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 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.
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.
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.
Rum was a favourite in Arucas long before sugarcane and Rum production moved from Europe to the Carabeen. The present distillery opened in 1884.
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 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.
Next to the park is the main square of Arucas
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.
Arucas also has a tourist office in the main town near Casa de la Cultura.
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
If you are in the area why not check out the nearby natural sea pools. Click here.
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