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Firgas Gran Canaria

Firgas Gran Canaria- The water town.

The north of Gran Canaria is not on most peoples radar when they visit the Island.  If you spend all your time on the southern beaches, you will miss out on seeing great towns such as Firgas Gran Canaria.

Firgas Gran Canaria like most of this part of the Island is surprisingly fertile and green.  Within Firgas Gran Canaria you will experience some spectacular flowers and vegetation. 

Firgas Gran Canaria
Firgas Gran Canaria

In 1488 Firgas Gran Canaria was founded by the Spanish.  The town always has had a relationship with agriculture. Firgas natural water company opened in 1930. 

The water of Firgas was famous long before 1930. The original settlers of Gran Canaria realised the unique taste of the water.  They claimed the water had healing powers. 

They used to dig into the rock of Barranco de Las Madres to access the water.  Barranco de Las Madres is also known as Las Mil Fuentes. In English, this means a thousand springs. 

The nearby Azuaje Ravine used to host a hotel in the 1900s.  It had a bath where the rich and famous of the time came to visit.  It was thought the natural water of Firgas cured many an ailment of the times. 

Firgas Gran Canaria
Firgas Gran Canaria

The town has become famous in recent years for other reasons.  In the main street, there are two main attractions. 

A waterfall runs down Paseo de Gran Canaria.  The display gives a clear statement of how important water is to Firgas. 

Water fountain
Water fountain
Firgas Gran Canaria

As you walk up the street, you will see a very cool display. The Canary Islands consist of seven main islands.  Most people know of the four most popular Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.  There are three other smaller less know Islands La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.

The street has a model of each Island with information.  By the time you will get to the top you will have a better understanding of the Canary Islands. 

Firgas Gran Canaria

Two things all towns in Gran Canaria have in common.  One of the first structures built is the church. It will also be in the most prominent location. 

Firgas Gran Canaria
Firgas Gran Canaria

Both the church and town hall are in the main square called Plaza San Roque. 

Firgas Gran Canaria

Firgas Gran Canaria also has two town parks.  One small park is to the left of the waterfall and, the other is at the top of the town. 

Firgas Gran Canaria


Firgas Gran Canaria

Firgas is one of those great places that have more than one main attraction.  The town and the ravine. 

Just a five-minute walk from the centre there is a viewpoint where you can see Barranco de las Madres in all its majesty.  You will see the unique flora and vegetation of this part of the Island.  On a clear day, you will see the neighbouring areas of Moya and Galdar.  You may also see Tenerife as you look towards the sea. 

Barranco de Las Madres
Barranco de Las Madres

If you are in Firgas Gran Canaria take some time to see all the town.  It is small and will not take long to see everything.  The streets away from the centre and the outskirts are worth seeing.

barranco de las madres
Firgas Gran Canaria
Firgas Gran Canaria

Firgas is also a start and finishing point for some of the best walks in Gran Canaria. 

Walking routes
Walking routes
Firgas Gran Canaria

The view from the front of Firgas Gran Canaria is also spectacular.  The Atlantic ocean is a mere 7km away. 

Firgas Gran Canaria
Firgas Gran Canaria

If you fancy something to eat or drink Firgas has bar restaurants in all parts of the town. 

Firgas Gran Canaria
Firgas Gran Canaria

A bus service goes to Firgas from the capital Las Palmas from San Telmo bus station.   It also stops at avd Mesa y Lopez on its route.  The journey takes one hour. 

For Gran Canaria bus routes and times click here.

Firgas also has a public car park. 

There are public toilets in the town centre. 

Firgas Gran Canaria
Firgas Gran Canaria

Firgas Gran Canaria is well worth a visit if you are in Gran Canaria.  I would suggest you make a day in the north and interior of Gran Canaria.  

The best time of the year to visit is from September to May when the area is at its greenest.  Check the forecast before you go as the weather here can be different at times.  Most days are sunny. 

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When you are in the area, you may want to check out the beautiful town of Moya.  Click here for more information. 

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