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Cave House Trip from Las Palmas

This is a cave house trip from Las Palmas that also takes you to botanic gardens, volcano crater and mountain villages with gingerbread houses.

This is a whole day trip from Las Palmas but you can make it shorter if you like. Just turn to the coastal highway and return to Las Palmas any time you want.

A cave house in Barranco de Guayadeque

From Las Palmas take the road to Tafira Baja and to the botanic gardens  Jardin Botanico Canario in the mountain slope, just a bit outside Tafira Baja.

If you start from the south coast, take the main coastal road from the south and turn to Tafira Alta.

Cave House Trip from Las Palmas on the Map

 

Jardin Botanico Canario

An agave in Jardin Botanico Canario

The botanical garden of Tafira Baja is amazing. If you are a nature lover you must see it. There is an exhibition of native plants of Canary Islands and you can learn about them.

In addition the garden has a huge cactus collection.

 

If you like plants you can read more here: More about Jardin Botanico Canario (in Spanish)

Santa Brigida

Houses in Santa Bridiga, Gran Canaria

After the gardens drive on towards Santa Brigida. Santa Brigida is a pretty town with many gingerbread houses like these. Have a look at this fairytale town.

You can read more about Santa Brigida in my other blog post Las Palmas Mountain Trip.

Caldera de Bandama

Caldera de Bandama, Gran Canaria

 

The other mountain trip I have written about goes north but the cave house trip from Las Palmas turns south at Santa Brigida. Take the narrow mountain road to an ancient crater, the Caldera de Bandama.

Inside the caldera (crater) you can see an old farm house with vineyards around it. A farmer living and working in a crater! You can see the farm and the crater above.

From the top of  Pico de Bandama  at the crater’s edge you get a magnific view of Las Palmas and the whole northeastern part of Gran Canaria.

Driving to Telde

Walking in Telde, trip from Las Palmas

Continue towards the next town, Telde. On the roadside there are some more villages. The first of them is La Atalaya. In La Atalaya you can see modern living mixed with cave houses.

And there are more cave houses to come right on the winding road to Telde. There are people in Canary Islands that still today live in caves!

Barranco de Guayadeque

Cave house trip from Las Palmas Cuevas Bermejas

The next stop on our cave house trip from Las Palmas is Barranco de Guayadeque.  The Barranco is a deep gorge that hides a cave village. The name of the cave village is Cuevas Bermejas.

Cuevas Bermejas

Cave house trip from Las Palmas Cuevas Bermejas

People still live in caves in Cuevas Bermejas. They build beautiful cave houses. Look at these houses!

Cave house trip from Las Palmas Cuevas Bermejas

They grow the land and breed animals just like people did long ago.

Cave house trip from Las Palmas Cuevas Bermejas farm

But they don’t totally keep to the old lifestyle. They add modern elements in their houses and daily lives as they want.

Cave house trip from Las Palmas Cuevas Bermejas

 

A cave house in Barranco de Guayadeque

 

Outside the village you can see other kind of ancient cave houses. They date back to the time of guanche people. These caves are empty and not in use any more.

Guanche dwellings

In addition you can see some small museums and churches in Cuevas Bermejas. This is the cave church:

Cave house trip from Las Palmas cave church

Cave Restaurant

Cuevas Bermejas also has a good cave restaurant. Like the name says the Cuevas Bermejas cave restaurant is in a cave. It serves original Canarian meals that you won’t find anywhere else.

If you have time and condition, the Barranco is a good hiking area with long walking trails. But we take the road back and stop in the village of Aguimes.

Cave house trip from Las Palmas Cuevas Bermejas walking

 

Aguimes

Aguimes, Gran Canaria

 

On the way back from the gorge you will find the village of Aguimes.

Aguimes is worth a stop. Have a stroll in the quiet streets around the village centre. Aguimes is a typical Canarian village and no people live in caves here.

After Aguimes it’s time to drive down to the coastal highway and back to Las Palmas.

 

Shopping: Las Terrazas

On the highway to Las Palmas there are many big shopping malls. It’s worth stopping here since these malls are difficult to get to without car and today you have a car.

Las Terrazas outlet mall is on the right hand side in the industrial and shopping area between the airport and Las Palmas.

Las Terrazas is well marked from the road and it is a great place to shop at if you like outlet malls.  You can make lots of good bargains at Las Terrazas.  But don’t buy more than fits in your luggage which happened to me. Of course in that case you can buy an extra suitcase.

Here is more about the mall: Las Terrazas website (in Spanish)

 

Finally, after the shopping break it’s time to end our cave house trip from Las Palmas and to drive back to your hotel.

 

Cactus Plants in Jardin Botanico Canario

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