Thursday, June 02, 2022

Romería de Guamasa 2022

Romería Guamasa 2013

The Romería de San Isidro, is due to take place this Sunday, 5 June 2022, in the neighbourhood of Guamasa, part of the municipality of San Cristóbal de La Laguna

Guamasa legend, Paseo de Las Acacias and Pilgrimage of San Isidro

If you love walks through misty and humid places that remind you of the English countryside; Places dotted with small towns, with cobbled streets, where green adorns and brightens up the black of the rain-soaked cobblestones; Places full of humble stone and wood houses where an old fireplace provides warmth when the temperatures drop and the humidity permeates our bones: a delicious hot soup and a good fire to warm up, come to the Paseo de las Acacias in Guamasa, this Sunday to enjoy its Romería.

Guamasa, located northwest of the historic centre, and is an example of the rural history of La Laguna, where the gastronomic offer, the wine culture and the cultivation of cereals are part of the nature of its people.

Guamasa takes the name of a Guanche princess (a pre-Hispanic native of the island), whose story has come down to the present in the form of a tragic legend with different versions; One of them tells that Guamasa, daughter of Acaymo, the last Mencey (king) of Tacoronte, fell in love with the dashing young Teguaro. An impossible love due to the difference in lineage. They they escaped to a hidden place near the Aguere lagoon. When Acaymo found out, he was furious and the couple turned to Tejina, Guamasa's sister, to mediate with her father. Acaymo ended up accepting the relationship and the young couple got married, receiving a plain next to the Rodeos as a dowry. Shortly after the wedding, Teguaro became involeved with other women, which caused Acaymo to banish him. Tinguaro went to the mountains and one night lost his life when he fell into a ravine, while Guamasa died of loneliness and sadness in the plain that bears her name.

Legends aside Guamasa has been an area of ​​great agricultural and livestock wealth since pre-Hispanic times: wheat, fruit trees, potatoes, vegetables, cows, goats, sheep, etc. Today, although production has decreased, the area continues to maintain its ancestral character and it is not uncommon to come across people on horseback.

An outstanding place in Guamasa is the Las Acacias promenade, very close to the Boquerón descent, it is a paved and pedestrian path for a good part of its route.

One of the traditions that makes the people of Guamasa most proud is the local sport "Lucha Canaria" (Canarian wrestling) which in the area has a tradition of almost seven decades. From the gastronomic point of view, the offer is wide and varied, ranging from the typical guachinches to the most exquisite restaurants.

And one of the most important festivities in Guamasa is the Pilgrimage in honor of San Isidro Labrador, in June, to give thanks for the fruits of the harvest.

Guamasa arranca este jueves con las fiestas y romería en honor a San Isidro Labrador 2022

Guamasa leyenda, Paseo de Las Acacias y Romería de San Isidro