The north of the island offers a route to the green and sometimes wild, unspoilt Gran Canaria.
The spectacular cliffs give an impression of the power of the sea on the north coast of Gran Canaria. But there are also small bays, natural marine pools and charming beaches alternating with the picturesque cliffs.
The following route leads through Arucas, Firgas, Maya, Santa Maria de Gaia, Gardar and Agaete.
About 12 km from the capital of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria you will find Arucas. The church of San Juan Bautista dating from 1909, which is one of the most important tourist attractions on the island.
There is also the "Teatro Nuevo" from 1906, the Town Hall, the Market Hall and the House of Culture. The House of Culture is a traditional Canarian house from the 17th century, whose courtyard is decorated by a magnificent dragon tree.
You can visit the rum factory in Arucas where the famous Ron Arehucas is made.
Drive up to the "Montana de Arucas" and enjoy the splendid 360º view over the north of the island.
About 25 km from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, you will find Firgas, surrounded by a dense, intricate net of ravines.
It is recommended to visit the parish church of San Roque. However, the pedestrian zone is particularly popular. Its slope forms a 30 meter waterfall that ends at a monument.
450 meters above sea level is the village of Moya, surrounded by gorges and breathtaking mountain ranges that descend to the coast.
In Moya, visit the Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria Church, the Tomás Morales Museum, the Heredad de Aguas (Water Conservation) or the San Bartolomé de Fontanales chapel.
An absolute must-see is the nature park Doramas. The "Tilos de Moya" contains one of the last laurel forests of the island. A walk across different paths takes you directly through Gran Canaria's jungle and is also a great experience for children.
The town center of Santa María de Guía was declared a Historic Monument in 1982. The neoclassical style of the parish church stands out among the monuments. Inside, there are important works of art, altars and statues of the great gran canarian sculptor and creator of religious art Luján Pérez, who was born in this village.
One of the best-known archaeological sites belongs to this village - the Cenobio de Valerón. The Cenobio was a fortified granary, in which the native Canarians lodged their crops in the caves of the rock wall.
Before the Spanish conquest the island, Gáldar was the capital of one of the ancient kingdoms of the island. In the Cueva Pintada archaeological park, you can explore the impressive testimony of this ancient past. In addition to a football field large excavation site, there is a large selection of artifacts to see and a 3d cinema, showing the time of the ancient Guanches and the conquest of the island by the Spaniards.
The city center, which was declared a Historic Monument in 1981, houses the main church of Santiago de Gáldar, one of the most beautiful churches in the Canary Islands.
In the coastal town Agaete ends this northern route. About 30 km from the capital of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, this village is located on the west coast for a visit.
In Agaete you can visit the history of the island. In the commune is the necropolis of Maipés, one of the most important archaeological burial sites on the island.
In Agaete you should visit the park "Huerto de las flores". And when you have some time left, drive up to the 1180 m high peak zone of Pinar de Tamadaba (pine forest). From here you have a breathtaking view over the entire north-west of the island and in good weather conditions up to Tenerife. Particularly impressive is the 1008 m high Roque Faneque, which falls vertically into the sea. It is considered one of the highest cliffs in the world.
From here, you can take the same way back, or you can simply continue over the newly built tunnel and you can now easily reach Puerto de Mogán.
Have fun with this tour :)