Among the local celebrations, the most notable takes place on September 7th, and is the traditional Bajada del Socorro where the Virgin is carried in a pilgrimage, from the church of San Pedro to the settlement of Socorro, next to Chimisay beach. That afternoon, on the beach, the representation of the Virgin’s appearance to the guanche shepherds takes place, in this way playing out a legend tied into the native world.
On the afternoon of the following day and after a series of festive acts, of marked aborigine reminiscence, the climb takes place, a moment in which a traditional game of odds and pairs is played, which is about betting or guessing how many almonds are hidden in a fist, and it is asked of people of different sexes, not mattering their class or condition.
On June 29th, a typical dance can be watched, the Dance of the Ribbons “La Danza de Cintas”, that is carried out in time to the rhythm of the “tajaraste”, and with a very peculiar costume in the Festivity of San Pedro in Güímar.
|Calendar of Popular Festivities in Güímar
|Last weekend in January
||Festivity of San Antonio Abad.
|First Sunday in February
||Virgin of la Candelaria. Chinguaro
||San José. El Escobonal
|First Sunady in May
||Exaltation of the Cross. Lomo de Mena, el Calvario
||Our Lady of Fátima.
|Third Sunday in June
||San Antonio de Padua. La Medida
||29th Patron Festivity of San Pedro Apostle
|Second Sunday in July
||Festivity of Chacona
||Virgin of Carmen. El Puertito
|Third Saturday in July
||Third Saturday in July
||Santiago Apostle. Puertito de Güímar
|First Sunday in August
||San José. El Escobonal
|September 7 – 8th
||Pilgrimage of the Virgin of El Socorro
||Festivity of El Pilar (Guaza)
|October 25 –26th
||Our Lady of La Peña. La Hoya
Among the traditional crafts, the lace work is outstanding.
Cultural Interest Centres
Güímar Municipal Archive
Phone: 922 526 100
Güímar Public Library
Phone: 922 514 330
Güímar Casino Cultural Centre
Phone: 922 510 217
El Escobonal Cultural Centre
Phone: 922 530 495 / 530 351
Lomo de Mena Cultural Centre
Phone: 922 530 485 / 530 047
Fátima Socio Cultural Centre
San Pedro Arriba Socio Cultural Centre
Cultural Tagoror of Agache Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum
Plaza de San José. El Escobonal.
Phone: 922 520 249
Güímar Cultural Information Office: Culture Council of the Guildhall of the city of Güímar,
Phone: 922 514 820 / 526 100
Güímar Ethnographic Pyramids Park
Calle Chacona, s/n
Phone: 922 514 510
La Medida Socio Cultural Nursery
Cultural Tagoror of Agache. Library
Phone: 922 530 495
La Fonda Medina. Craftsman’s House and C.I.T.
Phone: 922 514 820 / 510 845
Cultural Interest Wealth
Camino del Socorro
Tea Canal of the Water Canyon (Barranco del Agua)_
Chapel of San Pedro Abajo
Chapel of San Pedro Arriba
Paseo House and Chapel of San Juan
Historical Area of Güímar
El Socorro Temple
Built in the XVI century, rebuilt in the XVII century, enlarged in the XIX century.
Convent Church of Santo Domingo Soriano
Rebuilt in the XVIII century. Moresque panelling with images of Nazarene, Our Lady of El Rosario and San Antonio Abad. High altarpiece of the late baroque period, XVIII century.
Matrix Church of San Pedro Apostle
The reforms and the actual state are from the XIX century. Neoclassical and late baroque period altarpieces. With images of the Virgin of Carmen and of Los Dolores, Our Lady of E Socorro, Virgin of los Remedios and the Lord of Tribulations (Señor de las Tribulaciones)
La Hidro – Hydroelectric Central
Llano de la Virgen
La Menora Windmill
Chacaica Lavatories and Windmill
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