My secrets… They are no longer mine as I’m sharing them with you all!! So here’s my tip if you are a bouncy traveller looking for adventures on your own.
AGAETE is a fish village at north Gran Canaria, quiet & very local. A nice place to try Papas arrugadas con mojo rojo (Wrinkled potatoes in red mojo sauce) or Gofio escaldado. Gofio is one of our most popular ingredients in the Canary Island and made out of sweet toasted corn with fish soup! 🙂
Aside from its gastronomy, I want to highlight my favourite spots in this village. As starters, I need you to know that there’s three important places within this Village. The fish village named Puerto de las Nieves and located by the coast, Agaete pueblo (The village), and right above the Village and heading the mountains you’ll find the Valley of Agaete (Valle de Agaete)
Top view in the Valley.
1. The Valley: Drive to the end of the Valley. Once you reach the last bus stop on the road by Casa Esperanza Centro de Rehabilitación keep driving up. A few slope curves and you’ll reach a point of view. It has a bench for you to seat, have a look from the top of the mountains and listening to the wind while relaxing. It is the perfect spot for you to realize about the immensity of Tamadaba cliffs and the spectacular views of the Valley.
Archeological Park of Maipés
2. On your way down to the Village, on your left hand side and right before the road reach the Village, you can already see the Archeological park of Maipés. It is easy to see as there’s only volcanic brownish stones. An aborigine cemetery with 700 hundreds tombs in the middle of this Valley while worthy to visit. 3€ to enter and informative panels for visitors. Do not miss it!
El huerto de las Flores
3. Agaete Village has a very local 5 sense walk. Let your self get lost in the streets of this quiet place and ask for El huerto de las flores. With its own family story, this gorgeous garden with more than 100 tropical species, keeps a lot of treasures. Find your way to the garden and have a cup of Agaete’s homemade coffee. Antonio, the man in charge of this magic beverage, has opened a cafeteria right there and you can taste one of Agaete’s coffee brands. Did you know in Valle de Agaete grows the one and only artisanal coffee in Europe?? 🙂
3. Puerto de las Nieves is your last stop. During summer time you have to wait until 21pm to see the sunset. Find the sea walk and get to the natural swimming pools of Agaete. If you are having a clear day at the horizon you will see a sunset more than virtuous! The nobility of Tenerife island will turn into a stunning huge shadow with the second biggest volcano in the world, El Teide pointing the sky. Also you can have a nice swimm…
Please do not miss Agaete even though you don’t feel for my tips! And If you feel hungry and by the church of Agaete, ask for El Perola bar. A very very fine local bar with family traditional food. Her mother is usually in the kitchen cooking 😉
‘GOFIO ESCALDADO’ RECIPE
EAT well – TRAVEL often!