Guayadeque is the site of an ancient settlement in Gran Canaria, and is situated in the south-east of the island, just inland from the airport and next to the old towns of Agüimes and Ingenio.

The ravine of Guayadeque is home to almost two thousand different plant species, many of which are indigenous to the Canary Islands. The naturally formed cave structures in the rock faces of the ravine were the homes of the original settlers on the island and is from where many of the historical remains in the museums were excavated. The cave structures made ideal shelters for the primitive race that began the colonization of the islands,as they are cool in summer and warm in winter. The cave houses are still inhabited to the present day, though with a few additions such as electricity, and it is possible to visit them all through the year.

The name Guayadeque is a Guanche name that signifies - place of running water- and is the only place on the island of Gran Canaria that has a constant stream of water throughout the year. The Guanches were an aboriginal type race of unknown origin.

There is a small cave church and a cave-bar that serves tapas and locally produced wine at very local prices.

To visit the caves of Guayadeque you will either need to rent a car or book an organized excursion as the local bus service does´nt quite get there.

There are two museums also worth visiting, one at the entrance of the ravine and the second in Plaza San Anton in the town of Agüimes, both house original Guanche remains including mummified a Guanche.