In your list of things to see and do in Gran Canaria you can not miss a visit Fataga village. Just because of the road with spectacular views of the mountains and Valley of a Thousand Palms you will be amazed. In this route of only 15 minutes drive from Maspalomas to the town of Fataga you can appreciate unique landscapes.
Things to do in Fataga village
Below we recommend several stops so that your road trip to Fataga and its surroundings is as complete as possible. Let’s go!
1. Viewpoint Degollada de las Yeguas
First, we recommend you a stop at the viewpoint Degollada de las Yeguas. Here you can park the car without problem. Like all viewpoints, you will appreciate beautiful views. In this case you can see, on the one hand, Maspalomas and its dunes.
And, on the other, you will have views of the Fataga Ravine, Arteara, Amurga Massif and spectacular mountains.
2. Small village and archaeological site of Arteara
Arteara is a pretty village made up of a few old white houses. Its beauty does not give rise to doubts for the singular landscape that surrounds it of mountains and Canarian palm grove.
It is located in the Fataga ravine, one of the oldest on the island, with around 9 million years. Also, in this ravine there is an archaeological site that you can visit: the necropolis of Arteara.
It is the largest and most representative aboriginal cemetery on Gran Canaria with about 900 tombs. Access has a cost of € 4. It includes several trails and the visit to its interpretation center. In addition, it is open every day of the year from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. On the other hand, despite looking like an uninhabited site, here lives the Canary lizard, endemic from Gran Canaria. This animal can reach 80 cm, being one of the largest lizards in the world.
Finally, if you are traveling with children, you should know that the Valley of the Thousand Palms, that is, the ravine and its oasis of palm trees, can be traveled by camel. You have all the information about the camel excursion and opinions of other travelers here.
3. Aloe Vera farm
Then, on the way from Arteara to Fataga, you will come across a spectacular aloe vera ecological farm: the Finca Canarias Aloe Vera. The visit and access is totally free and enriching, since they explain all the properties of this plant and the benefits that will bring you.
4. Fataga village
In the same way, a few steps from the aloe farm is the village of Fataga. Here you will appreciate its beautiful white houses with tiles, some of them with stones on their walls. In addition, here the houses carry the names of their owners from the outside. You can also visit the church square and let yourself be surprised by the delicious Canarian food. Don’t miss the restaurant that we recommend you in the following lines.
In addition, in this village lives a landscape of palm trees and Canarian pine forest, something very unusual and worth seeing too. And it is that the Fataga rises on the ravine of the thousand palm trees and in the majestic mountains that surround it the Canarian pine grows.
Restaurants in Fataga
Also, if you are in the area, you can’t miss tasting the delicious Canarian food. Our recommendation used to be the restaurant El Albaricoque, but in April 2023 it changed owners and, with it, the whole team. So we can’t tell you what it’s like now. If you go, tell us about it!
Rural houses in Fataga
Also, you should know that there are spectacular rural houses in Fataga to spend a few days. Check availability and options through the above link.
Video of Fataga village
Finally, we have prepared a complete video of the Fataga route. We hope you enjoy it! Do not forget to suscribe to our YouTube channel for watiching more videos of Gran Canaria here and activate the English subtitles!
If you want to know the most authentic places of Gran Canaria, you have to discover our guides. So that, you won’t have to organize anything of your trip. Each guide includes places to eat and we even have a guide with only places that we recommend our friends an family to eat in Gran Canaria.
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