Dramatically positioned Artenara is the highest village in Gran Canaria. The views of a huge volcanic crater from Mirador de Unamuno are truly astounding; this is one of several signposted miradors. On the other side of the village, Mirador de la Atalaya overlooks several troglodyte caves, some still inhabited, as well as the distant peak of El Teide in Tenerife.
In Artenara, it is all about caves. People live in caves, the restaurants are in caves, the town museum occupies a series of caves and if you want to spend the night in the area, you can even sleep in a casa rural based – you guessed it – in a cave. Check out www.artenatur.com for accommodation options. The sleepy town is overlooked by the Corazón de Jesus, a Rio-style (albeit much smaller) statue of Christ, arms outstretched.