San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria
San Bartolomé de Tirajana is the biggest municipality of Gran Canaria and has
17km of coastline which includes Maspalomas and the Costa Canaria.
The island of Gran Canaria is segmented into different municipalities and like most of the others, San Bartolomé de Tirajana stretches from the coast to the centre of the island and encompasses many places of interest, along with some attractions that are a must see for all curious holidaymakers. Find out when and where San Bartolomé de Tirajana market is held.
With all of the coastline of San Bartolomé de Tirajana on the south of the island and including the Maspalomas sand dunes San Bartolomé de Tirajana is a massive draw for people who want more from their holiday. What with things to do, like, sports activities, water sports, sandy beaches and museums and theme parks, San Bartolomé de Tirajana has it all. More than that, San Bartolomé de Tirajana is always a few degrees warmer than the northern side of the island. San Bartolomé de Tirajana also has considerably less rainfall. All of this makes the municipality San Bartolomé de Tirajana of Gran Canaria, a popular destination for holiday makers all year round.
The Guanches used to call the San Bartolomé de Tirajana area of the island Tunte, and occasionally to this day San Bartolomé de Tirajana is still referred to in this way. Maybe this is because although the dominant language here is Spanish, before the Spanish conquered the islands, the Guanches had their own language, and todays true born and bred Canarians still have their own language, which is referred to as Canarian, and bears no relation to Spanish whatsoever. No surprise that some of the ancient terminology lives on, although it is a sad fact that this is likely, to die out, little by little, as time moves on, and future generations integrate more and more. Perhaps this dying out of the language will occur more quickly in San Bartolomé de Tirajana because of the large mix of languages and cultures that abound.
The historic little town of San Bartolomé de Tirajana is the administrative centre of the coastal regions of Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas making San Bartolomé de Tirajana not only the most extended municipality of Gran Canaria, but also the richest per head of capita. The region of San Bartolomé de Tirajana is known throughout the island for its plantations of peaches, plums, cherries and almonds. No surprise that they should all be grown together as they are all part of the same genus of tree and very closely related to each other. The milder climate of Gran Canaria allows the trees to flourish and produce profusely. There are even fiestas to celebrate the time that the almond trees flower. The fruits from these trees are used in the production of some local liqueurs, in particular Guindilla which is a cherry liqueur and Mejunie, a rather sweet concoction of honey, rum (likely the local rum made here in Arucas) and lemon.
The Iglesia de San Bartolomé, Saint Bartholomew's Church around which every Sunday morning there is a local market. The church is a triple Nave building and it's interior is a fine example of Mudéjar architecture and has wooden vaults in this architectural style, along with a carved wooden altarpiece with an image of Saint Bartholomew occupying the centre. The work for this church began before 1690 however it wasn't actually consecrated until 1922. If you are interested in some of the churches on the island, there is another fairly close by called Iglesia de Santiago de Tunte, which translates as the church of St James of Tunte, also found in the municipality of San Bartolome de Tirajana.
It is thought by historians that the Guanche people may have arrived on the island as long ago as 500 BC. Many of the ancient aboriginal Guanchetracks, called "Caminos Reales" can be found around San Bartolomé de Tirajana. These ancient Guanche tracks were once the only way to move around the centre of the island of Gran Canaria.