Perched high on the slopes of an extinct volcano, Tejeda is a dazzling destination in the heart of Gran Canaria. Its ancient town, surrounded by terraced cornfields, orchards, and vegetable cultivations, is nestled at an altitude of 1000 m (3281 ft), offering vistas of picturesque mountain landscapes. The municipality also shares a glimpse into the island’s rich architectural and cultural heritage, as well as showcases its charming traditional architecture. Tejeda is truly a must-visit for any traveler looking to experience the true essence of the Canary Islands.

History and Background of Tejeda

Tejeda’s rich history dates back to the Guanche people. Pre-Spanish caves, rock paintings, place of worship, and burial sites dot its landscape. Caminos Reales, the ancient paths used by the island’s original inhabitants, also run along its terrains.

Villages were eventually established in the area, and, despite the changing times, the people’s livelihoods were firmly planted in the land. However, as the population grew, they knew they needed to explore new opportunities to ensure their future. Enter tourism, the knight in shining armor that saved the day. But instead of abandoning their roots, the villagers made a conscious effort to keep their heritage alive by preserving their traditions and customs, including passing down time-honored skills such as lace-making and weaving to the next generation. Thanks to their hard work, these crafts continue to thrive today, serving as a tangible connection to Tejeda’s rich past.

Recognized as the “Rural Wonder of Spain” and “The most beautiful town of Spain” in 2016, Tejeda is a destination that truly has it all: natural beauty, cultural heritage, and a thriving community that welcomes visitors with open arms. Whether you’re looking to hike and explore the great outdoors, learn about the island’s rich history and culture, or simply relax and soak in the serene atmosphere, Tejeda is the perfect place to do it all.

Natural Attractions in Tejeda

Tejeda is a natural wonderland that offers visitors a chance to reconnect with the beauty of the great outdoors. It is a haven for nature enthusiasts, hikers, and outdoor lovers. From the picturesque mountain passes to the cascading waterfalls, there are endless opportunities to explore and discover this side of the island’s natural beauty. Whether you’re a seasoned outdoorsman or simply looking for a leisurely stroll, the natural attractions of Tejeda offer something for everyone to enjoy.

Roque Nublo and the Nublo Rural Park

Rising majestically from the verdant landscape of the Tejeda municipality, the Roque Nublo is a true natural wonder, one of the most iconic symbols of the Canary Islands and the island of Gran Canaria. This ancient place of worship for the indigenous Guanche people now sits within the Nublo Rural Park and is a protected natural space, declared as such in 1987 and as a Rural Park 7 years after.

Rock Cloud with Teide Volcano on the Horizon
Rock Cloud with Teide Volcano on the Horizon – © marcosriverofoto

A visit to the Roque Nublo is nothing short of a pilgrimage, a must-do experience for any traveler visiting Gran Canaria. Soaring 1,813 meters above sea level, a vantage point that allows you to take in the island’s diverse landscapes and microclimates, as well as an awe-inspiring view of Tenerife, a true feast for the senses. As the sun sets over the Roque Nublo, the sky is painted in an array of colors, a picture-perfect moment for any Instagram lover. This natural wonder offers not only breathtaking views but also one of the most mesmerizing sunsets on the island.

Reaching the Roque Nublo Natural Monument is easy, with several hiking trails available for visitors to choose from. The hike is about 1.5 km out and 1.5 km back. On average, the hike takes about an hour, with a little extra time added for photo-ops and taking in the breathtaking views from the summit. Keep an eye out for the Roque del Fraile (Friar), a rock formation resembling a friar’s silhouette, along the way.

Getting to the Roque Nublo from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria takes about an hour by car, and from Maspalomas is about the same. To get to the parking area for the hike, simply enter “Roque Nublo” or “Degollada de La Goleta Parking” into your navigation app, and you’ll be on your way to this natural wonder.

Maspalomas Lighthouse During Sunset
Maspalomas Lighthouse During Sunset – © albertoloyo

For those planning to conquer the Roque Nublo, here are some tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey:

  • Rise and shine! To beat the crowds and ensure a parking spot, try to arrive early, before 11:00 am, especially on weekends and bank holidays.
  • No need to pack a picnic! Right before the trail begins, you’ll find a stall where you can grab a refreshing drink or a snack before your hike.
  • Proper clothing and footwear are key! Remember that it can be chilly even on sunny days, so pack a jacket or light sweater, and as you aretaking onan exposed path, make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Trainers or hiking boots would be a great choice.
  • The whole family can join in on the fun! The trail is suitable for children and is one of the recommended routes to go with kids.
  • Take it easy on the curves. To avoid getting dizzy on winding roads, try driving at a slower speed, keep your eyes focused on the road while enjoying the scenic views, and avoid distractions like phones or tablets.
  • Leave no trace. As you explore Nublo Rural Park, remember to respect nature and leave no trace behind. Pack out what you pack in and help preserve the park’s beauty for future generations to enjoy.

Roque Bentayga and the Bentayga Archaeological Park

Rising from the heart of the erosive crater of Tejeda, the Roque Bentayga stands tall, a beacon of natural wonder and cultural significance. This striking peak, standing at 1,414 meters above sea level, is one of the island’s most iconic landmarks and a sacred place for the original inhabitants of Gran Canaria. The Roque Bentayga, along with its surroundings, the Bentayga Archaeological Park, offers a glimpse into the rich history of the island and the unique geological formations that shape it.

The Bentayga Archaeological Park is a treasure trove of ancient caves, walls, inscriptions, and cave paintings, that testify to the deep cultural heritage of the island. The park is also home to the almogarén of Bentayga, a sacred land of worship for the ancient Canarian people. Visitors can explore the park by taking one of the several hiking routes that lead to the Roque Bentayga. The shortest, which starts at the interpretation center and takes less than an hour, is accessible for children.

The Roque Bentayga offers a unique spectacle from a scenic point of view, with the Tejeda Ravine and the Cuevasdel Rey(the King’s Caves) and Roque Camello being the highlights. At the base of the Roque Bentayga, you’ll find the Interpretation Center, where you can learn more about the archaeological complex of the Sierra de Bentayga and its significance. The center is open free of charge every day of the year and offers interactive exhibits, videos, and reproductions of archaeological remains.

The Roque Bentayga and Bentayga Archaeological Park is only a short 10-minute drive from the charming town of Tejeda and easily accessible from any point on the island in just over an hour. Don’t let the lack of direct public transport deter you, as buses can drop you off at nearby points from which you can embark on a scenic 20-minute walk to the park.

Cuevas del Rey

Cuevas del Rey beckon explorers to discover their hidden secrets. These ancient caves, carved into the red-hued volcanic tuff, offer a glimpse into the lives of the island’s original inhabitants.

Step inside the Cueva del Guayre, an elaborately crafted square-shaped cavity, and be transported back in time. The intricate interior decoration, painted in white, black, and red, is a sight to behold. Believed to have been the residence of the Guayre, or Lord, of the area,there is a complex network of bowls and channels on the floor as well.

Climb the stairs to the granary, a labyrinth of silos, where the remains of a white paste used to waterproof the storage spaces still linger. The granary is a testament to the ingenuity of the ancient inhabitants, who carved out a means of survival in the harsh volcanic landscape.

But the Cuevas del Rey is not just about dwelling and survival; they also reveal the spiritual lives of the ancient inhabitants. The Almogaren, a sacred site, is a testament to their religious beliefs and practices.

You can park your car in the village and hike up the cliff to discover the caves. Once you reach the top, the views of the village and the opposite rock will be breathtaking. As you explore the caves, you’ll be able to see the remains of the white paste used to waterproof the storage spaces. These ancient caves are a definite must-see for anyone visiting Gran Canaria and a testament to the enduring legacy of the island’s original inhabitants.

Pico de las Nieves

Rising majestically above the island of Gran Canaria, Pico de las Nieves beckons adventurers with its snow-capped peak and unparalleled views. It’s the second-highest summit on the island at 1949 meters. From its summit, you’ll be treated to breathtaking panoramic vistas of the imposing Morro de la Agujereada, the highest peak on the island, as well as other notable landmarks such as Roque Nublo, Roque Bentayga, El Fraile, La Caldera de Tejeda, and the Tirajana crater. There’s also a possibility of seeing as far as Tenerife’s Pico del Teide on clear days.

Although the summit is fenced off due to it being a military base, a trail leads to the south face of the mountain, offering a thrilling knife-edge ridge with spectacular views of the Caldera de Tirajana. This can be accessed by car, hiking, or biking, though the road is narrow and dangerous, so it’s recommended for experienced drivers only. The journey, by whatever means, is well worth it for the unparalleled beauty and natural splendor of the panoramas from the crest.

A year-round destination, Pico de las Nieves is a must-see for nature enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike, as part of the World Reserve of the Gran Canaria Biosphere. Just be sure to pack snacks and drinks, as there are no restaurants or cafes around. A trailer shop selling snacks and drinks is often present, but we can’t guarantee it’s always there. Also be warned, the summit is often shrouded in trade wind clouds, so be sure to pack warm clothing and be prepared for any weather.

Reserva Natural Integral de Inagua (Inagua Natural Reserve)

The Reserva Natural Integral de Inagua is a true treasure trove of natural beauty and biodiversity. Nestled in the heart of the Nublo Rural Park, this protected area, formally known as the Ojeda, Inagua, and Pajonales Natural Park, is home to some of the most stunning landscapes on the island of Gran Canaria, including towering peaks, lush pine forests, and sparkling sources of freshwater.

With an average altitude of 1,000 meters, the Reserve is a hiker’s paradise, offering challenging trails that lead to breathtaking vistas. The Inagua Mountain, the highest point in the Reserve, stands at an impressive 1,426 meters and offers panoramic views of the island and the surrounding ocean.

This area is also home to a wide variety of endemic flora and fauna, including the creosote bush, the sunrose, and several species of birds, such as the blue chaffinch, woodpecker, and bluetit. The Canary Island pine is the most abundant tree species, and the forest is also interspersed with species such as spurges, rockroses, and broom bushes.

Reaching the Reserva Natural Integral de Inagua is an adventure in itself, with a variety of ways to explore this stunning protected area. Take the winding roads by car, following the main access road to Roque Nublo along the GC-60, passing through the charming village of Tejeda en route to other picturesque towns such as San Bartolomé de Tirajana or Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Or, for a more laid-back journey, hop on a bus and let line 303 take you to La Vega de San Mateo, or line 38 or 18 for a scenic ride from Maspalomas to Ayacata. And once you arrive, let the trails of the Reserve be your guide as you trek through the lush pine forests, taking in the breathtaking views of the Inagua Mountain and the diverse flora and fauna that call this area home.

Presa de Las Ninas (Las Niñas Dam)

Surrounded by towering Canarian pines, the Las Niñas Dam is an idyllic spot that offers the perfect opportunity to escape the bustle of major coastal towns and reconnect with nature. Whether you’re looking to hike, kayak, or simply relax and soak in the stunning views, this place has something for everyone.

With its well-maintained picnic areas, barbecue spaces, and even a designated camping zone, as well as drinking water, toilets, and surveillance, the Las Niñas Dam is the ultimate destination for families and friends looking to spend a day in the great outdoors. And if you’re lucky enough to visit when the dam is full, the experience is truly breathtaking. We recommend exploring the area to discover hidden waterfalls and breathtaking vistas that are sure to leave a lasting impression.

For adventure seekers, the Las Niñas Dam offers a wide range of activities to choose from. You can trek, kayak, paddle-board, or simply lounge by the water. With a capacity for 28 caravans and 432 people, camping is also permitted for those looking to spend the night. Just be sure to request permission from the council of Gran Canaria at least 3 days in advance, and be prepared for the possibility of crowded parking on weekends.

The best time to visit the Las Niñas Dam is after days of rain when the surrounding landscape is lush and green and the dam is full. During the hot summer months, the dam will be dry and the environment less spectacular, but still a must-visit.

Reaching the Presa de Las Ninas is a breeze by car. Simply take the GC-15 towards Santa Brígida from Las Palmas, and upon reaching San Mateo, take the GC-600 towards Roque Nublo. Then, take the GC-605 turn off to finally arrive at the Presa de Las Ninas. For those looking for a more scenic route, hop on the rural bus service (guagua) and take the number 26 from Las Palmas to Biblioteca Universitaria, followed by the number 323 to San Mateo, and finally, the number 305 to Tejeda.

Llanos De La Pez

Llanos De La Pez is nestled among the lush pine forests of Gran Canaria. With a capacity for 1,150 people, this recreational area offers a peaceful escape for both locals and vacationers. It is surrounded by the island’s beautiful scenery and equipped with all the necessary amenities, such as toilets, a barbecue area, and camping and picnicking spots, making it perfect for a day trip or an overnight stay.

This peaceful spot is a world away from the tourist areas of the coast and is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature. The pine forest provides a welcome contrast to the arid gorges of central Gran Canaria, and the silence among the trees is truly refreshing. The area is home to a variety of high mountain vegetation, including Canarian pine, halepensis and pinaster pines, which thrive in the submontane climate conditions.

For those looking to explore, the Llanos de la Pez S51 circular path is a great option, offering breathtaking views of La Gañifa, also known as El Nublo Window, Morro de la Agujerada, and Roque Nublo along the way. The trail is well-marked and offers a good workout, but visitors should be prepared for cold and wet weather.

The nearest bus stops to Llanos De La Pez are in Cueva Grande urban center, Cruz de Tejeda, and Ayacata, but they require walking for around an hour to reach the site. If you’re not up for a keep-fit session, we recommend having your own transportation to make the most of your visit.

Remember to request permission to camp and be mindful of heat waves and fire danger, always respect the environment and leave it clean for others to enjoy.

Presa del Parralillo

The Presa del Parralillo, a tranquil oasis tucked away in the rugged mountains of Tejeda, is an artificial lake created in 1960 by damming the Barranco de Tejeda. Not only does it provide the community with a reliable source of drinking water, but it’s also a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The lake is teeming with fish like brown trout, rainbow trout, and carp, making it a popular spot for fishing. With a permit from the municipality, you can cast your line and enjoy the tranquility of the lake while waiting for a bite. But it’s not just the fishing that draws visitors; it’s also a perfect spot for swimming, hiking, and bird watching.

As you explore the area, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking scenery and natural beauty, making it a photographer’s dream. The best time to visit is during the spring or autumn when the weather is mild, but the lake is also a great place to cool off during a hot summer day.

The lake is only accessible by car via the winding GC-210 or GC-60 then GC-606 roads, and the drive to the lake is an adventure in itself, but be aware that the road is only one car wide in some places and has no crash barriers or the like in many places. It’s a thrilling journey that takes you through dramatic landscapes and offers breathtaking views of the reservoir and surrounding mountains.

Cultural Attractions in Tejeda

Tejeda is a cultural treasure trove waiting to be explored. From the exhibitions showcasing the traditional trades and way of life of the village to the museum dedicated to the works of a renowned sculptor from the area, there’s something for everyone to discover and appreciate here.

Plaza Mirador del Ayuntamiento

View the magnificent Caldera de Tejeda, dominated by the two massive basalt cliffs known as Roque Nublo (a Natural Monument) and Roque Bentayga (to the right) from this stunning panoramic terrace. A sculpture by Abraham Cárdenes, a Tejeda-born sculptor whose work is featured in a museum inside the town hall, may be seen on the terrace. The area is furnished with cozy benches, making it a great spot to relax and take in the scenery while possibly snacking on some of the region’s sweet delicacies.

Museo de esculturas Abraham Cárdenes (Abraham Cárdenes Sculpture Museum)

The Abraham Cárdenes Museum is a hidden gem nestled in the charming town of Tejeda. It is a celebration of the strong connection between the people of Tejeda and their natural surroundings, which has inspired countless artists throughout the years. The museum is dedicated to the renowned sculptor Abraham Cárdenes, who hails from Tejeda and whose works have gained recognition well beyond the island’s borders.

Stepping into the museum, visitors are immediately struck by the raw power and emotion conveyed in Cárdenes’ sculptures. Each piece tells a story and transports visitors to a different time and place, evoking a deep sense of connection to the artist’s Canary and Tejedense roots.

Beyond the creations of Cárdenes, the museum also boasts a traveling exhibition room, showcasing the works of other artists from the plastic arts circuit of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria. In addition, the museum serves as a Tourist Information Point, providing all the necessary information for exploring the municipality of Tejeda and the rest of the island.

Museo de la Historia y Tradiciones de Tejeda (Tejeda – Centro histórico)

The Museo de la Historia y Tradiciones de Tejeda is a treasure trove of the town’s rich history and cultural heritage. Housed in a beautifully restored traditional Canary House, the museum offers a glimpse into the past and a chance to discover the unique way of life of the people of Tejeda. From the area’s prehistory to the Spanish conquest, and the traditional rural trades of the inhabitants, the museum is a fascinating journey through time.

Visitors can marvel at the intricate craftsmanship of the bedroom ceiling made of Tilla de Pino de Tea and the restoration of an ancient Oil and Vinegar store. The museum also features an audiovisual room where visitors can sit back and learn more about the history of Tejeda through a documentary film.

Centro de Plantas Medicinales de Tejeda (Medicinal Plants Center)

The Medicinal Plants Center in Tejeda is a peaceful oasis nestled among the lush greenery of the town. Spanning 5,000 square meters, the center is dedicated to showcasing the diverse uses of local herbs and plants, from medicinal to culinary and everything in between. Visitors can explore the Exhibition Hall, where they will discover the various natural remedies found in the area, complete with explanations of their functions and recipes. The center also pays homage to the traditional role of women in herbal medicine and showcases old pharmacy furniture from Arucas.

The Multipurpose Room offers a space to relax, browse the specialized library, attend conferences and workshops, and even sample some delicious herbal teas. In addition, there is also a small shop where you can purchase some local products, such as bitter almond oil or La Cumbre honey.

The Interpretive Garden, with its tables and benches, is the perfect place to rest, stroll and connect with nature by sight, touch, and smell. It is a wonderful way to learn about the healing properties of plants and herbs. The Medicinal Plant Center is a unique and peaceful destination that offers visitors the chance to reconnect with nature and discover the traditional healing practices of the region.

Museo Típico Canario Tres Cruces

The Tres Cruces Museum is a window into the past, showcasing the tools and practices that defined the lives of the people who lived here.

As you step inside, you’ll find yourself transported back in time, surrounded by vintage artifacts and relics of a bygone era. From livestock and agriculture to carpentry and shoemaking, the museum showcases the diverse trades that once thrived in this picturesque municipality.

With over 6,000 pieces on display, the museum is a testament to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the people of Tejeda. From threshing equipment and farm tools to vintage radios and telephones, each object tells a story of the lives and livelihoods of the people who once used them.

Whether you’re a history buff or simply looking for a glimpse into the past, the Tres Cruces Museum is a must-see destination in Tejeda. Its unique collection of artifacts and hands-on exhibits offers a fascinating look at the traditions and culture of this charming town.

Centro de Interpretación Degollada de Becerra

The Degollada de Becerra Interpretation Center serves as a portal to the past, offering visitors a glimpse into the area’s rich cultural heritage. As you make your way up the winding road, the center stands as a beacon of knowledge, waiting to be discovered. Inside, an exhibition of natural and cultural features awaits, showcasing the unique characteristics of the central-western region of Gran Canaria. With informative guides and a wealth of documentary material on hand, you’ll leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the area’s ethnography. But the true beauty of this center lies in its location, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding rural landscape, making it the perfect stop for any nature lover or history buff.

Religious Attractions in Tejeda

Tejeda’s religious attractions offer a glimpse into the island’s rich spiritual history and cultural heritage. From the ancient church founded in 1648 to the Cristo de la Sangre, an 18th-century wooden carving, these religious sites are a visual treat and an experience that delves into the island’s spiritual past.

Parochial Church of Nuestra Señora de Socorro

The Parochial Church of Nuestra Señora de Socorro stands tall in the heart of Tejeda, a testament to the resilience and devotion of the town’s inhabitants. Founded in 1648, the church has stood the test of time, surviving even a devastating fire in 1920.

As you approach the church, you’ll be struck by its distinct architectural style, characterized by the use of carved quarry stone and white mortars. The façade and large wooden door are particularly striking, inviting you to step inside and discover the church’s hidden treasures.

Once inside, you’ll find the Cristo de la Sangre, a beautiful wooden carving that dates back to the mid-17th century. It’s said that this piece of art was brought to Tejeda to preside over the Congregation of the Blood, and it’s considered the oldest piece of its heritage.

The Church is open to the public, and admission is free. It’s definitely worth taking a moment to step inside and appreciate the beauty and history of this special place.

The annual patronal feast dedicated to the Virgin is a deeply felt tradition in Tejeda, lasting for about 3 weeks from the end of August to the beginning of September. The locals participate in the events with lots of enthusiasm and devotion. The highlight is the traditional “offer,” where the different municipality districts pass in front of the image offering products for the most needy.

Cruz de Tejeda

Nestled high in the mountains of Gran Canaria lies the Cruz de Tejeda, a solemn stone cross that stands as a testament to the island’s rich history and natural beauty. Marking the geographical center of Gran Canaria, the cross serves as a gateway to the island’s historic caminos reales, or “king’s highways,” which offer breathtaking views of the island’s greatest wonders.

As you gaze out from the lookout, you’ll be greeted with a panoramic view of the sacred mountain Roque Bentayga, the towering volcanic pyramid of Teide on neighboring Tenerife, and the island’s highest peak, Pozo de las Nieves. And if the weather is clear, you may even catch a glimpse of the island’s most iconic landmark, the majestic Roque Nublo.

For the adventurous, the Cruz de Tejeda serves as the starting point for various walks and hikes, from leisurely strolls on paved paths to challenging five-hour treks through the mountains. The 12.5km circular route from Cruz de Tejeda to Roque Nublo is particularly recommended, but be sure to bring warm clothing, as the mountain’s weather can be unpredictable.

Whether you’re a nature lover, a history buff, or just looking for a peaceful escape, the Cruz de Tejeda is a must-see destination. With plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars to explore, as well as the opportunity to take a donkey ride or sample some of the island’s famous honey, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Just be sure to plan your visit accordingly, as the area can get quite crowded with locals and tourists alike on weekends.

Immersive Experiences in Tejeda

The village and the annual Almond Blossom Festival boast a rich cultural heritage, while Bodegas Bentayga offers a taste of some of the island’s finest wines. Come immerse yourself in these truly Tejeda experiences, and leave with memories that will last a lifetime.

Wander in the Town

Tejeda is more than just a pretty village. Despite its small size, Tejeda has managed to survive and thrive, thanks in part to the influx of tourists who come to sample the local delicacies such as Bienmesabe and marzipan made from the sweet, local almonds.

Take a stroll through the picturesque streets and soak in the charming atmosphere of this village, where time seems to have stood still. A visit to Tejeda is a journey back in time, where you can experience the island’s traditional way of life and culture. Allow at least an hour to immerse yourself in the village’s history and beauty fully.

Bodegas Bentayga

A visit to theBodegas Bentayga is an immersive experience for wine enthusiasts. Nestled among the picturesque surroundings of Gran Canaria, this modern winery boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including an aging room located in a natural stone cave with optimal temperature and humidity conditions for their red wines. The winery also uses a variety of oak barrels from American, Hungarian, and French forests, carefully selected by their oenologist to enhance the unique characteristics of each grape variety. With a production capacity of 55,000 liters and a small on-site laboratory for quality control, the Bentayga Winery is a must-see for anyone interested in wine and the winemaking process. The knowledgeable staff and owner, Sandra Armas, will provide an educational and enjoyable tour, and the wines are excellent. Some have even received prizes and distinctions.

Almond Blossom Festival

The Almond Blossom Festival in Gran Canaria is an unforgettable celebration that brings together thousands of visitors and locals to witness the natural beauty of the white blossoms filling the landscapes. The festival combines local folkloric traditions, artisans selling their crafts, and delicious local gastronomy.

It’s a celebration that brings together the best of the island, with visitors able to explore the municipality, shop for local arts and crafts, and marvel at the beauty of the almond blossoms. The streets come alive with traditional Canary island music and performances as tourists indulge in delicious local specialties like papas arrugadas, fried sardines, and frangollo, truly immersing them in the island’s culture and traditions.

Where to Eat

Tejeda offers a wide variety of dining options that will satisfy all palates. From authentic local cuisine at La Dorotea to sweet and savory treats at Dulceria Nublo, and a unique blend of Mediterranean and European flavors at Casa del Caminero, the dining scene is sure to delight. With an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients in a mix of traditional and contemporary dishes, the culinary options in this town are a must-try for any food enthusiast.

Casa del Caminero

The menu is small but interesting and reasonably priced, featuring hearty dishes like goulash alongside healthier and lighter options like chicken and fish. The use of locally grown produce gives the dishes a new vibrancy. It’s also worth noting that the bar has a good selection of wine and beer. As the owner is also an artist, his works of art are on show, giving the space a special feel. It’s undoubtedly a great spot to stop by for a delicious meal and a glimpse into the local art scene.

Dulceria Nublo

Dulceria Nublo is a sweet-lover’s paradise. The establishment is rich with history and offers a wide selection of cakes and pastries that are out-of-this-world. Their selection of ice creams, dry cakes, and almond sweets, including Bienmesabe Canario, marzipan, and tartlets, are delicious. The coffee is worth trying, too, along with the gigantic coconut macaroons. A great, well-stocked place to visit for sweet treats with medium to low prices.

La Dorotea


La Dorotea is an exquisite local cuisine experience that is a must-try for anyone visiting Tejeda. The flavors of the Canary Islands are on full display here, with sweet bloody sausage, Pella de Gofio, and Bienmesabe all making appearances on the menu. The pork with garlic and marinated tuna are also standout dishes, and the wrinkled potatoes and grilled cheese with honey are the perfect sides to round out the meal. Prices are reasonable, making it a great value for the quality of food offered. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes they serve; they will ensure you enjoy your meal and make great recommendations. This is a great place to experience authentic Canary Islands fare in a casual and cozy atmosphere.

Where to Stay

Savor the best of Tejeda’s natural beauty by staying in one of the town’s charming accommodations. From the rustic charm of Finca La Isa to the luxury of Hotel Parador de Cruz de Tejeda and the comfort of Vivienda Vacacional La Portada, there’s something for every traveler. With features such as stunning mountain views, private terraces, and modern amenities, you’ll be able to relax and rejuvenate in style. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Tejeda’s accommodations are sure to provide an unforgettable experience.

Hotel Parador de Cruz de Tejeda

Hotel Parador de Cruz de Tejeda offers a romantic escape for travelers seeking a blend of comfort and convenience. Guests can indulge in a variety of amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, minibars, and free wifi. The hotel also boasts a 24-hour front desk, room service, a concierge, a circuit spa (for an additional cost and with reservation), and a lounge. For those arriving by car, free parking is available.

The hotel’s location near Restaurante Asador-Grill El Almendro offers convenient access to delicious barbeque restaurants, while nearby attractions, such as the Museo de la Historia y Tradiciones de Tejeda, a popular history museum, provide a glimpse into the rich culture of Tejeda. At Hotel Parador de Cruz de Tejeda, the comfort and satisfaction of their guests are their top priority, making it the perfect destination for your next getaway.

Finca La Isa

Finca La Isa offers a serene getaway amidst stunning mountain views. The country-style holiday homes boast a rustic charm with stone walls and wooden ceiling beams, inviting you to unwind and reconnect with nature. Each unit features a private terrace with barbecue facilities and a living room with a sofa bed, perfect for cozy nights in. The fully-equipped kitchens with modern appliances, including an oven and coffee machine, make meal prep a breeze. Guests can warm up by the fireplace during colder months and enjoy the comfort of heated rooms. With the option of 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms, the houses offer privacy and space for families or groups. The property provides free wood for the first 2 days of stay, and free parking and wifi are available. Whether you’re looking to spend your days exploring the great outdoors or simply relaxing, Finca La Isa is the perfect home away from home.

Vivienda Vacacional La Portada

Perched on the mountainside, Vivienda Vacacional La Portada is the perfect oasis for those looking to escape the bustle of tourist towns. The charming 2-apartment holiday home boasts breathtaking mountain views, a private terrace with al fresco dining options, and all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. Inside, the rustic, country-style decor creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. Guests can enjoy a cozy living area, a fully equipped kitchen, and comfortable bedrooms. The property also has air conditioning and heating, ensuring a comfortable stay year-round. With friendly hosts and a convenient location near shops and restaurants, this is the perfect base for exploring the beautiful region of Tejeda.

Getting to Tejeda

To reach Tejeda, the best option is to take the GC-15 road from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the island’s capital. The journey is about 44 km, and it is a scenic road that runs through the municipalities of Santa Brígida and San Mateo before reaching Tejeda, the heart of Gran Canaria. It takes around an hour to reach Tejeda by car.

Alternatively, you can goby public transport from the Bus Station (Estación de Guaguas) in Las Palmas. Take a number 303 bus to San Mateo, the 305 bus towards Tejeda, or the number 18 bus that goes from Tejeda to San Bartolomé de Tirajana and Faro de Maspalomas.

Tejeda: A Must-Visit Destination

Tejeda is a destination that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. From the ancient Guanche caves and rock paintings to the stunning natural rock formation of Roque Nublo, and the Caminos Reales that take you on a journey through time, there is plenty to discover. The village’s efforts to preserve its heritage through traditional crafts such as lace making and weaving, as well as its commitment to sustainable tourism, make it an authentic and immersive experience for visitors. With its rich past and beautiful surroundings, Tejeda is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the true essence of Gran Canaria.

visit destination for anyone looking to experience the true essence of Gran Canaria.