In this article we want to share with you all the things to do in Tejeda, a charming town located in the interior of the island of Gran Canaria at an altitude of about 1,000 meters. It belongs to the Association of the Most Beautiful Towns in Spain, making it one of the best places to visit in Gran Canaria. Next we are going to tell you what to visit in this inland town. Pay attention!
Things to do in Tejeda village
1. A walk trough Tejeda village
The historic center is not very big, it can be explored practically in 20 minutes on foot. Here you can visit the Church of Nuestra Señora del Socorro, next to the Tejeda Town Hall, as well as its different pedestrian streets. The town is surrounded by mountains and the whole landscape with its white houses with traditional architecture is beautiful.
From here you will have views mainly towards Roque Bentayga, but also to Roque Nublo from some parts of the town. All this landscape is part of the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria, a World Heritage Site.
2. Visit Roque Nublo, one of the best things to do in Tejeda
Whether it is your first time in Gran Canaria or not, given its proximity, a visit to Tejeda is usually combined with the small trail that leads to Roque Nublo. We recommend that you take a look at our article on Roque Nublo with recommendations for your visit regarding parking and other aspects to take into account.
3. Take a picture in the basket of Tejeda with the Roque Bentayga
Leaving the town in the direction of Roque Bentayga (by car) we come across this traditional giant basket, ideal for taking a photo and thus taking home a beautiful postcard of the island of Gran Canaria.
This large basket is a work by the Portuguese artist Rita Loureiro and is made of metal. It symbolizes the hard work of agriculture and, specifically, the task of collecting almonds and potatoes in Tejeda with the traditional baskets. In addition, next to the basket you will find a commemorative plaque from the Tejeda City Council to remember the family that died during a strong storm in 1946.
4. Visit the Roque Bentayga
After the Instagrammable stop, we recommend you continue along the same road to visit the Bentayga and its Interpretation Center, since it is about 10 minutes by car from the town center. Here you can know everything about the archaeological complex of the Sierra de Bentayga. Entrance is free. On the other hand, the trail takes less than an hour (round trip).
5. Charco de La Paloma
From the Roque Bentayga basket that we showed you earlier, a circular hiking route starts that passes through the well-known Charco de La Paloma, La Culata de Tejeda and La Cruz de Timagada. During the route you will have spectacular views of the Roque Nublo. You have more details about this trail in our hiking section. Keep in mind that this waterfall only has water after hard rains.
6. Visit Cruz de Tejeda
Also a few minutes by car from the town center we have the famous Cruz de Tejeda. A place of passage for thousands of cyclists and hikers. Also for those who are driving, since it is ideal to stop for a coffee, eat, enjoy the sunset, buy Canarian products or go hiking. We recommend the Cruz de Tejeda circular trail that passes through the town of Tejeda.
A few steps from this same cross is the Parador de Tejeda where you can spend the night, spend a day at the Spa or eat with views of the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria.
7. Confectionary Nublo, try the traditional pastries of Tejeda
Another of the best things to do in Tejeda is to visit the confectionary Nublo, founded in 1946 and specialized in making sweets with almonds from Tejeda. Typical products include almonds, chocolate palm trees pastries and Bienmesabe. Bienmesabe is a sweet made mainly from almonds, sugar and eggs. It is usually taken as an accompaniment to desserts such as flan and ice cream. Eating a chocolate palm tree here is almost a tradition!
They have two confectionaries on the main street of the town, in one of which you will find up to 33 different flavors of palm trees. In the previous photo we show you the Oreo one.
8. Center of medicinal plants. One of the places to visit in Tejeda
In the town there is also a medicinal plant center that you can visit for free to learn about the benefits of each plant and, if you want, you can also buy them.
9. Tejeda almond trees and Almond Blossom Fest
In Tejeda village there are a lot of almond trees. Moreover, during February and March you can appreciate its blossoms. An awesome white and pink blossom. In this town they have their own fest concerning the Almond tree which brings people from all over the island. During this fest you can enjoy Canarian things such as crafts, music, sports, local folklore. Furthermore, they set up some stalls to sell local products, most of them from food and of course almonds.
10. Hiking, one of the best things to do in Tejeda
If you are a hiking lover, in addition to the routes that we mentioned before, both the Charco de La Paloma route and the Cruz de Tejeda circular route, you should know that the Way of St James of Gran Canaria passes through this municipality. A hike that you must do if you want to get to know the island in depth and discover the contrast in the landscapes of Gran Canaria. In the previous link you have all the details in case you want us to help you prepare the route.
Places to eat in Tejeda village
If you are looking for restaurants in Tejeda village, we recommend you La Casa del Almendra (they have a candy shop El Nublo inside). We used to recommend Restaurant Texeda, but it has definitely closed.
We also suggest you have an artisan ice cream at the La Lexe ice cream shop, located inside the Dulces de Tejeda candy shop (here they also have delicious chocolate palm trees). Do you dare with bienmesabe or gofio ice cream?
Hotels and rural houses in Tejeda village
Finally, you should know that there is a wide range of hotels and rural houses in Tejeda, one of the best places to stay in Gran Canaria to connect with nature and that many mountain athletes choose. We, if you can afford it, recommend the Parador de Cruz de Tejeda for its facilities and incredible views. You can also search for country houses and other hotels below.
Weather in Tejeda
Moreover, due to its location and high, it is one of the coldest towns on the island. So we recommend you to bring a jacket with you, especially in winter. Please consider that in winter they could be at less than 10 degrees during the day. Also, during winter the sky is usually cloudy and foggy, which makes it colder because of the humidity.
How to get to Tejeda
As we told you, this municipality is located in the center of the island and, therefore, depending on where you are, it will be easier to take one road or another. If you come from the south, the most beautiful is the road that goes from Maspalomas and passes through Fataga. Global bus line 18 also takes you along this road from Faro de Maspalomas (beware of curves). If you come from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, there is no direct public transport. The best option is to rent a car and take the road that passes through Santa Brígida or San José del Álamo. If you come from the north (Agaete or Arucas), we love the road that goes through Valleseco.
Video of Tejeda Village
Below you can check a short video about this beautiful town. You can activate English subtitles and subscribe for watching more videos of Gran Canaria.
Finally, if it is your first time on the island, we are sure that the following articles will be of great help to you to continue discovering the island.
If you don’t want to be reading information here and there about the best things to do and places to eat, thus wasting your valuable time, we invite you to take a look at our digital guides to Gran Canaria with complete itineraries, restaurants and tips.