(57) Chio-Chiguergue Circular (Guia de Isora)

Route Summary
A short, if at times strenuous, walk, taking different outward and return routes on ancient paths between the old settlements of Chio and Chiquergue in Guia de Isora. Great rural, coastal and mountain views complement the charm of many old buildings encountered along the way.

Duration: 2.5 hours

 

Route Overview
Duration: 2.5 hours
Transport/Parking: Titsa 460/462 from Guia de Isora. Parking below the church in Chio.
Length: 5.810 km / 3.63 mi
Height Gain: 285 meter
Height Loss: 285 meter
Max Height: 793 meter
Min Height: 561 meter
Surface: Rough. The surface quality on the route is variable, but sections of the old caminos are very rough.
Child Friendly: Yes, but only if If children are used to vigorous uphill hiking and rough surfaces.
Difficulty: Medium.
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: Bar/cafes in Chiquergue. We can recommend the Bar Parada, on the main road in Chio.

Description
Both Chio and Chiguergue have a long history, reflecting their role in the development of agriculture on the island post-Conquest. Old buildings, stone-built terraces, threshing circles (eras) and stone ovens are some of the most obvious evidence of this, making them attractive walking destinations that can be accessed from the southern resorts in 20 minutes or so nowadays. The first part of this walk descends from Chio to the centuries-old Camino Real that linked Arguayo to Guia de Isora. This is an easy section where there are very good views of the west coast of the island, from Playa San Juan to El Varadero. A steep ascent then takes you up to the charming little church at Chiguergue, and, following a short climb up through the old village we join the route of the old camino that linked Chirche to Chio, descending through vineyards and other terraces back to our start point at the fine church and plaza in Chio.

Links:
Photos from walk
Download Route Guide  (PDF with illustrated Waypoints)
Download GPX file  (GPS Exchange Format)
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