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Agüimes Hill Town

The cobbled old town, with its vast church and squat, heat-proof Canarian houses is the prettiest example of a Gran Canaria hill town in east Gran Canaria. It's well worth a wander.

You'll come across the bronze camels and a couple of lovely cafes and local(ish) restaurants in the compact old town which dates back to 1486 and is one of the oldest in the Canary Islands. 

The vast neoclassical church contains priceless works by Canarian master Luján Pérez and is open to visitors from 09.00 to 13.00 from Monday to Friday. The interior is largely baroque but also has  gothic and neoclassical touches. 

Agüimes is also the gateway to the Guayadeque Valley; A vast barranco famous for its aboriginal history and cave houses. Guayadeque is a great place to see the island's steep cliffs and rugged landscapes without having to drive its mountain roads; The dead-end road up to the cave restaurants runs along the valley floor and doesn't have any steep drop-offs. 

In the square in front of th church there is an interpretation centre / tourist office with lots of info about the history of Agüimes town from pre-Hispanic days through the sugar cane boom and to the present day. It opens Monday to Friday from 08.00 to 18.30 with an hour for lunch at 15.00. 

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