Municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana in Gran Canaria
San Bartolomé de Tirajana is a town and a Spanish municipality in the south-eastern part of the island of Gran Canaria. With an area of 333.13 km2, San Bartolomé de Tirajana is the largest municipality on the island as well as the Canary Islands. The historic little town of San Bartolomé de Tirajana also serves as the administrative center of the coastal regions of Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés.
The main festivals in this region are celebrated on the 24th of August, day of San Bartolomé, and the 25th of July, the day of Santiago (St. James) – a major party here and all over the island.
Best places to visit in the Municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana
As you head towards the center of the island approaching San Bartolomé de Tirajana, you pass the huge volcanic crater of Caldera de Tirajana at the beginning of the Barranco de Tirajana, which is overgrown with lush vegetation.
This region is known for its plantations of almonds, plums, peaches, and cherries, which are used in the production of spirits and liqueurs. These fruits are an extra special ingredient in the San Bartolomé specialties Guindilla, a cherry liqueur, and Mejunje, a sweet concoction of honey, rum, and lemon.
The triple-nave parish church Iglesia de San Bartolomé started being built in 1690, but it was consecrated almost three centuries later in 1922. In its interior, it features Mudéjar-style wooden vaults and the main altarpiece with the image of Saint Bartholomew occupying the center. Every Sunday morning a market is held in the surrounds of the church. Another church to be found in San Bartolomé is the Iglesia de Santiago de Tunte, consecrated to St. James.
Many of the ancient aboriginal tracks, Caminos Reales (royal roads), can to be found in this area. These old tracks were once the only means to get around in the center of the island. In recent years many of them have been restored and re-opened to walkers and hikers in a bid to promote eco-friendly tourism.
Some of the most famous, and beautiful, beaches of Gran Canaria are located here in San Bartolomé de Tirajana. We’re talking about Playa del Inglés and Playa de Maspalomas. The bathing here is wonderful, and the water is lovely and refreshing right through until autumn.
Playa del Inglés is mainly popular with families and younger visitors, whereas the chic hotels and classy lounges and bars in the west of Playa de Maspalomas tend to attract a more upmarket crowd. The two nearby beaches encompass the southern tip of the island and, at the same time, a unique wonder of nature – the dunes of Maspalomas.
A famous landmark of this beach is “El Faro de Maspalomas.” The Maspalomas Lighthouse is an active 19th-century lighthouse at the southern end of the Spanish island of Gran Canaria. It lies at one end of the Maspalomas beach, 4 kilometers south of the resort town center, next to the area known as the Maspalomas Dunes. It has been shining continuously for 125 years and is much older than the resort around it. The decision to build the lighthouse was made in 1861, although it actually took 28 long years to finish.