Agaete, Gran Canaria
Agaete is a small fisher-town on the northwest of the island
Though, Agaete itself is divided in three places, all three worth to visit. The landscape at the coast is also called Costa de Agaete.
First when we arrive we have "El Pueblo" which is the town itself. Just by going through it, we can still see the earlier construction style on the facades of the houses across the whole town.
Here we get to see the church of "La Concepción" which was built in 1875 after a fire had burned down the previous building.
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A few meters away we can find "el Huerto de las Flores" which is a large set up garden with about a 105 different species of trees, plants and flowers from across the world.
Heading towards the coast we have "Puerto de las Nieves", which is the port and the different beaches and actually the only part of the town that is by the sea.
Here we see the spectacular landscape of the "Tirma" and "Tamadaba" cliffs facing the sea.
Part of the "canarian identity" is the "Dedo de Dios" (finger of god) that can be seen, which is a cliff formation that used to look like a big hand with one finger up, before the finger fell off due to a tropical storm on november 2005. Here we can find a lot of restaurants which offer daily fresh fish on their menus.
Turning to the inside of the island we find "El valle" (the valley) which is one of the places of the island with the best ground conditions for agriculture. That is why the oranges form El Valle are the sweetest that can be reaped.
Get impressed by the magnificent Costa de Agaete.
Fiesta in Agaete
One of the most famous, if not the most famous, 'fiesta' on Gran Canaria is "La Rama", which literally means 'the branch' but is at the same time short for "La Bajada de la Rama" or 'the descent of the branch', is held every year in August 4th, which would be tomorrow.
Traditionally the celebration is about going up the valley of Agaete dancing to the sound of a marching band, getting some tree branches, previously taken from trees in the 'tamadaba forrest', and taking them down (always dancing) to the 'port of Las Nieves' (the port of Agaete) to Our Lady of Las Nieves, who reside in the port hermitage, as an offering, after hitting the ports' waters with them.