Puerto de las Nieves and the adjacent town of Agaete are hidden gems in Gran Canaria. They are located in the northeast of Gran Canaria and you will not see hordes of tourists here. What you will see are locals. The Canarions love Puerto de las Nieves and Agaete. Maybe they want to keep this area of Gran Canaria to themselves?
Puerto de las Nieves and the small town of Agaete are really two parts of the same place. Puerto de las Nieves is just a short 10 minute walk downhill from Agaete.
Puerto de las Nieves has a fast ferry connection to Santa Cruz the capital of Tenerife. The ferry takes only 90 minutes to cross the sea to the neighbouring Canary Island. On most days you can see Tenerife and Mount Teide from Agaete.
Puerto de las Nieves is a lot more than a ferry port. You will find some of the best fish restaurants in Gran Canaria here. The many beachfront restaurants are usually packed with locals during weekends. A personal tip should you eat here. Take a look at the menus and specials on offer. You may find better value at some restaurants than others for the same quality. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from.
If you fancy a swim the water here is more alive than the beaches of Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas. There is an electric feeling to the water. There are two stoney beaches separated by a pier. You may just want to dive off the pier as most kids do.
Another swimming option is just around the corner. Las Salinas de Agaete. These 3 natural pools have different depths. Younger children can bath in a shallow pool while the more adventurous can drive in from the rocks.
Puerto de Las Nieves was an important port for ships travelling from Northern Europe. El Dido de Dios or Gods finger was a natural monument in the sea off the coast of Puerto de Las Nieves. it was damaged by a storm in 2005.
The bus from Las Palmas via Galdar stops in both Puerto de Las Nieves and Agaete. There is also parking near the port. The port has some shops if you want to snack as you go.
If walking is your thing there are some great walking routes that start and end in Agaete.
Agaete is such a pretty little town that is worth a visit just to see on its own. We are lucky that the town is just a 10-minute walk from Puerto de Las Nieves. Agaete also is an important area historically in Gran Canaria. El Maipes Necropolis is an ancient burial site just a short walk from the town centre.
Soon after the Spanish conquest of Gran Canaria, a fort was built in Agaete to keep the aboriginal people in check. Agaete went through times of prosperity with the sugar trade. Agriculture and fishing. Today tourism is the main industry here.
One of the first things that you will notice in Agaete is the wide range of flowers and plants in the town. One place well worth a visit when you are in Agaete is Huerto de las Flores a small botanical garden. Here you will find an explosion of colour. Maybe best seen in early spring.
Valle de Agaete just on the edge of town is another amazing experience wandering in nature.
If you going to visit Agaete give yourself time to stroll around the narrow streets of this charming town. The town is small but has so much to see.
Now look at the below narrow streets and picture them full of people dancing. Sala bands and a parade. If you can do this maybe you will know 1% of Fiesta de La Rama. This very unique festival happens on the 04th of August each year. The streets are packed as people dance behind a band and wave branches of palm trees. They arrive at the shrine of the virgin. The virgin is taken from the shrine and taken to the parish church where she will stay for two weeks. The band and party continue and the parade ends up in the port. Here people beat the branches at the sea. This is a tradition from the aboriginals who did this as they prayed to their Gods for rain.
La Rama is a bit tradition. A bit religious. A lot of rum and a lot of fun.
When you finish your walk around the town of Agaete there are a few small bars and cafes near the square where you can end a perfect day with a refreshment.
If you are catching the bus back to Las Palmas there is a bus stop opposite the church in the square.
How to get there
A regular bus goes to Agaete and the port from Las Palmas. Las Palmas is just 20km away. Puerto de Las Nieves is on the northeast coast of Gran Canaria.
For bus routes and times in Gran Canaria click here.
If you are coming from the south you can take the motorway to Las Palmas and from there to Puerto de Las Nieves. A more interesting drive would be via the interior of Gran Canaria and on to Puerto de Las Nieves. The road is more challenging this way.
When you are in the area why not check out the town of Moya.
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