Arucas Holidays

Travel Agent's View

Travel Agents View The town is best known for having the largest rum factory on the island...

Located in the north of the island, Arucas is an ideal destination for couples and families seeking a relaxing holiday.

The town is best known for having the largest rum factory on the island where visitors can wander around the fascinating museum and even spot the autographs of the famous people who have been there.

Another of the towns great attractions is the many historical buildings, the most famous is the church which has distinctive architecture and is home to fine sculptures and paintings. Other points of interest include the town hall, municipal market and the botanical gardens.

For those who aren't to shy to haggle and want to bag themselves a bargain, the towns market is held every Saturday between 08:00 and 14:00. A great time to visit the area is 24th June when the town celebrates the day of their patron saint, San Jaun Bautista with parades and fire work display.

Arucas is situated approx 37 km from the airport.

Insider's View

 by Liz Correal

Gran Canaria Insider ...its best known and loved for is the stuff it puts in bottles, its rum!

Drive around between any of the northern towns of Gran Canaria and by the sides of the road you'll notice huge beds of tall, swaying reeds. These are a legacy left by the second wave of commercialisation on the island when sugar cane became the main industry.

It's reputed Christopher Columbus exported the cane plants to the Americas from the Canaries. Whether he did or not, who knows, but guaranteed he'd have taken a few kegs of Canarian rum with him to keep the sailors happy.

Arucas: mention the name and everyone goes, oh yes, before heading straight for the drinks cabinet. Unfortunately, the town itself does get a bit forgotten in favour of the liquor it produces.

One of the main attractions drawing visitors to this area is the distillery which is open to the public for viewing and more importantly, sampling! A favourite holiday tipple is the honey-sweetened blend, Ron Miel, often served ice-cold and free of charge when you're presented with your bill in restaurants.

Built on a hillside over ancient Guanché fortifications, Arucas itself is a sprawl of colourful houses overshadowed by the towering black spires of the cathedral. The old quarter around the base of the church is a labyrinth of paved streets begging to be explored. Outside the main entrance of the security-guarded municipal park, you'll find the Café La Embrujada. They serves snacks and coffee and a very edible three course menu for the silly price of seven Euros.

If you want to investigate the north consider Arucas as a base. It's easy to get to from the airport and there are other towns such as Firgas and Moya in the vicinity. Plus, my favourite, Teror is only a stones throw away through the mountains.

Arucas may be the city with the unique design on cathedrals in the Canaries, but what its best known and loved for is the stuff it puts in bottles, its rum!
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