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.
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
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)
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
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
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
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.
People still live in caves in Cuevas Bermejas. They build beautiful cave houses. Look at these houses!
They grow the land and breed animals just like people did long ago.
But they don’t totally keep to the old lifestyle. They add modern elements in their houses and daily lives as they want.
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.
In addition you can see some small museums and churches in Cuevas Bermejas. This is the cave church:
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.
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.