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Experience an authentic slice of Gran Canaria life in the charming town of Arucas, just 12 kilometres from the capital, Las Palmas. Nestled in a valley at the foot of a mountain, this quaint little town is characterised by its maze of cobbled lanes and luscious gardens. It’s also famous for its rum production, and a visit to the Arehucas Rum Distillery gives some insight into the island’s spirited heritage.

This quiet town is renowned for its stunning neo-Gothic church, Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, an architectural masterpiece made from local volcanic stone. Explore the winding streets and discover traditional Canarian houses and vibrant squares like Plaza de la Constitución. Pop into the Municipal Museum of Arucas, set among an oasis of green, in an early 19th century building and the former home to the Majorat of Arucas. 

Foodies will love it here – Aruquense cuisine perfectly combines the island’s fresh fish and seafood with its locally grown greens. You can pick up local delicacies, like Arehucas honey rum, bananas, biscuits and chocolates, at the outdoor market held every Saturday morning at Parque de la Paz. If you’re looking to stay in an area of natural beauty, surrounded by lush greenery, Arucas makes for an idyllic destination to stay while exploring the wider area of Gran Canaria.

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Your Arucas questions, answered

Fly direct to Gran Canaria Airport with easyJet in around four hours and 35 minutes. It’s then around a 30-minute drive to Arucas, with some stunning scenery to pass.
Canarian cuisine, like much of mainland Spain, is made up of simple and delicious small dishes. Enjoy tasty tapas and, being on an island, some decent seafood.
The lively cosmopolitan city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is just 12 minutes away by car. Visit the beaches, parks, and many historic landmarks of the historic city.  

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