Firgas is the smallest municipality of Gran Canaria. It is located in the north part from the island, about 30 minutes drive from the capital and 50 minutes from the south. Due to its location and its height above the sea level, during winter months it is quite cold and wet if we compare it with other parts from the island. This means that during winter time they could be between 5 and 10 degrees and it is quite possible that during the day they do not reach the 15 degrees.
You should know that Firgas is well-known as the village from the water. Why? Because in this region is bottled the best water with gas from the Canary Islands. This water is named as the municipality, water from Firgas. Moreover, Firgas hides lots of trails, restaurants with homemade local food, charming towns and a lot of tranquility which we would like you to discover with us.
Gran Canaria promenade
The Firgas Village is quite small and in about 30 minutes you can have a walk around and discover its main buildings and most beautiful sites. We can highlight the ‘Paseo de Gran Canaria‘ or Gran Canaria Promenade. Here you can see that all the island municipalities are represented with its shield of flag and a bench both made with Sevillian tiles.
Canary Islands promenade
If you walk a bit more upwards after the Gran Canaria Promenade, you will find the Canary Islands Promenade. Here we have a sample from all the Canary Islands, also in tiles and even simulating each island in relief with stone. We can see some pictures below:
A walk through Firgas village
On the other hand, between both promenades we can find the San Roque square. There you will find the town hall and the village church. The church is named as the square ‘San Roque’ and it was founded in 1845.
If we continue walking around we can find some signs showing the way to different trails, souvenir shops and also a gofio mill. The mill is from the century XVI and it was refurbished in 1998. It works thanks to the force of water and today it is still grinding. It was declared Site of Cultural Interest by the Canary Government. Towards in 1516 the gofio was already a basic food of the peasants and today it still is for many Canaries. Do you remember what is gofio? We explained it to you in the San Mateo Market post.
Where to eat in Firgas?
We really recommend you La Caldera restaurant, in the town named La Cruz (5 minutes from Firgas village). You should try the ‘costillas hervidas con papas y piña‘ (boiled pork ribs with potatoes, mojo sauce and corncob).
Also they have some delicious spinach and and mushroom croquettes. On weekends it is quite difficult to find a table after 1:30 pm. So that, we recommend you to go before the Spanish lunch time, which is that time 🙂
The Potato Fest
In Firgas they cultivate a wide variety of vegetables, but mainly predominate the potatoes. Even every year in March the Potato Fest takes place in Firgas. During this day the bars and restaurants from the village cook dishes made with the Canary potato as the protagonist ingredient. With this fest they promote the consumption of the potato, so as they can promote their consumption and the attendees can taste and value this food.
Rural houses and hotels in Firgas
In the municipality and town of Firgas there is a wide range of rural houses and hotels. It is a good place to stay if you want to be in touch with nature and the countryside.
We hope you enjoy the visit to Firgas!