Nice apartment with two newly renovated rooms, fully equipped and furnished and situated on the beach next to a natural protected area. Ideal to relax and connect with nature offering many possibilities, including hiking through marked routes. It is also about 150 meters from the beach which has two very distinct areas. One, the smallest and closest to the people, who are more familiar and has calmer waters where you can enjoy a quiet bath. The other, more open to the ocean, is the most extensive and has a stronger swell. In addition at the end of this other area, during many periods of the year we can enjoy a natural beach of black sand that changing ocean currents disappears again.
Many surfers flock to this beach at certain times of the year and usually have very good waves.
It's worth coincidas with the celebrations in honor of the Virgen del Socorro, where thousands of pilgrims from the neighboring village of Güímar, to shoulder the Virgin resting in the chapel of the beach. It is the oldest pilgrimage on the island and is an impressive sight.
In the hamlet of El Socorro there are two hermitages, the top and bottom. There are different opinions about their age, however, it seems that could be below (although the first date we have about it is that of 1919) which was built in the first third of the XVI century in commemoration of the discovery of the image of the Virgin (Candelaria) by the Guanches on the beach. The chapel above could be originated in the seventeenth century. Both have undergone renovations and posterior restorations.
The Hermitage of El Socorro, is the largest and has the greatest architectural interest. It consists of two ships, following enlargement that took place in the XIX century, with Arab-tile roof gable. Today presents an excellent state of preservation thanks to the latest restoration, which took place in 1990. In such restoration its roof and interior remodeled.
Architecturally abtería highlights its facade and its belfry. Inside stands an oil painting of Our Lady of El Socorro, painted by Javier Eloy Campos, a native of Guimaras.
The Hermitage of El Socorro was declared of Cultural Interest (B. I.C.) by agreement of the Government of the Canary Islands with category 11/19/1990 16/07/1993 monument.
Special consideration with these hermitages for güimareros, especially above, must be understood in the context of the Pilgrimage of Our Lady of El Socorro, which is also become key part of the cultural heritage of the municipality.
This set includes the so-called field or Plain Ceremony declared of cultural interest (B. I.C) with category of Historical Site in 2009 Virgin. In addition, this declaration provides a clear demarcation of protection of the area for conservation. It represents an enclave of great cultural, symbolic and religious significance related to the miraculous appearance of the image of the Virgin of Candelaria on the beach of Chimisay the Guanche shepherds and the traditional Pilgrimage of El Socorro.
If we focus on the badlands of Güimar, here lavas squirm acquiring the most improbable ways and I will challenge you to continue watching them until maybe you wonder if you are in another world. This landscape is a true biological and geographical treasure. It is the door to another different planet. As you go into three square kilometers will feel the salt of the sea nearby and you can see one of the best evidence of cardonal-tabaibal the archipelago. You will see endemic species such as balillo along with many other birds (shrike, hoopoe or kestrel). And of course the lizards that scurry by stones looking for the sun. Admire the iconic Big Mountain, a ridge of volcanic origin with a tender red off, it is something that will not leave you indifferent.
Always the inhabitants of this land have used different and valuable resources offered by this environment, performing practices such as fishing and shellfishing. A method used by the ancient inhabitants was the embarbascado: poisoned water puddles cardón milk or sour tabaiba, which guaranteed the stunning of fish.
The ancients, taking advantage of its proximity to the sea also got him a valuable product like salt. Even today you can see two perfectly preserved saline. Formerly, in the absence of cooling meat and fish they were salted to preserve them in time