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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

The XV edition of the Route of the Camino del Hermano Pedro will be held on April 23

Camino del Hermano Pedro

After two years due to the suspension of activity due to the pandemic, the Camino del Hermano Pedro route (Brother Pedro's Pilgrimage Route) will once again travel, as has been traditional for 15 years, the 19 kilometers that run between Vilaflor de Chasna and the Cave of Santo Hermano Pedro in Granadilla of Abona on Saturday, 23 April 2022

The Hermano Pedro Route begins at the church of San Pedro Apóstol in Vilaflor, then descends and crosses the municipalities of San Miguel de Abona and Granadilla de Abona before reaching the coast at El Médano, which is home to the cave dedicated to the saint.

Thousands of people will once again gather for this trail, a symbol of collective memory and of great natural, cultural, heritage and religious value. The activity is scheduled to start at 7:00 in the morning from Plaza de Vilaflor, with the TITSA bus service available from 5:00 at the Cave. From 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., a mass is planned for walkers who wish to attend in the church of Vilaflor, and then the route will begin, leaving from the town centre in the direction of the cave, arriving at approximately 1:00 p.m. Other possibilities are to do the route from the Convent of Granadilla (9.30); Charco del Pino, in the area of ​​El Chorro (9.30); Plaza de la Cultura de San Isidro (10.30) and Plaza de El Médano (11.30).

Since 2005, when the study and revaluation of the Camino del Hermano Pedro and its adjacent paths began, the challenge for the Chasna region has been to recover this symbol of collective memory and, which has been maintained to this day thanks to the residents of Granadilla de Abona and Vilaflor de Chasna, to unite the different municipalities of the region (Fasnia, Arico, Granadilla de Abona, San Miguel de Abona and Vilaflor de Chasna) and their population through a route that unites history, spirituality, landscape and culture.

The cultural route begins at about 1,500 meters above sea level and runs for 19 kilometres. For approximately five hours, the walker can enjoy elements of the natural and cultural heritage, a large number of terraces and fruit orchards, as well as unique flora with mountain scrub, pine forest, tabaibal-cardonal and coastal scrub, and a fauna of great interest that can be observed throughout the entire route. The Camino del Hermano Pedro is not only a transhumance route [the practice of moving livestock from one grazing ground to another in a seasonal cycle, typically to lowlands in winter and highlands in summer] that extends between the municipalities of Vilaflor and Granadilla, but is part of a set of traditional paths, some of which appear on historical maps from the 18th and 19th centuries), this being the route that Brother Pedro (Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur) travelled to move his flock.