Barranco del Jurado

This inmense, natural crevice separates the neighbourhood of El Jesús from the town center of Tijarafe. Its name comes from the sharp, pointy rock formations that erosion has carved into the canyon walls, with narrow spaces in between, called “juras” by the local people. The French traveller René Verneau, who visited this place at the end of the nineteenth century, wrote that one of those openings, which no longer exists, was used to cross from one side of the canyon to the other. Nowadays, the hiking path GR 130 crosses the canyon over the dry river bed. Due to the importance to the landscape of these peculiar geological formations, the Barranco del Jurado was placed under official protection. At the mouth, where the canyon meets the sea, there is a small sand and pebble beach.