In this post we are going to let you know the best things to do in Firgas, in the north of Gran Canaria. Its town is known as the Water Village, since one of the best-known waters in the Canary Islands is bottled in this area: “Firgas” water. In this municipality you will find the most beautiful fountain in the Canary Islands, one of the best hiking trails in Gran Canaria, very good Canarian cuisine and peace. Next, we tell you everything to visit in Firgas. Let’s go!
Things to do in Firgas
Below we tell you what for us you should visit in this charming town of Gran Canaria. Do not miss the end where we mention a beautiful hike and four different places to eat.
Firgas town, one of the best things to do in Firgas
✔ Gran Canaria promenade and Canary Islands promenade
The Villa de Firgas is very small, in just half an hour you can walk through the historic center and discover its most characteristic buildings and areas. Its main point of attraction is the Paseo de Gran Canaria promenade. Here all the municipalities of the island are represented with their municipality shield and a bench, both made with Sevillian tiles.
We recommend you continue climbing the stairs until you reach the Canary Islands promenade.
Here you will see a sample of all the Canary Islands, also in tiles and simulating each island in relief with carved stone from Arucas stonework.
✔ Square and church of San Roque
In the same way, next to the two promenades you can go through the Plaza de San Roque. Here is the Town Hall of Firgas and the Church of San Roque. The church was founded in 1845.
✔ Gofio mill
In Villa de Firgas you can also visit an old gofio mill dating from the 16th century. The mill was restored in 1998 and is still in operation today. This mill was declared a Site of Cultural Interest due to its importance in the history of the Canary Islands. Since 1516, gofio was already a staple in the diet of the peasants in the area and today it continues to be so for many.
Hiking through the Azuaje Ravine
On the other hand, if you like hiking, we recommend combining your visit to the town with one of the greenest and most water-laden trails on the island that runs through the Azuaje Special Nature Reserve. In the old town of Firgas you will find directions to the start of the trail. In other words, the route starts from the town, although you can also start from the base of the ravine.
The good thing about starting the route from the town of Firgas is that you will have a panoramic view of the entire ravine from this incredible viewpoint.
In the following video we show you the circular hiking route through the Azuaje ravine departing from the town of Firgas. If you want to see more videos of Gran Canaria, subscribe to our YouTube channel.
In Firgas there are more trails to enjoy mountain sports such as the route that passes through the Las Madres ravine or the one that ascends to Pico El Rayo or Pico Ossorio. However, we think this is the prettiest.
Restaurants in Firgas
One of our favorites is La Caldera Restaurant, in the La Cruz neighborhood. It is about 5 minutes by car from the old town. Here we recommend you order the boiled ribs with potatoes and corn. The spinach or mushroom croquettes are also brutal. Other Canarian food dishes that they prepare super delicious are ropa vieja, watercress stew and potatoes with mojo. It is a place very frequented by locals, so if you decide to go on a Saturday or Sunday, go before 1:30 p.m. to avoid queues.
Other famous places to eat in Firgas are Los Chorros restaurant, El Rincón de Marcos restaurant and Las Brasas, known as Los Pollos. The first stands out for its variety of Canarian food and grilled meats. It’s about a 5 minute drive from the town. Regarding the Rincón de Marcos, it is specialized in dishes made with watercress. This one is in the same town. Regarding Los Pollos, they are specialized in grilled chicken and Canarian gastronomy in general.
In both Las Brasas and La Caldera, butter made with fresh herbs is a dream and a vice!
Rural houses and hotels in Firgas
In the municipality and town of Firgas there is a wide range of rural hotels and houses. It is a good place to stay if you want to be in contact with nature and the rural environment. Of course, keep in mind that the weather in Firgas is quite cool, especially during the winter months. In other words, in winter temperatures can be around 10 degrees and not rise above 15 all day. At the same time, it is a fairly humid area and even during the summer months it tends to drizzle.
Other things to do in Firgas surroundings
You can take advantage of this day to visit more charming towns in Gran Canaria such as Arucas and Teror. We leave you some articles below that can help you complete your route:
How to get to Firgas
As we said, it is located in the north of Gran Canaria. It is a municipality that has no coast and is located at an altitude of about 465 meters above sea level. The town itself is approximately a 30-minute drive from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. There is also a direct bus from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Global line 204), but it will take about an hour. As for Arucas, it is less than 15 minutes by car from the historic center and about 20 from its closest beaches: El Puertillo and Los Charcones.
You already know all the reasons why Firgas is one of the charming towns of Gran Canaria. What do you think?
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