Tejeda is the second smallest village on the island of Gran Canaria. It is home to the nearby Cruz de Tejeda (cross of Tejeda), a carved stone cross on a mountain pass, standing 1580 metres above sealevel, marking the geographical centre of Gran Canaria.
This popular sightseeing attraction boasts a wide selection of restaurants, cafes and bars, many shops from which to buy all of your souvenirs, and a man offering children’s donkey rides. Sit back and relax with a cup of coffee or a refreshing glass of wine. If you’re looking for a more relaxed stay, avoid this attraction at the weekend because it does get very busy and crowded.
The high peaks attract serious walkers and climbers; however, if you’re looking for an easier climb, there are a number of simpler, shorter walks to enjoy, and you can experience some amazing scenery at the same time. Most of the established walks are Caminos Reales (royal paths), ancient tracks traversed by the Guanches, the island’s original inhabitants.
The village of Tejeda boasts many archaeological remains such as graves, caves, rock engravings and paintings; ideal for history buffs interested in finding out a bit more about the history of the island.
There is a large selection of cafes and restaurants, perfect for sampling local cuisine such as the sweet almond speciality Bienmesabe, literally translated as “tastes good to me” and marzipan.
Tejeda is at its prettiest during the first two weeks of February when the almond blossoms come into full bloom. There’s also a popular Almond Tree in Flower fiesta, ideal to get you in a celebratory mood.
Cruz de Tejeda is perfect for those seeking tranquillity and peace, and nature lovers attracted by thecalm serenity of the mountains. If you’re a keen walker, you’ll be in paradise in this delightful little village.
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