Roque Bentayga,Pillars of the Sky. Gran Canaria

Roque Bentayga, one of the most fascinating and mysterious Gran Canarian landmarks

There is no place in Gran Canaria more mysterious than Roque Bentayga. Its story begins million years back when Gran Canaria was rising from the oceans waters due to volcanic activity. Roque Bentayga is the result of millennia of constant erosion that started the moment this island was formed. It is a former volcanic plug, part of Caldera de Tejeda,  made out of basalt. Due to its solidity is still standing despite the fact that the surrounding softer materials were washed away by the rainfalls and rockslides. A stand alone rock which is indubitably the focal point of a huge erosion crater. This majestic rock that dominates the valley having its past shrouded in mystery did not reveal yet its secrets.

Roque Bentayga, Gran Canaria Island, by Mirela Felicia Catalinoiu
Roque Bentayga, Gran Canaria Island, by Mirela Felicia Catalinoiu
The sights of Gran Canaria, Roque Bentayga, by Mirela Felicia Catalinoiu
The sights of Gran Canaria, Roque Bentayga, by Mirela Felicia Catalinoiu

The Guanches considered Roque Bentayga as a sacred place. Three pointy rocks are looking up to the sky this being one of the reasons why it was called The pillars of the Sky. This old hunchback is the guardian of the secrets of the old inhabitants of the island. It is fascinating and although numerous caves and pits, engraved rocks and a sacred altar were discovered in the vicinity, the seal of time could not be broken. Questions are still without an answer and the mystery remains.

Pillars of the sky, Roque Bentayga, Gran Canaria Island, by Mirela Felicia Catalinoiu
Pillars of the sky, Roque Bentayga, Gran Canaria Island, by Mirela Felicia Catalinoiu
Roque Bentayga and Pico del Teide floating above the clouds, by Mirela Felicia Catalinoiu
Roque Bentayga and Pico del Teide floating above the clouds, by Mirela Felicia Catalinoiu

Why the Guanches chose Roque Bentayga as a worship place, is not hard to understand. Although is not the tallest rock, being the third in rank after Pico de las Nieves and Roque Nublo, its distinct figure attracts the eye. It is like a silent lone guardian looking down the valley. Often is covered by the clouds and surrounded by the mists adding more drama to the scene. Winds are sliding whispering at its ears carrying its mumbles to the neighbouring island Tenerife, where another dormant giant is scrutinising the horizons.

Roque Bentayga and Roque Nublo, Gran Canaria, by Mirela Felicia Catalinoiu
Roque Bentayga and Roque Nublo, Gran Canaria, by Mirela Felicia Catalinoiu
Roque Bentayga and Roque Nublo, Gran Canaria, by Mirela Felicia Catalinoiu
Roque Bentayga and Roque Nublo, Gran Canaria, by Mirela Felicia Catalinoiu

 

When being up on Roque Bentayga on the ceremonial platform called Almogaren one might feel a bit overwhelmed. Do not miss this pointy rock, because although not as popular like Roque Nublo this rock is the true heart of the island. If you want to listen to the Wind`s Stories, this is the place where you should be. You will discover the most amazing world…the fantastic world of Gran Canaria