Gran the secret

June 11 2011

When you think of Gran Canaria, you’ve probably heard of Maspalomas, Playa del Ingles, or Puerto Rico, but what about Agüimes, Telde, Teror, Gáldar, Pozo de las Nieves, Fataga, Firgas, or Tejeda?

Gran Canaria is not only a great place for your holidays with miles and miles of beach and fantastic year round weather, it is also an island to discover…

FIRGAS, the balcony of the Atlantic:
This picturesque town is in a green and rural area, so it’s one of the few towns on the island that doesn’t have a beach. It is most famous for producing mineral water from the Barranco de las Madres, but also for the production of hand-made wooden articles – like the Canarian balconies.

FATAGA in the Valley of the Thousand Palms:
Just 20 minutes from Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas, you’ll find this beautiful village between tall cliffs, palms and fruit trees. You can find craft shops, restaurants and beautiful ‘vistas’.

TEROR, the home to the Island’s Patron Saint:
With its cobbled streets and wooden balconies, Teror is a treasure trove of Canarian architecture and home to the Virgen del Pino – the Patron Saint of the Island. The day of the island’s patron saint is the 8th September, and thousands of pilgrims congregate in Teror to offer their finest agricultural products to the Virgin in The Basilica, built in the seventeenth century.

TEJEDA, well known for its cakes and confectionery made from almonds:
Tejeda is a small village about 1000m above sea level near to the Cruz de Tejeda – the central point of the Island.


GALDAR, home to the Guanartemes:
The Guanartemes were the original island rulers. Gáldar is rich in archaeological sites demonstrating how densely populated the area was in pre-Hispanic times. The most well known monument is the Cueva Pintada (Painted Cave), which was discovered in the last century.


AGÜIMES, a historical town that is well worth a visit:
Agüimes is home to the Palacio Episcopal (The Bishop’s House) and the parish church boasts a number of works by the artist Luján Pérez. The town of Agüimes and Ingenio are separated by the Barranco de Guayadeque – a ravine of stunning natural beauty, with cave houses and restaurants. There is even a Chapel within the rock face.


TELDE, another historical treasure of Gran Canaria:
Ten kilometres south of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria you’ll find the historical town of Telde. A ‘must see’ in Telde is the old San Francisco district with its beautiful gardens, churches, convents and mansions built in a Canarian style from quarried stone and ornate wooden balconies. The San Juan district is also worth a visit. At the centre, in the Plaza de San Juan, stands the magnificent Church of St John the Baptist with a beautiful Flemish altarpiece and an image of Christ that dates from the sixteenth century and was crafted by Mexican Indians using corn paste.

POZO DE LAS NIEVES, the highest peak on Gran Canaria:
At a height of 1,949, the Pozo (or Pico) de las Nieves is officially the highest peak on the island. On a clear day there are some amazing views, but it can be covered in cloud. Literally, Pozo de las Nieves, means ‘Well of the Snows’. In the seventeenth century, snow used to be gathered in shafts and turned into ice. Big blocks were cut from it and during the night, mules would bring them down to the cathedral in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria where they were sold to the rich.


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