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Agaete is located at the end of a steep gorge on the north west coastline of Gran Canaria. The country surrounding the town is famous for the lush fauna and terraces which are used to cultivate bananas, oranges, lemons, papayas that thrive in the near tropical climate. Agaete is a small and tranquil town with attractive narrow roads and pretty white townhouses. This picturesque town has attracted many artists over tome, accounting for the abundance of art galleries found there.

One of the many Agaete attractions is the Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion Church, which dates to the 19th century and is noted for its red dome. Nearby are the Huerto de las Flores botanical gardens where the 19th century poet, Tomas Morales, is supposed to have composed some of his best works. The walled gardens are crammed full of sub tropical fauna including bougainvilleas and palms. The gardens are open to visitors each morning and are also the location for some of the local cultural events.

A short drive along the coastline from Agaete is the little harbour of Puerto de las Nieves from where there are ferries to Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Fred Olsen Line) which takes about 60 mins. While in Puerto de las Nieves it may be worth visting the Ermita de Nuestra Senora de las Nieves church, which was built in the early 16th century, although the new towers and facade were constructed three centuries later. Inside is the famous carving "Virgin of the Snows" by Joos van Cleve. The holiday town of Puerto del las Nieves has an unusual beach of dark grey fine sand and alongside it are some excellent fish restaurants.

Reptilandia park is situated a few miles from Agaete near to the town of Galdar and is one of the most popular of the family holiday attractions of Gran Canaria. It is full of animals like turtles, giant tortoises, American alligators, crocodiles and even a komodo dragon. It also has displays of snakes and spiders, plus a family of monkeys. Between Agaete and the town of San Nicolas de Tolentino is the amazing twisting coast route known as the Anden Verde which passes some rocky capes as it heads toward the Mirador del Balcon, found on the cliff top towering above the ocean where there are some wonderful vistas.

Celebrations and fiestas are a local tradition within the Agaete region, including the Fiesta de la Rama, held in August which has hundreds of dancers waving palm fronds in the air as they make their way through the streets. It is believed that this festival originates from the early rain dances of the native Gaunche peoples. The following day on Aug 5th, there is a festival to the Virgin Mary. More Agaete fiestas include the Fiesta de la Concepcion in December and the Fiesta de San Pedro in June.

Agaete is located just over 18 miles or 30km from Las Palmas (the capital), which can be accessed quickly on the GC2 road which runs alongside the northern coastline of Gran Canaria.
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