La Aldea Holidays

Travel Agent's View

Travel Agents View ...ideal for those looking for a quiet holiday in pleasant surroundings

The small town of La Aldea is located on the west side of the island in a valley, ideal for those looking for a quiet holiday in pleasant surroundings.

The rocky beach next to the fishing port is quiet. At the far end of the beach is a lagoon where every year on the 11th September locals celebrate The Fiesta del Charco, the festival of the lagoon.

The main part of the festival takes place in the lagoon itself, where fully clothed locals attempt to catch the specially bred fish with their bare hands, as well as other activities including stick fighting competitions and Canarian wrestling matches.

La Aldea is located approx 70km from the airport.

Insider's View

 by Liz Correal

Gran Canaria Insider ...La Aldea is as natural as natural can be.

There are several reasons why some parts of Gran Canaria haven't been developed into sparkling, luxurious resorts. The two most common are difficult access and the lack of a natural beach. My guess is that La Aldea has managed to maintain its unspoilt image for both of the above.

Tourist-wise, it's one of the least visited parts of Gran Canaria, beyond the definition of rural and not a place I'd choose for an extended stay unless I was a Buddhist monk and into meditation.

To reach La Aldea from the south is a job for the professionals. The chicane-style road would be a challenging practice run for a Formula 1 driver preparing to brave the Grand Prix in Monte Carlo. From the north it's just about as bad. The one consolation? The views along the western coastline are stunningly rugged and more so than in any other part of the island.

The cliff sides are like a geology class and its easy to spot the various layers of substrata pushed to above sea-level by the volcanic action which formed the island. Fascinating stuff, if you're brave enough to peel your eyes away from the road in front of you and have a quick look.

The beach, or rather the inlet of the small cove called La Aldea, is tiny and full of rocks. On occasion it's graced with colourful fishing boats which moor up for the night on the stones. The small restaurant at the back does grill some good sardines and a variety of other fresh fish depending on the catch, but expect basic in every sense of the word.

For want of any other description, La Aldea is as natural as natural can be.
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