Photos: Adeje Ayuntamiento.
Adeje Ayuntamiento has announced its annual Water Route/Ruta del Agua will take place on Sunday 18 March. The council says that the event is designed to explain the story of the significance of water in the evolution of the local society, the symbolism of and dependence upon this vital resource. As in previous years the route will be led by members of the Adeje municipal folklore group, in costumes of bygone days, acting and explaining, in English and Spanish, the route that water has taken in Adeje over centuries. Participation in the event is free.
According to Adeje’s tourism councillor, Ermitas Moreira García, “the historical riches of our borough are very important and reflect our history as a people, so we think the rescue and valuing of these traditions through projects such as this are of huge benefit, not just for residents for our visitors too. Through different cultural experiences they too can enjoy new experiences and sensations”.
She added, “we are extoling these historic elements that are unique to us as a town and which we can also promote as a tourist attraction. The water route is an excellent example of this”.
The route begins at 11am on Sunday March 18th at the entrance to the Barranco del Infierno (near the Otelo restaurant), and will take the participants on a journey through time, stopping at various old water mills and fountains – the Molina de Arriba, the Fuente de los Tres Chorros, and other historic stopping points in the town. In parallel those following the route will also discover something of the lives of the marquises of Adeje.
During the 19th century liberal politician Pascual Madoz, a member of a progressive party and author of a statistical geographical dictionary of Spain, described Adeje as (translated) “a territory with a sad and monotonous aspect in the valley surrounded by hills; the rest of the area is delightful, with some of the most fertile stretches to be found on this side of the island: water to irrigate the land, the walk knows as the Infierno, which descends from the highest part in the mountains to the canal forming the Barranco del Agua (Water Ravine)”.
During the walk on Sunday participants can delve into details of the borough’s past, which they can appreciate first hand through a series of set pieces created just for this event. Adeje has always held a privileged position in the island, as much in previous centuries as today. The borough boasted the greatest number of springs in the midlands of the island of Tenerife: two in the Erques ravine, three in the area known as El Aserradero, two in the Barranco del Infierno, one at the top of the Barranco del Agua, another at the foot of the Roque de los Brezos and finally one which was by the Roque de Imoque.
The borough was also home to a number of important Guanche (Tenerife aborigine) settlements, and of course to the Gran Tinerfe, a king among Guanches, whose statue now sits at the entrance to the town. Following the conquest of the south and in particular of Adeje, water played a vital part and the hydro-resources from the Barranco del Infierno – the Adeje River – ran from the springs to the sea.