From Maspalomas on the southern highway we reach Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to take the Tamaraceite road that leads to the Villa de Teror, where the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pine, patron of Gran Canaria.
The center of visual attention is the yellow tower of the church, a yellow stone construction of Manueline influence built in 1708, and the only remainder of the second original construction destroyed by the flames.
The town has preserved its traditional configuration with hardly any changes, so in 1979 it was declared Artistic Heritage.
Next to the basilica is the house-museum of the Patrons of the Virgin, a magnificent example of noble architecture owned by the Manrique de Lara and Bravo de Laguna family, where very old objects and memories of the different are exhibited.
Rents families that have passed through the house, highlighting a carriage used by King Alfonso XIII during his visit to the island.
It is recommended to visit the town center with its beautiful houses with beautiful balconies and stately homes.
Another recommended visit is to the Cistercian Monastery, where the closing nuns sell their sweet artisans through a rotating lathe.
On the way to Cruz de Tejeda we enjoy a magnificent panorama from the Balcony of Zamora, before reaching Valleseco.
Leaving the village of Valleseco behind, we arrive at Cruz de Tejeda, in the center of the island, about 1,300 m. of altitude.
The cross carved in green stone marks the center of the network of ancient royal roads of the island. A few meters away is the National Para-dor of Tejeda, recently restored and a set of restaurants and stalls selling local products, including marzipan and bienmesabe.
Highlights the spectacular landscape, with the rocks of: the Nublo -1,700 m.-, the Friar and the Bentayga.
If you deviate towards the “Pico de las Nieves”, also known as “The Well of the Snows”, you can see the Caldera de Tirajana and the southern beaches, as well as the Roque Nublo and the Teide.
If you have time, we suggest a visit to the Hermitage of the Cave, carved out of the rock, in the neighboring town of Artenara.
From the Cruz de Tejeda we return towards Las Palmas, stopping at San Mateo, one of the main agricultural and livestock centers of the island, which holds livestock fairs and agricultural markets every weekend.
Typical houses, samples of island architecture, are scattered throughout the place. We arrived in Santa Brígida, with a wonderful landscape that encompasses the Bandama Natural Park, Mount Lentiscal, the Watchtower and the Barranco de Las Go-teras;
The entire municipality has an enormous geomorphological, botanical, archaeological and ethnographic interest.
Vestige of the past troglodyte is the group of cave houses of The Watchtower, where there was an important pottery industry.
Near the capital, we turn to the top of Bandama, 569 m., To contemplate the crater of the volcano – 1 km. in diameter and 200 m. pro-fundidad- and the centennial Bandama Golf Club.
The last reference before returning to Maspalomas will be the Canarian Garden, 7 km. from Las Palmas, in the Barranco Guiniguada. Founded in 1952 by the Swedish botanist Sventenius,
it brings together a great variety of plants and trees of the Macaronesia, including the more than 50 species of trees that formed the laurel.
Despite its small dimensions, Gran Canaria offers visitors the possibility to make various excursions where you can see the great diversity of landscapes and contrasts that it treasures.
In just an hour’s journey you can cross an arid and volcanic area and find an immense forest of Canarian pines in the middle of lush and humid vegetation.
While it is true that the island can be traveled in one day,
we recommend the following excursions to get to know it and enjoy it carefully.