Introducing Holidays to Santa Brigida
Located on the northeastern side of Gran Canaria, a holiday to Santa Brigida radiates beauty and calm. The resort is peppered with fruit trees and palm trees, even around the more built up residential areas, and the surrounding countryside is thick with leafy trees of many different varieties, making it a green and relaxing spot to base yourself on a holiday to this popular Canary Island. It’s also just a short 25-minute drive from both the island’s capital, Las Palmas, in the north, and the airport on the eastern side of the island.
The local vineyards produce excellent wine, which you can sample during your trip, perhaps with some of the fresh produce from the farms nearby such as meat, honey, vegetables, almonds and jams.
Santa Brigida is also a place of great historical interest, with archaeology sites like the Angostura valley and Las Meleguinas, as well as the many caves that aboriginal people once lived in, and artefacts which give you an insight into days gone by.
Pottery is an ancient craft in Santa Brigida, and you can buy pottery items to take home, as well as see them being made in the traditional way.
Top Attractions in Santa Brigida
Ancient history is a big theme running through the attractions of Santa Brigida, and you’d be missing out if you didn’t take a look at some of the places and artefacts that archaeologists have uncovered.
Cueva de Los Frailes is a site of 37 natural caves dating back many thousands of years but discovered only in 1933. You can explore the area and find out more about the discoveries made by archaeologists and what it means for the area. La Angostura Valley and Las Meleguinas together make up an important archaeological site which is made from caves in rocks and cliffs. This is where remains of walls, pottery and other things have been found, which led to it becoming a Cultural Heritage site. The Dragon Tree of Barranco Alonso is another historical wonder, claiming 500 years to its name and offering a picturesque spot to settle down for a picnic and soak up the wild natural scenery. It can be seen growing out of a crag and is a famous local landmark.
Once you’ve taken in all the history on offer in and around Santa Brigida, the Wine Route is a great activity for adults to indulge in. You’ll visit seven wine presses on an educational and culinary tour around the local vineyards, see how wine is made, and have a taste of each one.
There are several traditional events in the area, a great experience if you’ve booked your Santa Brigida holiday during the time of year that they’re on.
The Fiesta of Santa Brigida, the local patron saint, is the largest and oldest annual festival event in the area and takes place on the first Saturday in August. There’s a parade with floats and traditional dress, as well as huge street parties that welcome visitors and locals alike. The Feast of San Antonio in June consists of a wide variety of events, but the most notable is the Florabrigida, a festival of flowers, where you can see and smell an exhibition of colourful floral arrangements as well as plants and birds. The day before All Saints Day is the Fiesta de los Finaos in El Madronal, where the locals will get together to eat autumn fruit and enjoy one or two drinks with each other. A great atmosphere and brilliant opportunity to get a glimpse into the ‘real’ Gran Canaria!