Water and why it matters!

 

The event celebrates the importance of water in the evolution of this society and will be narrated in English and Spanish

This Sunday March 18th the centre of the town of Adeje will stage ‘The Water Route/Ruta del Agua’, now an annual event which 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 extolling 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.

 

 

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The Adeje water route event will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English

The Adeje councillor for tourism, Ermitas Moreira García, announced details of this Sunday’s Water Route, which will see performances in costume along the way, underlying the important role water has played in the evolution of the borough. The route is scheduled to coincide with World Water day (celebrated this week) and the performances will be by the Adeje Municipal Folklore School. It will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English

The councillor explained that “the riches of our heritage are very relevant, not just for residents, but also for those who visit, looking for new experiences. The re-evaluation of our history, a history which unites us, is a fundamental task in the building of a viable tourist destination. For that reason the water route is an excellent way to remember the importance of this natural resource, looking at is use and relevance from an historic perspective”.

The route will start at 11am, from the entrance to the Barranco del infierno, following on to the Arriba mill, the Tres Chorros fountain, the Old Mill, orchards, the Fort House, the Santa Úrsula Church, the Calle Grande, Calle Sindical, and onto the plaza at Cruz del Llano. An addition this year will be a scene showing the lives of the Marquises of Adeje.

Anyone who would like to take part can do so, and participation is free. You will need to arrive on time to the starting point at the Barranco del Infierno.

 

Adeje has always been considered a privileged location, in the past as it is today. The borough had the biggest number of springs along the coast – two higher up where the Erques ravine is, 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 another beside the Roque de Imoque. The borough was a settlement area for a large group of Guanches, (the local aborigine inhabitants). This was also the home of the ‘Gran Tinerfe’ one of the most important chieftains in Tenerife in his time, whose statue today is at the entrance to the town of Adeje.

After the conquest of the island, in the south, and particularly in Adeje, water played a very important role as a local resource, with the Rio de Adeje (the Adeje river) flowing from the Barranco del Infierno down to the sea.