At the heart of Tenerife, the island of eternal spring, lies a mystery that has intrigued the minds of archaeologists and travelers for decades: six stepped pyramids rising above the volcanic landscape, their age and origin shrouded in the mists of history.

These man-made structures, known as the Pyramids of Güímar, date back to the 9th to 11th centuries. According to the most prevalent theory, they were built by the Guanches – the indigenous inhabitants of Tenerife, whose unique culture remains the subject of study to this day.

History of the Güímar Pyramids:

Discovery: In the 1950s, Norwegian explorer and archaeologist Thor Heyerdahl, fascinated by the mysteries of the island, stumbled upon these massive pyramids. Research: Heyerdahl initiated extensive excavations that shed light on the age and purpose of the pyramids. Age: Radiocarbon dating determined the age of the pyramids to be from the 9th to 11th centuries. Builders: Debate continues over who constructed them. Most likely, they were built by the Guanches – the indigenous inhabitants of Tenerife, whose culture remains the subject of study.

Possible Purpose of the Güímar Pyramids

Religious Structures: They may have served as places of worship or been part of burial rituals. Astronomical Calendars: Their orientation to the cardinal directions and layout on the landscape. Agricultural Calendars: Connection to solstice and equinox cycles. Connection to Other Cultures: Heyerdahl proposed a theory linking the Güímar pyramids to other megalithic structures around the world, such as those in Mesopotamia and South America.


Guanches crafted legends of the “Places of Power,” where powerful ancestors once dwelled. There is also a belief that the pyramids possess special energy and can influence human destiny.

Modern Times

Today, the Güímar Pyramids are not just an archaeological site but also a popular tourist attraction.

What to See:

Ethnographic Park: Surrounding the pyramids is a park where visitors can learn about the life and culture of the Guanches. Museum: The museum displays artifacts found during excavations, as well as informational panels about the history of the pyramids. Tours: Take a guided tour of the park, where you’ll hear legends and stories associated with the pyramids. Panorama: Climb to the top of one of the pyramids for a panoramic view of the surroundings.

How to Get There:

Bus: Reach the pyramids by taking bus No. 121 from Medina Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Car: The pyramids are a 20-minute drive from the island’s capital. Excursion: Many tourist companies offer excursions to the Güímar pyramids.

Ticket Prices:

Adults: €6 Children (6-12 years): €3 Children under 6 years old: Free Reviews:

Travelers who have visited the Güímar Pyramids note their mysterious atmosphere and beauty.

Be sure to view their photos to better imagine this unique place. And of course, it’s best to visit it yourself afterward.

The Güímar Pyramids are not just a landmark; they are not just a collection of stones; they are a chronicle of an ancient civilization frozen in time. Visit this amazing corner of Tenerife, and you may unravel its mysteries!”