CHIRCHE - Towns and hamlets - Tenerife

Chirche

Hamlet in southern Tenerife
CHIRCHE
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Chirche lies at an altitude of about 800 m (2,600 feet), just five minutes away from Guía de Isora. This is a quiet, picturesque little hamlet with wonderful examples of typical Canarian architecture that make for lovely pictures. A number of the traditional-style houses has been converted into rural accommodation in both Chirche and Aripe, allowing visitors to stay in this wonderful setting and travel back in time to the Island's past. It is uncertain when exactly the houses were built, but most are believed to date from the 18th and 19th century. Because its houses have been so well preserved and thanks to Chirche's wealth of ethnographic heritage, it was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 2008. Another of its charms is that, like Aripe, Chirche features beautiful alleyways that have recently been restored using similar materials to those originally employed, in keeping with the traditional style. Moreover, Chirche and Aripe have a great many ovens, threshing areas and water tanks dotted about their streets and surroundings, which were once used by the inhabitants of these towns. You will find them by following some of Guía de Isora's traditional trails. History: This settlement is of Guanche origin (which we know thanks to the remaining archaeological traces), but its history as an actual hamlet began in the second half of the 17th century. In its early days, herding was the main form of livelihood, which later developed to include rainfed agriculture. This enabled the locals to take full advantage of their natural resources, all the way from the mountain top to the edge of the town, or even as far as the coast. The use of these resources has defined the hamlet, not only because of its farmland, but also the infrastructure used. The landscape is full of traditional farming features such as little plots of land and stone walls forming terraces which were used in an attempt to maximise farming space. There are also water tanks, wineries, wine cellars, animal pens, ovens and threshing areas. In addition to the hamlet's natural and cultural assets, mention should be made of one of its festive celebrations: Tradition Day, during the last fortnight in July.

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