Tejeda, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.

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Tejeda village is located beside the popular “Cruz de Tejeda” (Cross of Tejeda), which is a huge stone cross on a mountainside at 1580 metres.

The cross marks the centre of the Gran Canaria island. It’s a popular sightseeing attraction surrounded by restaurants, bars and souvenirs shops.

There are some spectacular views from here. Head up to the Parador Nacional (holiday inn) or some of the other close by viewpoints and you’ll be able to see all the way out across the island’s many mountains and valleys. As the sun drops and the light changes, you can catch some beautiful land and skyscape photos.

Be warned though; at weekends it can get pretty packed and sometimes quite noisy. This is a favourite weekend location for locals and their kids.

This is an excellent place to go trekking and walking. For the serious trekkers and climbers, there are plenty of higher peaks to explore. But, for the more relaxed or lesser experienced there’s also lots of relatively short, easy and relaxed walks that you can try. Walking amongst this dazzling scenery is an experience you won’t forget. It’s like no other place on earth.

Tejada village rests at about 1000 meters above sea level. It’s surrounded by orchards and vegetable cultivations. The scenery here is truly stunning. In the surrounding crater, you’ll find numerous archaeological remains such as rock engravings, paintings graves and some fascinating caves that date back centuries.

Tejada has been saved by tourism. Without it, the village would have been deserted years ago. In fact, over 50% of the villagers have already left. It’s impossible to live of the agricultural cultivations of this barren land.

Having said that, Tejada is a very nice place to visit for a day trip. It’s perfect for the kids. It’s also a nice stopping place for lunch, with some very good restaurants. If you come here you have to try the “Bienmesabe”. This is one of the local almond sweets that basically means “it tastes good to be”. It does too! It’s delicious.

One of the best times to visit is during the fiesta of the Almond Tree in Bloom, which takes in February every year. The winter landscape colours are quite spectacular, as is the atmosphere of the festival. Everyone joins in; it’s a very special occasion.

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