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Gáldar is situated in the northern part of Gran Canaria, located right next to main highway to Las Palmas and, from the north, close to Atlantic Ocean.

GaldarThe city practically rose up around the mountain of the same name (Pico de Gáldar). The shape of this volcanic hill (434 metres above sea level) reminds the highest peak of Tenerife and, therefore, it's often called as "Teide in miniature".


In pre-Hispanic times Gáldar used to be the very important political center. Here was the residence of one of the two kings on Gran Canaria - Tenesor Semidán. Over time the city lost its importance, however, lot of memorials and historical buildings from that period were preserved until now. Most of them are gathered around Plaza de Santiago. Gáldar is also a place of the greatest archeological discoveries on the island. The two of great importance are: Cueva Pintada and La Guancha.

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Places of interest

Plaza de Santiago - the wide pleasant square in the center of Gáldar, shaded by surrounding it laurel trees. Around the square are gathered the most valuable monuments of the city. Here we find, for example, the famous church Iglesia de Santiago de los Caballeros, Casa Consistorial with the oldest dragon tree on the island and the beautiful fountain.

Iglesia de Santiago de los Caballeros - the main church in Gáldar, built in 18th century in the early classical style. In its interior there is the famous "Pila Verde" - font, in which, according to transfers, the canarian aborigenes were baptized, as well as the "Niño de los Reyes" - the gift to the last king of Gáldar from the catholic rulers.

El Drago - in the internal courtyard of Casa Consistorial is the oldest on Gran Canaria "Dragon Tree". This, holy for Canarians tree is almost 300 years old - it was planted in 1718.

Cueva Pintada - the Painted Cave, discovered in XIXth century, the only one place on whole archipelago, where the colour paintings of Guanches were found. The cave walls are covered with geometrical figures, such as squares, triangles and spirals in white, black and red. We can see also the replica of this cave in Museo Canario in Las Palmas.

La Guancha and El Agujero - in the northern part of Gáldar, near the coast, there are remains of old settlement of Guanches. This is probably the largest preserved dwelling complex on Gran Canaria. On located here cementary we can see perfectly preserved tombs of the first inhabitants of the island.

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Cenobio de Valerón - the huge volcanic rock with engraved in it rows of round and rectangular chambers, connected with each other by stairs and passages. In total, there are about 300 chambers. However, it still remains a mystery, what was the usage of that rooms: as a convent, a place that prepared young girls to marriage, or just as a cereal granary.

Santa María de Guía - the town in the northern part of Gran Canaria, simply called Guía by the inhabitants. It is famous for production of traditional canarian knives , as well as for the best cheese - queso de flor. Apart from this, there is also historic XVIIIth century church Iglesia de la Asunción, in interior of which we can admire the arts of outstanding local artist - Luján Pérez.

Cueva de las Cruces - a rocky cave, located about 2 km from Gáldar, in the direction to Agaete. In the chambers opened to the public we can see the crosses engraved on the cave walls.

Agaete - enlarge photo Agaete - a picturesque town in the north-west of the island, situated at the mouth of the valley of Valle de Agaete. Here is the second on Gran Canaria port Puerto de Las Nieves, from which you can easily get to the neighbouring islands, and, until recently - famous symbol of the town, the rocky spire El Dedo de Dios. Learn more  Find hotel in Agaete

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