Cities and Municipalities in Gran Canaria

21 Cities and Municipalities Gran Canaria

Cities and municipalities in Gran Canaria. With a delicious hot weather throughout the year, Gran Canaria provides a wealth of experiences, activities and choices. You will find everything you are looking for here in Gran Canaria, so you can relax, have fun and attract the atmosphere of this popular island. Once you get off the plane you know you’ve come to the right place, and with a large selection of package tours, hotels and flight to the island, it’s never been easier to go on holiday in Gran Canaria.

From the more cool north to the sunny south, the holiday island of Gran Canaria everything the most discerning tourist could wish for, the great variation in climate, flora and fauna has made the island are called “Miniature Continent”. Where else can you find a lot of goals with dunes against a backdrop of green mountains within easy reach of some of the best hotels, nightlife, clubs, bars and cafes in Europe?

21 cities and municipalities in Gran Canaria worth a visit

We’ll show you all the best places to visit. Whatever your taste is, as you will surely find something that interests you. Packed with culture, shopping, restaurants, activities, beaches, golf courses, and with a sunny climate, Gran Canaria is a good destination all year round. We will now go through the cities and municipalities of Gran Canaria which is worth a visit.

#1 Agaete – Gran Canaria

Agaete in Gran Canaria
Up along the north coast of Gran Canaria, at the end of the Barranco de Agaete, where bananas, mangoes, papayas, oranges, lemons and other subtropical plants and trees growing along steep slopes, lies the small town of Agaete, with its narrow streets and white houses, surrounded by lush vegetation. Many artists and art lovers settled here, which also explains why the city has so many art galleries. Despite the fact that the city is old – it celebrated its 500 th birthday in 1981 – there are few historical sites here. The exceptions are the church Iglesia de la Concepción was built in the late 1800s, and is located at Plaza de la Constitución, and the botanical garden Huerto de las Flores, with many Canarian plant species and subtropical flora.

Puerto de las Nieves in Agaete, is a perfect stop for an excursion by car to the north of Gran Canaria. Along the promenade there are many bars and restaurants where one can enjoy the local Canarian gastronomy where fish is the most prominent. One can also make sure to take a bath at the tranquil beach down by the harbor. Read more about Agaete Gran Canaria

#2 Agüimes – Gran Canaria

Aguimes in Gran Canaria
Agüimes is a municipality on the island of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands with an area of ​​79.2 km². The population is around 25,000 inhabitants. The main industries are agriculture, light industry and tourism. The municipality has three major locations: Cruze de Arinaga, which is on the highway to Las Palmas, Playa de Arinaga, located by the sea and Agüimes, which is the municipal center and is a few kilometers up the mountain. The town of Agüimes is separated from Ingenio by the ravine Barranco de Guayedeque. This small but very appealing town has a picturesque, well-preserved old center with narrow medieval streets and beautiful terracotta house, dominated by the two big towers of the Parroquia de San Sebastián located in the Plaza del Rosario. This three-nave basilica, which was named a cultural monument, is one of the best examples of Canary Islands neoclassical architecture. With a large dome with an oriental touch, it houses some statues of saints, works from José Luján Pérez. Read more about Agüimes Gran Canaria

#3 Artenara – Gran Canaria

Artenara in Gran Canaria
On the west coast of Gran Canaria is Artenara, a relatively unknown place for many of those who visit the resort island every year. This village is located in the mountains almost 1,300 meters above sea level, and boasts a spectacular outdoor experience, totally different than what you can see on the south, where most of it is sand, stone and little vegetation. Many Canarian families travel here on weekends, where the barbecues and enjoying themselves at one of the ready-made barbecue places that exist in the area at and around Artenara. Klam Rende to the mountainside, this peculiar village arguably the most spectacular on the island, with many of the houses built inside the solid stone caves dating from prehistoric times. Although some of them, with their painted façades – resembling almost in ordinary houses, and most of them are equipped with all modern conveniences. You should not miss the cave church La Ermita de la Cuevita, which houses the statue of the Virgen de la Cuevita, which is celebrated from the 15 August with a big fiesta. If it were not for the bell above the entrance, you would have trouble recognizing it as a church. The more conventional church of the village is the Iglesia de San Matías. Read more about Artenara Gran Canaria

#4 Arucas – Gran Canaria

Arucas in Gran Canaria
Arucas is the main town of the north of Gran Canaria, separated from the capital by the ravine Barranco de Tenoy. Arucas is a municipality on the island of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands with an area of ​​33.0 km². The population is around 34 000 inhabitants. The main industries are agriculture, light industry and tourism. Dominated by the huge neo-Gothic parish church of San Juan Bautista has Arucas some interesting historic buildings, mostly representing the architectural style of the 19th century. There are also several other interesting historical buildings in the city, most are built in 1800 century style. Read more about Arucas Gran Canaria

#5 Firgas – Gran Canaria

Firgas in Gran Canaria
Firgas is a small town famous for its production of sparkling mineral water, which is tapped from a source in the Barranco de las Madres, around 4 km away. With a production of over 200,000 bottles a day, this tasty water is very popular all over the archipelago. This pleasant little town, which celebrated 500 years jubilee her in 1988, also contains Paseos de Canaria and de Gran Canaria, where a manmade waterfall runs 30 meters down the shallow steps in the middle of crosswalks that were added in 1995. On the back of the benches at wall of the adjoining house, you see beautiful, painted landscapes and historic symbols of the seven Canary Islands. Follow this fun-filled promenade to reach Firgas’ Casa de la Cultura and an adjoining space that contains both the town hall and Iglesia San Roque where young and old meet at any time of day. Read more about Firgas Gran Canaria

#6 Gáldar – Gran Canaria

Galdar in Gran Canaria
Gáldar is a city and a municipality north of the island of Gran Canaria in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. Its population is 24,227 and the area is 61.59 km². The town Gáldar sits at the foot of the mountains, 2 km from the coast and 21 km west of Las Palmas. Highway GC-2 passes south of the city. The municipality includes the settlements Puerto de Sardina, San Isidro, Los Quintanas, Barrial and Marmolejo.

Gáldar is very proud of her heritage, which is witnessed by Guanchenavnene on many city streets. This northern town was also the island’s capital before Las Palmas. Today, Gáldar half big, busy city that spreads out at the foot of the volcano Pico de Gáldar. It has an idyllic square, the Plaza de Santiago, with the neoclassical Iglesia de Santiago de los Caballeros is located in front of the former location of a royal court and a small Spanish fort. The construction of this huge church with three ships started in 1778 but was not completed until the mid-19th century. Notable details include a green baptismal font from the 16th century and the statues of Christ and the Virgin Mary, both works by José Luján Pérez. Read more about Gáldar Gran Canaria

#7 Ingenio – Gran Canaria

Ingenio in Gran Canaria
Situated between the ravine Barranco de Aguatona north Barranco de Guayedeque south, you’ll find one of the oldest towns on the island Ingenio. Today mainly an agricultural area with tomatoes as the main crop, this small town a wealthy sugar refinery center in the 16th century, witnessed by the remains of an old sugar cane press on the east side, from which the city also gets its name (Ingenio meaning sugar mill). That this city is best known for today is embroideries and Museo de Piedra y Artesanía (Stone and crafts museum) which houses pottery, basketry and farming equipment, as well as a collection of rocks and minerals. There is also an embroidery school there, where visitors can see how the fine embroidery work is created. Read more about Ingenio Gran Canaria

#8 Mogán – Gran Canaria

Mogan in Gran Canaria
Mogan is an old fishing village that unlike many other places on the island, is built around tourism. Here you can still experience the genuine Canarian life. Early in the morning you will see, for example fishing boats to dock with the night’s catch, which you later in the day and evening, enjoy one of the village’s restaurants. Many residents live in houses built right on the mountain side. A trip up the steep hillsides feels good feet, but well up on top you get the reward – a stunning view over the village, the beach, the mountains and the sea. Read more about Mogan Gran Canaria

#9 Moya – Gran Canaria

Moya in Gran Canaria
A narrow road that winds its way through volcanic valleys leads to the sleepy little town of Moya, worth a visit because of the impressive neoromanske church that was completed in 1957, and also because the city is the birthplace of one of Spain’s most prominent contemporary poets, Tomás Morales. Located on the edge of the ravine Barranco de Moya, this imposing parish church boasts two towers and inside are some interesting sculptures, including a cedar sculpture from the 1500s showing the Virgen de la Candelaria which this church is dedicated to. Read more about Moya Gran Canaria

#10 Las Palmas – Gran Canaria

Las Palmas in Gran Canaria
Las Palmas has around 350,000 inhabitants and is a real Canarian metropolis with a great three kilometers long beach – Playa de las Canteras – right in town. It offers a perfect blend of sun, bath and city break. In the old town of Las Palmas are many historic buildings and several museums. Museo Canario is the Canary Islands’ largest collection of objects related to Aboriginal history and culture dating back to before the city was founded. City Festival Fiestas de San Juan in late June each year commemorates the city’s founding. Carnival in February and the festival are also events that tend to collect a lot of people. Read more about Las Palmas

#11 San Bartolome de Tirajana – Gran Canaria

San Bartolome de Tirajana in Gran Canaria
San Bartolome de Tirajana is the largest and southernmost municipality on the island of Gran Canaria, in the county of Las Palmas, which is part of the Comunidad Autónoma de Canarias in Spain. The municipality’s area is 335 km² with a population of 53,000 (2008). The community center is located at 890 m. and the highest point is 1,949 meters, at the Pozo de Las Nieves, which is also the highest point on Gran Canaria. Municipal administration center called San Bartolome de Tirajana (the locals called Tunte) is approximately 23 km from the coast. San Bartolome de Tirajana is most famous for tourist resorts along the coast, Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas and San Agustin. The municipality dominates tourism on Gran Canaria, approximately 37% of the island’s hotel beds and 57% of the island’s accommodations outside hotel located in the municipality. This is due to the smooth and pleasant climate, with mild winters and summers without excessive heat. Many Scandinavians have chosen to settle in the municipality. In San Fernando believed that live around 4000 Danes. In San Agustín there live about 8000 Swedes. Read more about San Bartolome de Tirajana Gran Canaria

#12 San Nicolas de Tolentino – Gran Canaria

San Nicolas de Tolentino in Gran Canaria
The twisting road that leads you through a fertile valley, criss-crossed with ravines, to the small town of San Nicolas de Tolentino makes a this an exciting ride! The first ravine you will pass is the Barranco de Veneguera, a valley, which in 2003 – after years of protests by environmentalists who finally prevented the valley being developed into a tourist zone – was integrated into the nature reserve Parque Rural del Roque Nublo. A little further you come across natural phenomenon La Fuente de los Azulejos – named after the blue tiles that often adorn Portuguese houses. This is where oxidation has made stones aquamarine, an amazing and unusual sight to see. San Nicolas de Tolentino, officially known as La Aldea de San Nicolás de Tolentino, representing the agricultural center of the region. Read more about San Nicolas de Tolentino Gran Canaria

#13 Santa Brigida – Gran Canaria

Santa Brigida in Gran Canaria
The story of Santa Brígida still reflected in their natural environment, which is a very attractive tour for all visitors to the city. Cueva de Los Frailes located beside Causeway bridge, dug into the volcano. There is a reservoir formed by 37 natural caves and was discovered in 1933. If you go through the village it is easy to see the Church of Santa Brigida. Santa Brigida offers a landscape of extraordinary beauty, including Drago de Barranco Alonso in the area of ​​the same name. Read more about Santa Brigida Gran Canaria

#14 Santa Lucia de Tirajana – Gran Canaria

Santa Lucia de Tirajana in Gran Canaria
The small village of Santa Lucía de Tirajana will charm you with its white houses and an abundance of palm trees. The town is located on the upper level of the fertile palm valley of Santa Lucía de Tirajana. Throughout the 19th century the population of this village very small and scattered, so that within this municipality you can find the village of Sardina and the coastal towns of Doctoral and Vecindario. After tomato growing was introduced in the coastal areas of this municipality, and also with the influence of the growth in the tourism industry in the 60s, grew population fast. Many people who worked on the southern tourist resorts preferred to settle in this region, as property prices were much cheaper. Read more about Santa Lucia de Tirajana Gran Canaria

#15 Santa Maria de Guia – Gran Canaria

Santa Maria de Guia in Gran Canaria
The municipality of Santa María de Guía offers several possibilities for leisure and tours for tourists interested in beautiful natural areas. A journey through the streets of Santa María de Guía will reveal beautiful buildings. The old town was declared a national historic-artistic monument in 1982. La Casa de Los Quintana is another example of the architecture of the city, located in Plaza Mayor de Guía, its construction dates from the seventeenth century. Read more about Santa María de Guía Gran Canaria

#16 Tejeda – Gran Canaria

Tejeda in Gran Canaria
The village Tejeda in Gran Canaria is the second smallest of the island. It is home to the nearby Cruz de Tejeda (Tejeda Cross), a gloomy carved stone cross in a mountain pass 1,580 meters above sea level, marking the geographical center of Gran Canaria. This popular tourist attraction you’ll find bustling restaurants and bars, shops selling souvenirs and other local specialties, including super honey, and a man offering donkey rides for children. This is a nice place to sit back, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. If you seek peace, then you should avoid this place on weekends, since there is also a favorite getaway spot for the locals. The high peaks attracts naturally serious hikers and climbers but this area also offers relatively short and easy trails to tempt the less energetic for a pleasant stroll in this dazzling beautiful landscape. While some of these trails are new, most of them Caminos Reales (royal paths), ancient paths used by the Guanches – the first known inhabitants of the Canary Islands – to get around the center of the island. Read more about Tejeda Gran Canaria

#17 Telde – Gran Canaria

Telde in Gran Canaria
Telde in Gran Canaria is the second largest city on the island, located 13 km south of Las Palmas. It is an attractive old town and the historic core centers on the attractive Plaza de San Juan, shaded by big, old trees and surrounded by beautiful colonial house, painted in green and white, with detaljutskårne balconies. It dominates this square is the great Basilica de San Juan Bautista, where the highlights are a brilliant Flemish altar painting showing six scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary and a statue of Christ made from corncobs by Mexican Indians. Read more about Telde Gran Canaria

#18 Teror – Gran Canaria

Teror in Gran Canaria
Teror in Gran Canaria, a charming little town with some of the best examples of colonial architecture, life has always been dominated by the Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pino. The church was built in the 18th century and is dedicated to Gran Canaria patron. The main features of triple vessel interior of the Basilica is the large baroque altar with lavish wooden sculptures of the Virgin, surrounded by gifts and symbols, many religious statues by José Luján Pérez and five of the most important rococo paintings on the island. Legend has it that in 1481 showed the Virgin Mary for some shepherds in the top of a pine tree, and then played Nuestra Señora del Pino (Our Lady of pine) has an important role in the history and everyday life of the people of Gran Canaria. When Pope Pius XII proclaimed her to the island’s patron saint in 1914, the town Teror, with its church, the religious capital of the island. The September 8 every year is celebrated Fiesta de la Virgen del Pino (Feast of Our Lady of pine), and pilgrims from all over the island come to Teror to show respect to the patron saint. This feast is not only the biggest event in the region – it is also the most important religious festival on the island and celebrations taking place usually in a whole week. Read more about Teror Gran Canaria

#19 Valleseco – Gran Canaria

Valleseco in Gran Canaria
Valleseco is a Canarian municipality in the province of Las Palmas. It is located on the north side of the island of Gran Canaria above the town of Teror. It consists of two main ravines, Barranco de la Virgen and Barranco de Madrelagua and drier central valley, which gets its misleading name. Valleseco is one of the wettest places on the island shows a lush vegetation that highlights fayalbrezal and pine forests. Within its monuments is the church of San Vicente Ferrer. On the other hand we find recreational La Laguna one of its most valuable natural areas. The interesting thing about the name of this town, “Valleseco” – which literally means “dry valley” – is that this area has more rainfall per year than any other area on the island. Read more about Valleseco Gran Canaria

#20 Valsequillo – Gran Canaria

Valsequillo in Gran Canaria
Valsequillo Gran Canaria is a Canarian municipality island of Gran Canaria. It is located in the central-eastern part of the island and is about 28 km from the island’s capital (Las Palmas). Feast of the almond blossom is one of the most important in Valsequillo. From the Mirador del Helechal, you can enjoy an excellent vantage point with superb views over the steep cliffs and plains with strawberry plants and flowers. This area is also known for its gastronomy, especially for its traditional cheese specialties, wines, strawberries, almonds and other agricultural products, and everything can be bought at the famous Sunday market. Read more about Valsequillo Gran Canaria

#21 San Mateo – Gran Canaria

San Mateo in Gran Canaria
La Vega de San Mateo (or simply San Mateo) is a Spanish municipality belonging to the island of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands). La Vega de San Mateo is situated on a wide and fertile agricultural delete the island of Gran Canaria, 22 kilometers southwest of the island’s capital. Famous for its large cattle and agricultural markets held every weekend, it has almost become a tradition for many residents of Las Palmas to do their weekly purchases of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as cheese and other local specialties at these markets. Worth visiting in the center of San Mateo is the city’s main attraction, the Museo Etnológico La Cantonera, where a 300 year old farmhouse has been transformed into a museum, which documents daily life in the Canarian life in the past. Read more about Vega de San Mateo Gran Canaria

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