San Bartolome de Tirajana Holidays

Travel Agent's View

Travel Agents View This quiet town comes alive on the 24th of August when the main festival, day of San Bartolome is celebrated with a big party.

A small town of San Bartolome de Tirajana can be found at the bottom of a volcanic crater and offers an ideal base for those seeking a quiet and peaceful break and is ideal for those who enjoy walking and hiking.

Whilst staying here visitors should be sure to taste the locally produced Guindilla which is a liqueur made from rum, cherries and sugar.

The town holds a market every Sunday between 0900 and 1400 and is great for picking up locally grown produce.

This quiet town comes alive on the 24th of August when the main festival, day of San Bartolome is celebrated with a big party.

San Bartolome is situated approx 36 km from the airport.

Insider's View

 by Liz Correal

Gran Canaria Insider Nestled high amidst the sloping fields of the agricultural area it's one of the greenest parts of the island.

If Gran Canaria were a Christmas Cake, San Bartolomé or Tunté as it's known locally, would be the icing on it. Craggy peaks peep through the sparse covering of pine trees, the air's cooler, the scent of flowers from the almond trees makes you sneeze and white clouds suddenly swirl down around you to obscure the view... of the piece of road you're driving along. I love it!

If this is the sort of place you're considering staying and you've never been to Gran Canaria before, I'd recommend you have a beach resort holiday first and check it out by doing several day trips. That way you'll get to know the road. I've been driving here for years and it's not one I'd want to drive after nightfall.

I walked into La Hacienda del Molino the first time, which is a rural hotel come restaurant converted from an old, derelict mill, when the paint was still fresh on the walls. The renovation work has been beautifully done and there's an amazing photo album of before and after that sits on the bar to prove it. The food I've eaten there has been typical Canarian food. Solid stuff which would sustain a mountain goat for a week. Ropa Vieja is a favourite and is a mix of chick peas, chicken, pork and vegetables. They do offer goat's meat, but I can't recommend it because I can't bring myself to try it.

San Bartolomé is beyond quiet. It's the sort of quiet that buzzes in your ears and makes the drone of an insect sound as loud as a Boeing 747 landing. The views are stunning. Nestled high amidst the sloping fields of the agricultural area it's one of the greenest parts of the island. I'd be surprised if you found enough to keep you occupied for a week here, unless you like sleeping a lot or picking almonds, so make plans for getting out and about.

I couldn't write an article about San Bartolomé without Santiago and his fruit shop in it. If I didn't give him a mention, he'd throw Tunos - the local cactus fruit, at me the next time I see him. It might be a ramshackle old shop and he might be the grumpiest shopkeeper ever, but the produce he sells is all locally grown and a nip of his Tunté moonshine liqueur will stave of any chill in the air. Don't be tempted if you're driving, its about forty percent proof if not more, so take a bottle home with you.

San Bartolomé is good place to go if you want to spend time on your own. I could recommend it for a honeymoon, though it's a long drive down if you fancy a paddle or a romantic, moonlit walk on the beach, but you at least you could have a cuddle without getting overheated.

One good thing about San Bartolomé is the pine cones are huge and they make very cheap souvenirs.
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