Guia, Galder Y Agaete

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Agaete - Gran CanariaGuia, Galdar and Agaete: two towns and a village that comprise the northwest of Gran Canaria. Santa Maria de Guia, a cultured and hard-working town which converted its old hermitage into a large church in the neoclassical and baroque styles was founded at the end of the XV Century by the conqueror of Gran Canaria from Madrid, Sancho de Vargas Machuca. The sculptor Lujan Perez (1756-1815)and Don Pedro Gordillo Ramos, Representative and President of the Cortes Espanolas (the Spanish Parliament)from 1810 to 1813 are among its most outstanding “illustrious Sons.” The handcrafted products of this town are quite famous. Among them is the delicious cheese, queso de flor. Galdar. The progressive and dynamic town of Santiago de los caballeros de Galdar has the honour of having been the old capital of Gran Canaria and the Courst of the Guanarteme Dynast kings. Among its many attractions are extraordinary archaeological sites such as the original Cueva Pintada (painted Cave). Agaete. The village of Agaete is the holder of one of the most picturesque and valuable jewels of Gran Canaria: the triptych of the Virgen de las Nieves (Our Lady of the Snows), a work of the Flemish Painter Joos Van Clever (1518-1520).

The Pines of Galdar. Exuberant Vegetation appears on the volcanic ash of the young crater of recent eruption, about three thousand years old, which rises to a height of 1,700 metres above sea level. On its slopes the temperature ranges from 10 degrees celcius in winter and 40 degrees celcius in summer. Mount Teide emerges from the Atlantic like a great grounded fortress.

The white fishing village of Agaete offers strongly rooted popular traditions such as the Fiesta de la Rama.The Huerto de las Flores (The Flower Garden) stands out from the Natural beauty of great ecological value which one encounters here. And down below on the beach are the typical restaurants which invite the traveller to try the traditional caldo de pescado con mojo verde (Fish stews with green sauce), Queso tierno (soft cheese), and gofio ( a corn meal Porridge).

Caressed by the resonant Atlantic’s white-capped turqoise waves, the impressive geological formation called the Finger of God (El Dedo de Dios) in stands in the shade of the buttresses of Tirma.