The great cathedral in the small city of Arucas on the north side of Gran Canaria.
This is one of the best examples of neo-Gothic architecture in the Canary Islands, designed by the Catalan architect, Manuel Vega March, in 1909. The use of blue stone and the fine work on the towers reflect the expertise and traditional command of the art of masonry, for which the craftsmen of this northern area were known. The whole village contributed towards its construction, and it was finally opened in 1917, although the towers did not go up until many years later, in 1977. Inside, there are various works by the local painter, Cristobal Hernandez de Quintano, the recumbent statue of Christ by Manuel Ramos from Arucas and other works by Flemmish and Italian artists. The church is known as the Cathedral de Arucas.
In the middle of the city of Arucas is the park called Jardin de Hespérides. This is a great place to relax in the shades and watch the many beautiful tropical trees, flowers and plants that are here.
You can also see an old stone structures that were used to lead water around the island. In the street surrounding the park, Calle de la Heredad, there are plenty of old and beautiful buildings.
Follow the signs from the city and head up to the Montaña de Arucas. From here you have a great view of the city, Las Palmas and you can actually see most of the northern part of Gran Canaria. On clear days you can even see the mountain of Teide on the neighbour island Tenerife.
On the top of this 412 metres high mountain is a nice restaurant, and plenty of places with panoramic views.
Just walk around in the small city, take a coffe at a café, feel the athmosphere. It is worth the time spent here!
Take a walk in the streets of Arucas and enjoy the many beautiful buildings.
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