Friday, March 8, 2013

A visit to Arehucas Rum factory in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria has a long history of sugar-cane- and rum production
Arehucas opened in 1884 and has the best selling rums of the Canary Islands for over 50 years. 

In the beautiful village of Arucas in Gran Canaria, you can visit the Arehucas rum factory.

"Asi se hace el ron" - This is how rum is produced:

Demonstration of sugar cane outside the factory:

I think the guide said you need 16 kilos of sugar cane to produce 1 liter of rum! 

You can visit the factory and taste their famous rum. The visit is short, and free, and you end up in a bar where you can sample the different products. Without supervision! I imagine thirsty Norwegians in there, haha. Alcohol is so very expensive in Norway, so a free guided visit followed by free flow of alcohol is probably a bit surreal for most Norwegians. 

The rum on barrels holds an alcohol level of 60%. This is then mixed with destilled water
(and possible flavourings) to achieve the wanted alcohol level.

You get a tour around the production area: 

And if I didn't hear wrong between all the clinking and clanking from the bottles,
this factory can make 12 000 bottles an hour! 

And in the end, you come to the shop and the bar. (By the way, I found that the products in the shop here were cheaper than in the shops around the island! Not like the wineries in Lanzarote!) 

I love experiencing these things, new things that are so different from anything I can experience in Norway. Not a lot of sugar cane and rum production there haha!
Happy weekend!


  1. Lovely post. Which brings back warm memories. Arucas is definitely one of my favourite towns on Gran Canaria.

  2. Mmmmmmm...rum....YUM! Vamos!! :)