Tejeda in the centre of Gran Canaria is nothing like the places most visitors see on the Island. If you are laying on Maspalomas beach or having a beer in Playa del Ingles in the south of Gran Canaria, you may be unaware of the beauty that is just a short journey away.
The interior and Tejeda in the centre of Gran Canaria have some of the most dramatic scenery you may ever see. You can understand why some movies were filmed here.
The classic spaghetti western A Fist full of Dollars was made in Gran Canaria in 1967 starting Clint Eastwood.
The small town of Tejeda is justifiably described as the capital of the centre of Gran Canaria. 5km to the north is Cruz de Tejeda with its roads leading to the north, east, south and west of the island.
Also, the capital of Gran Canaria in the North Las Palmas is accessible from here.
Going south are located the famous beaches of Maspalomas. Playa del Ingles and Puerto Rico.
The Tejeda area is a paradise for walkers. Some of the best walks in Gran Canaria begin and finish here. There is an accommodating tourist office in Cruz de Tejeda that are keen to advise of the many walking routes.
The centre of the island can at times be the border for Gran Canaria’s unique microclimate.
There are days when from Cruz de Tejeda to the north the weather can be wet, and cold and at the same time, it can be sunny skies from Tejeda town to the south.
If you want to understand Gran Canaria you need to know its history before the Spanish conquest.
The more visited Roque Nublo is a short drive from Tejeda, but the sacred Roque Benayaga stands tall overlooking the town.
Roque Bentayga was a sacred place for the original settlers of Gran Canaria. It was a central area for worship and burials.
Almogarén del Bentayga on the eastern side of the rock was the main part of Roque Bentayga for worship.
Today Roque Bentayga is also home to a visitor centre. Here you will get a better understanding of life before the Spanish conquest.
Not long after the conquest of Gran Canaria the original settlers were moved from the Island or integrated with the new rulers of Gran Canaria.
Tejeda Gran Canaria
The town of Tejeda Gran Canaria is a popular town to visit with people who don’t want to spend all their holiday on the beaches.
Autumn, winter and spring are the busiest times to visit the town. Tourists start visiting Tejeda from early in the morning to late afternoon.
In the evening Tejeda resumes its quiet majesty as the sun disappears over Roque Bentayga.
From May to September the weather can get quite hot in the interior. Visitors are scarce, and on hot summer days during school holidays locals cool off in Tejeda’s outdoor swimming pool.
As befits it’s setting Tejeda attracts many people who love the arts.
Some will have come to Tejeda to see the Abraham Cárdenes Sculpture Museum. This famous sculptor came from the town.
The town has some great examples of typical Spanish balconies architecture.
The church of Tejeda is similar to all churches in all towns in Gran Canaria. So it is in the most prominent area overlooking the valley.
The church shares a pretty square with other busineses.
Eat and drink in Tejeda
Tejeda in Gran Canaria is a delightful place to have something to eat and drink.
The town has a few bars and restaurants offering local Canarian dishes.
You can enjoy local cheese and beer relaxing overlooking the valley.
Most of the bars and restaurants in Tejeda open at times to suit visitors. So if you arrive late in the evening, you may find your choices limited.
But you can always bring your snacks and enjoy sitting out in the main viewing square.
Getting to Tejeda Gran Canaria
By bus from Las Palmas, you need to go to San Mateo. Then transfer to a bus to Tejeda.
There is also a limited service bus from Maspalomas in the south.
A tip if you are getting the bus from San Mateo to Tejeda. You may like to get off at Cruz de Tejeda and walk to Tejeda.
There are two walks. One goes around the rim of the mountain and then downwards. The other is one of the easier walks and goes a more direct route and should take less than two hours.
If you want to see more then just Tejeda in the interior, it is best to rent a car and make a day of it. You won’t be disappointed.
Places of interest near Tejeda Gran Canaria.
If you do decide to hire a car, these are just some suggestions as you make your way to Tejeda.
From the south.
Fataga is on the list of places to see for people venturing into the interior from the south. It is a charming town that dates back more than 2,000 years.
Pico de las Nieves is the highest peak in Gran Canaria. It means the peak of snow in English.
Northwest of Tejeda.
Artenara is the highest town in Gran Canaria. It has some stunning views of the surrounding area.
To the North
Teror is the religious centre of Gran Canaria and a tourist favourite.
To the Northeast.
If you are driving towards the capital of Las Palmas, there are two towns worth seeing. San Mateo and Santa Brigida.
Both are market towns are the scenery is surprisingly green. San Mateo is also famous for its cheese.
To see a short video of Tejeda click here.
For bus times and routes in Gran Canaria click here.
If you want to know more about the history of the original settlers in Gran Canaria check out my blog about Galdar.
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