This route is absolutely one of the most precious of the island of Gran Canaria.
I decided to start from Roque Nublo, the sacred rock that we have in the exact centre because it’s a well-known place, and it’s so easy to arrive there from every point of the island, from north to south. Several roads connects the coast towns to Roque Nublo, so once you’ll be there you can easily start this new route that will let you amazed!
Suggestion: Roque Nublo area is full of good paths, campings, woods with barbecue zone… So take your time, even to contemplate the nature, because I can assure you… from up there it’s unbelievable! It could be a good choice, if you have a motor home or similar, to arrive there the night before to use the whole day for this trip! But watch out for the sun, it’s strong! 😉
Now, from there take GC60 direction Tejeda.
Then cross the town and take GC210.
This road GC210 is a wonderful example of the power of nature in Gran Canaria, the plants and the scenery suggest the real meaning of micro-climate and the small towns and houses on the hills are the opposite of what you can find in the south, the crowded beaches like Maspalomas or Puerto Rico are far from this reality. Here you can find only nature, fields, paths and quiet lifestyle.
So welcome in Artenara! It’s located on the same road GC210 and it will be your first stop, after the walks in Roque Nublo.
Artenara is a small, nice town with white houses and a very good characteristic. It’s the place where there’s the Cave Museum, so old houses where the people used to live in the past decades, and also where some families actually live. Now the caves are more modern, with TV and hot water… but it’s not difficult to imagine how could have been the life there in 1964! 😀 I was lucky to have the opportunity to visit some of these actual-houses, and I think they’re the amazing proof (if needed!) of what the humans can do with their brain, a lot of patience and a strong desire.
Suggestion: Visit the pueblo of Artenara completely! It’s one of my favourite places in the whole island, and it seems to be made on the human dimensions. You can walk everywhere, have a wonderful view of Roque Nublo and the mountains from the see-sight point close to the church. The restaurants are good and they offer very typical plates, or you can just stay there for a while on the benches drinking a fresh “granizada”. I really suggest to visit la Ermita de la Virgen de la Cuevita and the houses on the hill, and PLEASE if somebody will ever meet the landlord of the red one with the terrace, give him or her my contacts because I really love this house and I want to buy it! 🙂 At the end of this post you’ll find more photos, but don’t look at them if you don’t want a spoiler.
Now, let’s go on with the route.
After Artenara maybe you’ll be a little bit tired, so from now to Agaete it will be only a driving path. Get out the town taking GC210 from the football field (and remember to refill the fuel, there’s a gas station there!)
At this cross, go on the right to GC217.
Follow the road GC217 and you’ll pass through a area known as Las Hoyas. Some people also call this street “the Lake Road”. On the whole island there’s a lack of water for farming, so the artificial lakes helps a lot. More than this, they create a wonderful view to the passengers, and sometimes all this make me think that a city is not what we really need for living with all the comfort…
So now you know what you can answer if somebody says to you: “I’ve been to Canary yet! What a beach! What a desert!” … it’s not everything, mate!
This small but well refurnished bar will provide for your meal and drinks. Having a freeze beer with this scenery has no price… but it’s good to know that it’s cheap too.
I’ll jump directly to Fagajesto, on the left. Follow the GC220.
You’ll arrive easily in Agaete, passing through San José de Caideros, Saucillo, Tegueste etc. A small map, just to know the direction is north-east.
Agaete is a town full of history and curiosities: it’s the only place in Europe (according to their guides) where coffee is produced, all the others are imported from other continents; there’s a wonderful botanic garden where the touristic service is excellent and they will suggest you how to arrive in these fields for sure. But this is not the only thing “must-to-see” in Agaete. A part of the coffe and the botanic garden, how you can’t have a look to the necropoli of the Guanchi? It was the population who was living here, before the Spanish conquered the place. And have you ever been to natural swimming pools, in front of the ocean? And, do you know “the Finger of God“? Probably you’ll be quite disappointed by this one, because (SPOILER!) it was destroyed during a tsunami in 2005, here’s a link: Article 20minutos.es. Big d’oh! 😦
However, Puerto de las Nieves how is called the sea side of Agaete is a precious town where you can lie on the beach or the plazoletas, have a sun bath and enjoy one of the cleanest beaches of the island.
If you like the adventure, you can walk until Guayedra Beach, a naturistic-naturalistic place that you can reach in a couple of hours, where a photo is not enough to explain the beauty. But I’ll appreciate anyway if you have a look at the album.
Watch out: the beach of Faneroque is also an impressive place, but could be dangerous depending by the sea. It’s better if you check the conditions of the weather before going.
Why I don’t write more and more about Agaete and the North East area of the island?Because there will be another article for this, with more space dedicated to all the beautiful things of this side of Gran Canaria.
Now, let me come back home to Las Palmas.