Agüimes is a town in the eastern portion of the island of Gran Canaria in the Las Palmas province in the Canary Islands.
The population of Agüimes is 23,572 (as of 2003), its density is 297.33/km² and the area is 79.28 km². The elevation is 275 m. Agüimes is situated between the mountains and the plains. The mountains, including several valleys to the west, dominate the western view of Agüimes.
The plains, along with a residential area that has more inhabitants than the down town area and is the largest area of Agüimes, lie to the east along with the Atlantic Ocean. Agüimes is located south of Las Palmas and Telde and east of Puerto Rico and is accessed via the GC1 motorway. The main industries of Agüimes are agriculture, businesses and tourism.
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The major growth in Agüimes over the last few years has been the creation of a huge industrial estate on flat land once covered by tomato plantations.
This has brought new jobs and industries into the area of Agüimes and has spurred the development of a new purpose built port which opened in 2007.
The Agüimes district was not, at one time, a major tourist destination, but after the careful restoration of the old town, Agüimes has become the best example of a traditional Canarian hill town. The streets of Agüimes old town exude a gentle, relaxed, timeless atmosphere, and the carefully positioned street statues and sculptures add a series of surprises to a visit to the old town of Agüimes.
Agüimes has a well preserved old centre with medieval narrow streets and pretty, ochre or terracotta coloured houses, dominated by the two tall towers of the Parroquía de San Sebastián located in the Plaza del Rosario.
The three-nave basilica in Agüimes, was declared a Historic Cultural Monument and is one of the best examples of the Canary Islands' neoclassical architecture. It has a vast dome with an oriental touch and houses some statues of saints, works from Luján Pérez.
The Agüimes plan for 'rural tourism' has led to the development of other small visitor centres around the district, the biggest of which is in the Guayadeque Ravine. The Agüimes area has many Guanche cave houses dating back hundreds of years, and a complete village dug into the hillside, still occupied today which has its own cave church, cave bar and cave restaurants. These are well worth a visit, the views are breathtaking and the traditional food served, is lovingly prepared by local canarian chefs.
During September every year, life comes to Agüimes when the Encuentro Internacional Tres Continentes - an international theatre festival with the participation of theatre companies from South America, Africa and Europe - takes place. This cultural event, during which a very special ambiance reigns in Agüimes, is surely the highlight of the year for Agüimes locals as well as it´s many visitors.
Sporting activities are also very important in the Agüimes area, with its windsurfing and scuba diving facilities, recognized as 'world class'. One round of the annual PWA windsurfing tour is held at the international windsurfing centre at Pozo Izquierdo every year, and the whole of the coast in this area can provide challenging conditions at any time of the year. The main area for scuba diving in Gran Canaria is in the area known as the 'El Cabrón' marine reserve, next to the town of Arinaga. The diving in this area includes caves, arches, walls and volcanic reefs, where an extremely wide range of sub-tropical marine species can be found, ranging from tiny seahorses up to rays and angel sharks.
Doubtless the biggest attraction in the Agüimes area throughout the year is Parque de los Cocodrilos, a small zoo with shows of trained crocodiles and parrots.