La Aldea Gran Canaria is by far the most isolated area of Gran Canaria and when you drive there you'll know why!
Its windy road snakes all the way to La Aldea. And it's because of this that La Aldea has been able to preserve its original charm.
As you drive from Agaete the views of the Atlantic crushing into the rugged mountains are just stunning!
In La Aldea you can't miss Playa de Güi Güi nor Playa La Aldea. Here you can also visit its port, Los Caserones Archeological Site and Cactualdea Park which has cacti plants from all over the world.
La Aldea is the place to come to if you're looking for remote beaches. But be prepared for long walks before getting to some of these secluded beaches
Playa de Güi Güi Grande (Big Güi Güi) is one of these beaches you can only get to after a by foot. This makes this beautiful beach the even more isolated. The shortest route to get here is that of Tazartico this is a 5Km hike which takes about 2.5 hours. But when you get to the bottom you'll know it was well worth it. And of course there's nothing more satisfying than a dip in the sea after a long walk!
As you can see from the picture above you can walk over to Playa de Güi Güi Chico when the tide goes down. The beach is basically an extension of the Playa Güi Güi Grande. Both of these beaches are about 800m of black thin sand. Just make sure you keep an eye on the tide if you walk over.
This set of 3 beaches above (including that of Playa de Tasarte...at the far end) are one of the most paradisiac on the island. So making that extra effort will not be in vain!
Two other beaches in La Aldea that are more accessible are Playa La Aldea Gran Canaria (above) and Playa Del Puerto (below). So if you don't fancy walking for 2.5 hours...these are the beaches you are looking for. We promised we would show you some of the island's most secluded beaches ; )
First of all we recommend you walk around La Aldea's Old Quarter. Here you'll find typical Canarian architecture which dates back to the XVI and XVII centuries. You can't miss La Casa Balcón (Balcony House) and the Church of San Nicolás de Tolentino.
Before the Spaniards arrived in 1483 La Aldea had a large aboriginal population. A good example of this is Los Caserones Archeological Site which you should visit if you have time. A lot of the findings, which include pottery and other artifacts, are displayed in the Museo Canario.
In Museo Vivo (or Live Museum) they stage the traditional way of living of the Canaries. Here you can see how they feed and milk goats and cows and how they prepare the traditional 'gofio' with milk. And in the Ethnographic Centre you can also see more craftsmen carrying out their daily activities.
In La Aldea you should also visit Cactualdea Park...as it's a popular tourist attraction. This is the largest cacti botanical garden of Europe. It has over 1300 species from all over the world from Madagascar to Guatemala. It opens every day from 10:00 to 18:00 and it is a great place to come to with your family.
If you drive up to the view point Mirador El Molino de Viento (an old windmill) you'll have great views of El Parralillo Dam.
Fiestas! If you're lucky enough to be in Gran Canaria on the 11th September you have to have to go to La Fiesta del Charco. This is really one of the island's most popular fiestas. The fiesta dates back to the Guanches (native aborigines). People just jump into a large pool trying to catch as many fish as possible with their bare hands.
- Northern Route: you will first have to get to Agaete (GC-2) and from there take the GC-200. This is the shortest route, which goes along the west coast.
- Southern Route: once you get to Mogan (GC-1), you will have to take the Cl-2-16 road through the mountains.
- Central Route: from Artenara you will have to drive down the Cl-3-1 towards Acusa and then take the Cl-3-4 to La Aldea. You will drive by Mirador El Molino de Viento.
From the north you will have to take the 101 from Galdar. To get to Galdar first from Las Palmas you should take the 105.
From Mogan in the south of Gran Canaria you can take the 38...and to get to Mogan from Las Palmas you can take the 01.
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