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Cruz de Tejeda Holidays

Holidays to the beautiful Canary Island of Gran Canaria aren’t necessarily all about sunbathing on the beach. The island’s rocky interior is full of stunning sights, from dramatic rocky mountains and scenic orchards, to historic sites and pretty traditional villages. One of the most popular of this mountain villages is Tejeda, home to the famous carved stone cross, Cruz de Tejeda.

The small village is literally at the heart of the island and sits around 1,000 metres above sea level. Reached by winding mountain roads, Tejeda is a scenic place surrounded by terraced fields, rocky vistas, and orchards full of almond trees. During early February, the beautiful almond blossoms draw visitors from miles around to enjoy the village’s’ Almond Tree fiesta. While Tejeda is a small village, you’ll find a bustling atmosphere, with shops, restaurants, bars - and bakeries where you can sample delicious almond pastries. 

Action and adventure on a Cruz de Tejeda Holiday 

Cruz de Tejeda is a lovely place to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and step into the beauty of nature. The village itself is a great place to relax at a café and admire the view but the surrounding area is full of opportunities for adventure! The peaks of the surrounding mountains will call out to the most adventurous hikers ands climbers.

There are walks for all ages and abilities though, so everyone can have the chance to enjoy the spectacular scenery around Tejeda. Many of the walks follow the ancient ‘caminos reales’, or royal paths, that wind around the inland mountain areas. These tracks are thought to date back to the times of the very first inhabitants of Gran Canaria. Driving along the high rollercoaster-like mountain roads is also an exhilarating way to see amazing views of the island.

Top Attractions for a Cruz de Tejeda 

Tejeda has a rich history and you’ll find lots of fascinating historical attractions to visit. Of course, the iconic stone cross, Cruz de Tejeda, is top of the list but there’s plenty of others to choose from. Art lovers will enjoy the Abraham Cárdenes Sculpture Museum, where you can view some of this top Canarian artist’s work. Or why not learn about the history of the island and its people at the Ethnographic Museum? Or go green-fingered at the Medicinal Plants Centre and discover the healing properties of some of the island’s native plants.

If museums aren’t your thing, there are lots of interesting historical sites to visit, where you can really feel like you are stepping back in time. Roque Bentayga is a fantastic choice, where you can hike up to some ancient burial caves and sacred rocks and step into the Cuevas del Ray caves with their rock carvings and cave paintings. Visit the mighty El Roque Nublo, an imposing rock monolith over 70 metres high. This volcanic rock is the symbol of Gran Canaria and is located at a magnificent viewpoint.

See those unforgettable views for yourself and book your holiday to Cruz de Tejeda at loveholidays.com today!