Teror is one of the most charming villages nestled in the mountains of Gran Canaria. If you are planning a trip to Gran Canaria, visiting Teror is a must.
First and foremost Teror is well known in Gran Canaria thanks to his Virgin del Pino. Teror is therefore a destination for pilgrims who come to pray to the Virgin.
In Teror you can also admire the magnificent traditional Canarian architecture. The most significant place in Teror is the Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Pino and the Episcopal Palace; more on those later in this post.
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We visited Teror during a day trip starting from Las Palmas, then Arucas, Firgas and we ended up in Teror right on time for lunch. The visit of Teror took us a few hours including lunch. After visiting Teror you can make your way to TEJEDA (full post here), another fantastic place to visit in Gran Canaria as well as hiking to Roque Nublo and Roque Betayga. If you do not want to rent a car in Gran Canaria, you can join this tour here.
But first let’s concentrate on Teror. And here are the best things to see in Teror, Gran Canaria.
1. Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Pino
Visiting the Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Pino (18th century) is the main activity in Teror. The origin of the Basilica dates back to a modest hermitage built at the beginning of the 16th century. It is located at the center of the village. Inside you can appreciate the spectacular dome and all the 18th century altarpieces. The altar dedicated to the Sacred Heart is very interesting.
2. Real de la Plaza
After visiting the Basilica, you can wander through the old streets of Teror. We recommend going to the old and commercial street called Real de la Plaza. There you can see lots of interesting houses, such as the one of Henríquez (17th century). The Casa Consistorial another interesting house is located in Plaza del Pino, the main square of Teror where the Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Pino is located.
There are many local shops in Real de la Plaza. We really enjoyed walking through this street.
3. Visit the historical market on Sunday
This is one of the oldest market in the Canaries. With its 140 stalls, you can find everything in Teror’s market. Since it is a religious reference and a place of pilgrimage for many residents, there are many products related to the Virgin and the basilica. However, you can also buy the famous local chorizo, lots of great cheeses, vegetables, pastries, clothes, costumes etc.
The market takes place around the Basilica from 9 am to 3 pm.
4. Episcopal Palace
Behind the Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Pino, you will find the Episcopal Palace from the 18th century. The palace used to be the summer residence of the bishops. It was then restored as a House of Culture. It is located in Plaza de la Alameda.
The set, of great beauty and classic style, was extended at the end of the 19th century. There are currently up to three patios, one of which is the Cruz del Siglo, used in major local religious solemnities.
5. Monasterio Cisterciense
Another famous religious sights in Teror is the Cistercian Convent (from the end of the 19th century). The cookies made by its nun are really popular. In fact most people go to the Convent to buy their cookies. However, the view from the convent is stunning. You can contemplate the whole valley.
6. La Fuente Agria
This fountain is perhaps the most symbolic place to visit in Teror. Indeed, Teror’s history revolved around its crop fields and the struggle for water to grow the crops. Therefore, this fountain is a place to remember this part of history. For a long time it was one of the main sources of water for Teror.
Around the fountain there is a nice vintage design. There you can refill your water bottles for free and taste the water full of minerals.
7. Eat at a local restaurant
Teror has always been famous for its traditional desserts. As explained earlier the Convent sells their famous cookies. But you will also find delicious marzipan, buns, pastries or sponge cakes in the town.
However, the main products sold in Teror are the chorizo and sweet black pudding. Make sure to try it at one of the local restaurants in Teror.
We recommend Restaurante El Encuentro de Teror, located right in the main square where you can admire the Basilica right in front of the restaurant (location). See photo above.
Other things to see near Teror
The town of Arucas is located about 12 kilometers from Las Palmas, on the side of a mountain. The old town is particularly interesting, thanks to its stunning Cathedral, called Parroquia de San Juan Bautista de Arucas.
In Arucas, you can also visit several traditional and historical houses, as well as the rum factory. Inside there is a particularly famous wine cellar, visited by many famous people who leave their signature on the barrels. The Marquise’s house, built in 1880, is also one of the popular places to visit in this town. It contains various pieces of furniture and objects of particular value and can be visited.
Firgas is another beautiful village in Gran Canaria.
It became one of the best spots to visit in Gran Canaria thanks to its beautiful pedestrian walkways along a stepped waterfall. This famous roadside waterfall is lined with mosaics for even more charm. The place is called Paseo de Canaria (location).
You can also explore the rest of the village. You will find gorgeous churches, traditional Canarian buildings and you can admire the gorgeous view all around you, as Firgas is located in the mountain. The main sights are all concentrated in the center of the town.
In the center of the island, you will find the third highest peak on the island of Gran Canaria, but also the most symbolic one: Roque Nublo. This is a monolith measuring 80 meters high and located at 1,813 meters above sea level. Overlooking Tejeda, it provides a splendid 360° view of the lunar and desert landscape surrounding the massif: a unique and exceptional excursion!
To get there, simply park your car at the free parking and hike for about 3km to reach Roque Nublo.
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In conclusion about Teror in Gran Canaria
We hope that you enjoyed reading this post. Teror is a beautiful city which should be on your itinerary when visiting Gran Canaria. Simply wandering through the old town was a fantastic experience. If you can go there on Sunday during the market, your will enjoy Teror even more.
We wrote a full post about things to do in Gran Canaria here to help you prepare for your trip.
If you have any question about Teror or Gran Canaria, feel free to leave a comment below.
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