Barranco de Fataga: the Valley of a Thousand Palm Trees

Those who’ve ever visited the white villages of the province of Cadiz (such as Arcos de la Frontera, Grazalema or Setenil de las Bodegas, among others) will think that Fataga is a parallel universe to this picturesque city in Andalusia.

 

In fact, this little oasis, decorated with white houses, hides from all the noise of a main city. It’s located on the southern slopes of the island , and it could very well be a picture of the mountains of Cádiz. It’s one of the few white villages in Gran Canaria, apart from Agaete in the northwest, Tufia in the east and Mogán in the south.
 

What to see in and around the ravine of Fataga

The village and its surroundings have many attractions for visitors. We recommend the following:
 

The panoramic view from the Mirador de la Degollada de las Yeguas viewpoint

Some call this area the Grand Canyon of Gran Canaria. From the Degollada de las Yeguas viewpoint (also known as the Fataga viewpoint) you can see the coast of Maspalomas on one side and the Barranco de Fataga ravine with its famous palm groves on the other. This is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Gran Canaria.
 

Pilancones Nature Reserve

The Pilancones Nature Park is located in the southern half of Gran Canaria, practically in the centre of the island. It covers around 5,794 hectares and is located entirely within the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana.
 

Arteara Archaeological Site

Arteara is a magical village made up of a few old white houses surrounded by mountains and palm groves that boasts a unique archaeological site: the Arteara necropolis.

 

It’s the largest and most representative aboriginal cemetery in Gran Canaria with about 900 tombs. Access costs €4 and includes several walks and a visit to the interpretation centre. It’s open every day from 10:00 to 14:00.
 

Visiting El Molino de Agua

El Molino de Agua is located in Fataga. It’s a finca with an organic vegetable garden, restaurant, swimming pool, guesthouse and space for caravans. Its name comes from the fact that it’s located in the vicinity of the water mill Molino de Los Cazorla, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest.


It was built in 1880 by Sebastián Cazorla Jiménez according to the canons of traditional rural architecture of the time. Today it’s an icon of the island's cultural landscape, and is the subject of photographs and the interest of those passing along the road from the south to the centre of the island.
 

Camel riding in the Valley of a Thousand Palms

Do you want to feel like those travellers who travelled the famous Silk Road to the Orient on camel caravans? In Fataga that’s possible! You can take an exotic excursion with breathtaking views through the Valley of the Thousand Palms.
 

How to get to the Fataga ravine

To get to Fataga from the island's capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, take the GC-1 motorway southbound, take exit 45 and join the GC-60 road in Maspalomas to ascend the Fataga ravine until you reach the village. The distance of this route is about 66 km (approximately one hour).


When you arrive at this picturesque village you’ll find the green Fataga Valley, a spectacular palm tree orchard, a huge contrast to the placid and delightful corner formed by the well-preserved whitewashed houses of the village. It’s situated on the edge of small, narrow streets criss-crossed with an abundance of flowers.

Where to stay to enjoy Fataga

Choose  the best accommodation where you can stay to enjoy the Fataga ravine in all its splendour at VillaGranCanaria. Take a look at the available options we have on our website at the best prices on the market. We’re waiting for you!

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