This route is an invitation to enjoy the peace and calm of Artenara town. It makes us into witness of its amazing beauty and wonderful hideouts.
The beginning of this route takes place in Cruz de Acusa; later, we will go down to Las Hoyas, where we can visit the dams. Then, we will start to ascend from the beautiful Lugarejo to return to Cruz de Acusa and we will go to Montaña Los Cofritos and Artenara town, the highest town on the island remarkable for its amazing caves.
Find out more about Artenara:
Artenara is a town of the island of Gran Canaria and has the honour of boast about being the highest town, with the smallest population and with more caves of the whole island.
The origin of the toponym of Artenara is an Amazigh voice (Berber language) that means “a hiding place between rocks”. That hiding place is located in the western summits of Gran Canaria at a height of 1,270 metres. This just makes it a perfect platform to enjoy the most beautiful landscapes in a single view: Roque Nublo, Roque Bentayga, and the entire basin of Tejeda.
In spite of its eminently inland position and mountainous territory, Artenara has a small outlet to the sea in the westside on the island, called Punta de las Arenas. That makes Artenara into one of the towns with the greatest difference in height on the island because of its territory variates from 1,773 metres that Pico de los Moriscos has until the sea level, in the westside on the island.
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