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  • Things to do in Teror

    Things to do in Teror

    You are lucky because if there is a place that we know very well in Gran Canaria is Teror municipality. We have grown up here so we can tell you what things to do in Teror. Take advantage of your stay and make it more pleasant! Ready to read? 

     

    Teror is a town in the center of Gran Canaria. It is an historical village where the religious heart of the island is located. In the past, Teror was one of the most populated places in the island, since the main source of income came from the field.

     

    The village location influences in the climate. Teror weatheris very warm in summer and cold in winter time. Cold weather in the Canary Islands? Yes, the island is very wet in the center of the island and the humidity gets into your bones.  

     

    The legend says that around the year 1481 appeared a Virgin at the top of a pine, who was named later Virgen del Pino (Lady of the Pine) and currently she is the patron of the Diocese of the Canary Islands in the province of Las Palmas. From that historical-religious moment, the municipality turned into a pilgrimage village for residents and visitors of the island. 

     

    Teror is 20 km away from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and reachable in 45-50 minutes by bus (guagua). There are buses every half an hour from San Telmo bus Station (line number 216 and 229). Take a look to this Transport Guide and Bus routes on Gran Canaria to discover what other destinations are worth to visit. 

     

    We promise you are going to fall in love with the colorful houses, the typical Canarian houses and the nature surrounding the historical center of Teror. In fact, the area around the Basilique of the Lady of the Pine (Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pino) was declared an Historic-Artistic Site in 1979. 

     

    And don’t be scared! Because Teror name is not related with terrorism or terror. This place is very quiet and safe. So then, what does Teror mean? We tell you the secret in the fun walking tour around the historical center of Teror

     

    Once the brief introduction of the village is done, we proceed to tell you what to see in Teror. 


    Basilique of Our Lady of the Pine (Virgen del Pino) in Teror

    This is the most important building of the town and one of the most beautiful and impressive of Gran Canaria. The currently basilique is the third reconstruction of the temple, since the floor underneath is unstable and it was necessary to remodel it last time in the XVIII century. 

     

    The Pine’s church opens every day but on Mondays mornings from 13:00 to 15:00 the main door is closed due to cleaning reasons. The access to the church is free of charge. 


    What is inside of the church? Our Patron, the Lady of the Pine, in her high altar. From the inside the church is impressive with all the little details. Devoted people come in and out to ask for promises and to adore the Lady of the Pine.

     

    For art lovers, in one of the retables of the church there is an image of a Jesus Christ made by the religious Canarian sculptor Luján Pérez. 


    Museums in Teror


    The Dressing room of the Virgen del Pino Teror

     

    This museum is dedicated to the Virgin of the Pine. It is located at the back of the church and the access is through the stairs/ramp. The museum opens from 13:00 to 15:00h and the visit costs a few euros.

     

    What can you find inside? As the name of the museum says, there is a room with the image of the Lady of the Pine. Which we can admire close up and touch her throne. 

     

    There are two annexed rooms. In one of them there are cape models designed for the Lady of the Pine and one of the oldest capes, the pine’s cape. In the other room there are offerings given to the Virgin: a Formula 1 helmet of Fernando Alonso, gifts of the football team U.D Las Palmas, gold and silver objects given by the latino american collectives. 


    What to see of nature in Teror

     

    Teror is a town surrounded by green in all the neighborhoods. So it seems it is an ideal place for hiking and for enjoying the amazing views. Check all the hiking routes on Teror website


    Osorio Farm Estate (Finca de Osorio)

    Osorio Farm Estate is 20 minutes away on foot from the Pine Basilique. It is very easy to get there and also you can access by car through the Osorio cemetery entrance. There is a parking area. 

     

    Osorio is a magic place, perfect to disconnect and connect with yourself. In some areas of the park there are tables and benches to organise a picnic or a special celebration. It is necessary to book these tables with an email to the Finca de Osorio, because its access is restricted. 

     

    Did you know that some scenes of the Spanish film “Palmeras en la Nieve” were recorded here?


    Hoya Alta Cross

    In front of Teror Auditorium there is a cross at the top of a mountain called Hoya Alta. This cross is illuminated in special days of the year. We invite you to make a short hiking to get to the summit and to contemplate the views from all the historical center of Teror.

     

    Where to eat in Teror

     

    If we talk about Teror, we talk about chorizo. Because the bocadillo de chorizo de Teror is the most famous snack of the town. To avoid you choked on a piece of bread, it is recommendable to ask for a strawberry soft drink (Clipper de fresa) or Teror water (Agua de Teror). If you want to give chorizo as a present or eat it at home, buy it better in a vacuum pack in Los Nueces factory. 

     

    On the right side of the church you can find one of the oldest supermarkets of the town, known as a tienda de aceite y vinagre(corner shop). Right here they prepare the bocadillo de chorizo de Teror with or without local cheese. 

     

    Around the church there are some bars and restaurants where you can try the typical Canarian gastronomy like: papas arrugadas (salty boiled potatoes with wrinkles), goat or smoked cheese, chorizo de Teror, ropa vieja (stew), potajes (veggie soups)... Ask for the daily menu because its price goes around 10€/person. Some recommended places are: MC Cafeteria (Auditorium square), El Encuentro (next to Bankia), Bar Iris (on the right side of the church).

     

    Fancy for a sweet? This town is also famous for the sugar doughnuts because the factory is very close from the center. Don’t be selfish and share the donut with your friend! 


    Popular events in Teror

     

    Teror boasts of festivities during the whole year and not only in September with the Pine Festival. And if there is something that Canary people love is spending time in the streets, enjoying the traditions and gathering with friends. 


    Teror market


    On Sundays you have a plan in Teror. From the XIX century approx started to become popular Teror’s market in the historical center. This is an outdoor market with gastronomy, plants and cloth stands. 

    Local and foreign people join the experience and it is an excellent opportunity to fill the stores of food with local products. We recommend you to buy corn bread (pan de millo) and egg bread (pan de huevo) in the gastronomic stands. These breads are only sold on Sundays. The market is opened until 3 pm. 

     

    Pine Festival

    Pine Festival is the most awaited festival for the inhabitants of the island. Teror become more festive than ever in September and it is full of people from all the corners of Gran Canaria. 

     

    It is celebrated that the Lady of the Pine (Virgen del Pino) appeared on 8th September, so the main days are the eve with the pilgrimage-offering and the main day with the mass and the military parade. 

     

    During Pine’s eve, on 7 September a lot of inhabitants of Gran Canaria walk to Teror to get to the town before midnight. This is a religious-spiritual tradition kept by young people and adults. 


    What other things to do in Teror

     

    Apart from visiting typical and traditional stuff, we invite you to get out of the scheduled route to do other interesting plans. 

    Discover the jewels of the Virgen del Pino

    Come to the most adventurous and local plan of all ages. In this guided tour you are going to discover the mysteries and secrets of Terorwhile you overcome Canarian challenges. This is a very dynamic and interactive tour for all ages and those who feel young in heart. There is an incident in Teror to reveal! 

     

    Tourist Information Office Teror 

    Sometimes there are places we can not find on the internet or in the guidebooks because these are only known by local people. That’s why we recommend you to visit the tourist information office of Teror to get valuable information of Teror. That info is going to be your treasure and you won’t share it with anyone!

     

    Fuente Agria in Teror (Mineral water Fountain in Teror) 

    Have you already drunk Teror water? If you haven’t done it yet, now is the time. Like the title says, the name of the fountain means sour water. When you drink the water seems that it contains gas but it is only a mineral texture. 

     

    The fountain is 15 min on foot from the church and you need to walk down and later to go up a big hill. Teror residents fill in water bottles without cost. 

     

    Even if you don’t like any of the suggested plans of things to do in Teror, another plan is to sit down on a bench in María Teresa de Bolívar square between trees and get relaxed. 

     

    Ready to become a pilgrim in Teror? 
     

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