In this post we are going to let you know the best things to do in Agaete village and its municipality. First, you have to know that Agaete is located in the northwest of Gran Canaria and much loved by all the islanders. Its main tourist attraction is Puerto de Las Nieves, probably because it is one of the areas of the island that has 100% maintained its essence. Below we want to list what to see in Agaete, one of the most beautiful municipalities on the island. Let’s go there!
Things to do in Agaete, Gran Canaria
As we see it, Agaete and its Puerto de Las Nieves must be on your list of things to do in Gran Canaria. Below we mention everything you can visit in this area of the north of the island.
1. Puerto de Las Nieves
The Puerto de Las Nieves is the fishermen district of Agaete, where you can find its beautiful beaches, the Ermita de Las Nieves, a wide offer of restaurants, souvenir shops and one of the ports that connects Tenerife with Gran Canaria.
In front of the Puerto de las Nieves, there was a natural monument named Dedo de Dios (finger of God). It was a finger-shaped volcanic rock. Unfortunately, it was devastated after a tropical storm in the year 2005. Now only his lower part remains. In the same way, we want to highlight the beauty of their houses in white and blue colors with marine details.
2. The beaches of Puerto de Las Nieves
In Puerto de Las Nieves village there are two main beaches, Las Nieves, opposite the new pier. As well as the Muelle beach, next to the old pier. Both beaches are calm, crystal clear and with stones. In addition, the two are very close to each other.
The locals also tend to lie down to sunbathe next to the old dock or in the wood beds that they have put in Las Nieves beach. We show you below some photos of both beaches: a paradise.
3. The natural pools of Las Salinas
There is a walk that joins the Puerto de Las Nieves with the well-known natural pools of Agaete named Las Salinas. Years ago it was a salt mine, hence its name. Nowadays it is a perfect place for the bath formed by three pools of volcanic rock with sea water.
However, we want to inform you that here it is much windier than on the beaches of Agaete and sometimes it is uncomfortable to be. The best time to enjoy the pools is in the months of September and October.
4. Agaete town, things to do in Agaete
About 15 minutes walk from the Puerto de Las Nieves we find the center of Agaete. We highlight the Church of La Concepción and its square. In the same way, the town itself is very beautiful with white houses and Canarian balconies. Here takes place the popular party of La Rama that we will summarize in the following lines.
5. Valle de Agaete (Agaete Valley)
The Agaete Valley is one of the least known corners of Gran Canaria. However, everyone who visits it is conquered by its beauty. Here the coffee plantations of the Valley stand out, the main claim of the area. You can also visit a farm or wine cellar, such as Los Berrazales. There is an excursion to the northern villages of Gran Canaria that includes a stop in Agaete Valley from Las Palmas city. You can check other travelers opinions and details below.
Likewise, in the Agaete Valley you can also visit the Maipés Archaeological Site or simply let yourself fall in love with its landscape. Finally, if you love hiking, there is a trail from Puerto de Las Nieves, through Agaete Valley and Era de Berbique which is amazing. You can find more details in the following article.
Another route to do in this area is the circular hiking route through El Hornillo and El Sao. Along a large part of the trail you will have views of the whole valley and the Agaete ravine.
6. Dedo de Dios (finger of God), Puerto de Las Nieves
The Dedo de Dios or Finger of God was one of the emblems of Gran Canaria. One of the most important natural monuments of the island. And we say “was” because in 2005 the tropical storm Delta swept it away. It was a hand-shaped rock formation from which a thin finger-shaped rock protruded. Furthermore, that finger seemed to be pointing towards the sky. To this day it is still possible to appreciate from the dock what remains of the Finger or as some call it, the stump of God. At the end of 2020 they wanted to pay tribute to him by projecting its silhouette at night as we show you below.
7. Tamadaba Natural Park
Within the municipality of Agaete is part of the Tamadaba Natural Park. You can easily tour this protected area by the coastal road that connects Agaete with La Aldea de San Nicolás. In Tamadaba you can do a hiking route to the well-known Charco Azul, the beaches of Guayedra, Faneroque and El Risco. If you want more adventure, there is a circular route that descends from the top of the Tamadaba pine forest to the Agaete Valley. It is known as the Camino de San Pedro. However, it is a tough trail, with more than 1,000 meters of unevenness and about 5 hours long.
8. La rama fest, things to do in Agaete
Finally, we end with one of the most popular events in the Canary Islands: La Rama de Agaete. The festival takes place every 4th of August and is attended by thousands of people from all over the island and even from other Canary Islands. The event begins next to the church of La Concepción. The attendants and colourful papagüevos dance through the village to the sound of the Agaete band while waving their pine or eucalyptus branches. The festivities end at the beach and the church of Las Nieves at Puerto de Las Nieves.
Restaurants in Agaete
Concerning the restaurants in Agaete we will always recommend Puerto de Las Nieves. Here there is a wide gastronomic offer, especially fresh fish restaurants and local food in general. Our favorites on the beach are Angor and El Cápita. On the contrary, if you want to eat something quickly or your budget is smaller, you also have the option of El Mesón del Bocadillo, with a rather curious offer of sandwiches.
Hotels in Agaete
Undoubtedly Agaete is a perfect place to disconnect and if we were you, we will spend at least one night. Check here all the hotels in Agaete, although there are not many. We highlight the Occidental Roca Negra Hotel & Spa, being the best known in the area. We have already stayed twice 🙂
Finally, if you want to see more of Gran Canaria’s authentic places on your own without wasting valuable time, our guides will be a great help. We have itineraries for up to 14 days on the island, a complete guide with 35 one-day plans, a restaurant guide including more than 80 places we locals frequent. Check them all out below and enjoy your holiday like a local!
Video about all the things to do in Agaete
We leave you below with a video about all the things to do in Agaete, one of the most beautiful towns of Gran Canaria. Do not forget to activate the English subtitles and subscribe to our channel!
Going to stay at Roca Negra, hope the there is towncar to go to Airport , 50 minutes journey is long.
Local Guide Gran Canaria says
Hi! Nice place to stay 🙂 There are several taxis there, but you can always arrange a private transfer for a similar price. Here you can check other travelers opinions and prices: