Heading to Fataga? Welcome to south central Gran Canaria. Where you’ll encounter a beautiful village in the island’s picturebook Valley of a Thousand Palms.
Fataga’s one of the most perfectly preserved villages on Gran Canaria. And it’s located just above the major southern resorts, a 30-minute drive along the winding GC-60 from Playa del Inglés and about the same journey time by Global’s 18 from Faro de Maspalomas. Here’s our four-part guide.
- Eat and drink in Fataga
- Holiday in Fataga
- Park and ride in Fataga
- Walk in Fataga
1. Eat and drink in Fataga
Fataga’s two main bars/restaurants are to be found on the GC-60. First up on your left travelling from down south, you have Bar Restaurante El Albaricoque whose signature dishes include goat and stuffed tongue (both priced at €8,90). A pretty inner terrace looks out onto the mountains above.
A little bit further up on your right, as in more than less opposite, you’ll come to Bar Restaurante El Labrador. They do a mean roll as the Free Motion guys popped in here to collect an order before we started our ebike tour of the interior of Gran Canaria. Here the terrace is exterior which is perfect for watching the world go by, as you snack on the likes of bread and alioli (€1,20) and locally-grown olives (€2,20).
2. Holiday in Fataga
Another place to eat is at the out-of-town Finca Molino de Agua, the area’s only hotel. The restaurant’s open to non-guests and includes Canarian staples such as fried cheese with tomato marmalade (€7). There’s a lovely pool and 13 bedrooms at this converted farmhouse next to an old water mill.
In town, you’ll find Casa Elisa. The pool’s on the smaller side here, but so will be your outlay at a guesthouse which offers bed and breakfast. Owner Petra makes her own jam and is also praised for looking after newcomers with a welcoming meal and bottle of wine.
Between the two, there’s EcoTara Canary Islands. As well as running regular retreats involving reflexology, Hatha yoga, and massage, you can stay in the accommodation independent of these dates. Types of lodging available include single, double, and luxury suite.
The very first local accommodation you’ll see heading north, however, is the Finca Tomás y Puri. Eight apartments feature kitchens and satellite TVs. The majority are upstairs but guests with disabilities are catered for with ground-floor ones.
3. Park and ride in Fataga
Park and ride takes on a whole new meaning here. At Camel Safari Park La Baranda, you’ll see the island from a very different perspective; atop the distinctive hump of a dromedary. The bar here prides themselves on their freshly-prepared mango juice.
4. Walk in Fataga
If driving into the Gran Canaria highlands, this is a great place to stop off and stretch legs. The pedestrianized streets lead to the cute Iglesia de San José which dates back to 1880. Check out the colourful creations of Artboutique Fataga, try before you buy wine at Bodega El Rincon, and marvel at the bread and cakes available at Panaderia Markitos.
The village is also a great place to walk from. It’s situated close to a number of hiking trails. These include the extended section of the island’s very own Camino de Santiago, which leads to the original starting point of the pilgrimage, San Bartolomé de Tirajana aka Tunte.