If you are planning your holidays to Agaete, Gran Canaria, the following information may help by giving you an overview of the resort and the surrounding area.
Agaete stands at the mouth of the lush, green barranco of the same name. Its handsome old buildings, fanning out from a main square, with huge trees and a grand Canarian church, is one of the most charming spots on the island.
The church, the Iglesia de la Concepcion, possesses a fine 16th century Flemich triptych. This is shown during the Bajada de la Rama [“Bringing Down the Branch”], an ancient festivity celebrated in Agaete, Puerto de las Nieves [the town’s little local harbour, 1km away], and in Puerto de la Aldea. On the lower side of town is a walled garden, the Huerto de las Flores, open to the public, venue for some of the town’s cultural events. The 19th century poet Tomas Morales wrote in these small and densely planted gardens.
The green and fruitful Barranco de Agaete – producing mangoes and papayas, avocados, figs and coffee – eases the spirit after the harshness of so much of the island’s volcanic landscape. There is one substantial tourist development, with privately owned houses and apartments on the northern side of the valley. Elsewhere, ancient-looking villages run down on spurs from the barranco or cling to the steep slopes.
From the head of the barranco, there are fine views down towards the sea and upwards to the great bluff of Tamabada, where Canarian pine forests fringe the top of a precipice.
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