along with flower cultivation.
Playa de San Juan
Walking along the long promenade you can take in the smell of salt and the sound of the waves. There’s a fantastic beach with calm waters and many services at your disposal (sunbeds, umbrellas, showers, locker rooms, bathrooms, etc.), and you can do many different watersports such as paddle-surfing and canoeing. There are also lots of restaurants and bars where you can stop and take in the views.
The three main streets (Avda. Juan Carlos I, Avda. del Emigrante and Avda. Reina Sofía), are perfect for shopping with a great choice of shops at your disposal and every Wednesday you can take in the hustle and bustle of the traditional market where you can buy handicrafts, textiles and antique ornaments, or stock up on local organic produce. It’s a unique village with something to offer to everyone.
Tejina de Isora
Tejina de Isora lies at the foot of the great testament to nature, Tejina Mountain. A place marked mainly by agriculture, is home to one of the most important cooperatives in the municipality, which was founded in 1964, and is dedicated to marketing tomatoes and bananas; the two most important crops of the municipality and the basis of its economy; to buyers around the world.
Because of this it is the ideal place to learn more about farming in the area. It is one of the most unique areas in the municipality: the hamlet of Las Fuentes, was considered in the past as “Isora’s granary”. You’ll love it.
Taking a walk though this area you will see that there are spectacular views from pretty much any point along the coast. Here you can find the area of “Punta Blanca”, a perfect place to surf, and as you arrive ther e you’ll be greeted by a fabulous panoramic view of the entire coast of the municipality and you can see some of the best sunsets with views of La Gomera.
Vera de Erques
As a consequence of this agricultural origin, this village houses an atractive ethnographic set of buildings in the area of Montiel, where you can find an old house with a threshing-floor and next to it a water-tank, a wine-press and some tile ovens.
You may enjoy its natural beauty through the traditional footpaths that surround Vera de Erques, as well as the beautiful panoramic views of the area, especially the coast of Guía de Isora.