Moya and its Tilos

Moya and its Tilos

Moya and its Tilos

Maybe you didn´t know that more than 500 years ago most of the north of Gran Canaria used to be covered by a large jungle. Only 1% of this original forest survived untill now and in this article we are going to invite you to explore it together with the neighbouring picturesque village of Moya situated on a breathtaking cliff.

The village of Moya with its 8600 inhabitants is situated in 490 metres above the sea level approximately 25 kms far from the capital of Las Palmas. The village is literally sitting on the edge of the ravine of the same name, from where you can have impressive views of the ocean and of the bottom of the gorge. In the history all the area of Moya used to be covered with the huge Jungle of Doramas, that used to ocuppy the mayor part of the north of the island. Streight after the conquest of the island the sugar cane had been introduced here which meant that a significant part of the Jungle of Doramas had been cut down and the initial boom of the sugar cane caused the multiplication of the local population.

Thanks to the global florescence and prosperity the local bishop Arce decided to built a chappel here dedicated to Our Lady of Candlemas. The church and the parish flourished untill the end of the 16th century when all the area suffered a hard crisis because of the fall of the sugar cane. The church was deteriorating until the 20th century when the local offices decided about its demolition and they a new one was built in the eclectic style, that combinates the elements of neogotism and neoromanticism together with the tradicional neocanarism. The interior hosts several peaces of arts of unmeasurable historical value, for example the statues restaurated by local artist Luján Peréz.

In front of the church there is a house where used to live a famous native of Moya, the poet Tomás Moráles, whose house had been converted into a museum, where you can admire the interior of the traditional canarian house, the original paintings and portraits, artists library and his cabinet and another objects connected with his life.

Approximately 2 kms far from the centre of Moya there is the entrance into the protected natural reserve of Tilos de Moya, named acording to the abundant tils in the area. Another important and very numerous trees here are the laurels. The reserve is only a tiny part of the formerly huge Jungle of Doramas that used to cover the mayor part of the north of Gran Canaria. During the 2kms long easy path you will learn about many endemic plants and if you are lucky and patient, you could also see some birds as chaffinch, atlantic canary, blackbird, European robin or grey wagtail, also the giant lizard, Tenerife gecko or different types of frogs. Suprisingly the place have usually very small amount of visitors and mostly they are botanists and zoologists, the entrance is for free and most possibly you will enjoy this unspoild peace of world almost on your own.

Fiestas of Our Lady of the Pine in Teror

Fiestas of Our Lady of the Pine in Teror

Fiestas of Our Lady of The Pine Tree in Teror September is the month when all the island of Gran Canaria celebrates the festivities of Our Lady of the Pine Tree. According to the legend the 8th September 1481 a the figure of the Virgin Mary appeared on the top of a pine tree in Teror. Later on there was a storm and the pine tree fell down and the same place was enjoyed to build a hermitage of the Virgin in 1514. The Virgin converted into the patron of Gran Canaria and Teror became an important place of pilgrimage.

Eventhough the festivities are more then 1 month long, the main fiestas are celebrated the day 7 and 8th September. The day 7th is the day dedicated mainly to the promises to the Virgen. Thousands of islanders do the pilgrimage, mostly from the city of Arucas to accomplish their promises to the Virgen or to ask her help with their troubles.

The day 8th is the day of the official acts, especially the procession with the virgin. The virgin is dressed in a beautiful dress and loaded on a lovely decorated carriage that passes through the well known balcony street. The event is assisted by the soldiers parade, there are many stalls with traditional products and handicrafts all over the center and you would also see some traditional dances in the typical costumes.

Our special tip is to visit Teror the evening of the day of Marías. This eyear it happened to be the Sunday 10th September. It is not as busy as the day 7 and 8th, and there is an evening procession followed by amazing fireworks. At the end the Virgin returns back to the church and a worship with the beautiful aroma of incence is celebrated.

Apart of the festivities Teror is a lovely peaceful place with picturesque historical center and you can visit it any time of the year on our fantastic Tuesdays (Wednesdays) Gran Tour.

Cuatro Puertas – Gran Canaria

Cuatro Puertas – Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria could proudly be cCuatro Puertasalled an archaeologists paradise. The witnesses of prehispanic culture are visible literally on each corner. Today we will speak about Cuatro Puertas, which would mean Four Doors in Spanish. As soon as you are aproaching to the monument you will discover why it has been given this descriptive name.

The archaelogical site si very easy to be found driving from the city of Telde towards Ingenio. Shortly you will see a hill on your left side with four “doors” outstanding from the rock. This is a sign for you to drive closer and discover this interesting monument.

The site is situated on a mountain called Bermeja and it is formed by a complex of zones that probably served to cult. It consists of Cuatro Puertas, Almogarén, Cueva de los Papelos y Los Pilares. The “Bermeja” name is for the reddish color of the rock which is crumbly and granular and this allowed the indigenout people to excavate cave structures that you will contemplate. In 1972 the place was declared a cultural heritage.

The unexeptionably most dominant part of the site is the Four Door Cave (Cuatro Puertas). A spacious cave with four entrances was crafted by the aboriginal Canarian people as well as lines of holes in the walls whose purpose remains unknown, as well as the real usage of the chamber. It possibly used to serve as a residence of the Faycan (spiritual and religious leader), place of virgins or priestesses, a shelter for the cattle, grainery, astronomical observatory or even a burial place.

Almogarén is a circular shaped area that served as a ritual place. It is on the open air and the walls are decorated by spiritual symbols. There is a channel on the floor where probably the milk or other liquids were poured during the ritual acts.

Another cave is called the Paper Cave (Cueva de los Papeles). The origin of this name is unknown. In this cave we can see an example of how some of the prehispanic caves were re-used by the hispanic shepherds, usually painting the walls and puting concrete on the floor. On one of the walls you will see the aboriginal paintings of triangles – probably a symbol of fertility.

Another small complex of caves on the Bermejo mountain is called The Pillars. These caves are situated to the south, one next to each other, some of them in higher floors accesable by stoney steps. These caves were probably habited by the indigenous people, meanwhile the nearby Audience Cave (Cueva de la Audiencia) was used as a grainery. In  1954 a part of spanish-italian movie “Tirma” was shot in these caves.

The best thing about it is that it is rarely visited and you won´t have to pay any entrance, because there is no guard. The site is freely accesible at any time, so why not visit it early in the morning or when the sun goes down to give your visit a special flavour!?

 

Gáldar – Gran Canaria

Gáldar – Gran Canaria

Galdar

Perhaps you didn´t know that long time before Las Palmas have been founded, it used to be Gáldar that holded the position of the capital of Gran Canaria. Eventhough the island was divided into 2 parts in the prehispanic times – the kingdoms of Gáldar and Telde, it was here where the island council consisting of 12 leaders (guaires) used to meet.

The name of the city comes from the aboriginal language. The antient inhabitants used to call it “Agáldar”, which acording to one of the possible explications used to mean “The place where the kings live”.

It was also here in Gáldar, where the last indigenous king (guanarteme) Tenesor Semidán came from. After being captured, taken to Spain and christianized he accepted the name of Fernando Guanarteme and signed a document called the “Pact of Calatayud” that promised certain “liberty” to the indigenous Canarians and helped to finish the conquest of Gran Canaria.

After reading all this you won´t be surprised that history breaths here all around you. If you belong to archeology lovers, than you should know that in Gáldar you can visit one of the most important sites of the island – the Painted Cave (Cueva Pintada). Antient painting on the wall that possibly once used to be the calendar of the the indigenous people is surrounded by remaings of their stoney houses. The museum is very interactive and you will also see a collection of prehispanic objects such as ceramics, seals and other tools. The entrance fee is aproximately 6, but it is definitely worth to visit.

The city also has a beautiful historical center dominated by the church of St. James (Iglesia de Santiago) situated where else, in St. James square. The neoclassical temple from the end of the 18th/beginning 19th century belongs to one of the largest in Gran Canaria. Apart of apreciated sculptures, paintings and decoration you fill admire a very valuable baptismal font that was used to baptize the first christians descending from the aboriginal inhabitants of the region.

Another thing you shouldn´t miss in St. James square is the town hall from 18th century. In the indoor patio you should have a look at the oldest dragon tree (drago) on the island. Next year it will be 300 years old. The town hall neighbours with a historical theatre from the 19th century.

Last but not least thing you should visit in Gáldar, especially if you are keen on arts, is the House Museum of Antonio Padrón. This Galdar painter is one the most important contemporary artist of the archipielago. The museum hosts most of his works.

Surrounded by banana plantations Gáldar is located in the north coast of Gran Canaria. The distance from the actual capital of Las Palmas is approximately 20 km and you can reach it in only 20 minutes by the northern motorway. Maybe on the way back you would enjoy to refresh yourself on one of small local beaches or natural swimming pools.

Coffee from Gran Canaria

Coffee from Gran Canaria

Coffee from Gran Canaria

Next time when sipping your irresistible cup of coffee, imagine there is a small hidden valley in the north of Gran Canaria, where we will take you now, in your thoughts. Here in the shade of mangos, oranges, guayabos, wine, bananas or avocados grows a coffee of an extraordinery quality.

The variety of arabica typica is one of the best ones in the world but for the demandingness of its production many countries had already stopped its plantation. Here in the special microclimate of the Valley of Agaete it had found the perfect condition to be cultivated.

But lets start from the beginning, with a brief history of coffee. According to a legend from the 12th century from Ethyopiopia, a shephard told the monks about strange behaviour of his animals who do not sleep at night and instead of that all the night they jump from side to side in the stable.

The monks discovered this conduct was caused by eating a plant that we know nowadays as a coffee. Since than they could pray all the night in the monastery drinking a kind of tea made by cooking the coffee fuits.

Despite of that, coffee was originally planted in Yemen already between the 11th and 14th century, and the Arabs distributed it all over the world. In the Western Europe we first saw coffee in 1576 and it was thanks to the German botanist Rauwolf who brought it from his travels to the Orient.

In the 18th century it was very usual to find the coffee plants in the botanical gardens and for example from the one in Amsterdam it was sent to many colonies in Latin America.

But how did the coffee arrive to Agaete?

Before the road from Agaete to Las Palmas have been constructed, the main mean of transport used to be the maritime. And being situated on the western coast of Gran Canaria, Agaete had a lot of business with the island of Tenerife. And this is where the coffee came from – from the botanical garden of Orotava.

The coffee was spread out over Agaete during the 19th century and already the famous british traveller Olivia Stone mentiones it in her book when she visited the region.

The coffee was cultivated in several areas but the best results it obtains in the special microclima of the Valley of Agaete. Fertile volcanic lands, sufficient water sources and stable temperature all year round enabled the plantation of one of the best varieties of coffee – arabica typica.

The coffee from Agaete is considered to be the best from Gran Canaria. Learn more about how the coffe is planted, collected, peeled, dried and roasted and join our Tuesdays Gran Tour. On the last stop you will visit a coffee plantation that could be proudly called a “small paradise” and after learning more about the coffee, you will enjoy a hot cup of this delicious drink. After your visit your morning mugs of coffee will never be the same.

By the way, did you know, why do we call the coffee Java? It is because the coffee from he indonesian island of Java used to be so widely exported so that it became a slang expression for coffee. The first coffee that came to Holland in 1719 proceeded from where else? from Java!

Traditional fiestas – Romerías in Gran Canaria

Traditional fiestas – Romerías in Gran Canaria

Fiestas Romerías in Gran Canaria

To know the local people of any place means to know their traditions. Spice up your stay in Gran Canaria and visit some of our tradinal fiestas called romerías. If you come from April till October, you will have plenty of them to choose.

A romería is a religious pilgrimage and originally the word was derivated from the word “Rome”. Nowadays we understand romería (pilgrimage) mostly as a short trip of peregrination that finishes at a church, hermitage or sanctuary followed by festive celebrations.

Locals singing and dancing in traditional costumes, and something delicious to eat and drink cannot be missing, of course. Find here our complete list of Romerías in Gran Canaria for 2017.

MAY

  • Saturday 6.5.2017
    • El Sequero (San Bartolomé de Tirajana)
    • El Calero (Telde)
    • Gáldar
    • El Faro de Teror
  • Saturday 13.5.2017
    • Tablero de Maspalomas
    • Cardones (Arucas)
    • Artenara
  • Saturday 20.5.2017
    • Motor Grande (Puerto Rico)
    • San Fernando (Maspalomas)
    • Gavia (Telde)
  • Tuesday 30.5.2017 – The Day of the Canary Islands
    • Fiestas in many places over all the island

JUNE

  • Saturday 3.6.2017
    • Mogán
    • Telde
  • Saturday 10.6.2017
    • Casas Blancas (San Bartolomé de Tirajana)
    • Moya
    • Valsequillo – Tenteniguada
    • Telde
  • Friday 16.6.2017 – Los Corralillos (Aguimes)
  • Saturday 17.6.2017
    • Los Arbejales (Teror)
    • Valle de Agaete
    • Arucas
    • La Atalaya de Guía
    • Tasarte
    • Tenteniguada
  • Saturday 24.6.2017
    • Cercados de Araña
    • El Juncal (Tejeda)
    • Bañaderos

JULY

  • Saturday 1.7.2017
    • San Isidro (Teror)
    • Fataga
  • Saturday 8.7.2017
    • La Milagrosa (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
    • Las Huesas (Telde)
    • Risco Blanco (San Bartolomé de Tirajana)
    • Arguineguín
    • Marpequeña (Telde)
    • La Dehesa (Guía)
    • Teror
    • El Goro (Telde)
  • Friday 14.7.2017 – La Banda (Aguimes)
  • Saturday 15.7.2017
    • La Isleta (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
    • Gáldar
    • Tunte, San Bartolomé de Tirajana
  • Sunday 16.7.2017 – maritime pilgrimage from Arguineguin to Mogan and back
  • Saturday 22.7.2017
    • Las Bachilleras (Telde)
    • Hornos del Rey (Telde)
    • Punto Fielato (Telde)

AUGUST

  • Friday 4.8.2017
    • Agaete
    • Lomo Magullo (Telde)
  • Saturday 5.8.2017
    • Marzagán
    • San Lorenzo (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
    • La Solana (Tejeda)
    • El Palmar (Teror)
    • Lomo Juan (Ingenio)
    • Taidía (San Bartolomé de Tirajana)
    • Agaete
  • Sunday 6.8.2017
    • Santa Brígida
    • Lomo Magullo (Telde)
    • Aldea Blanca (San Bartolomé de Tirajana)
  • Saturday 12.8.2017
    • Firgas
    • Ayacata (San Bartolomé de Tirajana)
  • Sunday 13.8.2017 – Carrizal (Ingenio)
  • Saturday 19.8.2017
    • Soria (Mogán)
    • Fontanales (Moya)
    • Tunte (San Bartolomé de Tirajana)
    • Santa Brígida
  • Sunday 20.8.2017 – Artenara
  • Friday 25.8.2017 – Playa de Arinaga
  • Saturday 26.8.2017 – Siete Puertas (Tamaraceite)

SEPTEMBER

  • Thursday 7.9.2017 – Teror
  • Saturday 9.9.2017
    • Sardina del Norte
    • La Garita (Telde)
  • Sunday 10.9.2017 – Aldea de San Nicolás
  • Saturday 16.9.2017
    • Tejeda
    • Shamann (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
    • Valsequillo
    • Sardina (Gáldar)
    • Temisas
  • Sunday 17.9.2017 – Santa María de Guía
  • Wednesday 20.9.2017 – Vega de San Mateo
  • Saturday 23.9.2017 – La Goleta (Arucas)
  • Sunday 24.9.2017 – Vegueta (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
  • Saturday 30.9.2017 – Aguimes

OCTOBER

  • Saturday 7.10.2017
    • Aguimes
    • Telde
    • Valleseco
  • Sunday 8.10.2017 – Guanarteme (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
  • Saturday 14.10.2017
    • Lomo Galeón (Maspalomas)
    • La Isleta (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
  • Sunday 15.10.2017 – Teror
  • Saturday 28.10.2017 – Vecindario

NOVEMBER

  • Saturday 18.11.2017 – Arucas

DECEMBER

  • Saturday 2.12.2017 – Jinamar (Telde)
  • Sunday 17.12.2017 – Santa Lucía de Tirajana

 

Sand Dunes of Maspalomas

Sand Dunes of Maspalomas

Sand Dunes of Maspalomas

Sand Dunes of Maspalomas are undoubtedly the most captivating phenomenon that you can admire in the southern coast of Gran Canaria. The natural beach created where the dunes touch the shore is a MUST visit for most of the island´s visitors BUT can you imagine, that noone really knows how and when they were created?

According to the experts who effectuated a deep subterranean analysis the dunes were possibly created between 1720 and 1870. Sounds unbeliveable that we don´t have any written reference about the dunes until then.

In the 17 and 18th century several naturalists and cartographers explored the Canary Islands and noone mentioned the dunes in their documents. We could see an indirect proove at 1599 when the dutch pirate Peter Van der Does after unsuccesfull atacks of Las Palmas landed in Maspalomas to bury his dead men and to get water and wood. This would mean there was a beach to desembark on.

However the first weighty reference we can see in 1838 when the waste beach of sand was painted into the atlas of P. B. Webb and S. Berthelot. Also according to the anylysis the creation of the dunes was rather sudden which helps to support the theory that the dunes were formed in 1755 during the huge earthquake of Lisbon that managed to kill 100.000 people. Luckily the cataclysm was productive also in another way and possibly could have given the origin to the sand dunes of Maspalomas.

Until 60ties the dunes were a real paradise for those who managed to see them before the touristic plan in 1962 have been approved and first hotels built. Proyect that originally counted with “only” 15.000 tourist beds finally resulted in a construcion of a seaside resort with 100.000 people capacity (seems like 100.000 is a magic number in the history of the sand dunes) and became one of the leading tourist resorts in all Spain. The reason is simple: almost 6km long golden sand beach and sunny weather invite to enjoy almost any day of the year.

Eventhought some of the proyects counted with the construction on the dunes themselves, luckily they were not approved and to protect the dunes for the future generations they were declared a Nature Reserve in 1987. At the moment the dunes occupy the area of 4 square kilometers and represent an important ecosystem. Among other indigenous plants the surface is dominated by local tabaibas and suculent cardons.

The desert like impression is completed by the fact, that the sand dunes of Maspalomas also have a proper oasis with a lagoon surrounded by vast palm groove. The lagoon is an important asylum for the migratory birds on their long way from Europe and probably has  longer history than the dunes themselves, because we have earlier references about it and possibly already the aboriginal inhabitants used to fish in its waters.

It doesn´t matter whether you are young, old, handsome, ugly, nudist, gay or not, sand dunes of Maspalomas is a MUST SEE in Gran Canaria eventhought sometimes when rambling through its sands you can happen to see more than you really wanted! If you prefer to do it in a lazy way, for 12 euros you can also join a real camel caravan.

 

Museums of Gran Canaria

Museums of Gran Canaria

Museums of Gran Canaria

What is the best plan for a rainy day? Museum day! Well, we don´t have many really rainy days on Gran Canaria all over the year, but you should still find some time to find out more about our interesting history. Did you know that the largest collection of Cro-Magnon skulls in the world can be found  in the Canarian Museum in Las Palmas?

Today we will speak about 2 of our most known museums in Las Palmas and also about 1 small in the mountains that is quiet hidden and forgotten, but it will surprise you by its interesting testamony.

CANARIAN MUSEUM – located in the historial quarter of Vegueta in Las Palmas, it is easy to visit when you explore the medieval part of our capital. It was founded in 1879 and treats to explain to its visitors about the way of life of the pre-Hispanic inhabitants of Gran Canaria. On your walk through the museum you will admire ceramic vessels, idols, seals, models of the aboriginal settlements, instruments and tools that these people used to in their everyday life and clothing they used to wear.

However, the most captivating for you will probably be the part of the museum dedicated to the conservation of the corpse – fascinating “mummies” or “embalmed” corpses of the nobles together with another interesting anthropological remains that still represent a big mystery in the origin of the aboriginal people of the Canary islands – craneas of cro-magnoid features as well as other craneas of mediterranoid features.

Our secret tip: on Mondays and Wednesdays afternoons 17:00 – 20:00 the entrance is for free (otherwise 4 €)

HOUSE MUSEUM OF COLUMBUS – architectonic complex of medieval houses straight behind our Cathedral of Santa Ana. One of the houses used to be the residence of the governor and that is why it was possibly visited by Christopher Columbus during his first trip to America in 1492. The unique reconstruction of the complex made it one of the most emblematic and known buildings of our island. In contrast to the Canarian Museum, the house of Columbus museum displays the cartography and instruments for the navigation, and the evolution of Las Palmas after the conquest and its relationship with America. Apart of all that you will find here for example a reconstruction of a part of one of the columbus ships or archaeological collections of pre-Colombian ceramics.

Another reason to visit the House of Columbus is that you will be taken back in time as you will visit a beautiful traditional house whose history dates back to the end of the 15th centrury and your eyes will admire some of very appreciated paintings from 16th till the beginning of 20th centrury. A bit of funny touch will provide you 2 big cute exotic parrots in one of the patios of the house. Entrance fee to the museum is 4 €.

CAVE HOUSES MUSEUM IN ARTENARA – this museum is definitelly not one of the most visited and due to its location you would probably miss it but isn´t there something about searching for those small hidden secrets? People allways used to live in the caves in Gran Canaria. You may have heard or read that the aboriginal people and the first colonizers used to live in the caves and even nowadays people still enjoy their perfect isothermic qualities as a part of their modern houses. But have someone invited you in to really see it?

Here in the mountain village of Artenara, you will find a small hidden museum where you can visit several real old cave houses and see how the living in the caves is possible. Apart of this cave experience, you can make your wish in a cave church or have a lunch in a cave restaurant here, allways accompanied by amazing mountain views. Entrance to the cave museum is for free.

There are many more interesting museums and museum houses in Gran Canaria and some of them even with no entrance fee so we will probably return back to this topic in the future. Keep coming back for more!

Archaeological sites of Gran Canaria

Archaeological sites of Gran Canaria

Archaeological sites of Gran CanariaFollowing our favourite cliché of „continent in miniature“, today we will try to persuade you, that Gran Canaria have something to offer even for the archeology lovers. To be honest, now we can leave all the modesty apart, because Gran Canaria could be proudly considered a small archaeological paradise. In this article, we will introduce you some of our most known archaeological sites as well as some less known spots that definitely deserve your visit.

 

CUEVA PINTADA (Painted Cave in Spanish) – a recently discovered cave in the city of Gáldar with painted signs that have been interpreted as the aboriginal calendar, or maybe signs of fertility. The cave is now conserved, air-conditioned and opened for public as a part of a great interactive museum. You can find here also samples of the typical prehispanic houses, ceramics and other objects found during the excavations and you can see 3D videos of aboriginal history. It is probably the most important archaeological site of the island, entrance fee 6€/person. More info here.

CENOBIO DE VALERÓN – system of approximately 300 of caves. There are many theories and interpretations of their function, but most probably they were an aboriginal grainery. Entrance 2-3 euros. More info here.

ROQUE BENTAYGA – Rocky formation in the heart of the island that is believed to be the worshipping place to the Gods of the aboriginal islanders. In the altitude of more than 1400 meters you can observe spectacular views of the island. Free entrance, includes a small museum. More info here.

NECROPOLIS OF ARTEARA – the largest aboriginal necropolis of t he island with more than 800 tombs. It probably used to be also an astronomical observatory. Entrance 2-4 euros. More: http://www.grancanaria.com/patronato_turismo/52134.0.html

NECROPOLIS OF MAIPES – the antient cemetery where the aboriginal people used to burn their dead with more than 700 tombs discovered. Located in the beautiful area of the green valley of Agaete. After the colonization the area was covered by soil to enjoy the fertil area for farming. Includes open air interpretation center. More www.spain-holiday.com/Aga-ete/articles/necropolis-de-maipes-the-buried-treasure-of-agaetes-badlands

BARRANCO DE GUAYADEQUE – impressive valley have been proclaimed a natural protected area with a great density of archaeological sites spread along both slopes of the ravine among which troglodyte habitats abound and all this in a stunning natural scenery. There is an interpretation center with indications about the sites in the area. There is also a small village in the area where people still live in cave-houses, there is a cave-church and a cave-restaurant.

LA FORTALEZA (The Fortress in Spanish) – aboriginal cave city with a small museum. Fortaleza was probably the last place resisting to the hispanic conquerors. After defeating Fortaleza the colonization of Gran Canaria had been finished. More info here.

CAÑADA DE LOS GATOS – an example of a pre-hispanic coastal population more than 1300 years old. It is situated in the ravine of Mogán. With examples of aboriginal stone houses, burial pits, tombs and burial caves. Entrance fee: 2-4€. More info here.

CUATRO PUERTAS – a sacred site presided over by faycanes (highest priests) was called according to the four doors leading to the capacious chamber. There is a small settlement in the proximity. Free entrance, great views. Area of Telde. More info here.

CUEVAS DE CABALLERO – Group of seven caves with spectacular views over the Tejeda ravine. For the female pubis signs associated with the fertility rites the place is believed to be a ceremonial site of religious significance and probably also associated with the practice of witchcraft.

THE SETTLEMENT OF BERBIQUE: When you will be descending the slopes of the valley of Agaete, suddenly a complex of approximately 30 caves will appear in front of you. Some of them are accessible. One of them in the basement is called “The cave of bones” that served for funeral purposes and many carbonized bones and funeral objects have been found inside. The complex had its own grainery for the cereals produced in the flat areas below the caves. The settlement had a perfect location with good views for their protection, proximity of wooden resources and water and the good climate of the valley.

 

 

 

Historical Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Historical Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Historical Las Palmas de Gran CanariaTo speak about historical Las Palmas means to speak especially about its historical quarters of Vegueta and Triana. So lets us introduce you some of the monuments you definitely shouldn´t miss when visiting our cosmopolitan capital city.

The history of Las Palmas dates back to 1478 when a Spanish conqueror Juan Rejón landed on the island and established a military camp of “Real Las Palmas at the bottom of Guiniguada Valley. Afterwards Pedro de Vera managed to confirm the Spanish dominance over the island in 1483, Vegueta and Triana started to fulfil the administrative and commercial tasks of the archipielago and thanks to its strategic position its port became one of the principal ports in the Atlantic ocean.

Cathedral of Santa Ana – its construction started in the year 1497 and to finish it as we know it today lasted 350 years. It was built by several architects and presents several architectonic styles such as neoclassic fasade with neogothic interior. An interesting collection of liturgical objects can be found in the neighbouring Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art (entrance 3). An interesting experience is a visit to the tower of the Cathedral fromwhere you will observe great views of the historical city (entrance 1.5).

House of Christopher Columbus – a yellow building of typical Spanish architecture straight behind the Cathedral presents one of the most known monuments of the city. Being built at the end of the 15th century it used to be a residence of the governor of the island. Thanks to that, Christopher Columbus probably stayed overnight before he set up to discover Americas. That is why the museum house presents a fascinating documentation of his sails. Entrance 4.

Church of San Antonio Abad – being situated next door to the House of Columbus, it was probably here, in this small church from the end of the 15th century, where Christopher Columbus prayed before he departed to discover America.

Canarian Museum – the main museum of the island that introduces its visitors to the prehispanic Gran Canaria. It hosts and incredible collection of Cro-Magnon skulls, possibly the largest in the world. You will be fascinated by the mummies of the aboriginal people, as well as by the collections of their ceramics, seals, mills and other tools and objects that they used to use in their everyday life. Entrance 4.

There is much more to see in the medieval Vegueta and Triana. Here you will absorbe the history by all pores and afterwards you can go shopping to the famous street of Calle Mayor de Triana, or try our delicious gastronomy in some of the good local restaurants, especially if you come on Thursdays – the nights of tapas. Lets come and discover it yourself!