The 7km drive from San Bartolomé south to small Fataga (607m) is as drop-dead gorgeous as the picturesque hamlet itself, sitting squat on a small knoll humbled by vast cliffs to the west. The drive up the GC-60 from the resorts of Maspalomas (a world away, both physically and existentially) is almost as astonishing, especially as you turn at the Degollada de la Yegua viewpoint, which gazes down onto the vast valley below.
The lanes of Fataga are an exquisite joy to roam, with the mountains an ever-present backdrop to the attractive white walls and terracotta roofs. There are at least three bodegas in this vine-growing centre – all are well signposted but, less happily, all have sporadic opening hours.
The small white church at the hub of the village, near which village elders sit to take stock of the day, was built in 1880.