In this article we will share with you all the things to do in Teror, an inland municipality on the island of Gran Canaria. Its old town of Teror, is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Gran Canaria. This is where the Virgen del Pino, patron saint of the island, is located. At the same time, the Teror street market is one of the best known on the island and attracts hundreds of visitors every Sunday. It also has a network of trails ideal for mountain sports such as hiking and MTB. Here is a list of the best places to visit in Teror.
Things to do in Teror, Gran Canaria
1. Nuestra Señora del Pino Basilica
The Nuestra Señora del Pino Basilica is the most emblematic monument from Teror. It is from the year 1760. Here is where the virgin Nuestra Señora del Pino is, the patron saint from Gran Canaria. It is located in the main square from the village, the Nuestra Señora del Pino square. The Basilica is surrounded by this square so as from some pedestrian streets and gorgeous Canarian houses. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful villages in Gran Canaria.
2. Teror market, one of the best things to do in Teror
Every Sunday you can enjoy the well known Teror market. It takes place at the Teresa de Bolívar square and surroundings from the church. This is one of the markets of Gran Canaria where you can buy some local food, flowers, clothes and religious products. However, the main product to buy and taste here is the chorizo from Teror and Canarian cheeses. It is very typical, even by the locals, to eat here a sandwich from chorizo and cheese with a strawberry local soft drink called Clipper. This one is very sweet for us, but maybe you like it!
You can also find other food as olives, bread and artisan pastries from Teror. Please consider that on Sundays there is a lot of local people which goes to mass at Teror. Therefore we recommend you to be there early in case you want to park without any problem.
3. A walk through the village, one of the best things to do in Teror
The town of Teror is one of the few that has preserved the Canarian essence in its pedestrian and cobbled streets. Hence its charm to explore on foot. One of its main streets is characterized by its houses with Canarian balconies, but in general they are located throughout the center of town.
Teror is a village which is very linked to the catholic religion. In the old town you can visit the Cruz de Los Caídos, the Palacio Episcopal, the museum house Patronos de La Virgen, the Monastery del Císter, the Dominicas Convent and the Teresa de Bolívar square that we show you below.
At Teror you will find some souvenir shops as El Perenquén and La Casa el Perfume (the house of the perfume). Maybe the perfect moment to buy a nice souvenir is here. Much better than at the touristic areas.
4. Hiking, trail running and mountain bike
As we said, there are some very good hiking trails in Teror. If you are just starting out in this world, we recommend the famous El Álamo trail that passes through the area of El Muñigal and La Molineta and starts from the Basilica of Teror. This footpath was recently upgraded by the Teror Town Hall and since then it has become one of the most popular hiking routes in Gran Canaria. Along the walk you will come across several wooden staircases like the one shown below.
Then we give you the option to download the track of El Álamo hike in .gpx format so that you can follow it on your own without getting lost. If you don’t know how to download it and follow it from your GPS or smartphone, we’ll explain it to you here. If you want to support us so that we continue to create content for you about Gran Canaria, we will appreciate if you purchase one of our tracks, either to enjoy incredible routes or as a donation. Ah, and don’t miss the video we have prepared for you below!
Also a circular route that ascends to Pico de Ossorio and passes through municipalities such as Firgas that we mention in our hiking section. At the same time, Teror is very close to municipalities such as Valleseco. Remember that, as in the entire interior of the island, it can be quite cold in winter.
5. Finca de Osorio (country house and recreation area)
The country house Finca de Osorio is a bit away from the old town. However, in about 5-10 minutes by car you can reach it. It is a place in the middle of the nature and also a recreation area very recommended for families. It has a huge diversity of flora and fauna, so as some picnic areas where you can spend the day. You should request a permission to access to the recreation area if you are planing to spend the day there.
6. Eat a chorizo of Teror sandwich, one of the best things to do in Teror
We cannot tell you much about restaurants in Teror because whenever we go we have to eat the mythical chorizo sandwich. It always tastes better to eat it here with the matalauva (anise) bread and, if possible, with a Canarian cheese.
7. Del Pino town fair in Teror town
Every September 8th the Pino Festival is celebrated here and it is a holiday in Gran Canaria. Pilgrims from all over the island come to this festival on foot on September 7. The most common is to leave from the town of Tamaraceite in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and reach Teror town on foot. It is about 4 hours of hike and the way is along the road. There are also people who leave from neighboring municipalities such as Firgas, Arucas, Valleseco…
However, we recommend that you do not go too late, since that is when the youth walk up while drinking alcohol. As we said, the Pine Festival takes place from September 7. There is a pilgrimage in the morning, music bands, beach bars, etc. At night, everybody goes to the verbena.
Restaurants in Teror
If you don’t fancy the legendary chorizo sandwich from Teror, we suggest other places to eat in Teror village. For example, Cómo como 15, El Encuentro, El Secuestro and Casa Chano (meat sandwiches). Below is a photo of our visit to Cómo como 15, where they have a very complete gastronomic proposal that includes original dishes, vegetarian options, Canarian wines and delicious homemade desserts.
How to get to Teror
To get to Teror there is a very good connection from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria by public transport with several lines of the Global bus company. You can see the schedules here. If you would like to visit this place with an expert guide, there is a tour from the capital to visit Teror, the Caldera de Bandama and the Roque Nublo with very good opinions from other travelers. You have all the info here.
Regarding the Pino festivity, keep in mind that road access to the town is cut off on September 7 in the afternoon so that pilgrims can walk safely.
Hotels in Teror
If you like to be in touch with nature and local life wherever you travel, a good option is to look for rural houses and hotels in Teror.
Things to do in Teror village + hiking
In the following video we show you the town, the market and the new hiking trail of the famous wooden stairs. If you like hiking, we recommend that you square this route to coincide with a Sunday market. In this way, you will be able to entertain yourself with a walk through its different stalls and finish the route with a Chorizo de Teror sandwich as a prize. If you don’t want to miss any more videos of Gran Canaria, you can subscribe here to our YouTube channel.
Finally, we invite you to take a look at other articles about places that you can combine in your visit to the north of the island.
On the other hand, if you don’t want to be looking for information everywhere and waste your time, we have several travel guides at your disposal so that you can discover the most authentic side of Gran Canaria on your own.