Tejeda is famous for its almond trees from which its handcrafted almond cakes are made. Especially popular is the traditional almond-based pastry such as "bienmesabe" or "mazapanes" (marzipan). Also the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries have not overlooked the properties of the bitter almond, also present in the fields of Tejeda.
Some inhabitants of Tejeda maintain that eating one bitter almond a day can heal diabetes.
The Canarian music also lives in the hearts of Tejeda’s inhabitants. At present, the "Parranda del Botellín" preserves the musical traditions with guitars and timples, playing Isas, Folías, Malagueñas and other songs of the Canarian folk in all the Tejeda festivals.
The most representative instrument of the Canarian folk is the timple. With only five strings, it is able to play melodies with an unmistakeable tone. Undoubtedly, it is the emblem of the Canarian music.
Located in the centre of Gran Canaria and lined up with Montañeta de Altavista (Altavista peak), the Teide (on the island Tenerife) and the setting sun, Roque Bentayga (the Bentayga rock) was chosen as a sacred place by aboriginal people who lived closely related with natural forces.
The almogarén or religious site that was built in the Roque Bentayga by the pre-Hispanic inhabitants housed the caves Cuevas del Rey as well as some stone-cravings that are shown to the public and easy accesible.
The magic of the sunset at the Roque Bentayga explains for itself the reason why it was chosen as a religious spot by the aboriginal Canarians.
The Interpretation Centre of the mountain pass Degollada Becerra, situated on the head border mountain of Cuenca de Tejeda, makes the visitors come into contact with the environment and offers enjoyable information, mainly visual, about the natural environment and ethnography.
Containing the works of the sculptor from Tejeda who gives his name to this place, it is a tourist information centre as well as an art gallery with temporary exhibitions of paintings, photographs, sculptures, etc.
In a modern and interactive way it presents the traditions and customs of this municipality: agriculture, cattle raising as well as different disputes about lands and water, and more.
It shows the multiple purposes of the most representative herbs and plants of this area: medicinal, culinary, symbolic, etc. in an exquisite atmosphere with gardens to walk and enjoy the sight of the plants.
Exhibition of items traditionally used, such as farming tools and illustration of typical situations of the farming and cattle raising activities.
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It is worth noting its eclectic artistic style, its main door carved in pine wood and the stonework of its walls. A wooden carving of Cristo de la Sangre (Christ of the Blood) stands out as the oldest piece of its heritage, brought to Tejeda in the middle of the 17th century, probably with the purpose of presiding over The Congregation of the Blood. It survived the fire which destroyed the church in 1920 and it was found some years later under the floor of one of its side naves.
A great number of buildings in Tejeda show traditional values of the typical architecture of the Canary Islands.
The stone, the wood and the brick: all these are essential elements that represent the traditional architecture of Tejeda.
The typical Canarian balcony has its origin in the South-Andalusian traditional handcrafted woodwork, the Mudéjar style (with a combination of Moorish, Romanesque and Gothic elements), although some of the architectonic characteristics might have a Portuguese origin.
La Fiesta del Almendro en Flor is held in February, when the almond trees are in full bloom and announce the coming spring. It is one of the most attractive and traditional festivals in Gran Canaria and shows the Canarian folk feelings in all the areas: handcrafts, folklore and customs.
La Fiesta Patronal en honor a la Virgen del Socorro (the patron’s holidays in honour of the Virgen del Socorro) are held in September. After the religious ceremony, the Virgin is taken in procession along the main streets of the Tejeda village.
The people, wearing the local traditional costumes, offer the Virgin a wide range of the typical produce of the area. Music, as well as local gastronomy, adds the fun factor for the romeros, the pilgrims. It will undoubtedly be a great opportunity to get to know the customs of the Canarian people.