A charming village in central Gran Canaria
Artenara is Gran Canaria’s highest village and sits on a giant natural balcony surrounded by the rugged ridges and valleys of Gran Canaria’s Biosphere Reserve. The surrounding terrain was described by the Spanish writer Unamuno as a “petrified storm” and the views out towards the iconic Roque Nublo and Roque Bentaiga, once sacred to the island’s pre-Hispanic people, are spectacular. Artenara is a calm mountain village and perfect for taking a breather from the island’s bustling resorts and coastal towns.
Surrounded by a beautiful landscape of rock and pine forest
Artenara beckons you to explore its views and strike out into the forests of the Tamadaba Pine Forest Natural Park. The local cave houses, inhabited until recently but now converted into rural accommodation, give you the chance to learn about the old way of life. You can even travel further back in time at the archaeological site in Acusa. Artenara’s church, with its belfry made of red stone from Tamadaba, sits surrounded by the eclectic yet simple houses of Artenara town.