The municipality of Santa Lucia is located in the southeast. The center lies at an altitude of 700 meters, along the GC-1 lies Vecindaria and on the coast Pozo Izquierdo is especially renowned for its surfing. The GC-65 runs from the GC-1 up to Santa Brigida.
In the center, along the GC-65 is a small parking lot on a fairly large and nicely decorated square, with numerous tall trees. The church is at a height, which can be reached via a staircase from the parking lot. It has a white façade in which large natural stones have been incorporated. The large white dome is also quite unique.
The patron saint of the church is Santa Lucia. An image of her is on the square in front of the church. She lived around 200 AD in the catacombs of St. Lucia. She died martyrdom because she refused to worship the pagan gods. According to tradition, this happened with a swordstroke in the neck, but according to other sources she was beheaded. One of the stained-glass windows of the church shows an image of a decapitation. We therefore suspect that this refers to this.
According to another legend, she would have stretched out her eyes to be delivered from her pagan worshipers. As a result, she is also the patron saint of the blind. We found a reference to this legend in the San Bartolomeo Iglesia in San Bartolomeo. She is shown on one of the stained-glass windows with a plate on which her eyes lie.
A few hundred meters lower on the GC-65 is the Fortaleza el Hao, a museum where archaeological finds from the area are exhibited. The garden is also worth a visit.
Fortaleza de Ansite - Mirador de la Sorrueda
In Santa Lucia, take the GC-65 to the coast. Two kilometers outside the center, take the GC-651 to La Fortaleza on the right. The road goes down. Pass the exit to Sorrueda. A little further on is the visitor center of La Fortaleza on the left, where the archaeological finds from the area are exhibited. The entrance fee is 4 EUR.
You will learn everything about the history of this archaeological site, where many remains of the Guanches have been found. It would have been the last stronghold that was only conquered by the Spaniards in 1483. This is still celebrated annually on 29 April.
A little further you have a small road on the right that leads to the Mirador de Sorrueda. You can go down with the car but there are only a limited number of places. On the mirador you have a view over the Presa de Sorrueda, a reservoir in the Barranco de Tirajana. It is better to park the car on the side of the road by driving 400 meters further to the car park at the end of the GC-651. There you come to the historic Fortaleza.
The site is formed by three large rocks: Fortaleza Grande (589m), Fortaleza Chica (656m) and Titana. On the flanks of the Fortaleza Grande you can see numerous cave dwellings. A path goes up to the largest of those caves. It is not really a cave, but a hole that runs to the other side of the mountain. It is not said whether this is a natural passage or whether it was carved out by the original inhabitants of the island.