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Camel Safari with BBQ, show and transfer
Camel Safari with BBQ, show and transfer
Camel Safari with BBQ, show and transfer 4 hours
Camel Safari fun through the beautiful “Oasis of Thousand Palms” with yummy BBQ, the “Kissing Camel” show and much more. 4 hours of awesome fun with friends and family. Free transfer at selected resorts.
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Gran Canaria Vespa GPS Self-guided Tour
Gran Canaria Vespa GPS Self-guided Tour
Gran Canaria Vespa GPS Self-guided Tour 5 hours
Explore Gran Canaria on a Vespa self-guided tour with pre-programmed routes on a GPS. Half day to 3 days rental available. Super fun for couples and small groups.
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Skydiving in Gran Canaria
Skydiving in Gran Canaria
Skydiving in Gran Canaria 2 hours
Skydive in south of Gran Canaria, experience the adrenaline as you witness the dramatic Maspalomas rolling sand dunes, coastline and nearby islands.
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Travel Inspirations - San Bartolomé de Tirajana

The small town of San Bartolomé de Tirajana (meaning Saint Bartholomew of Tirajana) can be found at the heart of Gran Canaria , nestled in the middle of a volcanic crater - the Caldera de Tirajana. Located at an altitude of 850 metres above sea level, it is the capital of the largest municipality on the island which bares the same name. The locals, however, refer to this historic town as ‘Tunte’, a title it received from its aboriginal days. Not content with being the administrative centre for a region which includes Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés , it boasts heritage and natural beauty, making it an ideal destination to visit. With so much significance to the island it would be easy to assume that what awaits you is an eruption of noise and activity, yet the opposite is true. San Bartolomé de Tirajana is known for its stillness, as if yet to awake to the modern world. Only a 10 minute drive south of San Bartolomé de Tirajana is the ancient village of Fataga. The history of the settlement dates back more than 2000 years, with it being host to the climatic battles of the Spanish Invasion. Currently less than 400 people call Fataga home, but a substantial amount of tourists pass through the grounds each year to explore the narrow lanes and the Iglesia de San José. History The aboriginal name, along with the ancient roads, point towards a very humble history with the settlement acting as a stop-off point for natives travelling from north to south. The simple ways of the aboriginal Canarii can still be seen today, but it is unlikely that these ancestors could have ever envisioned San Bartolomé de Tirajana being the capital of the island’s largest municipality, much less it being a point of interest for thousands of tourists wishing to seize the essence of true Canarian life. Culture The culture is that of any traditional Canarian town. It is proud of its heritage and has managed to maintain and display it to curious tourists. What supports the economy has also become a fabric of the society with the local plantations providing the town with its unique alcohol drinks and tasty fruits. Economy Tourists visit the town to marvel at its quaintness, and whilst there they also help to keep it alive by spending money on food and souvenirs. Along with this, San Bartolomé de Tirajana is renowned for its nearby plantations of almonds, plums, peaches and cherries. The latter are used to make the town’s famous Guindilla liquor which it sells in various shops. Another beverage it likes to show off is the honey, rum and lemon concoction called Mejunje. Much of the town’s economy is still based on self-sufficiency too, with wheat and grain farmers residing close by. How to get there By Bus: The best way to visit the town is by taking the number 18 Global bus from Maspalomas . The route runs 5 times daily Monday to Saturday and 4 times daily on Sunday. The bus also passes Fataga en-route to San Bartolomé de Tirajana. It will take less than 60 minutes to arrive, with the same bus continuing on towards Tejeda if you fancy visiting two beautiful towns in one day. By Car: Once again the easiest way to visit San Bartolomé de Tirajana is from Maspalomas . A 40 minute drive north on the GC-60 road will get you to the town quickest . The small town of Fataga can also be found on the way and is a perfect place for a quick visit. Beware that driving back or forth at night can sometimes be hazardous as there is very little light on this route. If driving from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria , take the GC-1 motorway heading south before turning onto the GC-65 in Vecindario. This journey takes 6 minutes longer than the route suggested by google map but is much more direct and easy to follow. Santa Lucía de Tirajana is also connected to the neighbouring towns of Agüimes and Ingenio by the GC-550.
Sights Iglesia de San Bartolomé (church) The legacy of this small town can be found at the centre of it where a church is dedicated to its saint. Work began on constructing the place of worship in 1690, and it was only in 1922 that the church was officially consecrated. The triple-nave structure is as unassumingly beautiful as its natural surroundings, but the church proudly showcases itself once you step inside. Wooden vaults lead you towards the centrepiece, an effigy of St. Bartholomew acquired in 1783, and if you’re lucky, the sounds of the nearby Sunday market can be heard echoing through the centuries-old building. Where: Plaza Santiago, S/N or on Calle Fernando Guanarteme, 35290 San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria island. Fataga town En route from San Bartolomé de Tirajana to Fataga is a small town just 7km south of the villa de San Bartolomé de Tirajana, en route to the popular resorts within the same municipal. With much of the centre of Gran Canaria  undisturbed by tourism the churches offer an important window into life through the ages. The Iglesia de San José church built in 1880 by the villagers is the central focal of the community. Being perched on top of cliff within the ‘Valley of a Thousand Palms’, the views from Fataga are awe-inspiring. A quick visit to this tiny location will fill you with more than its fair share of memories. If you are curious about how life in this island was like prior to the Spanish conquest, head to ‘Aborigine World’ (see Museum section) and find yourself amongst one hundred life-size figures of the aborigines. Museums Despite the quality of tradition that runs through the town, there are no museums in San Bartolomé de Tirajana town itself, however if you venture about 7km south you will find Mundo Aborigen (the Aborigine World). Mundo Aborigen (Aborigine World) If you are looking to get to the roots of the culture of the Canarii (the aboriginal inhabitants of Gran Canaria  island), this excellent exhibition is the most comprehensive of its kind on the archipelago. It comprises a model of an entire pre-colonial village, including over 100 life-sized human figures, with accompanying domestic animal noises for added authenticity. You are led through various scenes of their everyday lives, such as the slaughter of a goat, primitive surgery, seed-sowing, and a prisoner execution. There is also a small archaeological museum for a more detailed explanation of their way of life, and also some mesmerising views overlooking the adjacent Barranco de Fataga – the deepest and most spectacular gorge of Gran Canaria  island. Where: Macizo de Amurga, Carretera Playa del Inglés - Fataga, KM 6, 35108 San Bartolome de Tirajana, Gran Canaria  island. Telephone: (+34) 928 172 295 Opening hours: Daily 09:00 to 18:00 Admission: Around €10 for adults and €5 for under 12 years old.
In San Bartolomé de Tirajana, you can go hiking, horse riding or discover the unique landscapes of the southern Gran Canaria on a helicopter tour. Oh, and have you heard of the latest addition activity of the island? It's the paratrike, a motorised paraglide with set of wheels for that safer and more relaxing flying experience. Hiking The beautifully preserved Caminos Reales provides you with just one of many hiking opportunities in San Bartolomé de Tirajana. With the town being situated in the centre of the Barranco de Tirajana (meaning Tirajana Ravine) there are hills all around just waiting to be explored. Caminos Reales (Royal Roads) Whilst wandering through Gran Canaria you often feel as though you are walking a well trodden path, in San Bartolomé de Tirajana however, you actually are. The location of the Tunte settlement provided aboriginals with an excellent crossroad between the north and south of the island. The Caminos Reales (meaning Royal Roads) were tracks created by Canarii people from as far back as 500BC. Due to the diverse geography these paths were the only way to get around the island, and you may retrace the natives’ ancient steps. Thanks to renovations these routes are open to all visitors, for free, to explore the sights, sounds and smells of the most authentic highway network on the island.
San Bartolomé de Tirajana could not be further away from the beach if it tried. It will take approximately a 40 minute drive south to arrive at the coast, and strangely you will still be in the San Bartolomé de Tirajana municipality. The drive is worth it as the beautiful resort towns of  Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés lie at the end of it, along with 17km of gorgeous Canarian coastline.
Festivals The two main festivals which are celebrated in San Bartolomé de Tirajana are predictably those of the town’s saints. On the 24th August ‘Tunte’, along with the rest of the island, recognise the“Dia de San Bartolomé” with a traditional fiesta. Banners are erected and fireworks are lit for a day and night full of celebrations. The fiesta de Santiago Apóstol is also celebrated within the town, with food stalls and parades taking place on the 25th July. Restaurants Following are a couple of restaurants to be found in San Bartolomé de Tirajana and Fataga areas. For a greater selection of restaurants, the coastal resort-towns of Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés are ideal. Restaurante La Hacienda del Molino This hotel and restaurant combo is situated in the very centre of the town, in front of the church. The renovated restaurant welcomes diners with its historic features such as low ceilings, stone walls and wooden beams. If the weather is warm enough (and you'd be unlucky if it wasn't) you may relax and enjoy your meal outside, however, if you prefer to eat indoors you won't be disappointed as the rustic interior creates a perfect atmosphere. If, after enjoying a traditional Canarian meal, you wish you didn't have to leave then don't! The hotel section provides 8 rooms all with telephones, TVs and individual terraces. Where: Calle Los Naranjos (one street away from the church), 35290 San Bartolomé de Tirajana, (one street away from the church), Gran Canaria island. Telephone: (+34) 928 127 344 Restaurante El Albaricoque This small, family-run, restaurant can be found in Fataga and entices customers inside with its beautiful stone-wall exterior. The menu is once again very local and some of the ingredients are likely to have been farmed by one of the 400 local residents. If you fancy unwinding with your meal then wine and other alcoholic beverages are also available. Where: Calle Nestor Álamo 4/6,35108 Fataga, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria  island. Telephone: (+34) 928 798 656 Hotel Rural Molino de Agua de Fataga Found in the middle of the Fataga forest this hotel and restaurant combines everything Fataga is about. The location means that those hungry after a long day exploring the old village can sit down and admire it from a different perspective – the dinner table. The food that the restaurant has to offer is all naturally sourced from the very land you'll have been roaming. The mill attached to the building dates back to the 18th century and is often considered as great a part of the village's heritage as anything else. Once again if you grow attached to the location then this is a great place to rest. The hotel consists of 20 rooms, an outdoor pool, and of cause, fabulous views. Where: Calle Fataga s/n. km 1 - Cercado de Fataga, 35108 Fataga, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria  island. Telephone: (+34) 928 172 089 Nightlife A few restaurants double up as bars during the night, but the quiet town of San Bartolomé de Tirajana is not usually awoken after hours. For a lively atmosphere it is best to travel to the coast. However, be aware that the roads that surround the town are difficult to drive down at night, so it is perhaps best to leave a few hours before you want your night to begin.   Shopping Small sustenance shops are dotted around the town with many of them selling locally made food and alcohol. For a true Tunte shopping experience it is a good idea to visit the Sunday market located in the centre of the town around the Iglesia de San Bartolomé. It offers unrivalled authenticity ranging from wooden crafts to Canarian almonds. The market begins at 09:00 and will be gone by 14:00 so if you find yourself in the area during this five hour window, be sure to stop by.