Valleseco village is located in the north of the island of Gran Canaria. It is located at about 1000 meters of altitude, being one of the coolest and greenest areas of the island. Valleseco went viral worldwide when one of the worst fires in the history of the Canary Islands took place in 2019. The well-known #IFValleseco devastated some 10,000 hectares affecting several municipalities and natural spaces. This event had repercussions in practically all the international media, not only because of the natural disaster, but also because of all the populations that had to be evacuated.
In any case, in this post we are going to tell you about the charms of Valleseco, luckily 2019 is behind us. Do not miss it!
Valleseco, Gran Canaria
✔ Nature and hiking in Valleseco
In Valleseco you will be able to enjoy mainly its nature and protected natural spaces. And it is that practically all the territory of this municipality has some type of environmental protection. The Doramas Rural Park and the Las Cumbres Protected Landscape stand out. Although it also has within its territory part of the Integral Natural Reserve of Barranco Oscuro and the Natural Monument of Montañón Negro.
Many of these protected natural spaces are shared with its neighboring municipalities. These are Moya, Firgas, Teror, Vega de San Mateo and Tejeda. At the same time, you should know that Valleseco is located between two of the most beautiful ravines in Gran Canaria: the Las Madres ravine and the Madrelagua ravine. It is thought that the name of Valleseco comes from the abundance of water that its bordering ravines used to have unlike its central valley.
✔ Valsendero and Osorio Peak
Another area that you should know in Valleseco is Valsendero, both its urban area and its trails. Until recently you could visit the spectacular Barranco de El Andén a few steps from Valsendero. However, this ravine is located within the private estate El Pinillo, owned by the Heredad de Agua de Firgas y Arucas and access is currently prohibited. We believe that this prohibition is due to the fact that apparently the poor conditions of its power lines were the cause of the fire. A shame, as this area of the island is incredible.
Finally, we also invite you to go hiking on the Osorio peak between Firgas and Teror. We have a track for you to get to know the mountains in this area of the island on your own.
✔ Valleseco village
Another of the places to visit in Valleseco is its village, that is, where we will find its largest population and the Valleseco Town Hall. The town can be visited in less than an hour on foot. Here you can appreciate its old Canarian houses, the church of San Vicente Ferrer and the Valleseco EcoValles Ecological Market. The market takes place in the very center of town every weekend. An opportunity to experience the local essence of the most rural Gran Canaria.
You should also know that the best known fruit of Valleseco is its apple. In fact, this municipality celebrates the Apple Festival every year. At the same time, a few kilometers from Valleseco village there is also one of the best plant nurseries in Gran Canaria. This is plant nurseries Valleseco. Here you can buy practically any indoor, outdoor, fruit tree and / or seedling plant if you are entering the world of orchards. It is where we buy for our garden 🙂
✔ La Laguna recreational area
We have already spoken to you about La Laguna on several occasions. And we love it. We think it is an ideal place to go with friends, family or even alone to enjoy the outdoors. It currently has a renovated racecourse of almost 1 kilometer. Next to this, a perfect circular trail has been left for walking, running or cycling. In addition, here horse races and various meetings related to livestock take place.
In the center of this circle you can walk through several trails where you will find some explanatory posters about the flora and fauna of the Doramas Rural Park. There is also the famous lagoon where several species of birds live. On the other hand, the recreational area also has a barbecue and picnic area, toilets, a park for children, etc. To use the picnic areas you have to pay. We tell you everything in our article about the recreational area of La Laguna of Valleseco.
Restaurants in Valleseco
To eat in this area of Gran Canaria we undoubtedly recommend the Valsendero Neighborhood Association. The place does not have great luxuries, but they do have homemade food at a very good price. We have also heard good about the Cantina Madrelagua, although we have not yet been able to try it. Likewise, you have the option of the Balcón de Zamora, very frequented by local tourism on weekends. Finally, if you are looking for a place with more elaborated gastronomic options, we recommend Los Arcos de La Laguna Restaurant.
If you are looking for a rural house in Gran Canaria, this area of the island may well be one of the most prominent for rural tourism. As we have told you before, Valleseco is a paradise for hikers and even cyclists, both on the road and in the mountains. We take this opportunity to invite you to take a look at our bike routes in Gran Canaria. Below you can take a look at all the options that Valleseco offers to spend a few days.
Finally, as you may have seen, Valleseco is a very rural municipality with many plans to do in nature. In our guides we tell you more authentic places in Gran Canaria to visit and the restaurants that locals frequent. If you liked this content and want to support us, with the purchase of one of our guides or tracks, in addition to discovering the island, you will help us to keep this blog alive. Thanks!