Agaete, The Gateway to Gran Canaria

Agaete is truly a gateway to Gran Canaria with its port harbor Las Nieves connecting Gran Canaria to its neighboring islands as also to the outside world.

Agaete is a picturesque village nestled in the North most part of the Island of Gran Canaria. It is the point which is closest to the neighboring island of Tenerife. Fred Olsen shipping line plies their ships to transport passengers and merchandise from this port.

The harbor is famous for its crystal clear water, small pebble beach. The Poets´ Avenue is famous for its fresh fish and sea food restaurants. A number of restaurants have terraces looking to the Atlantic Ocean and in the far side you can see the sister Island of Tenerife and the Teide mountain peak. There are a number of shops selling souvenir, local art and craft products.

The most famous spot at Agaete is the “Dedo de Dios” (Finger of God) a natural rock formation. This was damaged a few years back but has since been partially repaired.


Dedo De Dios


Agaete has a long history and was founded in the 15th century by Alonso Fernandez de Lugo, the ruler of Galicia. The church of Our Lady of Las Nieves has the most valuable jewel artwork in the island.  The church also has a fantastic central panel painting by the Flemish painter Joos Van Clever during the period 1518- 20 commissioned by the rich owner of a sugar mill from Agaete. The family of Anton Cerezo Genoves was among the first families who settled in Agaete followed by the Armas, who were descendants of the Native king Juan Negrin, the king of Arms.  This central panel has been restored a few years back in the new bigger church in built in 1874.

Agaete has a small population of slightly over 5,700 people, in an area of about 45,5 sq kms. In August each year the Church celebrates the festival of Rama which is homage to the Virgin Mary.



Agaete Beach front

Visiting Agaete to sum up should be due to the “Dedo de dios” (Finger of god), to see the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the lovely sea food restaurants and the typical Canary Island style handicraft sold in the shops in the vicinity.

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