Don’t let the name scare you off. This village is anything, but scary. Situated in the lush green mountains of northern Gran Canaria, 14 kilometres southwest of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, lies the beautiful Canarian village of Teror. Surrounded by deep valleys, mountains and vegetation, Teror may arguably be the most picturesque village on the entire island.
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Getting to Teror is easy with public transportation. To get there, take the blue Global bus 210 or 234 to Arucas (€2,10 each way) from Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, then transfer to the blue Global bus 215 to Teror (€1,40 each way), which will be the last stop on the route. The total ride with transfer takes approximately 55 minutes to an hour.
Plaza del Teror
Step back in time and stroll along Plaza del Teror. This gorgeous part of Teror is the heart and soul of the village with intricately carved wooden balconies lining the quiet streets and colourful flower baskets hanging above. As you wander around the streets, you’ll instantly become captivated by the old world charm that exudes throughout Teror as men strum acoustic guitars to complete the ambiance of the laid back Canarian lifestyle.
Support Small Businesses
Small businesses give a city, town, or village personality and what better way to support small local shops then to pop inside one and buy locally sourced products and food to support the local people and the economy. I popped into a local shop that sells local wines, meats, cheese and condiments from Teror and the surrounding region. If you feel like staying for a drink, they can make you a sandwich on homemade bread jam packed with local meats and cheese as you mingle with the locals in the shop. I had just eaten a huge lunch when I visited, but I couldn’t resist taking a look inside to check out the ambiance.
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Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pino
Teror is considered to be the religious centre of Gran Canaria. According to a Canarian legend, in 1481 the image of the Virgin Mary appeared to some Canarian shepherds on top of a pine tree in the exact spot where the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pino now stands. The basilica, which is Baroque style in architecture, wasn’t constructed until 1760 and it wasn’t until 1914 that Pope Pio X announced Our Lady of the Pine to be the island’s patron saint. This was two years before the church was officially declared a basílica. The small basilica sits in the lively square with bustling restaurants and an absolutely unique pine tree smack dab in the centre of town, which is not to be missed. Make sure to head inside the basilica to admire the intricate details.
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Plaza Nuestra Señora del Pino
Take a moment and immerse yourself within pure tranquility in the plaza outside of the basilica. Quaint restaurants and shops line the area as locals and tourists alike gather to enjoy an espresso, beer and a hearty lunch while chit chatting about the days events, or village gossip. Enjoy the chill vibes with a stunning view of the larger than life pine tree that stands tall in the centre of the plaza.
Be Part Of A Religious Experience
If you are a religious person, or just curious about different religious experiences, then you may want to take part in Teror’s yearly event. As I mentioned before, Teror is considered to be the religious centre of Gran Canaria. Teror’s main fiesta is in honour of Our Lady of the Pine. Every year on September 8th, pilgrims will walk on foot to Teror from the island’s capital city Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The pilgrims will carry offerings to the Virgin in exchange for praying for something they want in return. Give a little, to get a little, I guess. 🙂
Teror was one of the prettiest and most charming places I visited during my trip. As I strolled down the empty side streets and wandered the residential areas with the sounds of pots and pans clanging together as people cooked in their homes, tv’s played sports games through the windows and faint strums of guitars flowed through the streets, I felt a sense of tranquility and calmness that I’ve been chasing forever. I found that in Teror…pure bliss.
When visiting Gran Canaria, do yourself a favour and get out of the city limits and explore this beautiful, sleepy village in the most picturesque valley. You’ll be pleasantly surprised and will find it hard to leave at the end of the day. xo