Aguimes Holidays

Travel Agent's View

Travel Agents View ... narrow streets and is filled with traditional terracotta coloured buildings...

This pretty medieval town of Aguimes, features lots of narrow streets and is filled with traditional terracotta coloured buildings. As a rural retreat, Aguimes offers a traditional style of holidays, quiet and picturesque.

Not far from the rural town, approx a half hour drive towards the coast line, there are a few good beaches, windsurfing and water sports are high on the agenda.

The local shops are full of handicraft's such as pottery and hand crafted baskets and local cheeses are of very good standard, try some along with some good local bread.

The Las Palmas Airport can be found approx 10km from Aguimes.


Insider's View

 by Liz Correal

Gran Canaria Insider Do they really warm the bread in plastic bags hanging from the door-knobs?...

What on earth are you doing living up there? If I had a pound... well you know how the saying goes.

Over half of the total time I've lived in Gran Canaria was spent in Agüimes. It's a town of poets, writers and artists. The many plaques, statues and homages scattered on the walls of the houses and throughout the quiet streets pay tribute to a very talented population. Maybe it's something they put in the water or maybe it's because there isn't a lot of anything else to do.

If you plan on visiting this historical site during a winter break and you're staying in the south, go prepared. You may well leave balmy skies and sun behind, but even though it's no more than a mere half an hours drive up into the hills, the temperature changes can be abrupt.

Aguimes is about Canarian history and real life. At a glance it's easy to distinguish between this residential town and the purpose built holiday resorts. The best time to stay there or visit is when there's something on and Agüimes loves its pageantry. Christmas, Easter, Carnival, you name it and Agüimes celebrates it. If your visit doesn't coincide with any celebration then the streets will be quiet and the windows shuttered.

This is a question I know you're bound to ask as you wander the cobbled streets. Do they really warm the bread in plastic bags hanging from the door-knobs? The answer is no, the baker's just done a delivery.

If the sight of the crusty cobs makes you peckish, stop off at the small bar in the Plaza San Anton behind the church and try a glass of red wine with a tapa of locally grown olives marinated in Mojo. You'll soon feel like a local and will probably be joined by one or two as well.

Even if you're only on a day visit try to stop off and have a peek in at the rural hotel in front of the church. The Casa de Camello's interior wooden balconies and gardens are a work of Canarian art.

It would be a crime to go to Agüimes and not visit the Barranco de Guyadeque. The cave houses there are really what Gran Canaria is all about and it isn't hard to imagine what it must have been like to be one of the original cavemen struggling along the steep inclines to get home. Flat shoes are a must or you'll be sliding down faster than you go up.
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