The Secluded West


The western portion of the Island consisting of Artenara and La Aldea have been most protected and isolated from the outside world.  Even now the people in the area live and work in the traditional way. Farming and fishing are the main occupation of the people in the community.

La Aldea & Artenara are amongst the most remote parts of the island. The national highways do not pass through them even though there is a good road access throughout the island. From Mogan you can take the GC-200 to reach this area. This area is vast and is the heart of the farmland of the island. Major producer of agricultural products is from this area.  The area also boasts of a big and beautiful Natural Park of Tamadaba.  In fact the GC 200 ends at Agaete the northern tip of Gran Canarias.



The area has many untouched beaches which are far from the hustle bustle of people. Guigui beach is a heaven of tranquility.  It is great for surfing too. Sh….. Do not let anybody know about our secret.

Artenara is best known for its lovely artifacts and handicrafts. It is amongst the municipalities with the highest altitude of the island and the lowest population. Artenara has preserved well some of the cave houses from the time of the aborigines.

It is situated at a height of 1270 meters (3810 ft) in the region and surrounded by mountains and valleys on all sides. The area is cool even in the summers. From Mogan you can take the GC-500 to reach directly to Artenara. From Las Palmas you can take the route via Teror and Valleseco.  UNICEF has declared large parts of the municipality a Natural Biosphere reserve. This protected area includes the natural parks of Las Cumbres, Parque Rural del Nublo and Natural Park of Tamadaba.




The western area of Gran Canarias is on most and large parts untouched by modernization. It may be worthwhile to spend some time in one of the Rural Hotels in the area if you wish to refresh your mind and soul in a serene and quiet region.


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