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There are many signs of pre-Hispanic settlements in Güimar.

Las Cardoneras and Montaña Grande have been the sites where many remains have been discovered, and human remains and a settlement with burial ground have been found at La Cueva de la Arena, Barranco de Badajoz, Barranco de Guaza, Escobonal, Chicaica, etc.

As with other old towns on the island, walking the streets of Güimar is a treat.

The parish church of San Pedro has a beautiful architectural style and there are interesting wood carvings and other religious objects inside.

The area of Chinguaro is eminently agricultural and very close to the town centre.

Religious life in the borough started at the end of the 15th century. When the Virgen del Socorro appeared on the beaches of Chimisay, the Guanches took the figurine to the winter residence of the Mencey (King), where it was worshipped and visited by all the other Menceys. The residence is located at a spot near some fresh water pools, vital for the survival of the aboriginal population. The area was known as Chinguaro.

Due to its wealth of archaeological remains, the spot has now been declared a Cultural Interest Site. There are plans for an archaeological park.

The site became a place of worship and pilgrimage for the Guanches of the entire island before the Spanish conquistadors arrived and conquered the Canary Islands.

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Iglesia de San Pedro Apóstol
Iglesia de San Pedro Apóstol