Top things to do

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Gáldar

Cueva Pintada Museum & Archaeological Park

Discovered by a local farmer in the late 19th-century, this is one of Gran Canaria's most important pre-Hispanic sites: a cave adorned with geometric shapes, thought to relate to the lunar and solar calendars. It is…
Top Choice Church in Arucas

Iglesia de San Juan Bautista

The extraordinary, neo-Gothic church stands sullen watch over the bright white houses of Arucas in a striking display of disproportion. The church has a Sagrada Familia (Gaudí) look with elaborate pointed spires and…
Top Choice Seafood in Agaete & Puerto de las Nieves

Cofradía de Pescadores

Next to the port, with an outdoor terrace, you can dine on the catch of the day along with the fishermen – and there’s no better recommendation than that. Try the parrilla de pescado y marisco (seafood mixed grill) …
Top Choice Tapas in Arucas

El Belingo

The menu at this friendly pavement cafe offers traditional Canarian fare without being too touristy. The ropa vieja (chickpea stew) is superb. There is live music on Saturday afternoons.
Church in Teror

Basílica de la Virgen del Pino

Dominating the square is this neoclassical 18th-century church, home to Gran Canaria’s patron saint. According to legend, the Virgin was spied atop a pine tree in the nearby forest in the 15th century, which turned …
Gardens in Arucas

Jardines Municipales

The municipal gardens are laid out in French style with fountains, pavilions, sculptures and tropical trees, including the rare evergreen soap bark tree (Quillaja saponaria) and several magnificent dragon palm trees…
Food in Teror

Cistercian Convent

A sort of divine aura hangs over Teror, so it seems fitting that any snacks you purchase should be handmade by nuns. Puff and pant your way up steep Calle Herrería, next to the museum until you reach Calle del Casta…
Museum in Gáldar

Casa Museo Antonio Padrón

Locals are justifiably proud of native son Antonio Padrón who, in the 1960s, was just starting to gain serious recognition in the European art world when he tragically died of an allergic reaction to penicillin at j…
Gardens in Arucas

Jardín de la Marquésa

Northwest of town, on the road to Bañaderos, this lovely botanical garden is owned by the Marquésa de Arucas (along with the Hacienda del Buen Suceso). Lushly planted with more than 2500 different perennials, trees …
Church in Agaete & Puerto de las Nieves

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción

Built in 1874, this handsome church is strikingly Mediterranean in style. Smaller but of equal interest is the Ermita de las Nieves, a tiny chapel just back from the water in Puerto de las Nieves. Here you can see a…