Fataga is a small village with 370 residents, which belongs to the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana in the region Las Palmas. Only 15 kilometers from Playa del Ingles, the village lies at an altitude of about 600 meters in the south of Gran Canaria on a ledge in the upper part of the Barranco de Fataga.
The best way to get to the village is to take the road from Maspalomas to San Bartolomé, but the road is quite narrow and it’s recommended to drive slowly. On the other hand however, a new side of Gran Canaria opens up to you on your journey as Fataga is not called the Valley of a Thousand Palms for no reason. In addition to numerous palm groves, which invite you to long hikes, orange groves and vines are growing around Fataga and thanks to the many viewpoints you have a really great view of Maspalomas.
In the village itself, you will find many traditional Canarian buildings with white facades and winding stone streets, which give the village its very special charm.
Shopping in Fataga
Fataga offers a great opportunity for those interested in arts and crafts. Many painters and artists live here and handmade jewelry or pottery, as well as souvenirs are offered all around the village. However, because the village is not all too big, you may also have a look at the larger selections in the neighboring towns around Fataga. A bus will take you to Maspalomas or to the north of the island several times per day. Overall, there are a few cozy restaurants and bars and two tourism shops in the old center of the town.
Relaxation and sports
The village of Fataga lies pretty much in the center of the island on the ledge of a mountain. So if you are looking for sandy beaches and blue sea, you are probably better off in Playa del Ingles just 15 kilometers away, because the climate here is subtropical and it rarely rains. But Fataga still has some great attractions to offer. Particularly popular with visitors are the two reservoirs Chira and Las Niñas, not far from the village. Here you can enjoy the peace and relax from the hustle and bustle of the cities around Fataga.
Regarding sports, there are hikes and walks through the so-called Valley of the Thousand Palms regularly offered. You will find viewpoints all over the valley, which are called Mirradors and offer a great view. The hikes that start in Fataga lead either to San Bartolomé, Santa Lucia, or to the Rock of Amurga.
If you are looking for very special holiday memories, you can even take part in a camel safari through the valley. Because only 12 kilometers from Playa del Ingles, there is the landscape protection area of Fataga. Here you will find the Camel Safari Park La Baranda, where you can get close to the animals. The park also has a restaurant and its own museum, which mainly displays agricultural equipment.
Museums and points of interest
Just a few kilometers behind Barranco de Fataga you will find the Mundo Aborigen open-air museum, which gives you a good idea of what the life situation and everyday life of the indigenous people of Gran Canaria looked like. Another very interesting museum that deals with similar subjects is the Museo Canario in Las Palmas.
On the way to Tunte you can also find the old restored water mill El Molino de Los Cazorla, which was still in operation until 1960 and in which Gofio was produced. It is now a listed building and can be visited.
Overall, there are only a handful of restaurants in Fataga that all specialize mainly in Mediterranean cuisine. If you are looking for a large vegetarian or even vegan selection, you should not miss El Albaricoque Fataga on the Calle Nestor Alamo with its beautiful stone terrace.
El Labrador, on the same street, is a nice little tapas bar that is particularly popular among locals. Therefore, the prices here are relatively affordable.
Deep in the valley, at the southernmost point of the island, among other things, white and red wine is grown, which is sold in the restaurants and bars in Fataga.
Things worth knowing about Fataga
Meanwhile, the picturesque little village Fataga is no longer a secret among tourists. Therefore, it is highly recommended to plan your trip during the week, because although only 370 people live in the village itself, it can be very crowded on the weekends.