We take the GC-60 road, which crosses the municipality from south to north and is the most s
ignificant route of the Villa de San Bartolomé de Tirajana.
We are observing the arid southern nature where Cardon and Tabaiba dominate, by the ravine declared Protected Landscape of Fataga and included in the Network of Protected Natural Spaces of the Canary Islands for its set of natural and ethnohistoric values.
The second section crosses the interior from the Caldera de Tirajana, a huge crater of more than 40 km. of circumference, carved by erosion for millions of years and opened to the southeast by the ravine of the same name, one of the archaeological monuments and sanctuaries of nature and the history of Gran Canaria.
We arrived at the Protected Landscape natural space from Fataga (4.2 km.) before stopping next to the Mundo Aborigen recreational complex (6.3 km.) and arrive at the viewpoint of La Degollada de las Yeguas (7.5 km.). Enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramas of this great ravine from the sea to the summit.
The visit to the theme park on the aboriginal world and to the pre-Hispanic necropolis of Arteara constitute a recommended incursion into the conception of life and life. Death of the ancient canaries.
The Necropolis of Arteara, an aboriginal cemetery from the 4th century B.C. With more than a thousand tumular burials,
it is one of the most important archaeological sites on the island. During the tour we can see camels and cameleros that are intended today for the recreation of visitors, but who performed agricultural work in the time of our grandparents. We continue our route with the aerial view of the necropolis and the palm grove of Arteara to reach the village of Fataga.
Traditional crops, fruit trees and buildings surround this picturesque hamlet that is well worth a stop.
After passing by the old water mill -important ethno-graphic legacy- and the beautiful palm grove, we continue the ascent through the head of the ravine and enter the Caldera de Tirajana.
From the viewpoint of the Vista de Fataga we contemplate the Fataga basins and Tirajana.
The road is now flat in a landscape of pine and almond trees to the administrative capital of the municipality:
San Bartolomé, located on the
pre-Hispanic town called Tunte.
In its urban center, pre-Hispanic architectural styles and traditional architecture are mixed with modern public buildings such as the town hal
l and religious architecture such as the church of San Bartolomé -of neoclassical bulrush- rebuilt at the end of the 17th century.
It reveres the equestrian image of Santiago el Chico, which has made it a center of Jacobean pilgrimage on the island. Here the House-Museum of the Yánez has its place. The island’s cuisine offers cheese, wine and traditional drinks typical of Tirajana here, such as the popular “chilli pepper”.
You can visit the Las Tirajanas Winery, the Cemetery facade and the two rural hotels: “Hacienda del Molino” and “Las Tirajanas”. The route continues along the Ayacata road, at the foot of high walls and with restaurants.
The natural environment of the hamlet of Ayacata is ideal for a stop and end our excursion returning to Maspalomas on the GC-60 via San Bartolomé de Tirajana and Fataga. (34.4km).
You can continue and ascend along the GC-600 road, from the junction next to the church of Ayacata to the Pico de las Nieves and towards the Cruz de Tejeda (4.7 km).
We enter the Rural Park of Roque Nublo, the largest one among the protected natural areas of the island and where precious flora and fauna are preserved. In addition, we arrive at the beginning of the Roque Nublo road, a walk of approximately one hour highly recommended.
From here there are numerous possibilities to continue towards the north side of the island. An interesting option is that of Artenara with return through Tejeda, or combine as many variants as the hours of the day and the desire to drive.