Legends and curiosities

  • The Castillo del Romeral fishermen became the most numerous amongst those working on the ships that sailed the Canary-Sahara fish stock, the costeros.
  • It is said that due to the long lasting absence of their husbands, the Castillo del Romeral women had no option but taking over the command of their households, gaining a reputation for being temperamental and ready to face any adversity.
  • Children also felt the call for fishing at a very early age. Since they were very young, they would contribute to the household economy as fishing bait collectors (carnaderos). They worked as coastal fishers and were paid in kind, so they would handle the fish earned over to their parents for them to use it as fishing bait.
  • The present natural pools were rebuilt in 2010, and today are the main leisure attraction for the Castillo residents.
  • The La Caleta windmill used to be an important landmark, as the gofio (cereal flour, usually made from maize or wheat grains), staple food for the southern Gran Canaria population, was produced there.
  • The area named Juncalillo del Sur used to be a green and dump mangrove full of native flora. It was destroyed to make room for export crops.
  • Until the 1940s, Castillo del Romeral would stay uninhabited from June to September. The whole village would move down south, leaving behind the strong gales that use to blow in the area during those months. This is why the Virgen del Carmen festivity, patron saint of fishermen, takes place in September instead of July, being the latter the official date. The first sea procession carrying the image of Virgen del Carmen took place in September 1977 on board of the boat “El Ligero”.
  • Due to the harsh social conditions in the area, a Communal Deposit was set at La Caleta. This institution run a comprehensive school which allowed the Castillo del Romeral population to learn, leaving behind times of illiteracy.
  • According to the locals, a mysterious light can be seen at night in the arid and abandoned spot named Juncalillo del Sur. Some people argue that this Light of Juncalillo has also been seen rambling through the streets of Castillo del Romeral.