Agaete The green and blue gem of the Canary Islands

Where is Agaete?

Location

Agaete is located on the northwest coast of Gran Canaria. It is traditionally known for being a Canarian fishing village with a very popular seafood cuisine. Agaete está situado a 36.2 kilómetros de la capital insular. ​Tiene una superficie de 45.5 km² y aproximadamente 5500 habitantes. El clima es seco árido cálido y la temperatura media anual es de 21 grados. Una gran parte del municipio se encuentra incluido en el parque natural de Tamadaba, que forma parte de la Red Canaria de Espacios Naturales Protegidos​ y de la Red Natura 2000 como Zona Especial de Conservación “ZEC” y como Zona de Especial Protección para las Aves “ZEPA”. También está incluida dentro de la Reserva de la Biosfera de Gran Canaria. We do have three tourist attractions: the town of Agaete itself. El Puerto de las Nieves and the Agaete Valley, which is the only place in Europe where coffee is grown. Agaete has one of the best beaches and natural pools of all the island. We’re also a part of the Tamadaba Natural Park which is a protected pine forest area with breathtaking cliffs overlooking the ocean and some of the best hiking routes in the island.
Map of Agaete
Agaete location - Northwest coast of Gran Canaria

Puerto de las Nieves, a fishers village

El Puerto de las Nieves maintains all its tradition as a fishing village, all the houses are white with blue doors and windows, it is a quiet place where you can enjoy good food, sun and the sea. If you want to eat something in Puerto de las Nieves you can find restaurants where you can eat the traditional local fish and you also can relax on the beaches and natural pools.

Agaete Valley, where the coffee grows

In the Valley of Agaete there are several plantations which produce oranges and tropical fruits such as Papaya, Guayaba, Mango or Avocados and of course coffee and wine plantations which you can visit and where you can taste wines and the precious coffee they grow by themselves.

Others areas of Agaete

Within the municipality of Agaete there are other towns like El Risco where you can find some quiet beaches which are reached after a short walk,  you can also visit the popular Charco Azul, which is a small lake formed by a waterfall; visit is totally recommended. Another area to visit is the area of Barranco de Guayedra, where there is a naturist beach called Playa de Guayedra which also is reached after a short hike (3km). This beach is an alternative to the beaches of Agaete if you are looking for a little peace and relaxation. You can find other areas in the municipality of Agaete like Los Llanos, El Sao or El Hornillo. If you like hiking, in this area there are some routes with incredible views.
El Risco de Agaete
Barrio del Risco, Agaete
La Rama de Agaete
La Rama festival - 4th of August

Culture

Agaete is also very popular in summer due to the celebration of “La Rama” feast, one of the acts of the public celebrations held in honor of the Virgen de las Nieves of Agaete which has become a cultural reference in the Canary Islands.

In 1972 they were declared to be of National Tourist Interest. La Rama is a ritual in which thousands of dancers, dancing to the music of one of the bands of the town, go in search of the branch brought from Tamadaba pine forest and then they dance with these branches to the sanctuary of the Virgen de las Nieves in the harbor. The festive procession goes headed by “papagüevos” or “cabezudos” representing popular characters from Agaete.

Weather in Agaete

Agaete warm climate allows for year-round enjoyment of outdoor recreational activities. Its peculiar orientation ensures an average of 2,415 hours of sunshine per year and rain is irregular and scarce.

We are used to sunny days that we enjoy on the beach or our natural pools. We do have 90% of sunny days while in Las Palmas it is just 62%. The average temperature in Agaete is between 21 and 27 degrees all year round.

Weather in Agaete​
Las Salinas natural pools
How to get Agaete
Villa de Agaete - The village

How to get to Agaete

Directions by bus (Guagua)
From the airport, take the bus or Guagua 60 towards Las Palmas, San Telmo station (“el Hoyo”). Once there, take number 103 Guagua towards Puerto de Las Nieves.

Driving Directions
From the airport, take GC-1 (motorway) towards Las Palmas. About 30Km later, and once you’ve entered the city, without leaving the highway you’ll see the “Agaete GC-2” indicator which is locally known as the “carretera del norte (north road)”. This road will lead us straight to Agaete.

By Ferry
If you’re in Tenerife it will only takes 80 minutes to reach Agaete. There’re several ferries everyday from Santa Cruz.

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