Santa Brigida, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Narrow streets bordered with flowers and home to a great wine museum.
Things to Do
In the old quarter of Santa Brigida you will find the Church of Santa Brigida, set in a walled square with commanding views over the surrounding countryside and surrounded by narrow cobbled streets.
Just around the corner from here is the market square, a children's play area and gardens. There are a number of wineries in the region and, at the Casa del Vino, wine house museum, you can sample local wines and cheeses.
The annual carnival celebrations take place the first weekend in August and, also during August, the town hosts one of the largest horse fairs on the island.
Out and About
Santa Brigida market takes place every weekend and there is also a weekend farmer's in the nearby small town of San Mateo (7km) and a weekend market in the picturesque town of Teror (16km).
Just outside of the town, surrounded by vineyards and countryside, you will find the spectacular Caldera de Bandama (4km) replete with palm groves and orange trees. You can climb to the peak, the Pico de Bandama, for magnificent views over the crater, the north and east coasts of Gran Canaria and indeed, on a clear day, to Fuerteventura. The crater is very close to the forests of Monte Lentiscal, the caves of Las Meleguinas and the village of La Atalaya, where you can visit the pottery centre.
The Real Club de Golf de las Palmas (5km) is open to non-members on weekday mornings and boasts an 18 hole par 71 course; putting, pitching and chipping greens, a driving range, a golf shop and a clubhouse with a bar and restaurant. In addition, the complex has a horse-riding school and tennis courts.
Nearby cities include Las Palmas (17km north) which offers modern shopping centres, chic marinas and sports facilities together with a wealth of historic architecture, museums and landscaped parks. In Telde (18km south east) you can stroll around the cobbled streets complemented by colonial architecture, colourful gardens and small craft shops.
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