Monday, February 18, 2013

Pueblos con Encanto / Charming Canary Towns ~ Agaete

In my quest to present Gran Canaria as a tourist destination beyond just beaches and sunny weather,
today, it's time to present another beautiful little town of Gran Canaria.


This coastal town is located on the north-west side of the island (about 30 minutes by car from Las Palmas) and gives the feel of a sleepy fisherman's town, perfect for a day trip to enjoy the best (?) fresh fish in Gran Canaria. There are quite a few nice restaurants there, and the specialty is always fresh fish.


Until 2005, people came to Agaete/Puerto de las Nieves for the best view to "Dedo de Dios", "God's finger", a natural rock/monument close to the shore of Agaete/Puerto de las Nieves, but during a storm the "finger" fell off. The town is still all about the finger, though. Postcards, monuments, pictures, even a restaurant with the same name. Well, the restaurant was there long before the finger fell off, and I believe it has its name because of the location with views to the rock.


Agaete is located right next to Tamadaba, a big natural park area.
Green lush valleys, mountains and a pine forest. 


This is the only pebble stone beach I have seen thus far in Gran Canaria.
Maybe that is one of the reasons I have never seen busloads of tourists here either,
like many other places on the island? 
I love that by the way, it gives the town such a tranquil feel.
(The lack of tourists, not the pebble beach ha!)




The buildings down by the sea are predominantly white and blue. Very pretty!



"The beauty of this place resides in it's own beauty, and you who admire it."

Recommended for a day trip to enjoy a lovely long lunch. 
If you're interested, 
I have previously written 

11 comments:

  1. I absolutely love that quote about the beauty of this place. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, I wasn't sure my translation was very good, but if you like it I guess it works!

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  2. It looks great! But looks like some beautiful abandoned city because there's no people anywhere :)

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    1. Haha, I was always waiting to take the pictures until people had gotten out of my way! During the week it's a very sleepy town, however on weekends it goes crazy. It seems like people come from all over the island to have lunch. I definitely prefer weekdays!

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  3. What a beautiful little town! I can imagine sitting on a patio, overlooking that pebble beach, enjoying una copa de cava contigo! :)

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    1. I can imagine that myself! It would be great :)

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  4. so beatiful. I'll try to visit it on my next trip to Gran Canaria

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    1. Thank you Jesus, I am happy to recommend it, especially for good pescado fresco!

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  5. I love when places use bright blue and white for houses. So cute.

    And there's just something about mountains...right?

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    1. I think you just said it. Blue & white little houses are so pretty, and throw in some mountains in the background and it can't really go wrong right?

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  6. I'm always impressed to see how much adventuring you do.

    There are few things better than a good meal with a view.

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