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Arucas Gran Canaria

Arucas Gran Canaria-Distillery town

Just a short 12km away from Las Palmas Arucas Gran Canaria stands tall in the hills overlooking the capital. Arucas is another one of the many interesting places to see in northern Gran Canaria.

Arucas Gran Canaria

Arucas Gran Canaria History

Similar to many areas of northern Gran Canaria Arucas has played its part in the Islands history. It was in Arucas the decisive battle for control of Gran Canaria was fought.

During the conquest of Gran Canaria, one of the original settler leaders put up a spirited defence of the Island. He won an engagement against the Spanish in an area that is now named after him Mount Doramas.

After these humiliations, the Spanish Captian Pedro de Vera chased Doramas to Arucas. During the battle of Arucas Doramas was killed. His severed head was taken and displayed in Las Palmas. One year later in 1483 Gran Canaria was included in the Spanish crown.

Arucas Gran Canaria

After the battle, Arucas was rebuilt in 1500. The most imposing structure in the town is the cathedral of San Juan Bautista. The construction began in 1909 and took 68 years to compleat. It was built using Arucas stone by local workers. The rear of the church is also used as a meeting point or a place to have a coffee with friends.


Arehucas Rum 

Arucas Gran Canaria


If you have spent any time in Gran Canaria and mixed with local people than you will know they love their Rum. Also, the most popular Rum sold in Gran Canaria is Arehucas Rum produced in Arucas.

Arehucas Rum

Rum was a favourite in Arucas long before sugarcane and Rum production moved from Europe to the Carabeen. The present distillery opened in 1884.

Arucas Gran Canaria

It is possible to visit the distillery where you can take a tour. The tour takes about 30 minutes. Times are midweek and before 2 pm but please check online before you visit as things can change. At the end of the tour, you can taste the various Rums distilled here.

Arucas Gran Canaria

Arucas town park

In the centre of Arucas, there is a small but well kept public park. There is a display of plants flowers and sculptures. It is also has a view of the surrounding area.

Arucas Gran Canaria
Arucas Gran Canaria
Arucas Gran Canaria
Arucas Gran Canaria

Next to the park is the main square of Arucas is Plaza
de la Constitución . If there is any festival or event happening this is where it will be.

Arucas Gran Canaria
Arucas Gran Canaria

Arucas town centre is not very large, but it has a pedestrian area and a good selection of bars and restaurants to have a drink or snack.

There are also a few places of interest worth seeing in this area too.

Casa de la Cultura is a typical Canarian house with a Dragon tree that is native to the Canary Islands. Entrance is free.

The town museum also is worth a quick look. It houses local art and sculptures.

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Arucas also has a tourist office in the main town near Casa de la Cultura.

Arucas Gran Canaria

Getting to Arucas

Arucas is 12km from Las Palmas, and it is served by a regular bus from the capital. The bus station is in the town.

For Gran Canaria routes and bus times click here

Arucas Gran Canaria

If you are in the area why not check out the nearby natural sea pools. Click here.

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